We have such an exciting Prettly Chat for you this Valentine’s Day weekend! Team Prettly met the rising star Melia Kreiling – born in Greece, actress Melia’s original career as a dancer was side-tracked with a knee injury. She then enrolled at the London School of Dramatic Arts, signed with an agent right after finishing her studies and is slowly climbing up the Hollywood chain as a rising star. She appeared last year in James Gunn’s huge box office hit: Guardians of the Galaxy. Melia’s next big project is the film DxM, directed by Andrew Goth, in which she will be in the spotlight with Sam Neil and Tom Payne. Read on for our interview with her on her career so far, inspirations and, of course, beauty tips!
- Please tell us a bit about your career and what inspired you to become an actress?
A few uninspired months into my drama training, during a performance, I experienced the romance and the magic of disappearing into a character, of understanding a different set of life parameters, almost like parts of me were disintegrating and then reforming into a different version of myself; me as someone else, someone who I could’ve been had I grown up differently, had I made different choices, met different people, etc. It’s very hard to describe accurately, but that was the turning point and inspiration to start saying ‘I want to do this for real’.
- What's a typical working day like for you?
There seem to be 3 types of working days, and I never know which one I’ll be having until that day comes. 1) The day when I’m sat around the house waiting for things to happen. 2) The day when I’m sat around the house trying to make things happen. 3) The day when things are happening. The funny thing is that ultimately, something is always happening, even in the quiet. Actually, more so in the quiet…
- What's the best part about your career? And what's the worst?
Not having a routine is the best way for me to be at my best work wise: the element of change is invigorating and allows you to catch the small sparks of creativity before they’ve run away from you. Simultaneously, this exact element makes it very difficult to stay in tune with aspects of life that are non work related; no matter how hard you try to keep everything balanced, it’s the very nature of naughty Lady Change that she constantly overtakes all of your plans.
- Who do you admire?
I admire people who know how to fix things. It’s a very appealing quality to have, to be solution-driven and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to implement that solution.
- What's your favourite way to pamper yourself?
A good massage is probably the first thing I look for. There’s something very soothing and tender about someone looking after you for a quiet hour while you let go and put yourself in their hands, abdicating responsibility of your body’s pain and pleasure for a moment. And as you would know, it’s best when it’s at home- you can stay warm and relaxed for as long as you need after the session.
- What beauty product can you not live without?
Bioderma Sensible H20 for sensitive skin. It’s as light as water.
- If you weren't working in film, what would you want to be doing?
What comes to mind right this minute is something among the realm of ‘handyman’. So that I can be like one of the people I admire!
- What's the best career advice you were ever given?
The show will go on with or without you, so show up.
- What’s coming up next for you?
‘DxM’ is a movie we recently shot where I play a girl called Stella, who is enigmatic and works with a group of prodigal science students - all played by a fantastic cast. It should be releasing soon, and I’m very excited to see it come together. It was directed by Andrew Goth, produced by RedBull’s new production company TerraMater. Parallel to that, I work on ‘Peplos’, a new brand of luxury silk scarves that my mother founded and designs. We’ve just launched our second collection, and are finishing up a limited edition collection too. Have a look: www.peplosideas.com
- What do you do to relax at home?
To dissolve into the couch with a loved one next to me, talk about random, insignificant things and let the day trickle by without being specifically productive.