Alice Wegmann talks about therapy, acting in English and social media

Alice Wegmann talks about therapy, acting in English and social media
Alice Wegmann talks about therapy, acting in English and social media

Raisa She is a brave and determined girl. She’s intense: she misses and hits, and it’s real. I love that she’s a hangout, she doesn’t refuse a beer, she’s relaxed and says what she thinks “, that’s how actress Alice Wegmann defines the character who lives in the series”rendga Hits!”, which has eight episodes now available on GloboPlay. In the plot, which takes place in the world of country music, a young woman from the countryside is betrayed by her fiance, leaves the altar and follows the dream of becoming a songwriter and singer in Goiânia. .

The series brings up several social themes – such as parental abandonment, homophobia and gender inequality. Things that, for Alice, are crucial when accepting a new job: “Every time they call me for a role I I’m looking for what purpose this character will have, what story we’re going to tell, what we’re going to change in the world. I want to do transformative things,” she says.

In the chat, Alice also revealed how it was to discover herself as a singer – she is the one who sings most of the songs on the series’ soundtrack -, how slowing down was essential for her to feel lighter and happier and the importance of always going to therapy: ” I don’t think I’ll ever be released.” Check out:

UNIVERSA: You usually say that you like to give yourself 100% to the characters you set out to play and throw yourself headlong into work. In this sense, how was the preparation to live the Raisa?
ALICE WEGMANN I’ve always had this in me: I like to be fully involved in what I propose to do – even because of that I don’t like to do too much at the same time. I like to be there, delivered, putting all my energy. in the case of Raisa, it was so. I dropped everything and went to live three months in Goiania. During the period, did I take singing lessons, speech therapist, reading? It was eight hours a day just doing classes. It was really nice to have spent that time there, feeling the vibe of the city.

But Raisa was already a very ready character, the text was already very imagetic for me. I already had a lot of information about that girl, about her trajectory. When I first got in touch with her, I already said that she would be the most charismatic character of my career. When it was time to do it, my commitment was to have fun, because everything else was already there.

Your first TV characters came when you were very young. What was it like growing up in front of the cameras? Did you have self-image problems?
I’m fine self-criticism, I always think there is room for improvement. But I learned to celebrate the works. Before, she focused on thinking that she could have done it another way. Today, I understand that I dedicated myself a lot, did the best I could and for front.

I still have my criticisms, of course, but I’ve learned to see the whole, that is, not just how I am in the scene, but how the scene is directed, edited, how is the sound? I have this direction look. I criticize some things, but I know how to appreciate it too. We are aware of the difficulties of carrying out projects.

Because of your work on TV, you gained a lot of followers on social media, people interested in your life. How is your relationship with the internet?
I’m a little lazy about the internet! I prefer to live life outside of it. I don’t like to show too much. I like to share my poems, texts and photos, but I have my limits. I know how far I can share. I don’t want to be in a place of exposure that strains my ability.

I really like my privacy, my life that people don’t know, and I want to cultivate that in the best way. And so I know I can’t expose too much. My relationship with the internet is natural and genuine. When I’m there posting something, it’s because I really want to do it. It’s not out of necessity or demand.

But you position yourself a lot on the internet in the face of social issues. When choosing works, do you prioritize projects that bring relevant discussions?
Certainly. Every time they call me for some role I I’m looking for what purpose this character will have, what story we’re going to tell, what we’re going to change in the world. I want to do transformative things, linked to my values.

Anything that goes against it doesn’t entertain me, I get bored, it doesn’t add to me. The first ‘no’ I gave in my career was when I was 19. At the time, I was not hired by any company and was in college. Called me for to play a character that was very similar to the one I had played in the soap opera”boogie Oogie“, which it had been a short time ago. I thanked him, said I was going to focus on college and that I had this issue of being a very similar character. ANDdeep down, the character had no specific purpose.

Two days later, they called me to co-star “Dangerous Liaisons” with the selton Mello, Patricia pillar and marjorie Estiano. There I understood that I should always take a stand and be firm in my choices, as this could open other doors. It was a pivotal moment for me.

already very young I understood that my choices would build my career in the long run. Every time a new text arrives for me, I wonder what this will change in people’s lives.

In that sense, I thinkrendga” a complete series, because it touches on several subjects in a raw, real and genuine way. It talks about dreams, about the possibility of living our desires and desires.

Among the projects I still want to do are international jobs, where I have to speak another language. I want to make a character in English. not by status, for the same challenge. I speak English, but I imagine acting in another language must be very difficult. And I also wanted to do a biography of someone, in a biographical, documentary project, to live someone who already exists or has existed. It would be another challenge.

