Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For Victoria Abril, Acting Has No Borders

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For Victoria Abril, Acting Has No Borders

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Spanish-born actress Victoria Abril insists she carries no passport. Of course, that's not literally true.

But for Abril, movie-making knows no national boundaries. Though she grew up in Spain, she fell madly in love with Gallic cinematographer Gerard de Battista and moved to France when she was 22.

She wasn't frightened of being in a strange land, she says.

"When you're in love, the whole world is not necessary. Who cares about the others? And Paris is a wonderful town. And I had his friends at the beginning, then I had mine. At that moment, I was tired of popularity because I'd been in television for two years and I really couldn't breathe anymore. So when I went to Paris, nobody knows me and, oh, what a pleasure. I could again be a voyeur-- to look at the people instead of the people looking at me. That was a very good discovery and good for my mental health."

At 36, Abril has made more than 80 movies, including five with her countryman (and current Hollywood heartthrob) Antonio Banderas, and several with director Pedro Almodovar, such as "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" and "High Heels."

"I will be there where the talent, a new story, a new role would be," she says in her French-Spanish-English accent. "I don't care whether it's Hollywood or Spain or France or Portugal. I'm looking for adventures. I don't care about the passport."

In her latest movie, "French Twist," now showing at the Tivoli, Abril plays a lonely housewife who finds love with another woman.

Told as a frothy comedy, "French Twist" manages to suggest an unconventional solution to a very common problem. But for Abril, it's simply a question of humor.

"I prefer to laugh," she says. "I prefer to make a film where a sad situation has a happy solution, like this film ... She loves two people at the same time. I can love with the same strength both my children. …

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