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Interview with Bogdan Iancu

Bogdan Iancu grew up in Bucharest – Romania. He started acting at a very young age in the Christmas feature film ‘Ho Ho Ho’. After that, he played in ‘Fluss des Lebens’ with Sandra Borgmann and ‘A Farewell to Fools’ with Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel. Last year he played in the award-winning short film ‘Black Clothes’ and the feature film ‘In Blue’.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Bogdan Iancu and I’m an actor. Not in the sense that I have a diploma and all of that (yet), but I’ve been doing this for a while now. Other than that, I don’t know. I’m a human and I do human things. Sorry, I’m not great at talking about myself.

2. When did you know you wanted to become involved in the entertainment industry?

Well, there’s been stages. When I was about 4 years old my mom took me to an audition for a commercial and, being the loud energetic kid, I got the part. Needless to say, I had loads of fun and that’s when I first thought about seriously becoming an actor rather than an astronaut or a king.

3. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring actors?

I feel like in our day and age, people in the industry are tired of seeing fake people. A good piece of advice (which I myself try to follow) is to just be yourself. I know, it sounds cliché as hell, but don’t try too hard to be something you’re not. No one likes that.

4. Who did you love working with on a past project and why?

I’m lucky in that regard because every single project I’ve done so far has been an absolute blast. Sure, there’s ups and downs but it’s always so reinvigorating working with passionate people. I guess one project that has stuck with me throughout my whole career has been “In Blue”. It was the first project where I truly thought that I’m “putting it all on the table” and taking major risks. I think it has played out well in the end.

5. Did you expect “Oh, Ramona!” to become so successful?

I was absolutely sure that it was going to be a hit in Romania, given the fact that it is directed by one of our most talented and successful directors, Cristina Jacob, who’s been the mind behind many Romanian box office hits. And also because it is based on a bestselling novel by comedian Andrei Ciobanu. So, in my mind, it was a recipe for success. However, what I couldn’t foresee was how much it would accomplish abroad. It being bought by Netflix, people sending me messages from all over the world, that was a truly humbling surprise.

7. What would your dream role be?

I have no clue. I really don’t pinpoint dreams so abstract, I work with whatever script I am given and try to turn that into a dream.

8. If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?

Hm, I’m going to suppose we’re talking about actors that are both alive or have passed away. I’d say, currently, I’d really like to work with Joaquin Phoenix, Klaus Kinski or Takeshi Kitano. Or Nicolas Cage. That would be fun.

9. What is your best memory from any set?

Okay, I got one. So I’m on the set of “Oh Ramona”, right? It’s dark outside, it has been a long day, everyone is kind of tired and Aggy and I have to film this emotionally draining scene of us breaking up. So we do a couple takes and I’m not all that happy with them. I’m smoking cigarette after cigarette at this point and we have to shoot once more. So I’m like: Okay, this is it! I’ll do it, I’m going all in. Nothing is stopping me now. Close-up on me, let’s go. So we go ahead and do the scene and it’s impeccable. And right after I say the last line, the one that is supposed to end our whole relationship, the key to the entire film, as I turn around to exit frame I hit my head on a door. Hard. Aggy can barely keep it together. I slowly do a walk of shame out of the frame. The 1st AD doesn’t even have time to say Cut because the whole crew bursts out in a wave of laughter. So yeah, good times.

10. What are some of your favorite movies or series?

I tend to change those every month, however one movie that has stuck with me and I always see it whenever it’s on and never get bored is Little Miss Sunshine. I think it’s the perfect tragic comedy. Other than that, I’m quite fond of One Punch Man, Breaking Bad and films like Snatch, Akira and all of Monty Python’s features.

11. What kind of roles do you prefer when you are looking at a potential character to portray?

Usually, roles that put me in some sort of difficulty or take me out of my comfort zone. I like understanding a character, seeing beyond the facade. It gives me more insight into how people work and I like remaining with something after a film is wrapped.

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

Stand up for yourself.

13. Who are some people that inspire you?

It might sound a bit depressive, but I’m going to have to say Albert Camus. Whenever I feel lost or uncertain of myself I tend to pick up The Stranger and it’s enough to read a paragraph to remember what it is that I am.

14. What do you have in mind for the future?

Keep on working. Pushing myself more. I’d also like to explore some future hobbies of mine a bit more.

Thank you so much to Bogdan for the interview. You can find more about him and his work on:

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