Julia Lima Rosengren - Interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When did you decide to become an actress and producer and why?

 

My name is Julia Lima Rosengren, I live in East Texas where I moved from Europe 6 years ago. Originally, I am from a tiny, very poor town in Brazil. It was a town where the people do not have too many options to better their lives or the lives of their family. I was determined to get out and find that better life for myself and help provide one for my family.

At seventeen, I begged my father to give me permission to move to Sao Paolo to seek modeling work. From there my new career took me to Miami and around the world.

In Los Angeles I had my first encounter with the movie world when I was hired to be the body double for Teri Hatcher in a TNT movie called 'Running Mates'. Then I was hired to do the same for Kate Beckinsale in the blockbuster 'Pearl Harbor'.

Then, in something of a career switch, I became a spokesperson for a vodka brand.

I have been fortunate with some of the opportunities that have come my way but I worked very hard on them. Nothing has made me prouder than being able to provide for my family back in Brazil.

Eventually I moved to France to take a Chef's course and became very interested in

philanthropy and giving back to people in need. Then I became more concerned with not just giving to someone else's cause but creating my own.

That's really my life's work now.

I oversee more than a dozen major philanthropic projects including one particularly close to my heart. I am a founder-member of a Brazilian team of activists and artists that have formed UNIAO GAIA, a collective that concentrates on issues affecting the planet.

I believe the short films can be a great part of that. One where we can support and nourish the love of the planet through the building of shared awareness.

Once I had the idea for the film during the early stage of the pandemic lock-down, I had to learn fast about all aspects of filmmaking. It has been both daunting and thrilling.

Particularly when I found myself playing all five characters!

 

Which is your favorite director and why?

Quentin Tarantino has inspired me with his extraordinarily unique style of storytelling and compelling visuals. It would certainly be a dream come true to be in one of his movies one day.  Martin Scorsese has inspired me and everyone else for decades through many, many films. Once again, a very identifiable artistic style. How he maintains his high standards in film after film is an inspiration in and of itself. Always makes me think about my next short film! 

Selton Mello, is a Brazilian Actor and Director, who has inspired me for his simplicity and the way he deals with identity. I love his work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which movie was the most inspiring for you?

There are many great movies that have inspired me, but the biggest surprise inspiration to me was The Godfather. I didn't see it until many years after it came out as I didn't think it would be my kind of film at all but it really spoke to me. Not just the obvious story but the casting seemed so perfect, the lighting, the script, the way the characters evolved.....it really had a big impact on me.

 

What was the biggest challenge you faced in making your films?

The biggest challenge on BEFORE SUNRISE was of course trying to make it during the quarantine lockdown. I filmed it in Texas with an iPhone and had only one person, Jessica, my entire 'crew', to help hold the phone for me. I played all five characters and was remotely directed from Brasil. Those were full days! Another challenge also was languages. The Director, Rogerio Takashi and the screenwriter, Helena do not speak English, and Jessica doesn’t speaks Portuguese. I was constantly translating

 

Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?

I love to work with movies and stories that have a positive message. I don’t like to work with Horror movies or anything that is about cruelty.

What’s your all-time favorite movie and why?

 

Probably my favorite is one from Brasil “ O AUTO DA COMPADECIDA’. Literally 'The Compassionate Woman's play. It's a comedy but has a lot to say about religion and many other topics. 

It really focuses on the realities of Brazilian life in the 1950s. The film drifts in and out of realism but it is so well done, with such great performances. If I am sad, I can watch it and it cheers me up. If I am happy, it enjoys life with me.

 

If you could work with anyone in the world, who would that person be?

Angelina Jolie, and Leonard de Caprio. And Selton Mello a Director and Actor from Brazil

 

Tell us a secret that nobody knows about you.

I love extreme sports like; Skydiving, Race car driving ,Zip lines, Bungee jumping.

I also speaks 8 idioms.

 

The one person who has truly believed in you.

My Family, my husband, my Friends. But if my Father were alive, he would be the number one.

 

 

What was the most important lesson you had to learn as actress and producer?

I am still learning, but the challenge to switch characters, as I did for BEFORE SUNRISE, playing all five parts, that did make me want to dig down more and more into an acting side I didn't even know I had! 

As a Filmmaker, I think it was realizing how much power the sound and lighting have in telling a story. But I love every part of it.

 

Is it harder to get started or to keep going?

I think it is harder to get started, because it is all about discovering and learning and preparing. Once you have started you have to keep going. 

