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Today, during the Кіноринку Молодість – 2007, director Sergey Strusovsk’s movie Blajennaya was presented.

The presentation was attended by the leading actors, Karina Razumovskaya and Daniil Strahov, and also Alexey Vertinsky, who was brilliant in his secondary role.

The film reveals the story of an unusual person. 17 years old Alexandra comes to Moscow, to her millionaire grandfather, and with this her carefree life comes to an end. The girl, who had somehow managed to remain innocent and naïve like a child, is rigidly controlled and forbidden to choose the profession she enjoys – drawing. Kind and sympathetic, she is not made for the world of money and violence. It is not a world fit for the weak, and Alexandra appears to be weak…

Actress Karina Razumovskaya has played her part perfectly, very naturally and emotionally.


Daniil Strahov, known for the role of Vladimir Korf in Bednaya Nastya, has impersonated the assistant of Alexandra’s grandfather, Roman, and he has also played excellently. Probably his calling is to play charming rascals.

Alexey Vertinsky has distinguished himself in the role of a Moscow beggar with an interesting life story, whom Alexandra meets in the street.

As a result, Sergey Strusovsk’s movie depicts life from a sad perspective, but watching it means taking a view at our world.

The movie will have the premiere on March 20th, 2008.

Tamila Bergelec, KinoOboz
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:24
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Amedia presents a new format
October 25th, 2007


On October 13th the shootings for the 12 episodes of the series Judicial Column have finished. Judicial Column is the name of the new series of the company, whose each episode is independent from the others. Judicial Column is an original product of Amedia. Valer Terniuk, the scriptwriter and creative producer, and Alexei Onishchenko collaborated. Each episode was the work of different directors, young, but already known. The first one was Artem Antonov, who became famous after the release of his film debut with Mist, and whose talent was recognized by professionals. In his opinion, the series differs from other series in the way a video differs from other types of cinema. The approach, the manner of shooting was different, because it focused on the people.

The plot proposed by the script writers is the following: Darya Ivanova, a graduate of the university of journalism, works for a newspaper and writes about everyday society. When she realizes that her section is not interesting, she decides to approach another genre: investigation. Besides, Darya has a boyfriend, prosecutor Anton Nikitin. Counting on his help, Darya becomes the author of the judicial column. […]


For the role of Darya’s boyfriend, Anton Nikitin, 22 actors were invited to the casting, including Grigory Antipenko, Ilya Lyubimov, Evgenie Tsyganov. Actor Daniil Starhov plays this role.


“The shootings were remarkable,” Daniil declared after the first days of work. “I didn’t quite expect that, because during the tests Artem Antonov and I didn’t have the same opinion about how I should play the character. I thought it would take us long to get used to each other, but it was nothing in that way. Artem is very meticulous, takes a lot of doubles, chooses his staff very carefully. I could see he was not indifferent, and he transmitted this state to me.”

Creative producer - Valer Ternyuk
Directors - Anton Artyomov, Alexey Popogrebsky, Andrey Proshkin, Elena Zhigaeva and Аудрюс Юзенас
Scriptwriters - Valer Ternyuk and Alexey Onishchenko

In leading roles: Olga Pavlovets, Daniel Strakhov, Vladimir Menshov, Irina Kupchenko.

Timing of each series - 52 minutes
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:23
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Vladimir Naumov releases “Джокондa на асфальте”

October 20th, 2007

Vladimir Naumov’s film will have its premiere on November 15th. The author characterizes his new work as “a tragicomedy, a story about love and intrigues, with philosophical motives and elements of the comedy of the absurd”.
In other roles appear Valery Storozhik, Igor Yasulovich, Natalia Belokhvostikova, Armen Djigarkhanyan, Anatoly Yabbarov, Daniil Strahov, Alexander Adabashyan, Michael Mamayev, Boris ShCherbakov, Victor Sergachev, Alexander Shejn, etc.

Olga (Natalia Naumova) is the daughter of an important businessman. Two years previous to the story, her beloved husband disappeared in the Chechen Republic, and she remembers him constantly. Her colleague Kiril(Daniil Strahov) and her father’s business partner Kostia(Valery Storozhik) try to win her admiration. She does not respond to their affection, but Kostia loves her so much that he is capable of romantic and foolish gestures. […]

Love, happiness, doom pass by as if they were drawn on the asphalt in a minute.
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Daniil Strahov: The most interesting thing is to find yourself

Daniil Strahov does not look for the easy ways in his profession. The name of the beautiful and talented actor became known first in the theatrical circles. For his performances in “Petersburg” and “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” Daniil has received awards. Then it was the time for series. From baron Korf in “Bednaya Nastya” toDmitry Grozovskog, the handsome manager of an advertising agency in “Vsegda Govori Vsegda”, he got the women’s attention. Today 31-years old Strahov is involved in large projects in the cinema. He does not want to waste his energy on trifles and tries to solve difficult tasks.


Daniil, nowadays there are many actors that appear in series but who never appear on the big screen. You have succeeded in doing so.
I didn’t think about this thoroughly. In fact, it’s not like in America where there are only actors that do series. But remember that all the big American actors started with series, for example Bruce Willis or George Clooney. So it largely depends on how you work, on the role you are assigned and on your performance.

But at present you are involved more in the cinema and less in series.
I believe that the Russian cinema is going through a bright period, different from what it was before. It’s still at the beginning. There are 300 pictures on “Mosfilm”. Cinema is blooming, and this is good. I am an actor, so I love both the stage and the screen. I let my intuition guide me, I follow the commands of fate. I am not a snob so as to say I only played in movies. It’s better to star in a good series than in a bad movie. Remember what the classics said: “Do your job, and come what may.” I believe “Deti Arbata” was a good film. I played Iury Sharok. I liked Andrei Eshpay’s view on the character. He decided Iury was not an ultimate villain, but a weak person afraid to make choices. So different things happen both in the cinema and in the theatre.

