Swiss-born model and actress Anna De Nicola was destined to be in the spotlight. It was practically written in her DNA. The daughter of a jet-setting top model, Anna made her grand debut as the spokesmodel for glam European swimwear label, TA-BOU. She has since starred in commercials, danced in a David Guetta video, graced the runway for luxe French corsetière, Titelle Couture, and has made a successful transition into the realm of acting. Now based in L.A, Anna can be seen in the feature films, “A Fate Tale”, “Noobz” and “Rouse” with many more in the works.
Is being a professional model as glamorous as it sounds? What are the best ‘perks’ and not-so-fun parts about the business?
It can truly be one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Not only do you get to fly to the best holiday destinations across the world, but you also get to know different cultures. Modeling itself never looks as easy as the resulting pictures itself; sometimes you’re shooting in such a hot climate that your feet are blistering, your make-up melts, you’re sweating all over from the heat, but our job is to make it look effortless.
You have been the face of the international swimwear company, TA-BOU – what was it like seeing yourself on posters and billboards?
I remember seeing myself the first time. I was walking on the street and as soon as I saw it I froze, it made me laugh so much because I worked so hard to get there and then finally I could enjoy it. It is always a great honor to be the face of a brand. As to seeing myself plastered around the city, it can make you feel a little awkward the first couple of times, you barely believe it’s you, but you have to get used to it.
Your Mom was a top model. What advice did she give you about the business?
My mom taught me to be professional, show respect, know what I want, sleep well, be on time and enjoy every minute of every job, but most importantly to always be myself.
How did you prepare to make the transition from modelling to acting?
After years of modelling, I knew it was time for a change and since I was 4 years old, I knew I wanted to become a storyteller. When I model, I imagine a story behind every picture we capture. Now I was ready for these stories to be heard, so I packed up all my things and moved to Los Angeles. I’ve frequented a couple of different schools to be able to get the most out of it, and started auditioning the 3rd week I was in town. There’s just so many things a teacher can teach you, until you have to get up and live the lessons yourself. Most of the things I’ve learned have come from the mistakes I made on set.
You speak several languages, including Italian, Spanish, French and German. Is there a particular language you enjoy performing in more?
I enjoy speaking different languages; I believe every single one has it’s perks. The first language I was ever taught was Italian, so of course it’s the closest to home but whenever I get the opportunity to perform in another language, I enjoy it just as much.
You worked on the silent film, Rouse. How did you find the challenge of a non-speaking role?
Surprisingly enough, I thought it was easier than many scripted roles I’ve had. More often than none, you’ll get a character whose way of speaking is far from your own, which makes it very difficult to connect to, especially in period pieces, where the language still wasn’t as defined as it is today. Of course shooting a silent film also brought difficulties with it, all you have is your range of emotions and you have to express a message with every look, every movement so clearly that the audience understands what you’re trying to say.
On your first audition, you booked the role of “Laura” in the romantic-dramatic feature film, “A Fate Tale,” which screened to sold-out audiences. What was it like being received to such acclaim starting out?
It was great! I had no idea what to expect, so from the first call sheet to the premiere invitation it has been such an incredible adventure! When I turned up for the screening, several months after the film was shot, I was overwhelmed in seeing this big theater completely packed. It sure makes your heart beat fast.
What’s up next for Anna De Nicola?
Enjoy everyday I’m given, keep bringing happiness to my family and loved ones, and strive everyday to achieve greater things.