We are thrilled to chat with Helena about her upcoming projects. Check out the interview below.
Thank you for granting the interview, Helena! Tell us about the film Sunburn.
It’s a real pleasure talking with you!
Sunburn is a psychological thriller, set in Southern Spain, between the mountains of Alpujarra. It’s a very subtle film, with a lot of mystery and the main reference is Misery, a film I really like. Everything starts happening when an American tourist arrives in an isolated Spanish village where Lucia, a very mysterious woman, lives. She starts to become increasingly obsessed with him and we’ll discover that nothing is what it seems.
Tell us about your role and character, Lucia.
Lucia is a very complex character; it seems she hides something but she can also be very caring. She’s capable of strong and contrasting emotions, with unpredictable effects. I loved her since I’ve read the script the first time, although the character has been evolving during rehearsals.
Sunburn is your first English film. Tell us how you received the role.
Yes, Sunburn is my first English film and I’m so excited about the release. I’ve been contacted by Anthony, the director after he saw my profile and videos. I did the first audition, and after that, several recalls with different actors, including Ryan, who eventually was in the film.
What should the audience expect?
Sunburn is a psychological thriller/horror, with an intriguing and original story. And it’s mainly set during the daytime. Sometimes the sun can be more dangerous than darkness.
Tell us about Action Team.
Action Team is a spoof spy action TV series. I do love playing different roles in different genres. It’s directed by James De Frond and follows a top secret team of special agents charged with saving the world. I play Elena, a journalist who tries to keep herself professional and committed even if her colleague doesn’t take her seriously.
What’s next in your career?
I’m always trying to improve and challenge myself. I really love deep and complex characters, with strong motivations. It could be a fighter (I’m experienced in boxing) or a nun; I love extreme characters and using my eyes and body language playing the role. I’d also like to set up the story in another time (50’s, or period drama). On set, the relationship with the director is crucial; I’d be truly happy to work with emerging directors with strong ideas and passion. And, talking about established directors, I’d love working with Lynch, Eastwood, Tarantino, and Iñarritu.
What do you like to do when you’re not performing?
I have many other interests, not always related to my job. I do love cooking, it relaxes me, and especially cooking for others. I’m pretty good at it, and I love experimenting new recipes. I love horse riding because I love animals and the contact with them. I practice kickboxing and when I get the chance, karts. Traveling and escaping surrounded by nature is what I really want sometimes.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I’ve just taken part in a big campaign in Spain, for DGT, directed by Maria Ripoll. It’s a campaign with an important message against the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
And I’m filming a new Thriller Film, Heckle, set in the UK, playing Laura; a very intense character, in love with her ex-husband and literally capable of everything to have him back.
Featured Image Credit: Riccardo Riande.