From your answer one can see you have not said a definite “no” to series.
That’s right. I am now starring in a new project of Amedia, “The Judicial Column”, a series. Each episode has a different story, and only the main characters appear in all of them. The director and I have come up with the idea that my hero is a clever, successful inspector, a former Interpol agent who now works for the Office of the Public Prosecutor, but he’s not glamorous and self confident. He is far from Bond.

Military drama

Was it difficult to work with Alexandr Rogozhkin in “Peregon”?
Each director has his own way of working with the actors. Rogozhkin doesn’t waste time on analyses and discussions. He makes a plan, and he needs the actor to turn his idea into reality. In such situations, the actor must put himself in the hands of the director. Only the result will say if they have been successful. Of course you can improvise, but the director is the one that has the final word.

Now you are involved in another military drama…
Yes, “Sledopity”. It’s the fantastic story of four modern young men who think of 1942 . I play a man from the past, lieutenant Dyomin, who becomes the guardian angel of these children. Channel “Russia” invited Canadian director John Attard to supervise the special effects. He has done the special effects for “Gladiator”, “The Black Hawk” and “Lara Croft”. He also brought stunts. Now we’re waiting for the outcome.

You know, an actress confessed that she would like to play in a movie about the army because she thinks it wrong that young boys of 14 see war as a brave thing to do… they are lost.
Probably one of the reasons why they shoot military dramas is to prove that there is some sense behind a fight. But the educational purposes? That seems to me an utopia. There should be respect for the elders who fought, but that should be brought up in the family.

Do you want to be a director?
No. I haven’t even considered it. Also, after working with Rogozhkin, he told me that what the director dreams about the actors vanishes after the first project.

An actor should always be prepared for an offer

You said you became an actor casually. Had you not chosen acting, what would you have done?
Yes, I did not dream about acting. I loved mathematics, and I wanted to enter law. The crazy idea of becoming an actor came to me when I graduated. It was unexpected for me and for my family. They were very surprised. What I would do now? I don’t know. I can’t do anything else. Thank God I have a good career. I am engaged in the theatre, I have offers in the cinema. Of course, life shatters the illusions of youth. But it’s also full of surprises. An actor should always be prepared for an offer. If the destiny offers that lifetime opportunity, you must take it.

Do you have time for the rest? The last time I interviewed you, you said you loved hunting.
I have no time. Still, if I can have a break, I like to enjoy the sensation of silence, of loneliness. Only when you are in the middle of the nature you can feel you are a part of the universe.

If you did not have to work, what would you do?
I would read, I would try to improve my knowledge…generally, to improve myself. In fact, the most interesting thing is to find yourself.

Elizaveta Bam
11-17 June 2007
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Daniil Strahov and Maria Leonova: “Happiness exists!”.

“At the Civil Registry Office they asked us: “Where are the young ones?” “We are!”

They avoid working together, they do not know any jokes about mothers in law and consider the conversations about acting senseless.
Everybody remembers the enticing baron Korf from “Bednaya Nastya”, the playboy from “Vsegda Govori Vsegda”, and the heroes in the plays “Chicatilo”, “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”, “Caligula”… These made the public fall in love with the beautiful actor Daniil Strahov, who was even given a “Seagull” award in 2001. Meanwhile, it’s ten years since he fell in love with his wife, actress Maria Leonova. In July, the movie “Naturshitsa” will have the premiere, movie in which the two husbands played together for the first time, in spite od Daniil’s iron rule not to play in the same film with Masha.

Daniil, after appearing with Masha in the play Bezottsovshchina, you said you will never work together. How come you agreed to “Naturshitsa”?
Daniil: From my point of view, “Naturshitsa” confirmed the rule again: it was hard for me to play in this movie, and it was partly because of Masha being there. But the script made me curious, and after seeing Masha act, I understood that I hadn’t been mistaken: she did a very good job, even though her role was less important than mine. But I do not think that my part in “Naturshitsa” was completely open. I think my character could have been different, and that would have made him more interesting. Anyway, it’s the story of two people, Sofiya Pshebyshevskoya and Vyacheslav Eshenbakh. The other heroes offer only the background for the drama. It’s up to the public to decide what came out of this.

But how did you end up in this movie?
Maria: I think Danya suggested the director to choose me…
D.: I suggested nothing! Masha had a test for the main part independent of me.
M.: I wasn’t bad in the tests, but I didn’t get the main part; at that moment I didn’t have enough experience with the cinema. And when they offered me this episodic role, I agreed instantly. I played a woman who has lost her husband. She loses reason because of the grief and she suspects each person that enters her house of having killed her husband. Daniil played the brother of this woman, who takes her and her child to live with him.

Did you have many scenes together?
D.: We were together only one day, but it was very difficult.
M.: We promised ourselves many times that we wouldn’t work together, but here it was necessary… Daniil helped me, he guided me from aside. It was hard for me, since it was my first appearance on the big screen, and I had to do a complex scene…

How did you prepare for the part? Nona Mordyukova said during a show that when she had to play the part of a crazy woman, she behaved accordingly for several days in order not to lose her state.
D.: To be honest, I regard these scenes as connected to irony. With due respect to Nona Viktorovna, I believe she only made the people turn up their noses. She is a great actress, so this wasn’t very difficult for her. Generally, it’s of bad taste to ask the actors to speak about how they get into the role. Nevertheless, they asked an actor: “As you were shooting, rooks flew over your head?” And he took the brush and he painted. But he had played a part.

But when you played Chikatilo, you must have read the books about it, to be informed…
D.: If there would be special rules for acting, everybody would be brilliant actors. Or do you think I read the biography of Chikatilo and then rushed to the stage? It doen’s happen like that!
M.: In this movie, for example, the main thing for me was to get into the psychology of my character. If you don’t succeed this, everything else is useless. After I played, a relative asked me: “How did you manage to do this?” It turned out that there were some things I could not explain even to myself, and when I described that technique, I couldn’t use it the following time. I had to find completely different ways.
D.: To what concerns Chikatilo, it was a long time ago and I do not consider it very important. Journalists like to ask about it. But what can I say if we played it in Moscow only once?

