Actress and singer Aline Mayne is truly a “Renaissance woman”. She scored big success with her hits “SuperFreak” and “Break Your Heart” , with the music videos getting hundred of thousands of views on Youtube.
She recently starred in “Les Feux Rouges”, an independent movie by Chinese director Michael Cong, where she plays a French Femme fatale who, with the help of her female partner in crime, seduces rich men to get into their homes and steal their expensive paintings.
A very busy woman, Aline managed to give us some time for an interview.
The Hollywood 360: Hi Aline! What inspired you to start acting?
Aline: As an artist, I was at first focused on music and painting. At some point, I was really into Tolkien’s universe (I had long hair, was always barefoot, wearing long dresses and wandering in the forest). One day, I saw the movie adaptation of the books “The Lord of the Rings” and when I saw Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, I pointed at the screen and said to myself: “I can do this!”. I really wanted to be involved in action and fantasy/futuristic movies. So I started taking formal acting classes in my hometown in Belgium, where I studied classical French authors like Molière and Corneille, as well as more contemporary authors. It was focused on theater, so I got to perform in several French plays. After graduating and moving to New York City, I started to focus on acting for screen.
The Hollywood 360: What are your upcoming projects?
Aline: I just shot a film called “The Butterfly Flutters Its Wings” with Vietnamese director Linh Dan Nguyen Phan. It talks about loneliness and about how things that seem insignificant at first, can have big repercussions in the end. I also shot an action movie called “The Conduits”, by Singaporean director Joshua Tong, where I’m a villain pursuing the heroes to get a magical object that they have, and I don’t hesitate to kill anyone I encounter on my way. And I recently made an appearance in season 3 of the TV show “Gotham”, in the episode “Ghosts”, as another villain.
The Hollywood 360: You seem to be cast a lot as the femme fatale or villain…
Aline: Yes, I think it’s due to my height and physicality. I’m 5’11 and athletic. I enjoy physical activity. I participated in a lot of sports growing up and now train with stunt people. So I guess I appear statuesque. And my French accent probably adds to the Femme Fatale persona, as it seems like Americans find that accent sexy, lol. One day I want to be the Super Hero for a change though, not always a villain! But I can also be very funny, sweet and child-like… (laughing).
The Hollywood 360: You produced your own music videos, including the amazing “Superfreak”, which won an award in a German festival. Have you ever thought about directing?
Aline:Yes that’s definitely something I want to do!
The Hollywood 360: Anything coming up as a singer?
Aline:Yes, I will perform the role of the Queen of the Night in the opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, this January in New York City. It’s a great role, and her second aria is one of the most famous opera arias. Even people who know nothing about opera would recognize it. I feel pretty honored to have been chosen for it. The Queen of the Night seems to be another villain role, but she’s actually more of a victim. She’s just a mom who’s desperately searching for her missing daughter and seeking revenge. It’s gonna be pretty exciting to sing live with an orchestra again! And without a microphone, as it is what we do in opera! No cheating! (she laughs)
The Hollywood 360: Looks like we can expect you to keep suprising us with your creativity and versatility! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!
Aline: Thank you so much for having me!
Watch the film “Les Feux Rouges” here:
Aline’s website: www.alinemayne.net
photo credit: Vedant Gupta