We recently caught up with the beautiful and talented Dive Assad, who was happy to share some of her fondest moments from acting, her inspirations growing up and her plans for the future. As usual, it was a pleasure catching up with this amazing actress. Here is what she had to say”
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into performing?
Hi there, my name is Dive Assad. I’m a Mexican-Lebanese actress.
My first acting role ever was as Fantine in a high school production of Les Misérables. So many years ago! I remember I wanted to play Cosette because the guy playing her love interest was really cute, but my teacher loved my audition so much and thought I could really manage the emotional depth so she cast me as Fantine. I was really angry hahaha!!! I was too young to understand. I ended up adoring the part and having a lot of fun with it.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
My dad was a huge DeNiro fan. He used to make me watch his films at a very young age and that’s when I discovered John Cazale. After watching him in The God Father I knew what I wanted to do. Then I went deep into the rest of his work. I think what really made it for me was his performance in Dog Day Afternoon, one of my favorite films. He is always so rich. Saying so much without even speaking. I find his acting exquisite and my goal is to one day be at least a little bit like him.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I took a two year acting program at Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles. I think I was lucky to have crossed paths with Christopher Thornton and Milton Justice. They both taught me a lot of the stuff I use today to build my characters. Both are very professional and inspiring people that always pushed me to the limits and made me achieve great discoveries while performing. I love working with them!
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I loved living under Vanessa’s skin in a play I just recently did called AmorEs. I have never felt more free and empowered. She is a very smart and funny woman who has a college degree, but decided to become a stripper because it’s what she really enjoys doing. And she pays a big price for it. The man she is in love with can’t understand her profession at all and because of his insecurities ends up ruining the relationship. I guess I identify with her a lot because I also dropped Economics to follow what I really wanted to do, acting. It portrays a very interesting problem strong and independent women face when dating. Plus it was really fun to do all the research and give pole dancing a try! It is in fact a very difficult thing to do, you need a lot of strength to get on a pole.
What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far?
I wrote a series called Entre Dos with a friend and we both really believed in the project. It’s nice to see we got it produced and now it will be out there for people to experience it with us. It’s a comedy in Spanish and there’s very interesting personalities in the cast.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a movie I’ll be shooting in 2017 and I’m looking forward to that. Short term, the release of the series Entre Dos which will be available online by the end of August. Also Z Nation by LoeLife Productions was recently released on Youtube after it’s screening. It’s a Mockumentary that deals with very serious issues that women face today. The topics are portrayed in a funny way using Zombies and it successfully achieves to make an impact in the viewer. We’ve had great response with it so far. LoeLife Productions is considering making it a series in the near future. I’m very excited.
Who would you most like to work with?
Honestly anyone who is passionate. I love passionate people with strong opinions who have a very clear view and message they want to send. I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro and Manolo Caro. They are both great directors. I would love to work with Edward Norton too. I have huge respect and admiration for his work. And maybe comedian Chris D’elia, I can imagine it must be so much fun to be in a project with him. A really funny and cool guy.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep making drama. Keep creating. The beauty of this business is that you get to meet interesting people all the time, and when the right team is together you get the chance to create something that will blow people’s minds and hopefully they’ll go home completely changed after having an experience with your work.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Go for it. Be brave. It’s a very though path to choose and stick to cause you struggle every day even if you have work. But I think there’s nothing more enriching than being true to yourself and doing what you love, whatever that is. Embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the process.