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An Interview with Tania Mercader, Star of Lion

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2016

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Your upcoming movie Lion - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


I’d like to use just one word: Revenge! My character is a contradictory figure... a strong and submissive woman at the same time.


What did you draw upon to bring Amanda to life?


First thing, I had to get into the story… so I closed my eyes and I started to live every situation. In this way the character takes shape. Since childhood I thought I would be capable of doing a horror film, because it is a genre that gives me very strong feelings.


How did you get involved with the movie in the first place, and to what extent could you identify with the film's horror theme?


As I said before, I think I'm doing well because it’s easy for me to get into the story. I also have to admit that I usually don’t watch scary movies because if they are good (as those of Davide Melini [Davide Melini interview - click here]), I take them seriously and I don’t sleep in the night… and if they're bad, they just bore me. I know immediately if a project is serious and interesting, and Lion is absolutely one of these!


What can you tell us about your director Davide Melini [Davide Melini interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


For me it has been a godsend… it’s been an honor to be chosen for the role of Amanda! Working with Davide is very easy, because he tells you exactly what he wants and it’s almost impossible to make mistakes. I’m very proud to jave worked with him and with the entire cast and crew. Lion has been a real gift for me.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


I only remember one thing: When I was under the bed, dressed with only a nightgown, at three o'clock in the morning… and it was very cold - hahahaha, I’m joking of course. I have to say that everything has been great and quick. Thanks to the great professionalism of the crew, we repeated the shots only a few times and I think we did a very good job!


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Actually I'm working on a theater project, entitled Lluvia Fina, with Nacho Albert and Paco Bernal. I’m also working with the association Con los pies en la tierra, and soon we are going to shoot a short film written by myself.


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I've loved my job since I was just a kid. Every day was good to make up stories and create different characters (in my father’s office, at school, at my grandmother's house). In this job you never stop to learn and that's the reason why I studied at the Esad Film Drama School (in Malaga) and I've done many film courses. I remember that one day a teacher told me that theater is like a drug, and I completely agree. If you can, try to leave this world, but if you really feel it in your bones, you will always return. You can’t escape, hahahaha.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lion?


I worked on several short films, some TV series and in advertising. I’ve also had a small role in the film Prime Time, directed by Luis Calvo.


As far as I know, you're actually better known for your theatre work - so what can you tell us about Tania Mercader, the stage actress? And how does performing on stage compare to acting in front of a camera?


In the beginning, I refused any film offer because my true love was the theater - it’s a very strong love, full of wonderful memories… I remember that I acted while I was six months pregnant... my son was on the theatre stage even before he was born, hahaha. After quite some time I expanded my experiences and I’ve started to work in the film industry. These worlds are completely different from one another, but I love them both.


How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


I think my strength is my versatility: I'm an actress who can adapt herself well to any situation. But the techniques are a secret, hahaha.


Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?


Bette Davis, Sofia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Daniel Day-Lewis, Najwa Nimri, Antonio de la Torre, Adriana Ozores, Candela Peña and many, many more.


Your favourite movies?


My Life to Live directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 8 e Mezzo by Federico Fellini, Dogville by Lars Von Trier, Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson, Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh, Dark Blue Almost Black by Daniel Sánchez, Stones by Ramón Salazar, and of course Lion by Davide Melini.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


I hate the disaster movies … I really don’t like to see the end of the world, etc…


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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


May I ask the gouvernment of my country to lower taxes and help the film industry? Hahahaha, naybe something a little easier is better… so I ask to Davide Melini to think of me again for his future projects. And thanks a lot to you, Michael, for this great interview!


Thanks for the interview!


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