Date of publishing: 6th
Santiago Cabrera, as the middle child in the family
of a Chilean diplomat and his wife, lived all around
the world. The family lived in Toronto, London, Madrid
and Romania they returned to stay in Chile when Santiago
was 15. This early travel aided Santiago in becoming
fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian. Santiago
excelled at soccer, being made captain of his team.
His high school drama teacher convinced Santiago to
try acting. While in high school he played the role
of Mozart in “Amadeus”. On soccer scholarships
Santiago attended two Chilean colleges before deciding
to take a year away in Europe. During this time he
changed his focus to performing and entered the prestigious
London’s Drama Centre in September 2000. While
still at the school he began working in television
with small roles. Santiago is now playing the artist
Isaac Mendez in the NBC hit TV show "HEROES".
Gilles Nuytens: Heroes
is already a big success after only a few episodes,
how has the show affected your life?
Santiago Cabrera: It's amazing to
be part of a show that has had such a positive reaction.
I wouldn't say it has changed my life dramatically
although I do get invited to much more events and
parties than ever before.
Nuytens: You share
a very good relationship with Tim Sale, have you tried
to do some paintings yourself? Would you like to?
Santiago Cabrera: I do have a good
relationship with Tim Sale. He's a great artist and
has created some fantastic work for Isaac. I've been
painting in my spare time and I painted one of the
paintings of Hiro and the dinosaur, although it was
drawn onto the canvas already. I don't think you'll
be seeing any of my creations on the screen as of
yet but who knows? if I get any better.......
Gilles Nuytens: If
you had to choose an extraordinary ability, what would
you choose, why and what would you accomplish with
Santiago Cabrera: If I were to choose
an extraordinary ability it would be to fly......
it would make traveling easier. I could go visit my
family alot more often.
Gilles Nuytens: Now
that the drug problem seems solved for Isaac, we can
see him less tortured with more stability, are there
still any challenges for you to play the character?
Santiago Cabrera: I think Isaac is
a tortured soul (on or off drugs). So for me the nature
of the character will always be the challenge, or
struggle when approaching this character. For that
same reason he is alot of fun to portray. I feel privileged
to be able to bring him to life.
Gilles Nuytens: What
is your favorite scene you had to play so far and
Santiago Cabrera: Even though I felt
really bad for killing Simone (the lovely Tawny Cypress),
as an actor that scene was alot of fun to play. I
got into a tussle with Peter Petrelli (Milo), got
thrown around the room, played around with the gun,
fired it, etc etc. It's a terrible scenario for Isaac
as well, killing the one he loves, but alot of the
times those scenes where there is so much at stake
make it all the more entertaining to play.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you have a favorite other character on the show?
Santiago Cabrera: It's been a pleasure
working with everyone I've crossed paths with so far.
And I watch the show as just another fan. I wouldn't
say I have a favorite other character, I just enjoy
the story as a whole and everyone in it.
Nuytens: You did
a lot of theatre, plays, especially Shakespeare, do
you have any preference between working in theatre
Santiago Cabrera: I just look for
roles and stories that motivate me as an actor. Whether
the medium be theatre, TV or film doesn't really influence
my decision as much as what the character or the plot
has to offer me, and if I have something to say with
it. I'm very attracted by the many possibilities this
profession has to offer, among them the chance to
work in area's as diverse as TV and theatre.
Gilles Nuytens: All
of the characters seem connected and destined to meet
each other, in your mind, what does this connection
Santiago Cabrera: I think the connection
between the characters and the different story lines
means that there is a greater cause and everyone is
on a quest to get to that greater cause. Because of
this search, inevitably, people will start to cross
Gilles Nuytens: We
have seen the death of your character while Hiro visited
the future, have the producers let you know any current
plot lines where this future is changed?
Santiago Cabrera: The only thing
the writers and producers have made clear from the
beginning is that with this story, the premise that
they have already set, anything is possible. I think
that's why it makes for such great television. Nothing
is set in stone. It's like they have a license to
go anywhere they wish. Apart from that (which is vague
enough in itself), they give us very little. We're
only a couple of episodes ahead of the audience in
terms of what's going to happen next. It's fun to
work that way though, it keeps you alert.
Gilles Nuytens: The
show is going to be translated in many languages,
how do you feel when you see yourself speaking with
another voice? Have you already listened to your other
language voices from heroes?
Santiago Cabrera: I haven't listened
to my other language voice from HEROES yet but I'm
sure it will be interesting. I can never watch myself
objectively anyway so maybe having someone else do
my voice would make me enjoy my perfomance more. I
might watch it and go, "wow, I was fenomenal
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