Yes, they do, and they have written about it very much. Its fame came from the reviews.
D.: Quite right! Andrei Zhitinkin was brilliant in the organization of his work since people still speak about this play. he deserves applauses! But, in my opinion, from a dramaturgic point of view, the play isn’t so important. It was an experimental, avant-gardist play, based on non standard vocabulary.
M.: Then it was only like that!
D.: Yes, then it was something new and unprecedented, although those who are familiar with the history of the theatre know that it isn’t so. Real life is one thing, and the life presented on the stage is another. Any text receives another sense, another symbolism on the stage. This is hard not only for the spectators, but also for the actors. And I cannot say I liked it, on the contrary. But I tried to find something interesting in this play, it was a curious task for me.

Are you materialistic in real life?
D.: Yes, and I’m proud of that. I would be a hypocrite not to take advantage of what I am offered.
M.: I am materialistic too. So what?
D.: Masha, be more specific. The readers take the words literally.

Daniil, after great reviews for your acting on the stage, there were two years when you worked nowhere. Did you have doubts about choosing this profession?
D.: No, it wasn’t like that. When I left the Gogol theatre, I remained as an independent actor in the theatre of the City Council of Moscow, and once a month I played in “Twelfth Night”. But I felt no connection to that theatre; I had no desire to work for them or to wait for main parts. I had no doubts… I think that each person who takes his job seriously(this doesn’t mean to walk in rags and to sleep with Stanislavski’s volume under the pillow) and who dreams all his life of attaining a goal thinks about what happens in his life, about the place he has in the theatre world, about what he played and what he did not play. Of course, there’s mischievousness in this profession. It’s true that there are people who play without having any feeling, and I envy them. I’m different. I voluntarily try to be mischievous, but sometimes I understand when it’s time to stop.

You did so in that period?
D.: Yes. I did nothing. I lay on the sofa, I read books and rotted slowly. The crisis in 1998 left out the students and the seniors, in 1999 they produced few movies. The theatres began to release the actors…

Masha, all this time you were working for the Gogol theatre. Were you the breadwinner of the family?
D.: None of us was, we both sucked our thumbs.
M.: Our parent helped us in every way possible. My wage was 300 rubles, Daniil earned 100. We had enough to go to a café sometimes.(She laughs) In the remaining time we ate dumplings.

And how did you feel about Daniil’s doubts?
D.: We were in the same position. I had no experience back then. We felt the same thing as the other people. I won’t say we were totally hopeless. We had the romanticism of the young and poor. We couldn’t find where to work, but nobody could, so there was no envy between colleagues. So, my suffering image was far-fetched to an extent by journalists. I haven’t been chained and I haven’t begged for money.

And what role ended this situation?
D.: It was Chikatilo. Everything began there. Andrei Zhitinkin first offered me a small role in “The Merchant of Venice”, then he tested me for Chikatilo, after which he was unexpectedly appointed at the lead of the small Bronnoy theatre, and a new page was turned in my life, connected to “Dorian Gray” and “Caligula”. I cannot thank enough to Zhitinkin. Although, to what concerned me, I wasn’t internally ready yet for such roles.

It is said that in those years all Moscow went to see Daniil…Masha, weren’t you afraid because of the numerous fans of your husband?
M.: Actually, the main shift took place after “Bednaya Nastya”. The craze started then.
D.: But it wasn’t general. For instance, we lived in a block of flats, and it was a long time before our neighbours discovered that I was “poor Vova” himself. (He laughs). No one believed that baron Korf lives in a block of flats without elevator, on the fifth floor. They all thought I lived “in a three-room apartment with bad repair ", as the “Gold Ring” wrote.
M.: And they also wrote that I had a $30,000 fur coat and that the neighbours come with a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water in the bathroom. That’s so stupid!
D.: We lived in a middle class block, where each was on his own. Moreover, we always argued about the parking places. So my neighbours were more disturbed by my “nine”, which stood under the windows, than by my modest self. A lot of years later they realized who lived near them…
M.: And then they started to say: “Yes, he was here all his life, his grandmother lived here, and his great-grandmother. They were wonderful women!”. Although it was my brother’s apartment and we lived there for five years. (She laughs) Then I started joking with Danya about having become the honourable citizen Perovo.

Some actors produce rumours about fur coats and neighbours themselves…
D.: And they are right to an extent. They understand that they cannot avoid this and they take the situation in their hands. I remember that Kostya Khabenskiy and Misha Porechenkov had a similar interview. The journalists eagerly wrote about this and then they understood, by comparing their notes, that two friends had deceived the entire journalistic world. They brought the situation to an absurd point, after which it remained like that. I started giving interviews when I was only 25. Unfortunately, back then I didn’t have the adult cynicism it takes to play such tricks to the journalists.

We shall stop speaking about the neighbours. But how did the people on the street behave towards Daniil?
M.: It was enough for someone to point a finger in his direction and they all rushed to the car… The same people came to the plays, they always sat in the front row and waited for him when he had finished. It all happened very fast, and it lasted.
D.: But it was also a positive thing. I received many letters, and sometimes I was even impressed to tears. Indeed, “Bednaya Nastya” wasn’t a cinema masterpiece, and after years I can be honest and admit this. But back then people watched the series and they wrote that it had helped them, that it had saved them from something.

It is said that you often spent your nights in a hotel because of the prolonged shootings.
D.: Yes, every time you do something new you find it difficult. We shot everything form zero, so we had a 15-16 hour work day. The next day we would do the same, and this lasted for 8 months. To be honest, I felt tired for years after “Bednaya Nastya”. And I also shot for “Deti Arbata” and “Zvezdochet” during that period. Journalists often ask me why I didn’t refuse the roles. And I always reply that an actor who is offered many parts must take them all. Otherwise, he can miss a chance which will not be offered the second time.

