Shooting Star: Alba Rohrwacher


Alba Rohrwacher took an unusual path to the big screen. Inspired by a visiting circus, she studied acrobatics for several years as a youth, before moving to the stage, and then, finally, to films. But she has taken to cinema like a natural and earned praise for a passionate but understated acting style that has been highlighted in several acclaimed and high-profile productions. When not acting, she enjoys drawing and painting.

The Hollywood Reporter: How do you think your selection as a Shooting Star will help your career?

Alba Rohrwacher: I'm really looking forward to meeting the other honorees and to comparing notes. I know we all have different backgrounds and come from different cinema cultures. I think we can all learn from each other and use this experience as a tool to become better actors.

THR: You have a wide variety of experience before getting into films. Do you miss the other disciplines?

Rohrwacher: I do sometimes. I was in a theater production about a year ago, which was nice. I could see myself doing that again. But I really love film. The first time I was in a film I knew that was what I wanted to do.

THR: What has been your most challenging role so far?

Rohrwacher: I think that "Il Papa di Giovanna" (Giovanna's Father) was difficult, because as Giovanna I had an important role, but I had relatively little screen time. So the challenge was to communicate a lot in brief periods, but to do so without overacting.

THR: Most of your most important roles have been in Italian dramas. Would you like to try something different in the future?

Rohrwacher: I think I'd like to take part in a well-done comedy, and also in a period film with costumes and that kind of thing. My father is German, and so I think sometimes about making a film where my character would speak in German.