She dreamed of becoming a dancer, but Hollywood had other plans for her. The general public met her in the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, but she might not have realized it, because she was playing a fuchsia alien with strange yellow eyes. In the famous series
“The Borgias” performed Jeremy Irons’ mistress and recently we saw her starring in the film “The Last Note” with the director Pantelis Voulgaris. And Melia Kreiling has just begun …
You were born in Geneva by an American father and a Greek mother, you grew up in Athens, studied in London and today you live in Los Angeles. After so much friction with all these cities, do you feel that you have adopted essential elements from these places?
Although I will always feel Greece “home”, I believe that living in different places exerts the spirit and makes you versatile. So you learn to live your life in the most interesting way you can.
How did you feel when you learned that you took the role in your first job in the US?
After two months of waiting from the audition day, I had lost all hope. When they told me I took the role, I was shocked. I remember thinking how amazing my agent was, who believed me ten times more than I did. He was not worried at all, just saying, “Do your work and it will happen.”
You were quite familiar to the audience when you played in the series “The Borgias” next to Jeremy Irons. What has been left to you from this collaboration?
My eyes were wide open and my ears were stretched to capture even the details of what was happening. I had the feeling that either there I would learn how to work or I would always remain a “promising actor”. That experience was a masterclass for
how to become a professional. What I needed was to start learning the job and the turn was the perfect place to do, surrounded by international class associates.
You played in “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” a fantasy movie …
And I would be going back to work with James Gunn again. Creativity and curiosity overflow from all its existence.
This year, starring in the “Last Note”, the cinematic return of Pantelis Voulgaris.
It is a historical film that talks about the relationship between a Greek prisoner and a German commander. It also speaks of the power of the human soul, love of its highest expression, sacrifice and choice. From the movie’s premiere onwards, I’ve heard a lot
opinions from viewers and critics and I find that much of the debate is about communism. Of course I understand this, since the specific detainees executed by the Germans were Communists. But despite the many conversations I have made
on this, it is not about me a film about communism or politics in a narrow sense. I continue, as I did when I first read the script, to have the opinion that this film is talking about the gray zones that exist between acts and emotions. You can choose to focus on the story line of the movie, but you can also choose to focus on small things. In the eyes, in a touch, in the way that someone is trying to make a big decision, in one’s fear, even if he has chosen to sacrifice, in the absolute void of loss, in the power that turns into weakness and re-emerges strength, people and therefore incomplete. In these little things I find the greatness of this film and that’s what interests me most. Our ability to feel that we can withstand more than we think.
Interview : Marianina Patsa
Photographer : Tasos Vrettos