We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosa Fortuny and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosa, what principle do you value most?
Perseverance is something that I’m still on the learning. I push myself everyday to spend a quality amount of time doing something that is focused on my main goal, focused on what makes me happy. Every day, I can’t go a single day without sending e-mails, learning a monologue, contacting my manager, helping out a friend with a self-tape, improving my English diction, thinking of new ways of just getting close to my goal. I think having your own rules it’s important but we also need to remember to treat ourselves as if we’d treat a little kid, being kind to myself that’s also something that I had to learn while surfing life and now I feel much more in peace than a year ago or six months ago. For now, what I think it’s best for me, it’s to do and don’t overdo as well. Consistency, perseverance and kindness.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The world is a competition and it’s common that you are another competitor out there comparing yourself to the rest. I saw myself in that toxic cycle and left all that. I’m an actress, I have graduated 6 years ago and I’m still on the learning, I’ve done one big international commercial for LAVAZZA, I have several films on Amazon UK and US as “Cross Words Together”, “The lady”, “The Grotesque world of Jimmy the Bean”, “The Red nightmare”. I’ve been on some film festivals where I had lot of fun, meet other artists and honestly, there is still a long road to go. I feel very lucky I’ve had the honor of starring on the short film that won best film 2018 by SAGAFTRA Actors Union. I got the pleasure this year acting in “El Hormiguero” a famous Spanish show. However, I’m just trying to make the most out of myself while taking care of me.
Sometimes in life we might feel very lonely or sad, so cry it all out, don’t keep it inside, when we feel the need of laughing we laugh, so cry if you need to or scream if you have to, then understand yourself, be kind to yourself.
It’s not easy because no one comes. to your life and give you instructions on how to live your life to the fullest or how to have a “decent” life or how to be a successful person. My mantra right now is just, enjoy the ride, be consistent on your work, work on your mental health, have some real friends, have people you can lean into and enjoy it while being focused on your main goal.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been living in Madrid for a year, and although it’s been a chaotic year for everyone. I know where to have veeeery good “tortilla de patatas”, just go to Pez Tortilla or Juana la loca. If you want to chill and have some drinks but nothing crazy you can hang up at Plaza de Santa Ana square or you can also go to Plaza Cascorro. If you feeling sweet go to Chueca neighborhood and you’ll find lot of places to have some waffles, you can also go to MARICASTAÑA where you’ll find a carrot cake with on top pistachio ice cream and melted white chocolate.
In plaza Santa Ana you have two theaters “El teatro Español” and “El teatro la Comedia”, there is also 10 min walking from there “El teatro Real” where there is also Opera. There you will see famous actors and directors from Spain hanging out in Madrid’s downtown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents and my grandmother of course. My dear friends that push me towards my goals and cheer me up when I’m down and celebrate the good times. I love movies and reading and the Millenium SAGA has actually helped me a lot. Lisbeth Salander is one of the main characters of the novel, she’s a weirdo, burnt out of society plus not welcomed at all. However, she still manages to get what she wants, she still shows a self-confidence that makes me want to be her. Even though, people look at her as if she is a freak, she still goes out there and claims what it belongs to her. I admire her courage. I’m not saying that I feel we have the same life, because we don’t but at some point that underestimation was locked in myself and that’s why I want to thank everyone that is in my life and has helped me and pushed me towards my goal.
Ana Martín Centro del Actor