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A Q&A WITH ACTRESS RAYANNA DIBS



We recently sat down with the highly talented and witty UK actress Rayanna Dibs. She spoke about some of her upcoming projects that are in the works as well as who she would most love to work alongside if she had the choice. It was fantastic and uplifting to catch up with this beautiful and bubbly star. Here is what she had to say:

Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?

I'm an actress currently based in London, mostly working in film right now which has always been my big passion. I'm not sure I got into performing, performing got into me. My love for acting began from watching films. As a kid I got involved in my school drama club and stage school on the weekends. There was no question that I would go onto study acting in my adult life so I went to university and got a degree in drama and acting, which at the time seemed like the best option as I knew drama school wasn't for me. I then headed to London to continue my acting journey. The journey continues...

What inspired you to get into this industry?

A combination of Judd Nelson, Run Lola Run & Die Hard! I grew up watching 80s action movies with my dad. We would watch films on the weekends and I remember always wondering how the film was made and how cool it was that Bruce Willis was jumping off buildings. I became obsessed with the Breakfast Club and learned every character's monologue which drove my brother up the wall. I remember thinking about wanting a boyfriend just like John Bender when I was older. And Franka Potente, well she is just cool! All these films fueled my curiosity for acting, I knew I wanted to do what they did. 

What kind of training have you had, if any? 

I studied Stanislavski and Strasberg at college when I was 16, I loved it. Then I went onto formally study at university, which I didn't love so much. After that I was always taking courses and wanting to learn different pockets of things. I have an acting coach I see weekly who is amazing. 

What has been your favorite role to play so far?

Josie in Nell Dunn's play Steaming. The rehearsal process was long and intense and it was a very challenging role for me as I had to overcome a fear I hadn't been dealing with. The character was so much fun to explore and took me to some interesting places. 

What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?

I feel like that is still to come, but for now playing the lead in a play at the Edinburgh International Festival was pretty cool, oh and being directed by Danny Boyle - forgot to mention that one!

What projects do you have coming up?

A few things. I'm about to start shooting the film Plague which is a futuristic type film set in London in 2052. I'll be working on a film called Singles this summer too, which is an ensemble piece about a 70s dating agency. I've also got a pilot in post-production which I co-produced. 

Who would you most like to work with?

Abi Morgan, Christian Bale and David O.Russell. I've met Abi a few times and she is beyond awesome. There is no role Christian Bale can't play, and O.Russell is unstoppable. 

What are your plans for the future?

To keep getting better and taking on projects and roles that challenge and inspire me. 

What is your advice to aspiring performers?

Get comfortable with yourself and keep on your path, you've only got yourself to put into anything you do, so like yourself and know that you are enough. My acting coach repeatedly drills this into me.

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