Actress Alba Amira is making her mark with a big screen debut in Director Alessio Della Valle's film AMERICAN NIGHT, a neo-noir set in New York City's corrupt contemporary art world starring Amira alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emile Hirsch, Paz Vega, and Jeremy Piven. We spoke with Amira about her role in AMERICAN NIGHT, the filmmaking process, and what's next for her.
What drew you to AMERICAN NIGHT and what can you tell us about your character Olivia? When I read the script of American Night, I instantly thought it was a very unique project and I really loved the non-linear story and the neo-noir aspects. It felt different than anything I had seen before.
Olivia is a woman with ambition that will do anything it takes to get to where she wants to go in life. I was very drawn to the character because of her different sides, I loved the fact that I got to portray her in a way that gives her a certain mystery and deeper layer. The “Partner in crime” scenario I got to play out alongside Jonathan was also really fun to do.
What was it like working with stars like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emile Hirsch, Paz Vega, and Jeremy Piven on set? Most of my scenes were with Jonathan who was super professional and a great support and teacher for me on set. I really appreciated his efforts to look out for me and Jeremy always lightened the mood on set, so I had fun for sure! I’m so grateful that I got to work with these great people especially since this was my first film!
It was interesting to see the different approaches all these hugely talented actors took to portray their characters, they all taught me a lot!
What do you enjoy most about the filmmaking process? I love being on set. I love the sense of togetherness that arises when everyone is working towards the same goal of making a great project happen. And of course it’s hugely rewarding as an actress to bring a character and a vision to life.
Any exciting projects next up on the horizon? I have two great projects that are being released next year, one is a wonderful romantic comedy directed by Paolo Ruffini and the other is a Christmas Comedy. I had to speak Italian in both of these films and it was fun to challenge myself a little as an actress with a language I don’t actually speak!