And did you agree on the spot to do “Nastya”?
D.: Yes. It was perhaps my first part that suited the type of the hero-lover. I instantly felt that the part was for me. And thank God I got it. The casting had lasted a year and a half, and I went almost to the last moment. I knew that the producer, Alexander Akopov, had no wish to call me. Why, he probably cannot recall himself. But this could be one of those legends, I thought to myself, when he fell asleep, he woke up and changed his mind, and this was the truth.

Did you have time to see your wife? Since you had to spend the night in a hotel…
D.: Well, if I had spent all my time in the hotel, we probably wouldn’t be here now. There are some limits. Indeed, sometimes there was no point in going home at night; we had to be back in three hours. I created a story about this, saying that me and Petr Krasilov never went home. Of course we went! We had to shave, if you excuse me.

But you also shot for “Deti Arbata” and “Zvezdochet”.
D.: You insist that I couldn’t see Masha? I saw her, I can assure you!

Then describe how you met each other!
M.: We studied at the Pike. At first we just talked, then we met again, then we lost touch, and we were reunited… We both went to the Gogol theatre and we have become closer. Since then we are together.

Later Daniil said that it was hard for him at school, and the stress gave him headaches…
M.: I think his head was ill because he was hungry.(She laughs)
D.: And because I drank, some still reproach me.

You drank in a black way?
M.: Everybody drinks in a black way in the first years as student…
D.: But then I drank in the white way!

Did you play together during school?
M.: We played independent of each other. We were supposed to have a play by Turgheniev together, but it didn’t go as expected.
D.: That play was dreadful. We still hadn’t understood it was better if we didn’t play together.

Masha, do you remember how Daniil courted you? Did he give you flowers?
D.: (whispers) Admit I didn’t court you! There was no money for flowers. We ripped flowers from the park in front of the City Council, and that was good. The most important is the romantic attitude of the people towards life and towards each other, this is what connects them. If you don’t have that, you have nothing. It’s remarkable if you manage to keep that. The flowers and all the other things only help you. The most important for a woman is to have your attention.

Does Daniil give you flowers on celebrations?
M.: None at all! For instance, we didn’t mark March 8th in any way.
D.: Just think about this: it is necessary to give flowers to the woman only that day and in the remaining 364 days it isn’t? And if you take the tube on March 8th, God forbid, you are squashed by the multitude of drunk men. And they sit down, while the women stand up.

And how did you propose to Masha?
D.: Propose what? My hand and my heart? When we reached the Civil Registry Office, we signed the papers and then we left each for his business. The clerk couldn’t believe we would marry that way, and he asked us: “Where are the young ones?” And we said “We are!”. But in the evening we celebrated without any hurry.
M.: From the traditional elements of the wedding, we only preserved the ring. It was very beautiful.

Generally speaking, why did you decide to get married?
D.: For the sake of convenience. In hotels they forbid unmarried couples to stay in the same room.
M.: If we have to be serious, we did it because it was time. Before that, we had lived together for four years without any stamp on our bulletins.

Weren’t your parents offended? One usually organizes a wedding for the sake of the family.
D.: It wouldn’t have been enough to get married for our parents’ sake. Few people knew that we had got married.
M.: And my parents came in the evening and congratulated us. Thank god, they understood how we thought. But many of our friends tell us we should have a “normal” wedding, like “all the people”.
D.: In the Victory Park, with lots of people! Obviously, our parents aren’t people. (He laughs)
M.: Generally, we have done everything ourselves. No one interfered in our lives.

Daniil, you said you were a difficult son…
D.: I would say I am still. I live on my own since I was 15, I take responsibility for my acts and no one tries to interfere in my life. I have a good relationship with my in-laws. I don’t know any jokes about mothers-in law, and I don’t even call her by her patronymic name.

If it’s not a secret, do you plan to have children, or are your careers more important?
D.: No, the career doesn’t come first. It shall be as God wishes.

Daniil, in “Vsegda Govori Vsegda”, the beautiful and educated character you played had a very dull wife. Is that plausible?
D.: Totally, if you ask me. It often happens that two people who are different marry and they have a happy life together. It’s another thing to make this a three part story, because it needs a development, and there was none. So I said to the script writers: “Guys, I can’t do this any more. You either change the story or you leave me out.” It was a pity they did it clumsily: they phoned me and they told me my hero had died. Thank God the funeral didn’t happen in the eighth part.
M.: But I also appeared in one of the episodes, in the role of the dishwasher!
D.: Yes, that was like a joke. Masha came by to pay me a visit, and they made her appear in that episode.

Daniil, you have recently started to shoot for “Sudevnaya Kolonka”(“The Judicial Column”).
D.: Yes, lately I have been playing militia parts. Here I am playing the senior inspector of the Office of the Public Prosecutor on especially important issues. (He smiles). And we have a normal pace of shooting, we mustn’t have five episodes a week like we did with “Bednaya Nastya”. Perhaps I’m not capable of that any more.

Now there are all kind of shows with the stars on TV. Were you invited to take part in any of them?
D.: Yes, in many: in the circus, in the zoo, on ice, under the ice, even to boxing. But I refused and I hope life won’t force me to change my mind. I work as an organism, starting from my feet and ending with my face, and I didn’t want to injure myself during the somersault or any bad executed exercise. This present folly is neither good, nor bad, but rather it’s a reality. I understand that there must be channels except “Culture”, I am completely tolerant, but I have to take care of my spine.

