I got to speak to this lovely young woman called Xara Chisano, who I featured in my own play. And also, have grown to know and love. She is an aspiring and upcoming actress who is going to take the British film industry to a completely new level, she is an amazing individual and an even better performer. Here is what we spoke about:
I wanna know what made you want to become an actress?
It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do to be honest. Since I was young acting is what I’ve always done. It’s my gift. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
What kind of roles do you see yourself playing in the future? As you are currently in university studying Acting
I really love British urban culture. So I wouldn’t mind starting off my career with roles in British movies/culture. I love movies and series like, top boy kidulthood, the intent etc. So I’d love to start off there then hopefully make it to roles in Hollywood movies.
Could you ever do a compromising role such as play a lesbian or even do an explicit sex scene that was on the verge of porn?
I don’t think I could to be honest. I just couldn’t deal with the whole world seeing my body. Or my family seeing that. It’s just too much. But I respect actors who take on those roles, I iust personally wouldn’t.
There’s a lot of pressure for young black women in the acting industry? Theres always the idea that roles that white women are given aren’t offered to us
Yeah I agree to an extent. I do think it’s slowly changing. But I see what you mean by that. Black women are most of the time given stereotypical roles. Like “the angry black women” or single mother roles or sassy smart mouth character. As opposed to lawyers or doctors etc.
What roles have you done? What has been your best role thus far? I wanna know what you been up too girl (laughs). I know there are a lot of opportunities out there to gain experience and become known
I did a short film called Torn, and I played a young woman who was struggling with trust, heartbreak and trauma regarding men. She finds it hard to be committed in the relationship she is in, yeah, I really enjoyed it. Also, I had the opportunity of appearing as an extra in a movie called The Weekend, directed by Kojo Anim, although I was just an extra, it was exciting being on set and understanding how a movie was made.
Girl, yes! Name drop (laughs). I can’t wait to see you work with so many other people and be on the big screen. So, you went to drama school when you were in secondary, how has that shaped your ambitions in becoming an actress? What was the experience like? Did you meet any famous people?
I went to two different drama schools. The first one was called StageCoach, which was more musical theatre based. I feel like it made me more versatile because I did dance and singing. It also built my confidence because I started at a young age, so it made me more comfortable with being on stage and performing in front of big crowds. The second one was called Identity (John Boyega also went there), and I loved it there honestly! It was so challenging because I started when I was 16 years old, and everybody else was older than me. I felt a bit intimidated, but I learnt to overcome all my insecurities as an actress and just focus on doing what I love.
If you had to pick an actress or actor to shadow for a whole month, who would it be and why?
Idris Elba. Because he’s so versatile, I love that he’s not type-casted and I love that he is a British born actor that’s made it in America. And he’s sexy! (laughs)
I knew you were going to say him. Oh my gosh, how did I know? (laughs).A lot of people don’t know this, but I wrote and directed a play a few years ago called Above All Else, it was an urban Christian drama.Urm, it was also my first piece of writing that I actually publically came out with. It was a very interesting experience (laughs) and you were Kara, my main character. What is your experience being in plays? How do you think it differs from being in a film?
Yeah, I remember that, that was one of my favorite characters I played! Urm, I’ve been in more plays then films so far and even though films are what I wanna mainly do in the future, I love performing on stage. Because plays are live, you always have that adrenaline before you go on stage, and it’s nice to just have an audience to feed off. You also have more leverage, even when you mess up on stage you can keep it moving and still perform to your best, whereas with films you do multiple takes and even if you mess up, it can be redone.
Work isn’t always attainable all the time for actresses/actors?Do you think it’s important to have a back-up plan?
I think it’s definitely important to have a back up plan. That’s for everyone. But I don’t like to think too much about my back up plan because it makes me feel like I’ve already given up. I know I wouldn’t be happy doing anything that isn’t performing. So if I end up with my back up then I wouldn’t be happy.
What is next for you? And how can we stay connected to you?
Well I’m currently still at university studying acting. So I’m just focusing on my degree right now and trying to network and build connections. ( Add social media, and email for bookings)
Connect with me on Twitter : @XarssC
Connect with me on Instagram: @XarsC
And for opportunities email me : firstname.lastname@example.org