How was your relationship with the sertanejo before the series? Did you like?
Yea! I already listened, mainly Marília Mendonça. was already in mine playlists. But I didn’t know this universe so well, that is, I never went to see a show in Barretos, for example. I Think the sertanejo permeates the whole of Brazil, it is on all radio stations. Even in Rio, where there is more culture than funk, pagode, samba, we also heard a lot of country people. In a way, there is no way that the sertanejo is not in our lives, it is a very Brazilian culture. But I certainly hear a lot more today.

How was it to discover yourself as a singer? Easier or harder than you thought?
Wow, much more difficult. AND surprising too. I mean, music has always been present in my life – I play a few chords on the guitar and sometimes sing along with it. But I don’t know, as I never tried to sing for I felt like I didn’t really know my own voice, didn’t know what it sounded like.

Unfortunately this process of singing for the series was quick. I want more time just to get to know more – my voice, my tone, my intensity. It was surprising because people liked and embraced this idea so much.

Today, there isn’t a place I go that people don’t ask about my singing career. I never close the door on anything in life, but there’s a lot for do before throwing myself into this universe. I need to study and learn a lot.

Another potential career you have is writing. Those who follow you on Instagram always comment on your texts and poems. How important is writing in your life?
I love to write, I want to write a book. It’s a plan that I know will eventually come to fruition. But I need a boost. Today, I am comfortable in this place of writing on Instagram, sharing my texts.

People charge me a lot for this – but once again, when it comes to rolling, I need to have the time and the will to dedicate myself entirely to it. I don’t like to do a lot of things at the same time – I used to be that way and it didn’t do me any good.

At the age of 16, he starred in “Malhação”, studied for the entrance exam and was in the theater with a play. My head didn’t work at all on any of these things. I lived like that for many years.

When I finally wanted to focus on one thing, I realized I could do it much better. This happened when I made the miniseries “Where the Strong Are Born”, which was a great moment in my career. At the time, I moved to live in the sertão for six months and it was very important. Then I understood that I want to be more and more whole in the projects I do.

How has the pandemic impacted you, in that sense of wanting to slow down and do one thing at a time?
After “Where the Strong Are Born”, I played Dalila from “Orphans of the Earth”, which was another super dense character. She had a sequence of intense works, she was in dire need of a solar character. At that time, I even turned down invitations for other projects that would also demand this intensity from me.

I thought it was not the time and preferred to wait. Then came the pandemic. It’s a cliché to say, but it’s true: it was a period of going back inside and working on my issues and spirituality. It gave me a click of what I really want for my life and the time I want to have to live my pleasures.

Work is an immense pleasure for me, I never want to stop working. But at the same time, I really respect the timing of things. I need my moments – to read, watch movies and series, ride a bike, be with my stepchildren or just hang out. It recycles me and makes me gain more fuel for the next job.

Because there’s a lot of exposure involved in the process and pitching a job. First you open yourself up, you tear yourself apart for a character, then comes the whole phase of giving interviews, releases, of experiencing it all over again. So it’s really nice to have that time to breathe.

How is this moment of finishing one job and starting another?
Saying goodbye to a character is very bad, very bad. In “Where the Strong Are Born”, I felt really bad. Even because I immersed myself a lot in that universe, I spent months living far from home, it was another life, another rhythm. I hated saying goodbye. That’s when I understood that I needed to find a way to bury these characters, accept that it was the end of a cycle and that new things would come ahead.

We really get attached, it’s a mourning, my feeling is to bury a person. I learned to work with it over time. Today, it’s a little quieter. I have my ritual: as soon as I shoot the last scene, I go somewhere by myself, I give thanks, I pray a lot and I feel grateful for the opportunity I had. And I keep going. In “Rensga Hits”, as confirmed in the second season, I haven’t said goodbye yet, I just said goodbye!

Did this process of dealing with the end of cycles have the help of therapy?
Certainly. I’ve been in therapy for a long time and she helps me a lot in everything, always. I never want to stop. Especially being an actress – each time we are in a different way, each character brings something new. We have to go to therapy all our lives because there will always be a different issue to solve.

I don’t think I’ll ever be released from therapy. But I think it’s great – it exercises the head, makes me think about self-knowledge. With therapy, I turned inward, learned to relax and have more fun.

Over the years, I found much more pleasure in what I did – both professionally and personally. My greatest learning was to open my heart more to pleasures.

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The article is in Portuguese

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