Well, with BEFORE SUNRISE, it was the filming here in the US and being directed remotely from Brazil. I don't know how many films have been made that way but that was quite a challenge.

On set, the most important thing is:

Concentration, and being true to the character and the project as a whole.

 

The project(s) you’re most proud of:

I am proud of many of the philanthropic projects I have been able to be a part of in my life but I think this film, BEFORE SUNRISE, I might be the most proud of. I created it, and it was done with all my heart.

 

The most challenging project you worked on. And why?

 

Well certainly BEFORE SUNRISE for the reasons I mentioned above. I did love working on CULT CARTEL, a feature film coming up early next year. It is a story about trafficking but I was playing a Mexican cartel leader. That was fun!

 

What are your short term and long-term career goals?

I am not really thinking in career terms. Maybe short films for the next couple of years and then I would like to do a feature.

 

Your next projects?

I have three projects on the table, two short films one is Script by PAUL DAVIS the same Director of CULT CARTEL .And there is another in preparation about my life. Helena Riul has been working on that one for couple of years now.

 

Please share with us where people can find you on social media.

 

      www.julialrosengren.com

    www.facebook.com/jlr0202

    www.instagram.com/julialrosengren

    https://youtu.be/z_Br0YzZOaE

Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become an actress and producer?

 

My name is Julia Lima Rosengren, I live in East Texas where I moved from Europe 6 years ago.

Originally I am from a tiny, very poor town in Brazil. It was a town where the people do not have too many options to better their lives or the lives of their family. I was determined to get out and find that better life for myself and help provide one for my family.

At sixteen, I begged my father to give me permission to move to Sao Paolo to seek modeling work. From there my new career took me to Miami and around the world.

In Los Angeles I had my first encounter with the movie world when I was hired to be the body double for Teri Hatcher in a TNT movie called 'Running Mates'. Then I was hired to do the same for Kate Beckinsale in the blockbuster 'Pearl Harbor'.

Then, in something of a career switch, I became a spokesperson for a vodka brand.

I have been fortunate with some of the opportunities that have come my way but I worked very hard on them. Nothing has made me prouder than being able to provide for my family back in Brazil.

Eventually I moved to France to take a Chef's course and became very interested in philanthropy and giving back to people in need. Then I became more concerned with not just giving to someone else's cause but creating my own.

That's really my life's work now.

I oversee more than a dozen major philanthropic projects including one particularly close to my heart. I am a founder-member of a Brazilian team of activists and artists that have formed UNIAO GAIA, a collective that concentrates on issues affecting the planet.

I believe the short films can be a great part of that. One where we can support and nourish the love of the planet through the building of shared awareness.

Once I had the idea for the film during the early stage of the pandemic lock-down, I had to learn fast about all aspects of film-making. It has been both daunting and thrilling. Particularly when I found myself playing all five characters!

 

Films that inspired you to become an actress and producer?

 

There are many great movies that have inspired me, but the biggest surprise inspiration to me was The Godfather. I didn't see it until many years after it came out as I didn't think it would be my kind of film at all but it really spoke to me. Not just the obvious story but the casting seemed so perfect, the lighting, the script, the way the characters evolved.....it really had a big impact on me.

 

Who is your biggest influence?

 

My Father was my biggest influence in everything in my life.

In cinema, I admire Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and of course Coppola after the my experience with The Godfather.

Not forgetting life itself that inspires me every day.

 

What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films?

 

The biggest challenge on BEFORE SUNRISE was of course trying to make it during the quarantine lock- down. I filmed it in Texas with an iPhone and had only one person, Jessica, my entire 'crew', to help hold the phone for me. I played all five characters and was remotely directed from Brasil. Those were full days! Another challenge also was languages. The Director, Rogerio Takashi and the screenwriter, Helena do not speak English, and Jessica doesn’t speaks Portuguese. I was constantly translating.

 

Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?

 

I love to work with movies and stories that have a positive message. I don’t like to work with Horror movies or anything that is about cruelty.

 

What’s your all-time favorite movie and why?

 

Probably my favorite is one from Brazil “ O AUTO DA COMPADECIDA’. Literally 'The Compassionate Woman's play. It's a comedy but has a lot to say about religion and many other topics. It really focuses on the realities of Brazilian life in the 1950s. The film drifts in and out of realism but it is so well done, with such great performances. If I am sad, I can watch it and it cheers me up. If I am happy, it enjoys life with me.