Interview with the Actress Malvina Maury

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Malvina Maury was born in California and grew up in France.
She was part of a Theater & Musical Company in France from the age of nine to fifteen. During the following years, she focused on her education and completed a law degree. However, she couldn’t escape her yearning to return to the stage. She worked at Euro Disney for two years and afterwards, she decided to take a chance and moved to New York in 2010, where she co-wrote her first show “Love in Paris” and acted in “Don’t Tell Mama”. She also sang at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space as part of the Bridges Vocal Ensemble, an international choir.

Could you tell us a little bit about your background?

I started learning ballet when I was four years old, went to the theater at seven, and by the age of nine, I was part of a Theater & Musical Company (doing vocal class, theater, tap dance, ballet, jazz, contemporary) at “La Cie des enfants du spectacle”(Nice, France). Actually, I travelled a lot with ‘La Cie’. But when I was 17, I had a break to do my bachelor’s and a law degree, but my passion to be on stage was too strong to ignore, so I decided to move to London to take dance classes and auditioned for Euro Disney (Paris). There I was a show and parade dancer for 2 years. After this chapter, I was frustrated so I took advantage of my dual citizenship and moved back to NYC.
Since then I’ve done movies, shows, sang in an international choir and at Carnegie Hall, and co-wrote a show “Love in Paris” with a Brazilian friend performed at a theatre in a play called “Don’t Tell Mama”.

How do you feel being able to combine your job with your passion?

It makes me feel alive. It’s pure energy and really makes me happy.

 

Have you always known that you wanted to be an actress and singer?

Since I started performing in musicals and theater productions when I was nine years old – I have really enjoyed everything: acting, dancing and singing.. I never wanted to make a choice between them. If I can do everything, that’s the best option!

 

So would you say it’s your dream job?

Yes of course. At the moment, I’m working on an album as a singer/songwriter. If I will have success with that, I will be in heaven.

 

What is heart and soul for you?

Heart and soul for me is simply a lifestyle choice. You go on stage with both and share your heart and soul with those around you and hope that you can help people make positive changes in their lives.

 

If you could choose any role to play, who would you be?

I would love to be an actress in a TV Show like “New Girl” and play Jess.  She’s crazy! I’d like that.

 

Does it take a lot of effort to play a specific role? How do you manage this?

Yes of course. You need to become a character while you play a specific role. You need to eat, to walk, to order your coffee in the same way as him or her / your character. So for a period of time, you can’t be  there for the people in your actual life.

 

What was your worst role?

I was playing “Charity” from Bob Fosse. I was in the ensemble and at one point I was in a ridiculous dog-like position, moving my head side to side and singing at the same time. From that day onwards I stopped auditioning for theater and musicals.

 

It sounds like a difficult business. Has there been any point in your life when you wanted to give it all up?

It is a really hard business but I never gave up and I will never give up. This is my life. The hardest role for me to play was not to play at all. When you write music, compose, take something from the bottom of your heart and turn it into a piece of art, you expose yourself on a whole new level. A few months ago I auditioned in front of a producer and just played my music on a piano – just the two of us. For the first time in my life, I really noticed that this is the hardest role of all to prepare for, the one, where you are “just” yourself.

 

What are your upcoming projects?

I’m currently preparing my recording debut in NYC as a singer/songwriter.

 

Where can people find more information about you?

On Facebook, as “Malvina Maury”, but as a singer/songwriter, I’m going to update my website this summer. It will be under the name “Satie”. It will be great!

 

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