Sebastian Stan

sebastian stan       An encounter with one of the most successful Romanian-born Hollywood actors right now


The guest of honor of this year's edition of the American International Film Festival, actor Sebastian Stan, had a number of meetings with the Romanian audience, and talked about his Hollywood career, his collaborations and meetings with famous actors and directors, such as Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Matt Damon or Michael Haneke. He was first cast in a film at the age of 10, but the role that got him international fame was the one in the American TV series Gossip Girl. In the most recent film of the trilogy Captain America, he plays the lead role, alongside Robert Downey Junior, Scarlet Johanson, Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones.


In spite of the fact that Captain America, in which he even has several lines in Romanian, is the film that brought him international fame, Sebastian Stan counts on the less commercial films and favors art films, even if they are low-budget. Sebastian Stan agreed to give an interview in Romanian to the ambassador of the American International Film Festival, journalist Andreea Esca:


"At present, this type of films, the less commercial ones, are difficult to make. This is hard even in the US, because it's the blockbusters that bring money, so most producers opt for them. Of course, among these super-productions, there are very good films as well. But the ones I grew up with are the type of The Godfather, Goodfellas, landmark films of the 1970s. So for me the film I, Tonya, was an opportunity which you don't come across very often in America. This film tackles some very important themes. So I was very happy to be a part of the team."


Sebastian Stan was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta. He moved to Vienna, together with his mother, when he was eight years old. When he was 10, he played his first role in a film, "71 fragments of a Chronology of Chance", directed by the world-famous Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. Two years later, his family crossed the Ocean and settled in Rockland County, New York. Sebastian graduated from the Rutgers University in New Jersey and studied at Globe Theatre in London for a year.


While in Bucharest, ahead of the screening of the film "I, Tonya", Sebastian Stan talked about his life and career. He referred, among other things, to his special bond with the Romanian language, as he spent the first four years of his life in Romania, a communist country at the time. Years later, his friends in the film industry  used to tease his, calling him "the communist".  


When asked to give some pieces of advice to budding actors, Sebastian Stan said it is important to focus on the process and not on rewards or recognition. Two of the Romanian directors whom he admires a lot are Corneliu Porumboiu and Cristian Mungiu, but in order to play in a Romanian film he should spend at least a month in Romania, to regain his Romanian accent.

(Translated by E. Enache & D. Vijeu)


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