Actress Interview – Arundhati Misra
Elexu had the privileged of interviewing Arundhati Misra an actress trying to make it in one of the worlds toughest businesses, Acting!
So tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 23 years old, born and brought up in Delhi, trained on the job…
I started off with community theatre when I was 12 years old, and then continued to do theatre in school and university (a lot during my undergrad in Mumbai) and then came to London to do a Masters and tried to get into professional acting here.
What inspired you to get into acting?
I don’t know, but I was 13 when I realized that I wanted to. It was not a ‘big moment’ at all or a revelation of sorts. It was merely a class play for my English lesson (Taming of the Shrew- Shakespeare). The play was being performed in front of my class and hence it was a very small school activity. But it made me think, “This is so much fun, this is what I want to do!”
What I find inspiring is when you have lines, sentences and a script and you create a scene, a character from nothing at all and sometimes it’s amazing. And you have brought life to this script, this character.
So inspires you?
Someone I really admire is Mark Ruffalo from The Avengers. “This man went on eight hundred ill-fated auditions. Auditions for bad karate movies and shows about cops on bikes. Auditions in which — and this one is hard to picture — Richard Grieco trash-talked him. Even in a town where rejection is as common as multigrain pancakes, eight hundred auditions is a lot. Epic even.” And, this always makes me think ‘If he can, I can as well’.
I really hope I don’t I have to go to 600 auditions.
Favourite Movie and Why?
A movie that left me absolutely raptured was A Single Man. The reason for that would be that it makes you feel, from start to finish, exactly the way the director, actors and everyone want you to. There is so much clarity because there was no character I didn’t understand, no scene that didn’t fit in! And also, while watching it you’re a 100% present and not thinking of anything else.
Moreover, you can feel his love for his partner, you can see and feel his heart aching, feel his sadness, loneliness..It’s a perfectly made masterpiece.
What has been your best acting experience?
‘Fear and Misery of the Third Reich’ which is a Bertoit Brecht play. I did this during my Masters programme and the reason it was my best acting experience was because the director was absolutely brilliant. It was basically a series of short mini stories and the director adopted the directing style of Bertoit Brecht. So, there were no lights on stage, only torches that the backstage crew were holding up on stage, the crew were on stage with the actors, the audience were blindfolded for a while. Basically, the audience were to be involved at every stage, he used the audience during the play, engaged them, surprised them in original ways, in fact engaged them sometimes even without them realizing it. So, it was a very creatively satisfying experience…very different!
Tips for others trying to make it in the acting business
Don’t give up! Don’t give up! Don’t give up!
It’s extremely hard and there are days when you feel like you are in the wrong profession and that everything is just ridiculous but those are the moments to stay positive.
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit!!”