Institute: What made you take the career path as an actress?
Alina: My passion towards human feelings, artistic nature and love for cinema.
Institute: How did you make the transition from model into actress?
Alina: Modeling was never the final stop. It is fun but it was never enough. I want to tell the story and I want the picture move.
Institute: Tell us about your journey into the acting.
Alina: I always loved acting, naturally. As a kid, my favorite game was create to different characters in different worlds and play them. I would change my voice and the way I walked and dressed for each character. Then I became older and found myself on theatre stage in school. I performed all my childhood and teenage years. When I came to America, I went to acting school and I discovered a lot of magical things about life. First of all, I have learned so much about my authentic self and the power of the truth, not only on stage or in front of a camera, but in real life as well. And how beautiful honest human feelings are and how powerful love and compassion is. Institute: We were excited to hear about ’The Bad Batch’ can you tell us a bit about that? -It is a very exciting film! I can not tell you a lot but it is a love story. Crazy cannibal love story :) The film will be released early next year.
Institute: What drew you to the part? How was it working alongside Keanu Reeves?
Alina: The story is fantastic. Keanu Reeves is fantastic actor and person as well.
Institute: What are some of the greatest fears you think actors face?
Alina: I think the fear of not succeeding in what you do. It is a fear which most of human beings experience. I was thinking about it a lot and I think that to find what you love to do the most and do it – it is already a success. Rejections are not failures, it is just a process and as long as you keep doing what you love, master your craft, it will bring you satisfaction and joy. That means you are on the right path.
Institute: What are some of the greatest fears you think models face?
Alina: The modeling industry is whole another story. It is mostly about looks and physics, so I think girls are insecure about that the most. The cool side of it is that you work out hard and eat healthy and it pays off.
Institute: How do you keep yourself occupied in-between projects?
Alina: For me work is a necessity, so I never stop. It is like food for my inner world, soul if you like. I always create, write, play music, compose songs, talking to artists, collaborating, and thinking about ideas. It is non stop action and it makes me happy.
Institute: How hard do you push yourself?
Alina: Pretty hard, and I learn every day new things about myself, life, people, and the craft. And the zone of creativity with new knowledge becomes bigger and more opportunities appear and more work, so I push myself harder as well to not miss out. But it is also important to learn how to make choices.
Institute: Do you have an all time favorite model?
Alina: I Love Natalia Vodianova. She is a great model and a great human being with a kind heart.
Institute: What are you currently working on?
Alina: I am packing for San Francisco right now. I am recording my first album over there. I am also shooting a couple of film projects as well this coming winter.
Institute: Could you single out a person who has had a profound impact on you in the last 5 years?
Alina: Myself. I am not being selfish. It is just that every single change in my life and brave decision, I have made myself. I went against everyone including my parents, who said you will never make it, you live in the fantasy world and you should comeback to reality and live a “normal life”. I want to tell everyone who faces the same situation, especially kids from foreign countries like myself where society convinces you that dreams are not real, DREAMS are real! Whoever you want to become – you can become! Just make sure to dream big, work hard and never give up on that! And be a good person, what goes around comes around yeah?