Lotte Verbeek is an award-winning Dutch actress, dancer and model. Her most famous role so far in her career has been that of Giulia Farnese in Showtime’s popular Italian royalty costume drama The Borgias. However, this might not be her most well-known role for long; the upcoming sophisticated erotic thriller from Mike Higgis, Suspension of Disbelief, where she’ll be playing a scintillating double role of French twin sisters, is sure to garner some attention. In this twisting, fact-becomes-fiction film noir, she uses her ethereal fairy-like charm (and a lilting French accent) to seduce both a father and his daughter- first as one twin, then as the other. The film is out April 14.
The Untitled Magazine spoke with the 29-year-old actress to discuss her international acting career.
The Untitled Magazine: How did you get into acting?
I decided I wanted to be an actress at age eight. I always loved imitating voices, studying the way people move, gestures. Then I took a detour through dancing. Trained professionally in classical ballet, in contemporary dance, and jazz, to find out it wasn’t my calling, and decided to place my eggs back in the acting basket.
How long have you been working in the industry?
I started working during my second year of drama school, five years ago and graduated four years ago
What was your breakthrough moment?
The European indie film, Nothing Personal, which got me several Best Actress awards and got me nominated for Best Actress for the European Oscars.
Favourite love scene?
The seduction scene of Alain Delon and Romy Schneider in La Piscine. Very sensual!
Can you name a favourite film?
The Hours, Trois Couleurs Bleu by Kieslovski, and Revolutionaty Road
Favourite actor or actress?
Forgive me for not being terribly original, but Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp. What I admire in them is that they all have their own very unique way of infusing the work with their own personal touch. They’re very creative actors.
Most inspirational person in film?
Do you have a mentor?
My director Urszula Antoniak (Nothing Personal) whom I was lucky enough to work with on her first feature and whom I have become great friends with. She is an amazing writer, director, cinephile and has taught me a lot. So important to have somebody believe in you straight out of drama school.
If you weren’t acting what would you do?
I would be a psychologist
Did you ever fall in love on set?
Set crush, yes!
Who is your favorite designer?
So many! Special love for Alberta Ferretti. Shoes: Isa Tapia, watch her take over the world!
Who is your favorite artist?
Philip Glass, amazing composer. and Madonna, speaking of a real artist.
Do you have a motto or words of wisdom you live by?
If only I did.
What is it about cinema that you love?
The intimacy, the compression of time and space for the length of that one story that’s being told. Everything seems so much more relevant on screen!
I have always been fascinated by the nature of people, to grasp what they’re about.
What are your current projects?
Suspension of Disbelief is yet to come out. It is Mike Figgis’ new feature film in which I play a double role of French twin sisters.
Most notable film / tv / theatre credits (in your opinion)?
Nothing Personal and The Borgias.