Being Leslie, Harley Quinn and Angel’s Power: A Conversation with Sensational Swiss Actress, Writer and Producer Lara Pictet
Swiss sensation Lara Pictet has taken the UK & USA by storm and will be starring in numerous feature films over the coming year. Each film represents a different meaning that has effected Lara in some way, direct or in-direct, which showcases her extremely talented acting, producing and writing skills.
Fluent in English, French and Spanish, Lara’s previous award-winning films have led to these remarkable roles, allowing her to shine and fulfil her life-long dream at being an actress. After a hugely successful run, Lara’s next challenge is working on an independent feature film The Inheritance, where she plays the leading girl, "Leslie". The film focuses on how our society takes things for granted in life, instead of just enjoying them. This independent feature portrays the real effects of money and the misconception people have with it.
The 23-year-old Geneva born beauty also landed a role in a new web series called Monarchs, which is a DC Comic inspired show based around the villains of Gotham City and their rise to power. Lara plays Dr Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn). DC comics are releasing their very own online streaming channel and the show’s producers are planning on pitching Monarchs to them. Teasers will be released this year.
Lara doesn’t stop here and will be starring in an exclusive sci-fi western film called Western Wonderland, directed by Reza Safai, which is due to be released next year. The way it was shot is one of a kind in its innovation and never been done before, using out of the box technology and creativity.
In our interview, Lara tells The Fan Carpet's Marc Jason Ali about her preparation to become Harley Quinn for Monarchs, what drew her to the role of Leslie in The Inheritance and why she got involved with Angel's Power...
If we go back to the beginning, was there a defining moment for you to get into the film industry?
I mean not really. I mean I knew this is something that I wanted to do since I was four years old and my poor family I was forcing them to watch me perform a three person show by myself (laughs) and I get to learn so much about myself and other people by putting myself in other peoples shoes and I saw that inspired people around me and I knew that’s what I wanted to do and that’s what I was going to go after, till the day I die (laughs).
So obviously you’re a RADA graduate and the American equivalent, what can you tells us about your experience at RADA, at that prestigious school?
Well it was really tough at the beginning because they really get you to deal with difficult stuff, because that’s the only way to make you a stronger person and a stronger performer which is why I understood from the get go that I had to give 100% otherwise it just wouldn’t work. It was amazing, I got to learn all about Shakespeare and the contemporary playwrights, learn about different acting methods and practitioners, to understand which methods suited me best and also work on your dancing, your singing, your breathing (laughs) it’s all really like an ensemble work, that you use every single part of your body, that was really an eye-opening experience.
Cool... so it’s an experience you’d recommend then?
Absolutely. I think the training is so important, it teaches you not just about acting and its techniques and the methods, but also a lot about the business which both come together.
Okay. What can you tell us about The Inheritance and where you fit into the story?
Oh it’s such an exciting project, I’m playing the lead girl Leslie, she’s a bit of lost girl who tries to change her bad ways by going for someone she doesn’t usually get drawn to but she’s only human and falls back into old ways and bad habits but this time being aware of the consequences.
I think the inspiration behind this movie is really about not taking life for granted like we do, people have this perception of money and how it doesn’t necessarily make someone happier or fuller, so we really try to portray both positive and negative points of that and how to deal with it.
Okay, sound’s good. Was that what initially drew you to the it, just the fact that it was something you could get your teeth into?
Yeah. I’m very drawn to and I would like all of my projects to be this way, I really try to find projects that have a meaningful message that can make people aware of and inspire people at the same time because at the end of the day, you know, people watch films and TV to be entertained, so to be able to tell a story, bring it to life, with these characters, all the while making people aware and understand how they’re acting.