Stanislav Ianevski: I'd Like A More Serious Project

Novinite Insider » INTERVIEW | January 25, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00
Stanislav Ianevski: I'd Like A More Serious Project Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia News Agency)

Bulgaria-born Stanislav Ianevski, who gathered international fame with his role of Quidditch player Viktor Krum in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, recently won SNA's annual "Personality of the Year" poll in the Entertainment category. Ianevski talked to SNA Editor Petya Sabinova about his life now, going out with friends and the person he wants to be.

Q: I suppose you didn't expect to win our poll, because you weren't even aware that it was taking place?

A: I didn't really have a clue that I was nominated and it was quite strange, and the time we met in the club was a real surprise that I was you know, 500 votes up, so that was a surprise.

Q: What would you like to say to your fans and to all the people who voted for you, and if I can say that to all the girls who voted for you?

A: Well, I don't know if they're only girls, but I want to thank every single person who voted for me. I now it is connected to Harry Potter and I'm hoping that it's not only connected to Harry Potter, but also to my personality and who I am. I'm hoping to surprise them in the near future with more projects.

Q: Speaking about more projects, any ideas already?

A: Yes, I have quite a few jobs coming ahead, but I'd rather keep them more quite for now.

Q: Now that you spend some time in Bulgaria and travel abroad a lot, I guess you still have your old friends here. What has changed between you and them?

A: Nothing much, except that you get to distinguish who your real friends are and who the people you just know are. Otherwise everything is the same and I'm the same old Stan and nothing has really changed.

Q: You have a younger sister, did she change the way she sees you after the movie?

A: Not really, no. I'm her brother, I've been for 21 years the same old brother, so I don't think I've changed in that way, but her school and friends, that's changed towards her. Now it's like "Wow, your brother is famous." So things have changed in that aspect.

Q: So is this what you want to do with your life right now?

A: Yes definitely, I'm doing all my best to continue and I've got a couple of future projects coming up so yeah, that's it.

Q: How about your studies, are you planning to continue?

A: Well I finished college in the summer of 2005 and now I'm gonna take some time off, because I really need to work on the path of my career. I can't balance them both right now. But I am definitely planning to continue with my studies later.

Q: Have you any idea in what area you want to continue?

A: I'm not sure. I've got an acting base now, so I doubt that I really need to study it, because I believe it's more natural than studying and going into the details like a robot. But I will maybe do something related with business or social relationships, something that includes people, that's interesting to me.

Q: Now you've had time to meet with a lot of fans in Bulgaria, what makes them different than the rest, apart from speaking your native tongue?

A: Apart from speaking my language, they are very different actually. They are just like any other fan around the world, with the difference that they appreciate your own space. They are not like the ones that jump in and disturb you, they are sort of shy. They appreciate you being a person and not "hey this is Stan."

Q: So would you say that going out is easier for you in Bulgaria, than in the UK for example?

A: Yes, definitely. English fans are a little more kind of aggressive, while Bulgarians aren't. They just respect your space and they appreciate you being what you are.

Q; How does your family take the bad press?

A: At the beginning it was tough but now, we're getting used to it. In the beginning I read that coming to Bulgaria for the premiere of Harry Potter was a punishment to me, and it really hurt, because it was my idea and I shared it with Mike [Newell, the movie's director.]

Q: Do you visit your fan website from time to time?

A: Yeah, I go on the Internet quite often, pretty much every day so I do go around and visit and read what they say, because I think it is really important to know their opinion. Because in the film industry the fans drive the actor and inspire him. So far they've been really supportive and I really appreciate it.

Q: Who were the people on your walls when you were younger, or even now?

A: On my walls I didn't really put people, I'd rather put pictures with nature, you know, tigers, lions, all powerful animals. Also, because I like training and the body is very important to me, I've had posters of people with lots of muscles, that sort of thing.

Q: Have you encountered any bad sides of acting so far?

A: I haven't encountered any. Maybe just the bad press but I don't pay attention to that so much, so it's fine. And people say that there's no such thing as bad press.

Q: Where do you see yourself in about 10 years?

A: I don't know. I can't really predict with this job. I might be unemployed, I might be well off.

Q: You've mentioned before that you would like to take part in actions and thrillers, something along that line?

A: Yes, because Harry Potter was fantastic but catered to a younger generation. For a next project I would like to do something more serious. Like a drama, or something that would catch everyone's eye, rather than just the younger generation.

Q: Do you feel ready for a really big role in a drama that requires you to show more emotions?

A: Oh, yes, Harry Potter itself was filled with lots of feelings and action. I never prepared for this, it all came naturally. I prefer to play it in a more real way, rather than preparing and then going at it like a robot. I think I'm ready and I'll see.

Q: Would you star in a romantic comedy, or a chick-flick?

A: Yeah, I don't see why not. The more areas you touch the more people are going to see it and the more fans you're going to win over. And as I said, it is the fans, who drive an actor.

Q: Which actors would you like to work with?

A: I'd enjoy working with any actor, but maybe with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, you now, the big actors. Because I think that there is a lot to learn from them.

Q: And how about actresses, especially in terms of who do you think is successful in bringing out the most of her partner in the shooting?

A: I think Kirsten Dunst is quite good. And Angelina Jolie, you know, any boy's dream, I just have to mention her.

Q: There is a stereotype in Hollywood and Bulgarians are mostly cast as Eastern, raw, menacing individuals. Do you think that this is about to change?

A: There are stereotypes for every country. I don't see why it couldn't change. Cultures are now mixing up so fast that by the end of the day we'd all be the same people.

Q: You are very protective of your personal life?

A: I don't think that it's important to expose my personal life. We are all people and have the right to a private life. If everyone knows everything about you, you become like an empty shell, and I prefer to be a full shell.

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