The award-winning British actress, Brigitte Millar sat down with Hollywood World to talk about her recent project “NOX”, a short movie written, directed and produced by Keyvan Sheikhalishahi. In this interview Brigitte talks about her favorite projects, her most memorable roles, and some of the lessons that have helped her become a successful actress.
Hollywood World: What do you love about the role that you are currently playing in NOX?
I am playing Claire Winters, a burglar, who is breaking into the villa of an American Senator and what I love about her is that she is a multifaceted character with very different sides to her personality.
Hollywood World: What is the storyline about?
This is the story of two burglars breaking into a Senator’s villa.
Hollywood World: Who else is involved in this production, director, producer, actors?
The multi talented Keyvan Sheikhalishahi has written, directed and produced ‘NOX’ and my fellow actor is the charismatic Australian hunk Matt Passmore.
Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner?
A good scene partner is generous, kind, responsive and intuitive. Without these qualities you can’t really get a good scene.
Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?
Oh my goodness, that’s difficult. I loved being on ‘Harry Potter’, because it’s one of my favourite.
books. Working on ‘Spectre’ with Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz was such an amazing experience, Pinewood Studios must be one of the most iconic studios in the world.
Hollywood World: How much experience do you have in field?
As you can see from my biography I haven’t been acting for very long, but I think I have been blessed with really good, high quality projects and have met some truly wonderful people along the way.
Hollywood World: Describe your best quality as an actor?
I would say my best quality as an actress is emotional depth, perseverance and a strong spiritual connection to the universe/source/the divine/God, whatever you want to call it.
Hollywood World: What do you enjoy the most about your job?
The versatility, no two days are ever the same and every project/set is different.
Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
I think I have been very lucky with the directors I have worked with, because almost all of them have given me a lot of creative freedom. So I have learnt to trust my instincts.
Hollywood World: From where have you learned acting? What training do you have?
I started with a course at RADA and then went on to study at the London Centre for Theatre Studies, where I got a diploma in performing arts.
Hollywood World: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?
I think winning an award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for my role as ‘Amelia Holland’ in the British Independent feature film ‘David is dying’ at the New Wave International Film Festival in L.A. in 2011 was one of the biggest highlights of my career so far.
Hollywood World: What other types of movies would you be interested in filming?
I would absolutely love to work on a sci-fi movie like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Startrek’ and I am also a huge fan of the supernatural. And to get involved with any fantasy drama like ‘Marvel’, ‘X Men’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ would be amazing.
Hollywood World: How do you see your role as an actor?
I think actors are not only story tellers, but also shamans, we bridge the gap between the physical and the spiritual world. We show our fellow human beings how to reflect, decide and choose and we are instruments of transformation.
Hollywood World: What was your most memorable role? Why?
I think working at Pinewood Studios on ‘Spectre’ and playing Dr Vogel was the most memorable experience to date. It was such an honour to work with Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz and Daniel Craig.
Hollywood World: What is your secret?
Bring yourself fully to the role and the project and be open to all the possibilities that can present themselves.
Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy horse riding, yoga, pilates and meditation and I love visiting art galleries whenever I can spare the time.
Hollywood World: Who is your role model?
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Merryl Streep to name a few. But there are so many amazingly talented actresses that inspire me.
Hollywood World: What makes you feel like a star?
Working with great directors, actors and crew on a really exciting and innovative script that is going to make an impact gives me goose bumps.
Hollywood World: Any tips about how to be a successful actor?
Always be grounded and connected to yourself and have love and compassion for your fellow human beings.
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
I would like to be remembered for creating unique iconic characters and inspiring the audience to look deeper into themselves. I think I have learnt to be more patient and forgiving as I got older. I tend to feel other people’s feelings as much as my own.
Hollywood World: What’s next?
I will be visiting L.A. in a couple of days.