Lauran de Winter is an actor who appears in the Television series The Chosen Ones; here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: I had just quit my cycling career at a young age, and I was looking for a new challenge and passion. Some friends of mine advised me to start acting so I gave it a try. I liked it for personal reasons, I could get to know myself better and explore my feelings and emotions and I guess fully grow up as a person. I love fully going for something, the acting industry has such an exciting variety to offer that it is something I can fully throw myself into for a lifetime. I believe we all like to express ourselves and for me acting is the most truthful, exciting, fun and challenging way to express myself. Acting is what I love and I love to inspire people. Myself I get the most inspired from watching a good movie with a good message, and I want to give this gift to other people as well.
Q: What is The Chosen Ones about?
A: The Chosen Ones is a TV-series about a group of people in the government that are cloning humans for evil reasons.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the agent in the TV-series who is sent to find out what sort of experimenting is going on. I find the answers and I am the one to find out the government is cloning people. I go on a journey to protect the humans from this.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your creative work?
A: I am a full time professional actor.
Q: What are some things you have done to promote yourself?
A: I have a website where people can keep up to date with what I’m doing at laurandewinter.com. I am on Facebook with a fanpage under lauranndewinter. I’m on twitter as well, @laurandewinter. This way I keep my fans informed of what I’m doing.
Q: What is the most unusual thing anyone has ever told you about acting?
A: Acting is pretending. Of course we all know the role is not our real lives as actors, and we really want to bring the character, YOU as the actor have to fully embrace the circumstances and personality of the role.
Q: What’s the biggest difference between The USA and Netherlands?
A: Well, the USA is the big brother of the World to me. In Holland we take over a lot of things from the US. I would say in Holland everything is more equally divided and generally the people are very happy. In the US there is more opportunity if you want to succeed. I need that environment, you can’t do it all by yourself. Everybody needs a team, and your team needs to see possibilities equally to the way you see them. I find that mentality in the US like no other country in the world. Holland is a beautiful place to visit, and to live. So is the US. For acting the US is the place to be. I don’t exclude the possibility to act in a Dutch movie or TV-SHOW. I would enjoy it and it’s a great way to give back.
Q: What director would you most like to work with?
A: Steven Spielberg. He has such a variety in his movies, and always comes up with winning movies. As a person he seems humble to me, and someone all of us can learn from.
Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?
A: I study Meisner and Strasberg.
Q: .If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?
A: Not too much. There are a lot of people that like this or that to be different. If you believe in what you do, you can succeed in whatever it is you do. I always look at myself as to where I can improve, but I’m too busy focusing on my career to worry about how I’d like things to be different. You choose who you want to be, who you want to work with and what you want to do if you want it bad enough. The acting industry has no limitations, at least I don’t see them.
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