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Brazilian actress Alice Braga talks about her career, her passion for acting, and the role of Latin American women in Hollywood
On February 24, the Oscars will have a Latin American addition: Alice Braga will be a member of the jury of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is responsible for the selection of the winners every year.
This is another proof of Braga's success after she grabbed the international public's attention with her role in the movie City of God and Hollywood productions such as I am Legend and Blindness. The leading actress on the American show Queen of the South since 2016, she talks about her work and life between São Paulo and Los Angeles.
How did your acting career begin?
The set has always been a magical, curious place for me. I used to go to work with my mother [Brazilian actress Ana Braga] when I was a kid. Acting is a result of my passion for school plays, of my desire to live different stories.
Your role in City of God opened up the doors of international cinema for you. How was that transition?
I don't feel like there ever was a transition, only a new universe to be discovered. Cinema is just one thing, wherever it's made. The investment changes, but passion and commitment are the same.
What surprised you about Hollywood?
The possibility of working and connecting with people from all over the world. Different cultures and different acting schools. That was - and still is - very valuable to me. I'm constantly learning.
Has seeing Brazil and Latin America from the outside given you a different perspective?
I don't think so. I've never been absent from Brazil or moved from São Paulo. I opened a door there [in Hollywood], but I've always been present in my city, in my country. When I'm away, I really miss people's warmth. I love Brazil and Latin America; our cultures are very inspiring.
For a long time, Latin American women in Hollywood were seen in a specific way. Do you belong to a generation of women that's breaking this stereotype? Do you see a change?
I see a very powerful, necessary, and urgent change. Representativeness and gender equality are extremely important. After many generations and many years of struggles, structural changes are finally coming about, making me very optimistic.
Between acting, producing, and directing, what do you prefer?
Acting is my biggest and absolute passion. Production came up as a way to give life to projects I believe in and help to create new stories. I'm eager to get to collaborate with people I admire.