Critic meets Celine Rosalie
What made you want to be an actor?
I grew up backstage since my mom was a ballerina and an acrobat that travelled the world. I was always drawn to the theater and the backstage, the dressing room and the sparkly lights and the thought that I could make people FEEL. No matter if it was through movement, singing or acting, no matter if I made them laugh, cry or ponder their existence, I wanted to do that. And I knew that from a very young age. I actually started out as a pro athlete, but after a pretty severe accident that ended that career, I knew the next step was to act and fulfil my actual dream that was buried but blossomed into a butterfly.
How does acting in your home country differ to that in America?
In my home country, which is Germany (where I spent most of my life), there isn't much acting or moviemaking going on. Yes we have the opera and yes we have the theater and yes we have the movies but it just isn't at that level like out here. In Czech which is my second home country, there is a lot of musical theater and a lot of theater, but I feel like to fully follow my dream, I had to go to the UK or the US and I did both.
What has been the hardest obstacle you’ve faced as an actor?
I grew up in a very disciplinary fashion which was a good and a bad thing. I became a hardcore perfectionist. I mean if you make a wrong move in gymnastics you either fall or you're dead. And I was a very good student because I was a perfectionist, I had colors for every subject and studied late nights, so the first thing they tell you in an acting conservatory is that it is okay to fail or make mistakes, which for me it wasn't. I had a few mental blocks I had to get rid of to fully find my creative artist and actor. Another thing my coaches told me was that I work too hard (laughing), so I had to ease up, still work hard but not too hard in order to find more of my creative artist.
What other jobs in the arts do you have/are interested in?
I love producing. I produced a play for the FRINGE Theater Festival last year and a 48 Hour Film Festival this year. I also am a dancer, started really early and tried out all kinds of different styles. I love expressing myself through movement. It is a very pure way to express yourself, very universal and anyone will understand what you want them to feel.
What brought you to LA?
l was in London for Acting conservatory auditions and I was at the West End and I saw open auditions for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts so I went online, signed up for an audition and went the next day. I auditioned, got a letter a week later and said to my mom: Momma I think I'm going to LA, so I went and it was one of the best decisions in my life so far.
What projects do you have coming up? (Or postponed until further notice)
I have a few projects I'm working on and a few actually coming out soon. One of them is called ‘Love is not Love’ which was my first feature I shot here in LA. Another movie coming out soon is a Lifetime movie called ‘Reckless Renegades’ which I shot at the beginning of the year, and another one coming out is an independent feature called ‘L'hommage a l'amour’ which should be coming out very soon and be part of the festival circuits. A while back before the Covid quarantine I auditioned for a project that is my childhood through and through (Power R... I can't tell xD) and they wanted to call me back but then the quarantine hit, so that one is on hold right now. I am very excited about one project in the works, I just finished the novel that will be turned into a movie, but I can't tell you the name of it. I will be playing a fun part in that and can't wait for productions to start again. There are a few other projects in the works that will probably start up this year, once all this calms down.
How are you staying creative during this time?
Where do I start? (laughing) First of all I read scripts all the time, work on my characters and always try to find new monologues, . I get self tapes that I have to do, I keep my social media intact and try to create creative content, I sing and I try to play my piano every day. Apart from that I am building an online fitness platform with my mom, since I've always been a coach at my mom's dance/gymnastics school, and now I am getting my personal trainer certification. I helped my Acting coach publish an online acting program called ‘The A.C.T. Program’ by Clay Banks, which was a huge project and we finally finished it.
One of my favorite actors is Hugh Jackman for sure. He does it all! On top of that he is an amazing giving and humble human being. He truly is one of the greatest showmen out there. His emotional vulnerability and his strength, confidence and hard work is what I admire the most. Julia Roberts is one of my top favorite actresses, I look up to her because she used to do a lot of the things I would be cast in now, and she did them effortlessly and wonderfully.
Favorite ever role you’ve performed?
It has to be my closing play at the Academy, which was simultaneously the play I produced for the Fringe Festival. The play is called ‘Boeing Boeing’ and I was a character called Gabriella. She was an Italian stewardess from the 60's, passionate, loud, big, so I could go full out since I am half Italian as well. That one was a lot of fun!
Don't do this to me (laughing) I have read so many plays, I can't just pick one. BUT I can give you my top 5 : ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘People Places & Things’, ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Danny in the Deep Blue Sea’!
Another tough one. So three movies I can watch again and again are Pretty Woman, Goodfellas & Rocky.
Which director would you love to work with?
Hands down Martin Scorcese and Clint Eastwood. I heard that Clint Eastwood never says Action and he works so well with his actors. I would be honored to experience that.
It always used to be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter but I'm a bit too old for that now (laughing). People always compared me to her actually, I was a little bookworm just like her. A character like Erin Brockovich is definitely up there or like a strong female character who doesn't get pushed down by anything or anyone. Or a superhero like Wonder Woman.
Advice you’d give to actors starting out?
Don't be afraid, take the plunge and stay true to YOU!
Best acting note you’ve ever got from someone?
TAKE YOUR TIME and realize that the moment you get the script or the moment you are cast in something the character IS you and you ARE the character, also ground yourself before you do anything or start acting. I had to work hard on that, but once I figured it out it really helped me to reach deeper emotional truth and COMPRESS that.
Actor's Studio Questions:
What is your favorite word? - bellissima
What is your least favorite word? - No you/I can't
What turns you on? - Curiosity & Confidence
What turns you off? - When someone is fake or not true to themselves
What sound or noise do you love? - the stillness and silence of nature
What sound or noise do you hate? - an argument between parents
What is your definition of happiness? - making the people i love the happiest and giving them everything they desire. GIVING gives me happiness
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? - a doctor
What profession would you not like to do? - a 9-5 job stuck in an office in front of a screen
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? - I'm proud of you, you did good kiddo.