“Hey, I’m playing alone.” - Wishevoke

“Hey, I’m playing alone.”

THE Konstantina Michael 12 years ago she decided to reinvent her artistic self. And he met for the first time in the theater with Greetings Khanum, a role he returned to this year. Of course, speaking of reinvention is probably a word that explains what the outside observer saw in her. For the experienced actress, the decision had nothing to do with a new start, a change or a change, but rather with her now conscious decision to do what she wants and not what others expect of her.

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Yes, since then she has often experienced the often deafening silence of the phone, which may not ring continuously at work, but she herself maintains the calm and confidence of a person who knows what, why and how to do it. After all, work is just part of the life of the hyperactive actress, who only allows herself four hours of sleep a day. She tells us in her own words what she does with the other 20.

GALA: What did you learn from your second meeting with Sevas Khanum, this larger-than-life artist?

KONSTANTINA MICHAEL: The season was larger than life. Folk songs and rebetiko brought to life a Greece that was emerging from war and poverty. Centers opened, the big brands and names came out, the big folk songs were written. It was a period of ferment and revival of Greek folk music. This means that there was both fame and money, which in turn brought great competition and intrigue between artists. Mainly for the women who were fighting for a spot next to the lead singers. Sevas Khanum was one of them. She wanted to be called Amazon. He fought in every possible way to enter that space, entering, leaving, entering again, leaving again, mingling, engaging, facing danger, living with laughter, with tears, with feasting, with love. What I learned from this woman is the myth of the cursed artist who has a great time, but when the lights go out, when he doesn’t make his prediction, when he doesn’t belong in groups, and when a health problem overtakes him, he dies alone, abandoned and destitute. Like Sevas Khanum.

G.: Really, does the artist live with this fear?

KM.: These have been on our minds since we were at school. The place is full of sayings like “keep your wits about you.” One has to be very disciplined and proactive, very homely to balance the personal business called “the self acting in shows, movies or series”. There are times when we make a lot of money and times when we don’t make any money. When the time comes, you start to remember what you used to hear from your old colleagues or from great talents who first kept you guessing and then let you down. It’s about who manages to carry out their command well. If you don’t, you risk finding yourself in the dark and then struggling to claim a place in the sun.

G.: I feel like you’ve retreated from the television limelight after the big TV success. Were you serious or did it happen?

KM: It was a nice little divorce. Of course I married again. That’s what I’m telling you, it happens in the life of an artist. Either because the room needs something different, or because the room is boring for you, or because you want to break away and renew. I was chosen because of the roles I played and at some point I was made to repeat myself, the role that people had loved. But I felt like I still had something to say. I was actually re-introduced to Sevas Khanum, which I first played 12 years ago. The moment came when I said that from now on I will do whatever I want, as long as it lasts at work and in life. A silence comes.

G.: But doesn’t this peace come at a price?

KM: Naturally. Because at the same time you have to earn money in order to live.

G.: Did it take courage to say “no” to television roles?

KM.: She wants and I still have her. And the room recognizes them. Because I leave jobs that bring me money and go to jobs that bring me fame – I mean artistic.

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G.: Don’t you want to watch TV anymore?
KM: I want. It’s just that the theater is more in his hands Actor. I hope there is a similar television role to the one in the theater. I won’t do anything just to make a living.

G.: Are things in your career the way you imagined them when you started acting?

KM: Imagination, the dream come true is a feeling that is well discovered. For many years I didn’t have a job, I was insulted, I was insulted, I was rejected, I was living my dream. That’s all I was worried about. When this becomes life and survival, when people around you start asking you, “Where will you be this year?” and you have nothing to say, then you start to see the practicality of it. When the phone is on silent, you think it might stop ringing.

G.: Have you ever thought about changing jobs?

KM: It happened to me one night. After the big TV hits, I did two more jobs that I would confidently call failures, and in the end I was treated like a squeezed cup of lemon. I stood there for a while and had nothing. Once I went with a relative to a colleague in the theater, with whom we talked about work. Nothing came out. When we got home that same evening, this relative said to me, “Come on, my child, you are very good.” But maybe you should do another job to earn money?” I fell asleep with a very heavy heart and said “Yeah, I’ll look for something else”. After two or three days, I decided not to be like a sad person looking for meaning when he has already found it, but to look at the work from a different perspective. And I shuffled the deck. On the way from Seva. I said, “You’re not kidding? Well, I’ll play alone.

G.: Was it a childhood dream to become an actor?

KM: Not at all. As a small child, I lived in a sheltered environment. A good student who passed the university in theology. I loved books, letters, I said I read. Then the revolution began. So one summer, at the age of 23, I made the decision to study theater.

G.: What was your first job?

KM: The “Love Sorry”.

G.: Direct?

KM: Yes. I had a teacher at school, Christos Politis, who was a friend of Tryfona Karatzas, who played my father in the series. He told him: “I have a very good girl for the role” and so after one, two, three auditions Eleni Mavili took me.

G.: Were you the role model of the good daughter?

KM: Yes. And my sister. Even better than me. They also started a family. I took baths and went on trips.

G.: Would you now say that you have put this good girl aside?

KM.: I didn’t leave it at all. I’m fighting with all my might to get rid of it. The reaction and resistance to everything my parents and my school did to me has only just begun. Now it’s not just the good girl’s beliefs, it’s mine. I’m the good girl, but I don’t want to be teased anymore.

G.: How are you today?

KM: My days end at 20 hours. I only sleep four hours. I don’t want to sleep, I want to have time to do many things. I’m hyperactive. I want to see friends, go to the theater and cinema, play sports, learn French, do housework.

G.: Something you do for yourself every day? Your little ritual?

KM.: Every morning I will definitely do a little meditation. I build the plan daily with a sun salutation and the new day.

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