Born in the city of Mucugê in Bahia, still very young, at the age of three she already moved to São Paulo because of her mother’s work. From 13 to 17 she lived again in Chapada Diamantina, in the city of her grandparents, returning to SP to study performing arts and cinema.
Starring in her first feature, actress Talita Coling gained prominence in “The Red Ribbon”, director Nestor Luiz’s first work, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2022. Talita says she was contacted by the director who invited her for the paper. The actress, who has already starred in productions such as “Carcereiros”, by José Eduardo Belmonte, winner of MIPTV in Cannes in the Full Episodes category, says that she was willing to participate in the project as soon as she was invited and missed her flight to Florianópolis, almost failing to participate.
On Instagram, she has been working on her fashion side, looking for international fashion trends that she shares with her audience, she also likes to browse thrift stores, art galleries and loves gastronomy! On the networks, the beautiful actress also talks about her lifestyle and love life with MMA fighter Gabriel Souza. Check out the interview!
With a back and forth story from Bahia to São Paulo and Chapada Diamantina. Until you were 17 years old, you had many experiences. How were these experiences of culture from one place to another?
Brazil is culturally very rich and diverse and Bahia is an absolute powerhouse. On the other hand, SP is where everything happens all the time. I can’t tell about my life without mentioning these comings and goings. When I’m in Bahia I always reconnect with my essence, I have my family close to me and whenever I see them I remember the reason for things. Bahia is a reference in art and culture. São Paulo is the place of possibilities so coming to SP everything became possible.
Although your first performing arts course was in São Paulo, how did your passion for theater come into your life?
Still living in Bahia, I looked for Teatro Vila Velha. I ended up not studying there and months later I moved to São Paulo and studied. But those who love theater, really do, will always be a good spectator. Even if I don’t do it anymore, or don’t do it yet, I’ll be in the audience. For love. Since I was 6 years old I have been a theater audience and it was the first time I felt certainty and passion.
Your first protagonist in cinema lived in the movie “A Riba Vermelha”, it was also the first work of director Nestor Luiz and was shown at the Cannes Festival last year, right? How was the experience of being on this project?
It opened up a lot of things for me and my teammates. We are all young and full of dreams. We made this film on a low budget and having received this recognition makes us believe that we can do so much! I received many positive messages from actors, actresses and people in the field. People I admired a lot and today admire me too. Since then, I’ve worked with Nestor on many ideas for new productions and we have work in pre-production, in addition to the fact that he has incredible projects to promote cinema and will be at Cannes again this year. Things are happening!
Another project that has an interesting history is the film “Carcereiros” by director José Eduardo Belmonte, how was it shooting in a deactivated penitentiary?
I have a huge affection for José Eduardo Belmonte and for the way he led the whole set in this very sensitive work that was Carcereiros. I was very curious about every detail on set because it was real. My imagination ran wild going through every security gate, every room. I remember listening to “Amor Distante” by Racionais before the scenes. On the other hand it wasn’t a heavy set. Rodrigo (Lombardi) had recently done the musical Urinal and I have memories of him singing in the dressing room. It was all so much fun with the whole cast.
And the story of his joining the Red Ribbon project, which was very curious, as he had missed a flight to Florianópolis. Do you believe it was fate to be on the project?
I have no doubt that it was my destiny. The deadline for the film to be shot was very short. They could call me and say “We’re going to have to cast another actress”, but the set stopped and waited for that flight to arrive! If I tell you about my dreams, they’ll say it’s crazy, but I believe we attract everything we manifest. And a film at the Cannes festival showed a lot. When we filmed the Tape I had no idea that he would be the one to take me there. And it was!
In addition to the physical stages, another place you also shine is on social media, where you show international fashion trends, as well as arts and gastronomy. How is contact with the public usually and what are the main lessons that working with the internet teaches?
The internet is a place that teaches you many things the hard way. The greatest of all lessons is to have consistency and common sense! Although we often use social media as a showcase, we are not a product. We are real, people identify with what is human in every human being. Credibility is not bought and takes a long time to be conquered, but any phrase out of context on the internet can make people lose a lot. I try to have the closest relationship possible because I love interacting, answering directly and reading what they send me. I have people who have followed me since before series and soap operas, as I recorded videos on Vine and Musical.ly (which today is TikTok) so many people who are root followers and saw me achieve my dreams.
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