Interview with German-Iranian actress Lara Heller (November 1, 2016)
Lara Heller was born in Brighton, England to a German father and Persian mother. She was raised in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
She moved back to England and studied law at London School of Economics. She got her MA in acting from the Arts Educational Schools London
in 2010. She is active in both stage and film productions all over the world. Lara performs in 4 languages fluently; English, German, French and Persian.
PT: How did you get into acting?
LH: There was this beautiful monastery in the Ardenne Forest in Belgium that monks would rent out to The Central School Of Speech And Drama. Teachers and students would fly in from London. They’d do these intensive summer acting courses in this beautiful setting deep in the forest.
The school was usually for adults and I was 13 at the time. The teachers explained that they work on serious subjects and it would be hard because I was under 18. I said well if I can get my parents consent could I come… my parents agreed and the teachers let me in!
It was incredible working with actors who were experienced in Shakespeare, improvisation and clowning. I caught the bug from then on.