Rafael Sardão: “I am an actor and I love performing.”

Rafael Sardão

“The first time I got paid for a theater gig I made $500 (reais) . At the time, I needed to make sure that I could have success in this career.”  Rafael Sardao stated to TV a Bordo. This sums up how difficult it is to have success with an acting career, but for the Brazilian actor, with love.
His love for the theater made  Rafael travel to London at the World Shakespeare Festival 2012, where he participated in a play of Richard III, the show TWO ROSES FOR RICHARD, a mix of contemporary theater, dance, circus and music.
On television, Sardão was in the teen soap opera Rebelde  and in the trendy MORTAL SIN of Carlos Lombardi. Currently he plays his third biblical character, Uri, the successful, in the Ten Commandments.
Below is the interview with Rafael Sardão for the blog TVaBordo.
TVaBordo – What contributed to your decision to do theater? Tell us a little about your theatrical experience.
RS – I started in the theater at 16 to 17 years of age. After I was invited to my first job and then came other invitations.  Initially the gigs were unpaid, with plenty of sacrifice but with much love. At the time we used to say that we are amateurs because we love theater. Thru work meetings I got invited for a part in the opera CARMEM at the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. I auditioned and got to work. It was the first time I got paid, 500 reais!  At the time, it was for me to make sure I could make it the profession (laughs). Indeed, this feeling is fairly frequent in the lives of actors.  In CARMEM I was very dedicated and dance came easily to me. I was one in a group of five dancers who would make a final number as bullfighters. What I did not know at the time was that it was the final act of the opera in the front of stage at the Municipal Theater and that we had a huge cast behind us. The first time we finished the choreography as the crowd applauded, I felt very emotional and honored to be a part of it. Since then, I have only wanted to act.  
TVaBordo – What it is the most difficult thing in a theatrical career?
RS – Everything in theater is difficult. It requires extreme dedication with minimum resources. The world is capitalist and is interested in an outcome more than the process. How can we do art in a world that only sees the product? 
TVaBordo – You participated in two actor workshops, one in Globo and the other in Record (two different tv channels). How have these workshops changed you as an actor?
RS – The workshops were essential for me to adapt to television. My career in the theater was already well developed, but my experience in TV was still very small, and these workshops, taught me to translate my theatrical experience to television. They are very different mediums  ​​and I need to learn to adapt to this change. This helped me a lot when I started working at Record.
TVaBordo – What is the best and the worst of about being on television? Do you think fame helps or hinders you?
RS – I still cannot see a bad side to fame. The question of fame is still something very quiet in my life and even enjoyable.  I really I love my job. Being an actor is something I could not live without. I am an actor and I love performing. My attention is always on acting. Fame only hinders if you have a bad reputation, but if your well known for good work then fame is good.
TVaBordo – You have profile on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram … How do you deal with social networks? Do they help you or hinder you?
RS – I don’t use a lot of social media tools. I have, in this soap opera (The Ten Commandments), realized how strong social media can be. But it’s still something new for me. Currently, I use social networks for work related issues such discussion in groups on specific issues. I do not use much to promote my work in the theater. I do see that social media could be used to promote a project as usually there is always a need for further funding.
TVaBordo – What advice would you give to those wishing to pursue an artistic career?
RS – I’ll repeat what I said our greatest diva, Fernanda Montenegro: “Give up!”. But if you cannot give up, be persistent! It is a very difficult career. Actors are always studying.  You need to look at sociology, psychology, history etc. We are always aware of our bodies.  It is good to have dance awareness and singing. You have to be an observer of the human being and of society. The theater is the mirror of society, and we actors are the reflection of society. To be aware we have to be able to erase our own self – image and, therefore, the actor has to be courageous. Finally, think carefully if this is what you want but if it is put your whole self into becoming an actor.
TVaBordo – Your first soap opera in the Record channel, the Brazilian version of REBEL is a hit on social networks and NETFLIX. In interviews, you said he considered the teacher Celso (picture) as a ‘small villan’. How was your experience playing him?
RS – I cared for Celso. He was half villain half friendly so it was wonderful to play him.  The public’s response was very positive. At the time I was sad when the character left the show. I wanted to keep going. On the other hand what was supposed to be a 20 episode character had stayed for 50 episodes so I needed to finish.  To this day I still have fans that follow me since my work in Rebel.
TVaBordo – What message would like for the fans of REBEL to know?
RS – Dear ‘rebeldianos’, you are the hottest audience I have. Keep on following, commenting and talking to me. Thanks for caring! I love you!
TVaBordo – After REBEL you starred in MORTAL SIN, premiere of Carlos Lombardi on Record. You gave life to Baldochi a paradoxical character.  Do you believe that the ends justify the means? What was your biggest challenge interpreting Baldochi?
RS – The ends justify the means? Not always, it depends on the means. There is a limit to everything. Baldochi was a very exciting and perhaps the most complex character I have had, he was a bit of a wild card. He was a bit of a chameleon so I was prompted to perform all kinds of scenes, fights, comedy, romance and even aggressive scenes. It was a lesson in acting for me. I felt challenged but was very happy to work on this project. I’ve always loved Lombardi’s writing and working with him was as challenging and delightful, as I imagined it would be.
TVaBordo – Let’s talk about THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. This is your third biblical character.  How is it to be a character that historical and not contemporary?
RS – Uri is part of a powerful family and his story extends throughout history. However, we are all humans.  In this sense, now or hundreds years ago, it makes no difference as we experience the same feelings. I do have to be careful with regional accents. I cannot speak with my normal accent, so I have to be mindful to stay true to the time period.  That can be difficult.
TVaBordo – Who’s URI?
RS – Uri is a hebrew nobleman in a high ranking position. He is married to a very fundamentalist Hebrew and has a son with her. They love each other, but do not understand each other, especially in religious matters. Uri has converted to Egyptian gods so there are a lot of religious conflict between him and his wife. This issue of religious intolerance is also true for the present.
Rafael Sardão as URI,
TV Record 2015
TVaBordo – What was the hardest or most complicated scene in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?
RS – I have had great scenes. The difficulty is that I want them to be perfect. The scene between Uri and Leila (Juliana Didone) when they get back together was very difficult as was one of the first ones. It was hard but very enjoyable.
TVaBordo – Any funny stories backstage?
RS – The scenes of celebrations at the palace are always very time consuming and complex. They tend to have a lot of people. There was one scene being taped when someone noticed an extra (who was the scribe of the king) asleep (laughs). It was pretty funny. The staff was attentive and it was funny when they screamed ‘the scribe’s asleep!’.
TVaBordo – An invitation to watch the TEN COMMANDMENTS.
RS – People, The Ten Commandments is undoubtedly an epic novel. It is bold and ambitious to try to tell one of the most beautiful stories of humanity. There is everything: love, pain, fights, comedy, and intrigue. The soap opera is extremely well acted and written. It is bound to be a major milestone of the Brazilian television. Watch it! You will not regret it! A big kiss in your heart and keep on following us!

