Starry Constellation Interview
Q. What are some of the recent projects that you’ve been working on?
A. I just finished a few guest spots on “CSI: Miami” and “The Unit.” Some of them have aired and some are going to be airing. They were very neat characters to work with and I am starting to work on the new Frank Miller feature. He’s the writer of Sin City and it’s calledThe Spirit. I will begin that in a week and I’m very excited about that and it’s with Sam Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a comic based feature based on the old “Spirit” comic books which are from the Will Eisner comic book era, like the 40s and on. It will be fun and it looks like it will be a great film and Frank Miller is a very creative guy.
Q. So many fans would love to see you back on the show “Heroes.” It doesn’t seem like you’ll have any time to return to the show.
A. I don’t know, I loved that piece, I thought there was real potential with that character. We’ll see, she’s kind of dead and kind of not dead, in one future she is and in another future she isn’t. That’s the kind of feeling that anything can happen, I really liked it though, it was a lot of fun. I knew Milo Ventimiglia from another project that we did a long time ago when I first came to LA. He’s fantastic and so professional and so it was nice to see him again and work with some of the other cast members. They are all talented and really fun loving people and I would love the chance to work there again. I don’t think that character has been fully flushed out yet. I know that a lot of fans were really looking forward to this kickass Mossad agent coming in and stirring up some trouble and solving some mysteries.
Q. You’re featured in the film Feast of Love which is out in theaters now. The film has gotten such wonderful acclaim, did you think that such acclaim would come to the film while making it?
A. You know that project had a lot of heavy hitters like Morgan Freeman and the director Robert Benton from Kramer vs. Kramer and Lakeshore Entertainment produced it. They put together projects likeMillion Dollar Baby and Underworld. Given that combination, it was a pretty safe bet from the beginning that the film would be carefully executed. I am glad that viewers appreciate it and you kind of know when you go in to something like that where everyone is so talented and that much of a professional that you’re going into something that’s going to be good and people are going to work hard at.
Q. You had a brief nude scene in the film, was there any hesitation about appearing nude on screen?
A. I think that there is always that initial getting accustomed to the idea of doing an intimate scene in a very un-intimate setting. I come from a European background so any initial fears or trepidation got thrown out the window pretty quickly. I think Europeans are a lot less puritanical with the body than other parts of the world.
Q. What do you think it is about the film that has drawn so many viewers in?
A. I think it’s one of those films that tries to inspire people to love their friends and family and their lovers even deeper and to really revel in the relationships that we have. It’s that positive message which I think is why people are attracted to it, especially now when things are so complicated. For instance, weather wise or politics, people are searching probably for something that reminds them of core values. I think a film like that really helps us put perspective on life and refocus on things that we should matter.
Q. When taking on a role, where do you draw from for your portrayal?
A. That’s different every time, it depends on the character. Sometimes a character comes to me from a painting or a photo and sometimes it is music. Sometimes I have to do a lot of research on the life and the world of that character in order to understand her. Sometimes I can draw on my own experiences, it’s like a grab bag, I go and take whatever I can get wherever I can get it. It’s just a search, you kind of start off seeing if things tickle and ring true here and there and you go on that road for a bit and then hopefully it leads to finding more out about the character.
Q. You’ve had the pleasure of working with a long list of amazing actors. Is there anyone in the future that you’d like to work with but haven’t had the chance to yet?
A. Yeah, I would love to work with Jack Nicholson, I think we would have fantastic verbal swordplay and I think we’d just tear a scene up. He and Daniel Day-Lewis, that would be genius. I was talking to a friend of mine and she said that Daniel Day-Lewis is a smart woman’s dream. Then, I would like to do a Tool music video, I don’t know if that works in that questions, but there you go!
Q. Is there a place online where fans can go to learn more about you?
A. I do, I have a website and it is stanakatic.com and it’s a little outdated right now, we’re going through an overhaul. But, that’s a good place to start off and then there will be a new version done and ready in a couple of weeks.
Q. What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A. Thank you for being fans and supporters, it’s really fantastic, I’m actually kind of flabbergasted that is a fan and supporter. I love that they just watch my stuff and hopefully enjoy it, that’s good enough for me. If they want to call themselves fans and supporters than it’s really fantastic and it’s an honor; I really appreciate it.