As part of Liberatum's Women in Creativity Series, here is our interview with Rome and Milan based Greek actress, Antigone Kouloukakos.
It was the 15th of August. In the middle of a hot summer, my mother was holding me in her hands for the first time. From day one, I was never an easy going child which became even more evident during adolescence. I couldn't stay still even for a moment, all I wanted was to dance, sing, set up home performances, dress up and put on make up… My mother used to say "that even when I was sleeping my hands were still dancing". My first “love” was ballet which I studied for 7 years at the Petrova's Dance Academy in Greece and never stopped practicing, as a hobby, throughout the years.
I keep taking acting classes and seminars. I still love to dance and spend my free time doing yoga and horse riding. I am fluent in English & Italian, very good in Spanish and I intend to learn more languages (currently taking Turkish lessons). I am now based in Italy between Rome and Milan. I call it Andata e Ritorno (round trip) or "Trains" story of my life!
What is your relationship with sex?
Your most memorable creative moment?
The opportunity which Ι was given back in 2011 to be directed by the late Thodoros Angelopoulos on his last film 'THE OTHER SEA’. It helped me break new grounds in my acting journey and transcended me into a whole new world of filmaking. Even though the film was never completed, that was my turning point.
I am not fond of labels. I see us as humans. All of us, we seek balance in our lives and in order to succeed, we should collaborate and be motivated by love, inner peace and generosity, no matter the gender.
Is it still harder as a woman to succeed and make same waves as a male counterpart in the creative industries, especially equal opportunities and pay?
Yes but we have come a long way and we are where we are now, so we can go further more and eventually it will happen. It is only a matter of time. Meanwhile we continue to do what we are doing in the best way we can and we know.
Why are we still so obsessed with exposing women’s body for advertising and promoting any kind of products and even music including music videos in the media?
A woman’s body, ever since Greek mythology, is directly related to beauty. Venus is the undisputed example. And ever since Greek mythology, it was sirens who seduced Ulysses with their music.
Where do you see women’s rights in 30 years time in the world?