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The daughter of the former president of FIFA in the series, Polliana Aleixo talks about the partnership with the Portuguese actor Albano Jerónimo

The Brazilian actress recorded the second season of ‘El Presidente – Jogo da Corrupção’ in Uruguay; she detailed the experience and talked about the challenges of growing up in front of the cameras

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Polliana Aleixo plays Victoria Havelange in “El Presidente – corruption game”

the debut of Polliana Aleixo as an actress, it happened when the artist was only 11 years old, in the special “The Secret of Princess Lili”. Since then, she changed soap operas such as “A Vida da Gente”, “Cheias de Charme” and “Em Família”, all from Globo, and grew in front of the public. At 26, Polliana is preparing for itto make his debut in an international series. In the second season of “El Presidente – Corruption game“, give Amazon Prime Videoshe gives it life Victoria Havelangethe only child of the former president of FIFA João Havelange – played by the Portuguese actor Albano Jerónimo. During the recordings, which were made in Uruguay a year ago, she became close not only to her stage partner, but also to Francesca, Albano’s wife. In an interview with New pan, she did not spare praise for the actor and showed how this friendship with Franceska was born. “When I wasn’t recording, we usually went out to eat or hang out together,” he said. The new season of the series premieres on November 4, and according to the actress, the plot has everything to fall into the public’s taste, mainly because it is a year of World Cup. “I lived this project to the fullest, using the opportunity to acquire and learn everything I could. I’m sure it’s an experience that marked me for the rest of my life.”

Growing up in front of the cameras was not a challenge for Polliana, who was convinced from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. “An artist’s career can take many directions and that’s what I like most about my profession, the possibilities. I don’t feel like I missed anything at that time, starting early made me understand early what I wanted and what was non-negotiable for me,” said the actress, who believes she has found a balance between fame and her private life. Always away from controversy, Polliana believes that her personal life has not been speculated like other child actresses as she has always listened to her heart and never her ego. “There are many opportunities within my profession and I learned that what fulfilled me was to do something for myself, for art, because it moves me and not because it would make me famous.” Before the premiere of “El Presidente”, the actress can already be seen in another broadcast. IN Netflixshe is part of the cast of “Esposa de Aluguel”, a romantic comedy with Caio Castro AND Thati Lopes. “Broadcasting has greatly expanded the possibilities for Brazilian artists and artists of other nationalities, and that’s very positive,” said Polliana, who became popular with a new audience that doesn’t follow telenovelas.

Watch the full interview with Polliana Aleixo

Polliana, the recording of “El Presidente” ended a year ago. What are your expectations for the premiere of this second season? What can Jovem do for Pan? I have never been so nervous for a premiere in more than 15 years of work, I don’t know if it was because of the anticipation, the recording format that made everything more intense, with the cast and crew living together for four months in Uruguay, or because of the story itself, which is exciting, but I’m literally counting down the days. The series is beautiful, very dynamic and, in the preview we did at the Rio Festival, we watched the first 2 episodes, and I, who already know the whole story, was dying to continue watching the other episodes. I’m sure it will be popular with the public, especially when it comes to the World Cup.

In the plot, you have a direct connection with the protagonist. Can you tell us a little about your exchange with actor Albano Jerónimo? And off camera, how did your friendship with his wife, Franceska, come about? We lived in Uruguay for four months and during that time they had Helena. Francesca was already at the end of her pregnancy when they went there. When I wasn’t recording, we usually went out to eat or hang out. Albano is definitely one of the most impressive actors I have worked with, he is visceral, intense and acts from the heart, but without neglecting technique and study. In addition to everything he has to offer as an actor, Albano is an incredible human being, easy, funny and Francesca was a great gift in the process, they are a special family. Francesca is one of the foreigners I talk to the most, my brother recently moved to Portugal, where they are from, and she has been super helpful from the very beginning, helping with various things. I am very grateful for the people my work brings.

The production also has other Brazilians, Maria Fernanda Cândido and Du Moscovis. What is it like for you to be in a big production that mixes Brazilian talent with those of other nationalities? It opened my horizons a lot and as Einstein said: “A mind opened to an idea will never return to its original size.” I feel like I lived this project to the fullest, taking the opportunity to absorb and learn everything I could. I exchanged a lot with each actor, learned more about the worldwide market, contacted and was directed by people I never imagined. It’s hard to describe in words, but I’m sure it’s an experience that marked me for life. Besides the fact that I feel more and more confident about working in other languages.

You’re already a soap opera veteran, but now you’re debuting on global streams like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Is this more intimidating? Honestly? No. I was more scared when I was a child and I just started, where everything was new, unknown, I find it exciting. I’m not one to set expectations, I like to discover along the way and that’s what I’ve done with my move into streaming. With soap operas, I have always reached an older audience, I have been recognized by mothers, aunts and grandmothers at my friends’ houses. With streaming, I realize I’m reaching a younger audience, like the niece of a friend of my mom’s who went to tell her she was a fan of mine. It’s a new audience, but I don’t find it intimidating, there’s just more news, more places to explore.

Speaking of telenovelas, you started your career early, still in childhood. Did you imagine that at the age of 26 you would be in an international production? Is it challenging to be an artist in Brazil? I have always wanted to challenge myself, but I confess that I did not expect this opportunity so soon. Broadcasting has greatly expanded the opportunities for artists from Brazil and other nationalities, and this is very positive. As for being an artist in Brazil, today I find myself in a position that I know is privileged, but if there is one thing that I can mention as a challenge, especially in the beginning, it is that it is not always a stable profession in conditions of opportunity. There is a sentence that also defines your second question very well: “People always mention how hard it is to be an artist, but no one imagines how hard it is for an artist not to be an artist.”

And what was it like for you growing up in front of the cameras? Is it easy for a child to balance the rewards and burdens of an artistic career? An artist’s career can take many directions and that’s what I love most about my profession, the possibilities. I don’t feel like I missed anything back then, starting early made me realize early on what I wanted and what was non-negotiable for me and, today, I think I’ve struck a balance between having a career and the space for it. I talk about it and other important issues, as well as my private life and privacy.

Many actresses who started out as children have had their personal lives highly speculated in their teens, especially when it comes to relationships. How have you worked to maintain your personal life while growing up in the public eye? I listened to my heart, never my ego. As I said, there are many opportunities within my profession and I learned that what fulfilled me was to do something for myself, for art, because it moves me and not because it would make me famous. In fact, this is only a consequence – and very subjective – nowadays of the work of any artist, be it actor, painter, sculptor. Look for validation in our core and not outside of us.

With experience in soap operas and streaming projects, what are your future career plans? I start recording a new series next year and, still in the first half of 2023, I will release a movie and another series, I’m very excited, but I can’t give details yet.

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