You rejected at once, or did you think about it?
D.: Sometimes I asked “How much money would I get?” This question always settles things down. Many actors use it to cut off the incorrect and unnecessary offers. The organizer of the show “Great races” objected: “But you are defending the honour of your country!” And I asked: “ Do you really think that?” Because the only thing that came to my mind was the word “business”. No, you can see who enjoys doing this and who doesn’t. I’m not probably that romantic and I’m generally a bad partner.

Daniil, is it true that your acting agency has offered you parts in western movies?
D.: I don’t belong to an agency. But I was sometimes offered roles in the foreign cinema. Between the last ones was a part in “War and peace”, which was shot across Europe. They proposed me to play, this is terrible to say, the Emperor of Russia, but I refused. I was engaged in “Sledoipity”(“The Pathfinders”), where my hair had to be very short, and for “War and peace” I needed curly hair. And, generally, I had the suspicion they didn’t know what they wanted. I’m not sorry; every time they have screened the Russian classics abroad they only got the public’s laughter.

Have you had any more offers?
D.: Yes, but then they were gone, they gradually faded away.

Regarding your name… Do you fear anything?
D.: Of course I do! In reality every person fears something. A man with no fears is not a man.

Nika Drabkina
OK Magazine, № 25 (34)
June 21, 2007
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Daniil Strahov: “I am not a sprinter, I am staying”

The Moscow Theatre discovered him after the successful premiere of Andrey Zhitinkin’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”. This assured many people the he will have a bright future in the theatre. He is talented and organized. But he did not resign himself only to the theatre. He turned as successful in the cinema, so that it was necessary to distribute him in three major projects at a time: Poor Nastya, Zvezdochet and The Children of Arbat. This past year he has already appeared on the big screen, in Alexander Rogozhkin’s movie Peregon. What will happen next…

Daniil, now do you have enough work or do you want more?
I cannot say that it is too much, but it would be a sin to complain in this moment. The present projects are just fine. I could be involved in more, without being panicked.

It is difficult for many actors to get to the big screen. Do you consider you succeeded?
I still have to wait for the result. If it means living in the spotlights and being glamorous, then no. But it’s foolish not to do your best to get there. On the other hand, I would say yes, since I played in Rogozhkin’s Peregon, and for me this was a great happening. It goes without saying I would like to go on like this, but I will be able to see if it becomes reality or not after at least half a year.

Does the stage bore you?
Presently, I have no contact with the theatre. I worked for a company. Enlarging the field, doing more than theatre, brings one faster, constant earnings. But I do not need to go from city to city , thank God! As far as stationary theatre is concerned, I consider it an old system, where no change takes place. It is difficult to be part of it. You have to be subordinated to the general manager and to the entire theatrical system. As it happened with the Gogol theatre, contradictions begin sooner or later. For instance, the manager forgot that he had let me go on tour with another theatre, and the tickets to the plays were already sold. So you have to choose one or the other. However, in the small Bronnoy theatre, I had to decide: is it worth remaining until the crisis caused by the misunderstandings between the manager and the director ends? If you are in the middle of a dispute and you are invited to play in three series simultaneously, what will you go for? Without any doubt for the latter. I haven’t been called by a theatre for a long while. Usually, it would go like this: “Come, Daniil, we understand you’re very busy, but we’ll agree on a time, which suits both parties, and we’ll give you a role…” “What kind of role?”, I would ask. They would answer: “Come here first, and then we’ll see.” It’s the same thing! Of course I would get angry.

Would you have entered the MKHT if Tabakov hadn’t received you?
He didn’t receive me. When I entered the school of the Moscow Art Theatre, he didn’t want me there. He did not want anybody. He told our future teacher, Leontyev, that he doesn’t need me, that he should advance Nikolayevich. Nevertheless, he looked at me again and took me in. If he hadn’t taken me in, I would be still unknown and I wouldn’t have the life I have now.

What did you want to become in your childhood?
I just wanted to have a beautiful life. Not extraordinary, because there was no glamour whatever; there were the 90s: freedom, Victor Tsoy, the White house, tanks, vodka. I got the illusion that acting was nice and not monotonous. I entered the school theatre, under the lead of Vadim Zlotnikov. It was called Fantasy and it was very popular. Vadim made miracles with the children; they quit smoking, drinking, fighting, they came to the theatre, they sang, they acted. I won’t say that he always skipped the rehearsals, but I remember that he played drunk in “The Dragon”. He wore a pilot’s jacket, from World War I, and it was all torn, and pieces came out of it when he moved. I also wore my usual clothes. And the role of the cat was my first major one. This influenced my choice of a future career, as well as Vyacheslav Tikhonov and Sthirlits. When I saw him, I thought: “Am I worse than him?”. I could be clever and silent like him. Then cable television appeared, and at night, besides indecent films, they showed good movies, which was a revelation for me. For instance, I remember I was impressed by “The Midnight Express”. I can’t explain why it had such a great impression on me. Of course it influenced me.

They frequently ask you for autographs. In your time, whose autographs did you collect?
It’s interesting I never asked for one. In my first years, I had as partners Alexandr Filippenko and Vyacheslav Nevinn, but it never crossed my mind to ask them for an autograph.

Have you ever thought that they did not specifically prepare for that profession?
I think it’s possible sometimes to study something else. I don’t think there is a time when you simply decide to choose acting. It must come alone. I have recently learned that Alexandr Akopov’s producer school was his first and last experience of the kind. I would say that it was unprecedented for Russia, since we’ve never had so many producers at a time, and so well prepared, nor will we have. This includes everything: operator skills, management, dramaturgy, and the seminars of Alexandr Mitt. Besides being very interesting, this experience has enlarged my views on acting and has broadened my domain of action. Formerly, as a simple artist, I saw the complexities of the shooting process. For example, it’s necessary to shoot six minutes a day to have a quality control of the images. Why exactly six minutes? Now I have understood.

Are you a strong person?
To be honest, no. Those who believe they are strong are mistaken. Force is a relative concept. I quit thinking myself strong, as if I dictate the rhythm of things, as if I can change something. I cannot change anything with this attitude.

