You know her and you love her, and if you don’t, you outta be ashamed of yourself. She’s the best thing since masturbation, the icing on the cake and an industry rebel in every sense of the word. She doesn’t let the world define her, she marches to the beat of her own drum and she’s not afraid to let her critiques know exactly where they can shove their opinions. She’s smart, sexy and the epitome of a rockstar!
Please welcome back to The Nerdy Side of Life, Mari Cielo Pajares! Forget “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, this was the sequel you’ve been waiting for! Remember, English is her second language, so don’t be crap pile and give her a hard time about it, just enjoy it and appreciate the effort!
She has been up to a lot since we last spoke, always on the move like the Energizer Bunny. Try not to blink because you will miss her. Now sit back, relax and get to know her for a second time (first time here).
Here we go...
1. First things first. We had a big scare this year because you were in a bad accident. How are you feeling? Could you tell the readers what happened?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Just a confused car getting in my way. Broke me, I'm fixed, end of story. 14 stitches in my hard head, new pubis (which is always wonderful what you can experience with a new one) and some war scares to show to the kids. The car still in therapy.
2. That special someone, same sex, opposite sex or who the hell cares what they are packing in their trousers because everything goes?
Mari Cielo Pajare: LOL! Are you actually asking me if I'm gay, straight or bisexual? Nice one. First time been asked. Actually what I do in my bed or with who is my own business. I will just tell you I'm an open minded being not scared of learning new ways of pleasure.
3. We know that you’re a fan of the horror/thriller and action genres, both acting and directing, but would you ever consider something in the comedy and/or drama department?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Absolutely. For some reason when I shoot a film I always prefer thriller, suspense, action and horror. l like to give a twist of sci-fi, maybe because when I was a kid I used fiction as an escape, things that were not part of reality or smell like it used to help to don't think for a bit on bullshit. Now I like to express myself that way helping others to escape. When I do theatre I do comedy. I love to make people laugh (as difficult as it is). I'm a walking clown anyways 24/7 and I usually entertain them with my own dramas.
4. Pets. Have some, don’t want any or maybe later on down the road? If you do have some, are they from the creepy crawly family or the cute and cuddly one?
Mari Cielo Pajare: I used to have a wolf a long time ago, and had cats too. I'm an animal lover. Any kind, not gonna judge an animal for his shape, form... they don't do it with us, who the fuck am I to do it with them? I would LOVE to live surrounded by animals, they give me so much peace, stability, love... but I travel a LOT and if I can't take care of them, I won't have them. They are not toys, they are living beings that miss you and you very much miss them too.
5. What does the future hold for you as far as your career is concerned? What can we expect to see with your name attached to it or with you starring in?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Who the fuck knows! LOL. I'm open to explore whatever new projects land in my hands and I create as much as I breathe, they are two things attached for me.
6. You have won many awards throughout your career, what are some of the most meaningful?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Winning something is always delightful, and whomever tells you they don't care lies. Winning a bet with a friend to winning the Oscars. We won 20 awards in my company and over 100 nominations, all of them are important to us and we are grateful for been chosen with our humble films from thousands of projects submitted to these festivals. I must confess though that winning best actress at the Macabre Faire of New York was an amazing experience.
7. Netflix and chill or Screambox and thrill?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Street or beach and let's burn it.
8. Who are your idols, your heroes and your inspirations? Whose work do you admire? Whose work ethic do you hope to emulate? Who gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling in your tummy, in the good way like butterflies, not in the bad way like diarrhea?
Mari Cielo Pajare: So many inspiring men and women! Not easy to choose a few. I guess that it depends on what are you really asking. Inspiring in my work as an actress or writer/director? Hitchcock, M. Night, Stephen King, Rod Serling, Victoria Abril, Jodie Foster...
In life as a guide for understanding? Nietzsche, Sartre, Hume, Voltaire and amazing people that throughout my life fucked me up and taught me what hurts and why.
Whose work do you admire? Professionally? Let's start with my father and some of my ex's, see? I need to admire a man to love him, I know, it's wrong, it's admiration not love some will say, but I'm fuck up and functional, what can I say. I need music in my life too, so I'll tell you that I admire Freddie Mercury, Mozart, Foo Fighters, The Cure, Muse, Linkin Park, Bach and recently discovered other amazing composers and artist such as Kai Engel, Asaf Avidan... I also admire the work of unknown people that sacrifice themselves to give us a better shitty matrix reality to live more comfortable. Those who we will never know their names but invented an amazing pain killer, medicines, solutions to open a fucking wine bottle easily. Jokes aside, too much people to mention in one interview.
Whose work ethic do you hope to emulate? None. Have my own. Everyone has theirs.
Who gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling in your tummy, in the good way like butterflies, not in the bad way like diarrhea? Not sharing that kind of info. Butterflies are delicate and die if they have too much eyes on them, they like to fly free and avoid opinions, curious fuckers that entertain themselves cutting out their wings.
9. Girls just want to have fun or taking care of business?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Girls have time for everything.
10. What advice would you give all the young ladies hoping to following in your footsteps?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Don't do that shit! LOL!
11. How do you feel about Hollywood spending all their time remaking all these old and stale ideas instead of searching the underground for something new and fresh?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Hate people touching classics. Sorry, no respect for those who don't bring new creations to live and twist what it's already perfect.
12. When you’re not busy with your career, what are some of the things you like to do for fun?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Anything. Lately I'm exploring my fears, so trying things I thought I would not be able to do. Then you have my classics of fun stuff I do such as reading, (mythology, history and good suspense books as favs), anything related to water, (swim, jet sky, diving, a nice bath at home...), sex (but you see, I'm picky, most of the time the idea of the bath and the book it's better than any option you have at that moment), cinema, theatre, life music, traveling, museums, billiards, walking and listening to music, sports...
13. What are your thoughts on the current state of the industry? How do you feel about all these allegations being brought to the forefront about powerful men abusing their positions and taking advantage of young women who are looking to make a name for themselves in the business?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Listen don't make me talk, they will burn me alive. I just think that of course it's horrible that this kind of things happens to men and women, but we are drowning in a hysteria about it. Any asshole can fuck up the career of someone just by inventing something or exaggerating an event. I find this disgusting too and a disrespect for the victims of REAL abuses.
14. Smoke them if you got them or that crap is pure nastiness?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Smoke them if you got them always.
15. Would you consider yourself a girly girl, a tomboy or a hybrid version of both?
Mari Cielo Pajare: Haha! Well let's say that I'm an adorable girly girl trapped in a tomboy's attitude.
Well folks, that’s all she wrote…at least for now anyway.
Here’s what she’s been up too since we last had the pleasure of speaking with her:
1. "666 Telemarketing" ended festival circuit with a total of 20 international awards and 70 official selections.
2. We did our pilot "The Bet" for the series "Styx", we starting festival circuit with it and actually not with a bad start (7 awards/ 17 official selections in only a couple of months). We’re also considering the possibility of transforming the project in an anthology feature film.
3. I’m doing a lot of theatre in Barcelona, where I'm living now. I’m currently in Microteatre Barcelona "Nadie es Perfecto" for the month of December. Premiering 3 more in January in Barcelona & LA "El Secuestro", (at L'Espai Poe (Tic) Barcelona), "BC/AD" (at The Secret Rose Theatre LA) & "A mi también me gusta el jodido pavo" (at L'Espai Poe (Tic) Barcelona).
4. Also as an actress will be leading the film "The Cellar", which was recently in the 50th Sitges Film Festival.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Mari Cielo Pajare better and that you’ll check out her work. Support a struggling, and completely original/unique artist or you’ll be stuck with remakes for the rest of your life.
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