Take Aim: Angelina Armani Talks Music and Movies
Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:43:26
There's a revelatory moment in every artist's life. It's that point in time where life's path becomes lucid and everything makes sense. For actress Angelina Armani, that instance came at seven-years-old while playing hooky from school with her mom.
"I met Denzel Washington that day," her eyes widen as she describes the moment. "My mom and I were walking in Brooklyn, and she saw him. I let go of her hand and ran right up to him asking for an autograph. Even though his security was reticent, he walked past them towards me. He told me, 'Thank you'. I knew one day that I had to work with him."
Now, at 24-years-old, Angelina hasn't had the chance to work with the Oscar-winning screen titan just yet, but that's around the corner. Right now, she's carving out a screen presence all her own. After a mesmerizing turn in horror sensation Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, she landed a part in Roger Corman's forthcoming Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, in between biding time with appearances on Funny Or Die! and studying under Ivana Chubbuck. Watching her, it's clear that she's going to continue engaging audiences for a long time to come. Denzel, take note…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino, the budding starlet discusses the importance of music to her technique, actresses she looks up to, and so much more.
Do you listen to music in order to get into character? Do you make playlists for different films?
I actually do. Believe it or not, I listen to a lot of opera. If I have to get into some type of psychotic mental state such as Hannibal Lecter, I’d choose to put on opera and veg out. I enter "character mode" pretty easy for that particular role by isolating myself from others (no matter how long it takes) just to become that figure. If that person's supposed to be “crazy”, I'll apply my atmosphere to its mental state in a split second. I’ve learned never to judge my character since it always has a reason for its doings. I’m not afraid to take any risks just to get to into that embodiment. It's not difficult for me to do. If the role is really has action in it, I'll play rock. It all depends on the tone.
For ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 was it opera?
It actually wasn't opera. I was putting on The First 48 and all of these cop shows. I used to volunteer in a police department when I was younger. I have a lot of experience on the side of that. I take my experience, and if it relates to what I'm doing, I can become that figure. Regardless of whatever it is, I will always find that substitution for the role.
What appealed to you about Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader?
They sent me in for the wrong character, and I turned it down. They literally chased me down the block and asked if I could read for something else. It was really unexpected. I liked that the film is comedy. I love comedy. I'm a sucker for it. It's basically about me getting into this sorority. Think of the comedy element of Carrie. No one is perfect to this one girl—except herself. She's calling me obese and saying all of these mean things. I wanted to put myself into this vulnerable state where I can make fun of myself. If someone's calling me fat or ugly, I can go with it and see how well it'll play off to the audience. I'm this sorority girl trying to get into this Zeta foundation and do stupid things. It's fun. You do retarded shit to get into sororities in college like running in your underwear and having chocolate all over you. It's the most humiliating stuff, but people can relate to it. It really happens out there. At the same time, I wanted to show off my sense of humor.
What were you listening to?
I was just going back and forth to regular stuff I normally listen to Volbeat. It had nothing to do with it. I'm just a sucker for them [Laughs]. I'm listening to music that relaxes me. I can crash out and get lost in it.
Does acting require a musical rhythm?
Sure! Everyone's different. Some people don't want to listen to any music. I do. It's the same thing for writers. Sometimes, when people are writing, they're going to want to put on some eerie music in the background. For me, I want to hear music because it puts me into that mindset of acting. Music really helps me so much with acting. If I had no music, I'd have to start singing to myself and that would be awful [Laughs]. We definitely don't want that to happen. I think it really does require rhythm.
Who makes up the soundtrack to your life?
Right now, my favorite is Volbeat. They're insane, and I'm such a geek for them. I love "Fallen", "Still Counting", and "I Only Wanna Be With You". Those are my favorites hands-down. I really relate to P!nk a lot. Her music resembles a huge part of my life. I listen to her a ton. I like Slayer too. I named my girl dog Slayer. It's ironic [Laughs] since she's only five pounds. I really get into Iron Maiden. It just depends on my mode. I'm into Dream Theater too. If I'm really relaxed, I'll listen to Matthew Good.
When did you really go full force with pursuing acting?
When I reached the top of adult entertainment, I realized, "This really sucks". It isn't challenging enough. I can't picture myself not being in front of the camera so I figured, "I have to act". This is something I want to do. I signed up with Ivana Chubbuck, the best in the business. I started really putting myself in that mindset. I love it and can't fathom pursuing anything else. If you take acting out of the picture, I’d produce movies.
Which actresses do you look up to?
I love Milla Jovovich, and I really like Michelle Rodriguez because of her action movies. I love action. It's something that I want to do. Comedy and action are my absolute favorites. I love anything that's dangerous. I really look up to both of those women as inspirations.
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