People like VALERIA BILELLO are effortless scene-stealers. She gets you with a look and reels you in with her delivery, making any of her performance remember her face and/or charisma. But she’s more than just her charms and well-defined aesthetics. She’s a bonafide storyteller in her own right. This Italian director/actor never fails to encaptivate may it be behind the camera or in front. Being in Sense8’s latest season as the elusive Lila Facchini shows her talent off in a global scale.
From having her Netflix hit cancelled to given a last shot, loving the life in celluloid, and finding fun in grocery shopping; Valeria lies down with STATUS and dishes everything in our latest installment of PILLOW TALK.
What are usually people’s first impressions of you? Do they usually tend to be true?
No!!!! Not even a 10%. I appear the opposite most of the times, except to those who know me and love me. Identity is a weird thing.
Often seen as seductive or someone oozing with sex appeal, is there something about you that is seen as a unsexy that you’re proud of?
I don’t know. Well, they say being confident about ourselves is sexy so I’d say whenever that I’m not sexy. But I’m proud of it because it shows I can be a fragile person too sometimes and nothing is wrong with that.
On an off day, what do you usually do?
I love cooking and shopping for grocery. I’m not a foodie and I don’t necessarily care about healthy food. But I’ve always been interested in food since I was a kid, and making food even more so yeah! Food and movies! And kissing, I love food, movies, and kissing.
We heard you are a filmmaker as well! What made you fall in love with making films?
In early 2000’s, my boyfriend at the time noticed I was obsessed with taking photos and watching movies. He had the idea of the school, the idea of me becoming a director. I’ll always be thankful for this, those years at school were exciting in a way I find exciting things rarely. Dust everywhere and curious happy kids!
If you are a hybrid of filmmakers, who will you be?
Definitely a Godard meeting Miranda July and P.T Anderson.
What are the kind of stories you like telling through your films or through acting?
Small stories and details. Beauty is in small things, imperceptible things, but when you recognize them and identify you understand the story. Otherwise a romantic movie would always be exactly like any other romantic movie but in details you make a different one — in a word and in a move.
Who are you as a filmmaker and who are you as an actor? Is there a difference?
I play characters in the same way I’d direct myself or other actors. The difference is in the directors’ choices. I’ve always played in someone else’s project and I follow their ideas.
On taking on roles, what makes you fall in love with a part?
Sometimes it’s just a sentence, a word or an action that I can’t wait to say or play and makes me say: “Yes, I’ll play anything for this!” So I can get to say the line or do the scene.
From all the roles that you’ve gotten, what makes playing Lila Facchini different for you?
Lila is my first villain. I’ve never imagined myself playing one and having so much fun with it! I find villains very similar to young kids being hurt and becoming evil, hungry for revenge. Motivations were unexplored, but once found I had a great time in Lila’s body.
What do you love about playing Lila?
The sexy part. Oh my god, I feel so different that way.
What do you love the most about being a part of Sense8?
Meeting these wonderful human beings, Lana Wachowski will always be in my heart and thoughts on other sets and most importantly in life. I learned so much from her and the way she works, it won’t leave easily.
What are your thoughts about Lila and Wolfgang’s dynamic?
“You can’t always get what you want” dynamic! If you think about it it happens a lot in real life, you get obsessed with people and things you can’t have.
How did you feel when they cancelled the show?
We were all devastated. It felt wrong, unjustified and cruel. Fans were so determined and loud that thanks to them something you want to forget turned out to be spectacular and literally unforgettable.
Are you coming back on the grand finale this 2018? What can we expect from the show and Lila?
I am! Lila is going to be part of this episode and in Italy too, in her full bloody, sexy, bitchy, smart way. And in Italy, I loved seeing Lana and the crew in my country for a while. It was the warmest welcoming ever over this shoot. Fans were following Sense8 everywhere in Italy, from early in the morning till late at night.
Will we know more about Lila’s cluster in the finale?
You’ll know more about Lila and more of her story. As you know, one of the show’s last locations was Napoli. It’s an explosive finale!
When Sense8 is over, do you have any upcoming projects we should be looking out for?
I’m very happy about an English movie I’ll be filming over the next spring. Can’t say more but I’m very much looking forward to it!
by Rogin -E
Photographed by: Alessandro Pizzi
HMUA by: Hilary Battisti per Simone Belli Agency