• Oliver Boon

Critic meets... Charlotte Hendrickx

Updated: Apr 30

Charlotte Hendrickx is a Belgium actor based in LA who recently starred in the short film Here Lies Lauren.





CRITIC

I always like to start with this Charlotte, what made you want to be an actor?

CHARLOTTE

It's funny because it wasn't necessarily a movie or moment in time. As a child, I had so many different interests. Every day, my dream job changed. One day I’d want to be a dolphin trainer, then I’d want to be an astronaut. I wanted to be everything. At a certain point, I realized that this job called Acting existed. I can choose whatever I want to be depending on what part it is. It’s that freedom of having a variety of things that I could do and people I can be.

CRITIC

Is there a particular profession you’d love to play?

CHARLOTTE

I’ve recently been wanting to play this type of powerhouse lawyer fighting for justice and saving people. That has been my go to lately. But I have always wanted to be a princess as well… and a detective! Those are all definitely parts that I really want to do.


CRITIC

What brought you to LA in the first place?

CHARLOTTE

I applied to a couple of different drama schools, but when I got a yes from the Academy I didn’t have to think twice.

The way we go about acting in Belgium is completely different. We'd do the classics like the Seagull but we focused more on devised work. That wasn't necessarily what I wanted to do. I wanted to learn how to take the pages off a script to the stage rather than create the pages. So the American Academy LA seemed like the right place to start.

CRITIC

Tell me about your dancing background.

CHARLOTTE

I started dancing when I was six or seven, with Ballet. I haven’t done ballet for years now. After a couple of years I just al of a sudden had the urge try out a different style so I did a year of hip hop. I used to dance every day. I did it on my own, so it stayed in my life. I think it'll always stay in my life because I love it. It's a moment where you can just turn off everything and kind of just move wherever and however you want to. It became my form therapy I guess. I love listening to music and imagining the visuals to the music.

CRITIC

Are you staying creatively active during the Coronavirus?

CHALOTTE

I’m writing a lot, which surprises me. I've always been insecure about my writing even though I've always done it. I have a little journal that I write in. I've been trying to write scripts for a while now. I've always had the idea in my head, but I never had the courage to put the pen to the page. So I have kind of like started to do that now. I've been watching a lot of movies lately and ever since I went to drama school, it’s made me look at movies differently. You start observing small intricate things rather than just the movie itself. So now I’m unable to watch a movie without noticing continuity errors anymore.

CRITIC

I'd love to hear more about your creative jobs outside of acting.


CHARLOTTE

I stage-managed a play called B.R.O.K.E.N: Bird Switching. I kind of tumbled into it. I met the writer and director of the play Rayna Campbell and they were looking for stage managers so I became one of them. It’s funny because I didn't realize at first how the stage manager is in charge of a lot more than just props and spiking the stage. It's like a film where there's a pre-production, the filming and a post-production. It’s crazy how much work has to be done. I enjoyed every minute of it though. I learned a lot because as a stage manager, you have to be part of everything. I've always been an observer and so you observe a lot of things that the people around you do. The actors, the director, the writer, you learn a lot from everyone.

CRITIC

I saw you were recently in a film. I’d love to hear more about it!


CHARLOTTE

Here Lies Lauren was actually the first production where I was the lead and not working any other jobs on the film. It was wonderful because the writer was also our director. He kind of told the story from his own experience and it's great because it becomes a passion project, which means that you're not the only one that's putting in the passion. The director telling from his own experience can give you so much to go off of. I'm really proud of what it’s become. I've seen the final product. It was a great project to work on. Everybody was so kind to one another. We all wanted to create something powerful, because they knew the guy who had written it, and they knew what he had put into the script. It was a passion project for him. You always want to help tell a story that comes from a personal perspective.

CRITIC

What would you say your greatest strength is as an actress?

CHARLOTTE

I was gonna say I am honest. At least try to be! I try to follow the instincts I have. I think that's something that I've gotten better at following my instincts and not overthinking too much. With Every character that I play I try to give them a certain physical tick. I’ve always been very interested in body language. It tells the truth of the character, because body language doesn’t lie.That's why I love the first time you wear a costume or the first time you're in hair and makeup. You all of a sudden, feel different. You don't just think differently, you feel different.

CRITIC

What projects did/do you have coming up that were/have been postponed]?

CHARLOTTE

I actually had two films. One was a short at Columbia College, the other was a film called Victorria. We had to postpone both because of everything that's going on. Victorria is interesting because the premise is something that every international actor can feel very connected to. It's about an aspiring actor who is struggling with her accent and how it's holding her back from breaking through the industry.

CRITIC

What's your favorite word?

CHARLOTTE

You know what, I'm gonna go with ‘Nounours’

CRITIC

Remind me… what does that mean?

CHARLOTTE

‘Teddy bear’ in French! That's one of the first words that I learned as a child. I had a lot of teddy bears when I was young. I used to love them!

CRITIC

Do you have a favorite actor? One you look up to?

CHARLOTTE

There’s so many! I always love watching Julia Roberts because she's so diverse. She can pick up so many different characters and throw herself completely into character. The first one that comes to mind is Erin Brockovich. I remember watching that movie, about this small-time lawyer taking on this company pollutes the water and makes people sick. I remember watching this movie and being impressed by her ability to play both a powerful woman yet vulnerable. She makes you root for her character, even if she's not the most likable character. Most of the movies that I’ve seen of her she plays people with flaws and I like it when the “hero” is obviously flawed. I admire that in her because that is the job of the actor.

CRITIC

What advice would you give to a young Belgian actor starting out, wanting to move to LA?

CHARLOTTE

Don't be scared. I think thats the best advice I can give is if you're going to be scared, know that that’s inevitable, but don't let the fear stop you from trying. Recently I found this video of former Ms USA, Deshauna Barber. She gave a graduation speech and said “don't fear failure but be terrified of regret”. Don't be scared to take a risk, especially in this job. You might miss out on something and that feeling of regret will never go away. In Dutch there’s this expression ‘ a no is something you already have, a yes you can always get!’ You’ve got to take risks!



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Here lies Lauren - IMDB


Interviewed by Oliver Boon on Zoom