Returning to stage and screen, Marietta revisits the challenges of art and coexistence

The actress spoke to Estadão’s report at the Reserva Cultural while guesting on the new film “Aos Nosso Filhos”.

In interviews promoting the release of A Suspeita, which won her the Kikito Award for Best Actress at the Gramado Festival last year, Gloria Pires happily showed off her gray hair. He felt very well, but admitted that he met with resistance at home. Marietta Severo is another one with completely white hair. “It’s an achievement, I guess my age, my white hair. Feminism is also that,” she reflects.

Marietta, 75, talks to a reporter Estadao At the Cultural Reservation, guesting on Aos Nosso Filhos, Maria de Medeiros’ feature film based on Laura Castro’s play, now in theaters. The reporter notices: white hair, but very well-groomed. Not working: “This is a human observation. Of course I care, but there’s no comparison to painting every 15 days. Any woman will understand that it is about liberation.”

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Marietta and Maria

Marietta had a busy schedule when she was invited to the show in 2013. He had to refuse. The role was taken by Maria de Medeiros. On television, Marietta filmed the mini-series Verdades Secretas. When the sequel came, he had to give it up again. He nominated Maria for the role.

“I followed him, I follow him,” jokes the Portuguese actress, who has been living in Paris since she was 18 years old. Maria, who is also a director, started imagining the film of the play. There were only two actresses on the stage. The film gathered more people. “The numbers just mentioned in the dialog are now on the screen. And the city? I really wanted to capture Rio as I see it.” And Maria adds: “At the same time, I was able to return the newspaper to Marietta. This time he accepted, and it was a joy for all of us.”

Vera is a former partisan. He was tortured during the military dictatorship. A progressive woman, but who can be conservative, even reactionary in some issues. “The contrast makes the character more real,” says Marietta. Vera runs an NGO that cares for HIV-infected children. The issue of adoption is topical. Tania, Vera’s daughter, is married to another woman. She wants to have a child, but does not think about adoption. They try artificial insemination, which is complicated.

Rooted Machismo


Mother and daughter have disagreements, Tania and her partner also fight. What will happen to all these people? “I belong to a generation that fought to change the status of women in society. We’ve come a long way, but machismo is still ingrained in the minds of many men. Look at the femicides that don’t stop happening,” warns Marietta. Then he remembers. “My mother was an intelligent, cultured woman, she could have had a career, but she got married and started living for her family. I remember my father. “Ligia, I’m talking!” And he was silent.” Did you keep silent too? “Not me, I’ve always been the rebel. My daughter Silvia says that today her generation is benefiting from the struggle of my generation.”


Marietta interrupts the interview two or three times to exchange messages with her grandson. He is a born matriarch. The little one from a big family had a lot of him. “I like being surrounded by family. It’s always a strength.” At the beginning of the epidemic he went with part of this family to a house in the mountains. “I didn’t know it, but I was saying goodbye to a phase of my life.” Marietta had a long-term relationship with actor and theater director Adderbal Freire-Fillo. They had always lived in separate homes, but Adderbal suffered a stroke and Marietta took him in, creating a structure to care for him at home.

Marieta returned to the theater, screen. With Andrea Beltrão, co-founder of Teatro Poeira in Rio’s Botafogo, they celebrated the house’s 15th anniversary in January with an interactive exhibition, two years late due to the pandemic. “Bia Lessa did a great job,” he says. Poeira is equipped with the opening piece O Espectador, based on the work of Romanian Matei Visnic and performed by four powerful women. In addition to Marietta and Andrea, also Renata Sorra and Ana Baird. A novel in sight? “Something is on the way, but Globo will announce it.” The contract is ending, but he has friendly relations with the network. “I never did anything I didn’t want to do.”


The public still remembers Noka from A Place in the Sun. In Licia Manso’s novel, Marietta faced prejudice against age, lack of opportunities. There was a wise saying. “You can always move forward, even when it seems like you can’t.” Life lesson.

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