European star Alina Nastase on breaking into the US market.

Upon meeting Alina Nastase, her bubbly and warm nature is immediately apparent. 

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Alina Nastase, shot by Jonathan Stoddard. 

“I’ve always liked meeting new people, it’s why I’m an actress. I’m curious about how other people live their lives, and what motivates them to make certain decisions that will make them who they are, and that’s amazing to be able to explore and learn from it in my own life too”  

The Ginger beauty speaks with the hint of an accent, a distinct marker of her Romanian-Spanish heritage which is clearly becoming an attractive feature in generating the interest of directors and producers who are clamoring to work with her. 

“It is hard to learn the American English accent initially, but I am very lucky that I can speak multiple languages and work as an actor all over the world. The challenge of learning other languages has  ultimately been worth it, and i’m motivated to keep learning more languages” 

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Alina Nastase on set for her latest TV series, La Valle. 

Indeed, Nastase’s multilingual capabilities are one of many characteristics which sets her apart from other actors who might simply trade on their looks. Nastase craves the exploration of human empathy and imagination in serving her roles. This hunger has unsurprisingly led her to being signed on for some exciting projects shooting in the United States.  

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Alina Nastase at the premiere of Vampyres, a role which has built her a huge fan base. Her profile in the film industry amongst fans is what has lead to her casting in US projects (photographer unkown).

Her managers and agents speak proudly when discussing their client, as they recall first impressions on their big expectations when they first signed the committed artist. These agents are the same who have also helped facilitate her engagements in two feature films shooting across the US. Each will make the most of Nastase’s European heritage and give the actress an opportunity to showcase her range. 

The first involves her working with producers who have previously collaborated with Funny or Die, in a feature film titled Reunion. The second, a sci-fi drama, called The Next Earth, which poses the question of how humanity can survive if planet Earth as we know it does not. 

The fact Alina is due to be working in different genres and exploring completely different characters is nothing new to European audiences, as existing in the polarity of these extremes is one of the hallmarks of her career. 

Indeed, she has flourished in comedic roles before – as she did in the Warner Bros’ feature Villaviciosa de a Lado where she played the memorable character Simone, a prostitute with a heart of gold. 

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Alina on-screen (right) with legendary Spanish actress Carmen Machi (left) in Warner Bros’ comedy hit, Villaviciosa de a Lado.

“I loved that movie so much – it was so much fun and everyone was so nice. I love comedies like this one, especially because this one was based on a true story” 

Alina’s portrayal of Simone as a naive and warmhearted person went against both the writers’ and producers’ expectations, so much so that out of the hundreds of girls who auditioned, it was only she who could have played the role. 

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Alina (third from left) at the premiere for mega-hit comedy, Villaviciosa de a Lado. 

The experience in comedy will serve the actress well when she steps up to play Brittany Smyth in Reunion, where she will play the more beautiful and successful version of a character in a story that will explore success and why similar people with similar attributes still find varying levels of success. 

“I am very excited about Reunion – it should be a lot of fun.” 

Alina’s experience in the sci-fi world has set a strong foundation for another upcoming role in the US, in the project The Next Earth. Indeed, she notable appeared in the dark fantasy drama Vampyres in the starring role of Ann.

Vampyres” was a hard shoot because it was emotionally demanding, but the pay-off was worth it.” 

Shooting across Tulsa and California for The Next Earth will also allow Nastase to explore parts of the US as a tourist, as much as an artist. 

“I love exploring different parts of the world, that’s what is so great about being an actor.”

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