We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlotte Hendrickx and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlotte, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life is full of taking risks and it’s natural to be afraid of making wrong choices, but fear is a bad companion and shouldn’t stop you from trying anyway. If things would go wrong, too bad , but at least you have an experience to learn from or stay away from. We don’t know what the future brings , so if you want to explore possibilities and find out what you are capable of , you must dare to take ‘risks’ and bear the consequences.
If you take them in a well-considered way , you will come across pleasant surprises too.
The only way to find out is to just go for it !
In a blink of an eye I took the risk of leaving my safe home behind to built a new one on the other side of the globe.
I had no clue of what to expect at all or how to complete the circle at that point, but I did know for sure that not trying would make me feel much worse or could even lead to a lifelong regret.
Thank heaven I made that leap into the unknown ! I graduated after a great training of the best at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts , played a lead in the multiple award winning real life drama ‘Here lies Lauren’ , directed my first short film ‘Heated’ , booked commercials and shoots for international brands as The New Society , Emile et Ida , Komono. I get to work with multiple fantastic people in the industry , every day. Imagine I had just stayed home and missed out on all of this and all the best things yet to come … Not a chance !
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Acting is quite an intensive job, both physically and mentally pretty heavy. I had the privilege to travel the world , not only Europe but also Africa and Asia.
It enriched my view of what is going on in the world . And that experience fuels my imagination when I have to empathize with a role or when I’m into writing a new story.
Psychology and body language have always interested me and I’ve studied and read a lot of books on it.
I always begin building my character by figuring out how they would behave physically. Do they have ticks or a specific way of moving? Then I figure out how they think and from there on out I can start playing with things.
I’m also lucky to have a versatile appearance. Theatrically, I could be cast as heroin, lawyer or a doctor , period-actor, romantic lead, witty foreigner or even smart or regardless lawbreaker.
So , when the movie industry is ready to wake up from this pandemic hibernation … I’m ready too !
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start the trip in Hollywood. Bit of shopping on Melrose Ave., the vintage stores on La Brea and Abbot Kinney, Check the glitter and glamour on Rodeo drive and end up on Hollywood blvd. to taste the vibrant life. Early wake up call next day to discover downtown LA.
Grand central market , Fashion district , Little Tokyo , Arts district and a nice dinner to complete the day.
Definitely couple of nights in ‘The Charlie WH. , once the house of Charlie Chaplin and if you close your eyes you can still feel the vibe of the golden ages of Hollywood !
We can’t do without visiting the beautiful coastline . Spend a day on Malibu beach , cruise on a bike by the seashore and have a relaxed dinner at the farm.
Disconnect in Big Bear and desert of Joshua Tree. Go for a horseback ride and watch the sun go down.
Soak up some culture in the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
Well , one week will be too short I’m afraid , too many things to enjoy around here 😉
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people along the way. Impossible to mention them all. The people important to me have always supported and given me the chance to pursue my dream.
It’s because of that freedom and mental safety net that I’m able to do what I love most. Acting, writing and telling stories.
Many people have helped pave the path to where I am today. This career is a team sport , making a movie on your own would be pretty challenging !
Cassandra Plavoukos @cplavoukosphotog