Interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis
Alexandros Logothetis was born in Athens, Greece in December 1970. Graduated with Honours from the National Theater of Greece Drama School in 1991 and obtained an MA in Acting from the Arts Educational Schools London in 1998. Alexandros has been working in the performance industry for 33 years. His work on television gave him popularity early on in his career and shows like “Women”, “Anatomy of a Crime”, “Stand by me”, “The Sacrifice” and “Ten” allowed him to show his acting abilities on the small screen. In 2010 he starred in Victoria Hislop’s international bestseller “The Island” portraying Dr. Kyritsis, a role that improved, even more, his vast popularity and gained him many accolades.
1. You were raised by two artists; your father is a famous Greek actor Helias Logothetis and your mother is a known author Efthychia Kalliteraki. How much has that influenced you to become an artist yourself, once acting is a form of art?
First of all, I wasn’t raised by my father. My parents were divorced when I was three, so I was raised by my mother. When I started working with my psyche at the age of 40, I found out that the reason I became an actor was that I wanted to be closer to my father. So, no fairy tales here, simple stuff that if I knew earlier, I might have been a better artist. No regrets though, I’m here because of my past and my family’s history and not because of a dream about succession or succeeding.
2. Who is your inspiration?
All the great artists, actors, musicians, painters, and dancers, but also everyday people.
My father to an extent, I always admired as an actor but I think I’ve chosen a different path than his.
3. How do you feel when you make your fans become engrossed in the lives of your characters?
It’s a great feeling and a bit disturbing when you are being called by your character’s name when you are shopping or eating in a restaurant. It took a lot of time to feel comfortable with this kind of behavior but now I am enjoying it.
4. Describe you’re acting style?
I have no style. I am a chameleon and when I say this, I don’t mean that I’m constantly changing my look or my walk, or the way I talk. I change my style to fit the director’s idea about a play and the process. Not a single director I’ve worked with has a method that I can surely say I know. Every time is like a new flirt, you have to observe and listen to understand and potentially fall in love.
Offstage my method is my coach, I work with him and we discover new things depending on the script and the part I’m called to bring to life.
5. What are some of the actors you admire and you have never worked with?
So many actors that I would like to work with but unfortunately, I’m Greek and they are living in another working galaxy that I don’t know if I’ll be able to visit.
I was fortunate to work in ”Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz with Lesley Manville and Conleth Hill, two great actors and beautiful people. What a joy to work with such professionals. Peter Cattaneo is a great director and I’ve learned a lot working with him.
6. Have you ever wanted to star in a remake of your father’s film?
I haven’t thought about it. Wait, no!!!
7. Entertainment industry is full of competition. What do you do to stand out amidst competition?
For many years I didn’t even think about competition. I had moments though that I was getting a little jealous or bittered because I was seeing other actors having huge success whereas I was stagnating.
Now that I am 51 and a father, I can say that I feel more into place, I don’t care about other people’s success or opinions. I am moving forward and my only concern is my family and my health.
Our work is like rolling a dice, we roll and we roll and sometimes we win and sometimes we’re even, occasionally we lose but we keep rolling till we die.
8. A very obsolete question to an actor with a subliminal acting orientation-which of the three do you prefer: theater, cinema, or television?
9. Are family and life always better than a nice movie?
To be honest, nothing compares to a nice movie when you’re sharing it with someone you love. But yes, real life is far more interesting than a nice movie.
10. What were some of your collaborations you would have to remember fondly?
In the 33 years that I’ve been working, I met beautiful people and I have loads of memories. It wouldn’t be fair to say that this or that collaboration was better or worst.
”The Island” by Victoria Hislop was and is one of my best memories. Led to beautiful friendships and two of the most beautiful years I had as an actor.
”Magpie Murders” is the most recent memory and has a very special place in my heart.
11. How was your experience working abroad and most recently on the British mini-series “Magpie Murders”?
Where to start and what to say?
Just being part of this great project was something unexpected. It’s one of those things a Greek actor would kill for. I was lucky that the part of Andreas Patakis came my way and instead of choosing an actor that fitted the description of the book they liked me and I got the part. What I’ve found out, and it’s something I’m proud of, is that they gave me the part because I was worth it and not because I knew someone.
Having your own caravan and being treated like royalty is something that I’m not used to. Everyone is so professional and organised and so the actor has only to think about acting and nothing else.
12. What are some of your future projects in acting?
End of March, I start filming a feature film directed by Pericles Hoursoglou, it’s a nice story about a son and his making amends with his past.
In the summer, the sequel to ”The Island” will start filming in Crete and Athens and I will be the doctor once again.
Somewhere in between a short film and that’s all for now.