Where does your weakness come from?
From the fact that I fear looking weak. It’s complicated to see around the wall I build around me. I’m rarely honest with people who don’t know me. I don’t think this is a weakness, but rather a quality.( He laughs.)

You are considered cold, narcissistic and snobbish. But they don’t think why you are like this…
I don’t know if I should reply to this. There are things that happen independent of our will. I’m not everybody’s friend. I tried this, but the effect was negative. I am an open person in general, I don’t know why they think like that about me. It’s useless to try and convince them I’m different from what they believe; they’ll never do that. They must have a pattern which they follow no matter what.(He laughs.) It’s a stereotype, and I cannot guess why they put me into it.

Do you believe that by being more open in interviews and revealing more details about your life, you could change something?
But why should I bring the press into my bedroom? What would change? It would be no good. There are too many articles about stars revealing their lives. I understand that for many it’s interesting to learn when Strahov goes to the bathroom, but it’s inadmissible to write about this. It makes me sick to see with what frankness some stars present their private affairs to the public. The more they know about someone, the sooner they loose their interest. I made up my mind what subject I should speak about and what I shouldn’t mention. It’s not a secret I’m married to Maria Leonova. It’s easy to see me with her, since I don’t keep her locked in the dungeon, taking her out to breathe fresh air sometimes.

Are you easy to deal with?
I am a difficult person. But somehow people can control me, and this creates a balance.

Do you need to be an interesting husband?
Things happen naturally. I don’t try to be like anyone. I’m not the type of the all mighty husband, therefore we’ll reach the sky together or fall together.

In your opinion, who is more successful as an actor?
If we’re speaking about more falls, then I am. But quality is relative, we’ll see afterwards. I haven’t yet seen Larissa Sadilov’s movie in which Masha played, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, after seeing it, I’ll leave and say: “Masha, it’s time for me to pack my bags and quit acting”. Because she is very talented. But you need more than talent.

Do you have enough time for each other?
We’re trying to spend as much time as possible together. Were not sacrificing other things, we just choose what is important and what we can skip. It’s dangerous to do this nowadays, because if you refuse an invitation once or twice, they won’t call you again. You have to be a sprinter and even that is not enough. You won’t last long, no matter what. I hope I’m here to stay.

Are you happy with your life?
I’m happy I’m alive. That I am more or less successful in my career, that I am capable to support my family, my wife, and if I have to, my closest relatives. It would be wrong to complain. Of course I want more, but retirement is still far ahead.

City: Moscow
Cell phone: I don’t want to advertise
Watch: expensive
Drinks: cognac
Clothes: Mark, a casual style, I don’t look at the labels
Car: Japanese
Keeping fit: I run in the morning around the garage
Restaurant: I won’t name any, as I don’t want to lose the peace I enjoy there
Club: I’m not a club-goer
Cuisine: any
Holiday place: Paris, where my friends live
Perfume: those given by my wife and friends
Cigarettes: I don’t smoke
Stylist: I don’t see why I should need one
Colour: I have no preference
Shop: I can’t stand them

Flash Questions

What’s the most expensive gift you made?
A flat for my grandmother

What’s the most expensive gift you got?
I don’t expect expensive gifts.

What’s your hobby?
I have none, nor will I have.

Your highest earning?
I won’t say.

How many people do you support financially?
It would be fair to mention that I help my wife.

The most extravagant thing you bought?
A rubber mask with Putin’s face.

Your most expensive purchase?
My flat.

Do you collect anything?

You regret spending money on what?
On useless things.

What clothes predominate in your wardrobe?
Jackets and jeans.

Do you follow a style?
None at all.

The first designer item in your wardrobe?
A leather jacket by Indposhiv I bought in Sofia.

Your greatest achievement?
Still ahead, I hope.

No. I prefer to live the interesting way.

Your greatest pleasure?
Not being bored.

Your greatest humiliation?
When I don’t get anything.

What about leisure?
It’s not important where, but with whom.

Your biggest failure?
I answer foolish questions.

I try not to give foolish answers to them.

What upsets you?
That I can’t do this.

The best place on Earth?
Haven’t found it yet.

The morning begins…
With the alarm clock ringing.

Where do you need to go?
Rome, London.

Most expensive interior decoration?
An old chest.

You cannot manage without…

You are addicted to what?

How much money would be enough for you?
There’s never enough.

What interferes most in your life?
The small things lacking importance, the impossibility to change anything.

Prestige is…
A good movie I haven’t yet seen.

What would you change in your appearance?
I believe there’s no need for a change.

Your best friend?

Your favourite animal?
The Dog.

Sergey Martynenkov
№ 5, May 2007
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:20
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This young, intelligent actor had time to play for many theatres: the Gogol theatre, the Moscow City Council or the small Bronnoy theatre. But the viewers know him from the series The Children of Arbat, The Talisman of Love and Poor Nastya.

Daniil, how did you feel when you became known? This happened after you played the role of Vladimir Korf in Poor Nastya?
-I didn’t exactly feel the glory. I put all my effort into my work. But I wasn’t in the streets. I appeared at the same time in 3 movies: The Astrologer, The Children of Arbat and Poor Nastya. In 24 hours I was converted from baron Korf to Yuri Sharok, and then to Volodia Vdovichenkov. And after two hours Poor Nastya would begin again. It wasn’t very well for me from a physical and emotional point of view. Sometimes I felt I was going insane.

That was a serious pressure on the organism.
-But what could I have done about it? It was an oportunity, and I had to take advantage of it.

I have heard of actors who cannot control the emotions of their characters and let them pass into their off-stage life.
- It is well known that acting conceals many temptations. It would be foolish not to admit this. But each person has his own temptations, whether he is an actor, a photographer or a journalist. They just have to make a choice. One can either fight the temptatin and resist, or lose himself in this fight. It is rather complicated to speak about this subject, especially for people who have public lives.

