Once I was first approached by Joey to do that venture, it was the parallelism in his imaginative and prescient that first drew me in. We listened to “Nothing to Declare” as he took me by means of the idea of the video and I used to be met with the juxtaposition of magnificence and melancholy. Having grown up with no arms, I’ve been watched my complete life.
In some respects, the Venus de Milo has at all times felt analogous to my life, and particularly to the character I painting on this movie. She’s adored, revered, and nearly always surrounded by individuals, and but she stands alone and her previous is unknown. There have at all times been questions surrounding her arms and she or he has by no means needed to reply or show her value. From my perspective, she has nothing to declare. Enjoying this character that’s totally different, and never simply because she doesn’t have arms, however by the best way she handles the distinction and nonetheless feeds on new curiosity was a extremely stunning expertise.
As a person, the tune and movie resonated to me in one other approach as nicely. On the time of the preliminary filming I had simply been recognized with stage III breast most cancers. This modified my private notion of the movie and pulled me away from seeing it as a approach to artistically see how my character exists with variations inside her surroundings, and made it an expertise of the person. At this cut-off date, to me, “Nothing to Declare” not meant that you simply don’t have to clarify your circumstances, however as a substitute it felt like a literal assertion going by means of the customs of life.
After this prognosis, I couldn’t exist as the identical particular person I used to be. I needed to put numerous my private objectives apart to give attention to my well being and restoration. In that respect, I needed to finish one chapter of my life and enter a brand new one. A chapter that doesn’t care about who I used to be earlier than or what aspirations I used to be striving towards. As a substitute, one which focuses on eradicating all of the most cancers and solely then will I be capable of begin residing once more. My want is for individuals to look at the video and benefit from the artwork and thriller. I hope the vulnerability and curiosity that we captured is felt by the viewer.