We were given the opportunity to interview Chiara D’Ambrosio about her upcoming heist-thriller “Bandit”, with Josh Duhamel, Mel Gibson and Elisha Cuthbert coming to theaters September 28. She shared a first look of the film with us, and also answered some questions to get to know her.
After escaping a Michigan prison, a charming career criminal assumes a new identity in Canada and goes on to rob a record 59 banks and jewellery stores while being hunted by a police task force. Based on the story of The Flying Bandit.
Q: You’re playing Mel Gibson’s daughter in the heist-thriller “Bandit”. Could you tell us what it’s all about?
Chiara: “Bandit” is based on the true story of Canadian bank robber Gilbert Galvan Jr, who was able to conduct 63 heists. I play Jill, Mel Gibson’s daughter, who is sassy, and will do anything to protect her family.
Q: What would you say is the moment that defines “Bandit” for you?
Chiara: Oh, that is such a good question! There is one scene that comes to mind towards the beginning of the movie, that sets the stage for the rest of the film. The scene is a major spoiler, so you will have to wait and see.
Q: What music did you listen to while filming the heist-thriller “Bandit”? Do you have a playlist on Spotify to get into character?
Chiara: I definitely remember listening to a lot of Taylor Swift, especially her “Red” album to get me into character.
Q: Since “Bandit” is based on a true story, did you read the book “The Flying Bandit” before going on set?
Chiara: I did not! I wanted to have a fresh mind when portraying Jill, so I decided to avoid reading the book until after filming, so my character choices did not interfere with real life.
Q: If you could play any other character in this film, who would it be?
Chiara: I would say Andrea Hudson, played by Elisha Cuthbert. There are a lot of layers to her character, as you will see in the film, so it would be challenging yet exhilarating to play a character like Andrea.
Q: If you could rob a bank with 3 characters from a show/movie you like, who would you choose to be successful, and why?
Chiara: I would rob a bank with Eleven from Stranger Things, Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things, and Villanelle from Killing Eve. I think Eleven would be the most successful because she can control objects and people with just her mind!
Getting to know Chiara D’Ambrosio
Q: What techniques do you use to create a believable character?
Chiara: I think understanding the characters motivations and choices! For any character work, I like to think about where they are in life, and how they got into the situation they are facing.
Q: What attracted you to begin a career as an actress?
Chiara: I was three years old when my sister and I booked the role of “Young Summer Newman” on The Young and the Restless. I only remember specific moments when we were on set, and the rest of them through photographs. When I was growing up, I would always see my smile through those pictures whenever I was on a set, and I remember thinking, I always want that feeling.
Q: When you have a five-minute break during a day on set, what do you spend that time doing?
Answer: I spend that time either rehearsing my scene, or reading one of my favorite books.
Q: How do you stay mentally and physically healthy as an actress?
Chiara: Exercise is amazing for both the mind and the body. Focusing on self-care is an important and necessary part of being in this industry, whether you are in front or behind the camera. To me, self-care is being with my family, reading, exercising, and working on my writing.
Thank you again to Chiara D’Ambrosio for taking your time to do this interview. Don’t be shy to tell us your opinion about this interview on our Social Media accounts. Did you know that we also had the opportunity to interview Anastasia Washington. Click here to see what it’s all about!
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