Are you not afraid to play negative characters? Or mystical ones, such as that of Dorian Gray?
-I don’t fear that. I have my mysticism, in my life. As any actor, I am superstitious up to a degree. If I have to play something, then so be it. Acting consists in presenting different faces of the human manifestations. It is necessary to present negative aspects sometimes. But if the character dies, it doesn’t mean that his death is the best solution.

How do you relax?
-I still love hunting. Those who don’t hunt think that hunters are killers. But in the animal world murder doesn’t bear the moral nuances it has for humans. The moral rules of society can no longer be applied in the nature. It is a competition, kind of a war. There are predators. We all eat meat. I don’t kill fish with dynamite, nor poach.

Your wife, Maria Leonova, was your work partner. Was it hard to be on the stage together?
-There was a psychological barrier during the rehearsals. From a point of view, she was not a partner, but a person very close to me, whom I knew to the smallest cell. There is a danger of creating a so-called family theatre. The more you work with that person, the less objective can you be when it comes to the play. But we haven’t worked together for a long time.

You talk about your profession at home?
-It is impossible not to, especially when you really like it. I think there are two types of families. When a person finds his half, who has no connection to his profession, there is a separation between family life and professional life. The second version would be represented by people who share the same interests. Masha and I discuss everything that happens in our professional life and that of our partners.

What do you think about the title of sex-symbol?
-I cannot think about it otherwise than with irony.

Do you have an ideal concerning women?
-Yes, my ideal is my wife, Masha.

How long have you been together?
- For eight years. After 5 years living together, we got married.

But for a complete family you also need children, don’t you? Or do you intend to dedicate your life to your career?
-We are thinking about this. There’s a time for everything.

Tell me about your parents.
- I grew up in a classical intelligent Moscow family. My grandfather worked as a senior engineer. My grandmother was the head of one of the subdivisions of aerology. My mother is a psychoterapist, and my father a philologist. It’s complicated to say why I became an actor. My family is traditional, in the good sense of the word.

How often do you visit your father? He lives in Boston?
-We see each other rather seldom, in time units there can be months or years between our meetings. He left for America while the Soviet Union still existed. He hasn’t changed the country, the city or the appartment. He is the classical example of the scientist who lives for his work.

Would you like to live in Hollywood? There are more possibilities for an actor there.
-Why does it matter so much? I love my country and I wish it all the best. I am often asked this question about Hollywood. The fact that my father lives in the US doesn’t give me a chance to succeed there. It is very difficult to respond to their demands concerning the character types. Furthermore, there is the problem of the accent. In order to have a successful career in a country where people speak English, you have to be born there or at least to grow up there.

How did your mother react when you chose this profession?
-She was very happy, and I am grateful for that. If someone would have given me more details, I would have probably thought better. There are many negative aspects, but they shouldn’t be mentioned, because the spectators must have the sensation of mystery.

Your mother is a psychoterapist. In her profession there are many secret components, apart from the skill. But acting implies appealing to subconsciousness?
- There is probably a resemblance between our professions. Alegorically speaking, they are neighbours living on the same floor.

Nataliya Yungvald-Khilkevich
“What Women Want” № on February 7, 2006
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:19
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The Price of Insurance
(There is a play of the words here involving Strahov and Strahovka (Insurance)

He takes his time while spreading out all the implements over the table, then starts on producing his own-made cigars – wrapping up tabacco in a thin parchment leaf, using a strange object to link the filter. Having lit the cigar, he jauntily throws the black coat over his shoulders and immediately gets this look of a romantic lover, in the old and a bit outdated meaning of this term. His eyes reveal even portions of reflection, melancholy, and cynicism. This look is exactly what made millions of women addicted to his Baron Korf from Bednaya Nastya series.

ELLE: Why do you smoke self-made cigars? Don’t you trust local producers?
Daniil Strahov: They put lots of garbage inside. Sure enough, mine are full of crap as well, but at least they taste good. I always balance somewhere between tobacco and a pipe. Well, I’m not taking snuff, just smoking tobacco, you know. And when you smoke self-made cigars, at least you can be sure these are not fast-food products.

ELLE: Yuriy Sharok,a charming villain, your part in Detie Arbata (DA) series, is quite persuasive in his attempt to step over bodies in order to get what he wants. What did you do to excuse this hero at least for yourself?
D.S.: He’s not a complete villain. He’s just a man who cannot make a right choice. However, his incredible luck helped him stay afloat for quite a long time.

ELLE: You could compete with your part in DA in terms of reticence. I’ve looked through a dozen of interviews and still couldn’t grasp much of your true self – it was all smooth, fine, right, and nothing more.
D.S. (laughing): It’s just because I’m always writing the stuff. I mean, I speak smoothly as if reading some cheating notes.

ELLE: Your female fans are filling the Internet with desperate cries: Oh my God! He’s married!

D.S. Oh, you see, there’s at least something you got to know about me.

ELLE: You once said you could describe your student years as the most awful ever. Why?
D. S. It was terrible! Constant headaches, studying was extremely hard, it seemed to me that I had failed in everything. Oh good, it’s cold (touching his cup of coffee). I had to deal with sophisticated material, like Heidegger’s works. Just imagine – even though I consider myself a sophisticated young man, I hardly remember anything of that material. I‘ve got a short memory, to tell you the truth.

ELLE: Your coffee is cold, your cigars are self-made. You’re a perfectionist! Have you got any gut feeling about such a huge success of Bednaya Nastya?
D.S. Well, I’m not a prophet, right? However, the thought to refuse this role never crossed my mind. Firstly, it was my first leading part, and the leading part is not the thing you’re going to refuse. Secondly, this was the first role of my type.