I never had a nickname.  
People always referred to me 
with my last name Sardão.
Robert Downey Jr., Al Pacino, Michael Fassbender, 
Peter Dinklage are some of my favorites. 
Tthe greatest of all is Charles Chaplin.
My two favorite actresses are Andrea Beltrao and
Carolina Virguez 
(a well-respected Colombian actress with whom
I was proud to work with).
Soap opera
The ten Commandments
Apocalypse Now, Modern Times and 12 years of slavery.
Bedside book
Now I’m reading a book “How to stop acting” by Harold Guskin
Favorite Saying, phrase or verse:
“The only thing that does not change is change.” Gilberto Gil
The music of my life is
“White day” comes to mind, this song was playing 
when  I asked my girlfriend to marry me .
On my birthday I want to win:
The presence of my friends and family in 
my house for a big barbecue.
Which character would like act as?
Stanley Kowalski of A Streetcar Named Desire,
Tennesse Williams (Marlon Brando).
What I desire to buy:
A house
Bad quality:
What angers me:
What makes me happy:
A good movie
My fiancee Karen Mota
All I really have
Favorite sport team:
Vasco da Gama
To support my family with my work
If it were not an actor, what would it be?
I would be completely depressed
Rafael is a guy:
Quiet and calm.
Message to fans:
Thank you for the support that you 
have always given me. Keep watching 
the soap opera THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 
and come watch me in the theater! Kisses

Thanks Sabrina Bowen
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