Today, the final instalment of the Harry Potter saga hits UK cinemas. While it may be a sad day for Potter fans, out of the ashes of J.K Rowlings worldwide phenomemn rise a bundle of stars ready to light up British cinema. One of these is the awesome Natalia Tena!
And what’s not to love about Natalia? Enthusiastic, upbeat, quirky, witty, hilarious and bags of fun, the English actress has got quite a bit in common with her Harry Potter character and, much like Tonks, the hugely talented Tena has a few tricks up her sleeve! As well as acting, (this year she’s also starring in films ‘You Instead’, ‘Bel Ami’ and HBO’s fantasy-drama series ‘Game of Thrones’) she’s also got one hell of a voice and can bash out a tune on accordion with plenty of gusto, both of which she does frequently with her band ‘Molotov Jukebox’.
In an interview for NOIR magazine, I chatted to the lovely Natalia about Harry Potter, filming at festivals, the ideal recipe to a rocking Gyp-Step band and doing sex scenes with ‘Twilight’ hunk Robert Pattinson …
Hi Natalia! How did you find filming The Deathly Hallows: Part 2?
Well, it felt like part 1 and 2 were the same as the filming ran into each other. Overall, I spent all the times I wasn’t filming laughing at everything funny Lupin had to say and generally catching up with the banging Potter cast and crew!
How did you feel about what happens to Tonks in the final film?
Obviously loved it, every actor likes the idea of a death scene! I like the fact she shoves into minimum time all the big phases of life – love, birth, death … done!
There’s a big battle scene at the end of the film, did you get to be part of the action?
The battle scene was epic due to the fact that such an integral set had been demolished like a titanic car crash; that was a bizarre sight! I wasn’t really part of the action this time, shame because I thoroughly enjoy prancing around shouting and imagining random things in front of a green neon screen!
What’s been the best thing about being part of the Harry Potter phenomenon?
Firstly, getting to meet its crème de la crème crew and cast. Secondly, owning a wand and shouting in Latin and getting paid for it, and thirdly, meeting kids that actually believe you have magic powers and threatening to turn them into frogs if they don’t do their homework!
You’re about to make lots of Robert Pattinson fans very jealous in the upcoming Bel Ami! What can you tell us about your role and getting ‘down and dirty’ with Rob?
Basically I play a syphilitic prostitute inParisat the turn of the century! Rob and I used to be good mates for a brief period before he shot to Vampire fame. I remember him taking me out for drinks before going toAmericato film it, saying “yeah, going to do some Vampire movie, see you when I get back.” Little did he know how huge it was going to be! Seeing him again was great and I always find sex scenes very funny! You’re there making sex noises, thinking about the fact that all the crew are respectfully trying to do their job delicately to not make it hard for you … it makes me want to crack up every time! It’s about as sexy as watching paint dry. The daunting bit; knowing that lots of people (including my Dad) are going to see it!
You also star as a rock chick in You Instead set at T in the Park, can you tell us about your character Morello?
Morello is the lead singer of a fem-rock band The Dirty Pinks and is feisty, cynical and funny yet vulnerable. She’s been working hard to make her band get somewhere and thinks very little of Adam Elva, the lead singer of a rival band, to whom she gets handcuffed in a strange twist of fate. But love can flourish between all sorts of unlikely people and they realise they have a connection that is above their antagonistic banter!
How did you find shooting over four days of intense guerrilla style filming?
Literally, it was exhilarating, exhausting, hilarious, adrenaline-fuelled madness! I reckon I can speak for everyone in saying that that Monday morning wrap held such HUGE sense of achievement, it felt monumental! More than anything, it had to do with the cast, crew and director we had. Every single person there made it possible and David MacKenzie is a relentless man! Extreme acting was very much the consensus of the project: there was lots of improvising, we had the script as our anchor but from there we messed around, seeing what each moment had to offer, and we had thousands of extras in festival party mode to play with!
Tell us about your own band, Molotov Jukebox. How would you describe your sound and how do find combining music and film?
Basically, it’s Gyp-Step; a well aimed throw by its individuals and their relative musical styles into a melting pot of chaos, stirred with love, garnished with loud shouting and strong looks, then served warm with massive smiles. Definitely 6 of your 5 a day, fantastic for every muscle used in contagious dancing! With regards to combining, one the best things in life is finding a synergy between the things you love in the hope that they can work together and bring out the best in each other, for your career and more importantly for you those you love.
NEXT … Natalia shares A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MOLOTOV JUKEBOX!