Actress Daphne Tenne was born in Greece, grew up in New York, Israel and Venezuela and now lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated with a full scholarship from the highly acclaimed Stella Adler Academy of Acting at the end of 2015. Her career has been skyrocketing ever since. Recently one of the films she starred in, ‘Love Is…’, was screened at the Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival (NOVA) and is being made into a feature length film. Time to catch up with this internationally versatile and charming actress!
“It’s funny, but I really like all the characters I have played so far,” Daphne says. “Especially my role as Liz, a very cool and spiritual young woman, in Stan Harrington’s film Love Is… is so much fun to play. She’s hilarious. So I’m happy that this originally short film is going to be made into a feature length film, because now she gets more of a character arc. We’ll start filming soon and the movie will come out next year.”
Different languages and accents
Due to the fact Daphne grew up in different countries around the world, she is not only fluent in English (with an American accent) but also in Spanish and Hebrew. Doing foreign accents is one of her specialities as well. “I played a Spanish speaking Puerto Rican woman in a play called Two Days, by Academy Award winning director Milton Justice. It was a very tragic and sad piece, yet at the same time funny in a sinister way! And more recently I did an Israeli play in Los Angeles called Warm Family, which made quite a lot of headlines in the Jewish and Israeli community.”
Researching new worlds
“One of the best things about acting is that with every project, you step into a new world. If my character for instance is a marine biologist, I get to do research on the ocean. Or if the story takes place during a certain war, I look into that period of time and the countries involved. I really love doing my research and learning something new about the world we live in. Another perk of being in the acting business, is meeting new people on a regular basis. I truly enjoy that.”
Comedy and Action films
During her time at the Stella Adler Academy Daphne had the chance to play different kinds of characters, but also try a variety of genres. “Comedy is my favourite genre for sure. It just feels natural to me,” Daphne clarifies. “It’s wonderful to be able to make people laugh and have a good time. Action would be a close second favourite. I may not look like your average kick-ass action hero, but I did spend more than three years in the Israeli military, so hopefully that experience will come in handy one day!” she laughs.