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FERNANDA MONTENEGRO

"In my first contact with a character, I don’t see it in a scenic context. What I see is an emotional movement with life and essence, a passion that has flesh and blood. I don’t see just a character in which I am interested, but I look at a whole human being that touches me, which encompasses this character and breathes life into it.

"When I finish a reading and my heart is beating fast and my pulse racing, in a state of indescribable, purely sensorial, communion, I know that I'm handling top quality material. That’s what interests me. I can feel this with a comedy by Boulevard or a play by Beckett."
"Além da cópia". in: "Fernanda Montenegro, O exercício da paixão", Lúcia Rito. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1990.

"Every man is a battlefield and the artist is always a transgressor. Those who think an actor goes on to the stage only to do what is prohibited off-stage have a jaundiced view of the profession. The stage is the liberating space par excellence, and those that possess no inner demons will not be able to stay the pace."
Book jacket "Fernanda Montenegro, O Exercício da paixão", Lúcia Rito. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1990.

"An actor’s road is uncommon and mysterious, because it has to do with a ritualization of life. It is a courageous, frightening profession, because at a certain moment you imagine yourself as Dionysius, you declare yourself a God, and you take on another personality or, more to the point, another being."
Book jacket "Fernanda Montenegro, O Exercício da paixão", Lúcia Rito. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1990.

"In theater, the moment the curtain rises and I step on stage, I feel that I am at the very heart of the universe. This feeling has nothing to do with anyone else’s judgment. It isn't presumptuousness. It’s vocation. I feel scared to death and insecure. But this inner sensation is what keeps me going."
Book jacket "Fernanda Montenegro, O Exercício da paixão", Lúcia Rito. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1990.

"Art is a state of festivity, a state of encounter, of comfort, of lullaby – in short, of fraternity. Any art, even the most contestatory, the most challenging. I’m not speaking of well-behaved art; I’m speaking of the expression of the human being seen from all angles, facing all challenges. It is always something that moves life forward."
interview by Lúcia Souza, 1996.