ELLE: Handsome and reflexive?
D.S. No one wants the lover type in the film industry these days. Why? I can’t find a simple answer for a complicated question like this. But I’ll tell you this: thanks to its pseudo-historical essence, Bednaya Nastya helped me take the role that at least matched my appearance. That’s why I treasured this offer very much.

ELLE: Your theater works were quite impressive, however, it was Bednaya Nastya that gained you a massive popularity. Don’t you feel uncomfortable about it?
D. S. Absolutely, I dream of the Big Movie! But first I need a good offer. I met a friend of mine once at the Moscow Film Festival who asked ‘Danya, what’s happening with you, why do you only play in TV series? Why don’t we see you in the Big Movie?’ I stoned completely frustrated and embarrassed, and my first thought was, ‘Right, I must be going in the wrong direction’. And as some time passed, there came the second thought, ‘I should have answered him ‘Yeah, so why don’t I see you at Cannes???’

ELLE: What are the drawbacks of the TV popularity?
D.S. Sometimes you’d love to go out without being recognized, but it’s not possible for most of the time.

ELLE: How does your wife feel about your popularity?
D. S. Being an actress, she could be in my shoes. However, there are certain things that annoy her. What really matters is that my popularity didn’t change our relationship whatsoever. You see, we’ve survived through all the problems, lack of money, numerous rented apartments. The trick is not to lose yourself. Money, comfortable life conditions matter a lot and make your life easier; however, this is not what really makes you happy after all.

ELLE: You’re not a party person, are you?
D. S. Some are confident that attending all the parties is crucial for our work. Well, perhaps, that’s what they really need. As for myself, I can’t develop useful connections at parties. Do you really believe in a Big Director once spotting my picture and exclaiming: ‘Oh! Why not offer Strahov a leading part’? Showing up everywhere is just some en vogue style these days, I believe.

ELLE: Or you may call it a TV-type self-advertisement, of a sort? Like an actor, say, Sidorov, shows up on TV with his wife planting something in his garden, and the next day he’s cooking something, although without his wife this time, etc.
D. S. I hope this will never happen to me. I’m fully aware it’ll be impossible to stay in the spotlights for quite long, because as soon as tomorrow Bednaya Sveta shows up, you’ll be drawn. However, cooking on TV won’t fix the things.

ELLE: Probably, because you can’t cook, heh!
D. S. Absolutely! I can’t cook at live TV shows. Let’s face it.

ELLE: There’s a well-known fact that beautiful women are scared of getting old. What about a beautiful man?
D. S. I’m not a model, right? I’m fully aware of my film type, but there’s still hope: perhaps I’ve got something more than that? (Laughing). There’s this newspaper I’ve read recently narrating of the middle-age crisis typical for a 30 years old man, and it stroke my mind: this was exactly what I feel in my 28. I’m outstripping the events, as you may see.

ELLE: Is your life easier because you are handsome?
D.S. I don’t really like the subject, frankly. Because as soon as I dare to say I don’t care about all this, an immediate response comes: “Let’s see what you would’ve whistled, had you been an ugly freak!’ Therefore I try not to concentrate on my appearance because it causes me more troubles, than good, really.

ELLE: Oh come on, even I won’t buy this! Beauty is a carte blanche!
D.S. I’m serious! The things got a bit easier these days, because I managed to convince at least some people that there’s something more behind my pretty face. As I said before – no one wants the lover type today. Sure enough, some might argue: Right, Strahov is just raising his price. Even though the common belief that the beauty is a carte blanche , itis nothing more than a pretty myth, coming along with the delusion that the richer a man is, the happier he is. Happiness lies somewhere beyond this. And the truth lies somewhere deep inside our hearts anyway.

ELLE: What are the brightest memories of your teenage?
D. S. Oh, this was the gloomiest period of my life, because I was frustratingly clueless of who I was and what to do about that.

ELLE: Okay, now as we’ve come to that, what was your most recent disappointment?
D. S. What has recently disappointed me was that having made a mistake, I’ve suddenly realized I couldn’t prevent myself from making the same mistake all over again. Your teenage period deceitfully makes you believe the more mistakes you make, the more you learn how to escape them afterwards, how to develop into a new person. And as soon as you realize that two plus two does not necessarily make four, it means you’ve grown up!

ELLE Ukraine, # 11 (Nov) 2004
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:18
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Daniil Strahov. Instinct of a Hunter

Our redaction has literally been overloaded with letters, requesting information about Daniil Strahov, the actor who plays Vladimir Korf in “Poor Nastya”. Judging by the audience, Danil Strahov is one of the most desirable men of modern film and theatre.

Is it pleasant to know that thousands of women dream about you?
-I usually don’t think about that and I never did. Of course, although unexpectedly, I was very pleased to see that the character I play in the serial became so popular.

You don’t really like when they refer to you as a hero-lover?
-Well, I think that a hero-lover type is not demanded in the present Russian film. Today, in general, among the young talented actors you can hardly find those who play roles of hero-lovers. As an actor I am much more demanded for the roles of villains.

And Korf?
-Of course, Korf is a heartbreaker. But I am trying to find some other aspects in his character, so as to make him more interesting, and keep the attention of the viewers for many months.

And what about your fans, what are they ready to do for you?
-I don’t like the word “fans”. Viewers, who like my work, show their emotions in many different ways. Some interpret it with love, some criticize. So many people, so many opinions.

An actor is a public man. If you already have chosen this profession, you must have known that you were going to be a public man, always. Then why would you say:”Ah, I am so tired of my fans, and journalists. How bored I am, with all that!” Is it insincere?
-It is possible. However, actors too are only humans. They eat, drink, sleep, love, as everybody else. And sometimes we also want to go to the store, walk down the street and go to the cinema, but without being noticed. People applying for drama schools don’t fully realize what it means to be constantly exposed. That’s why people who have already chosen that profession need to be ambitious. And they mustn’t complain to destiny if they are already given a chance.

And if destiny doesn’t change, they can become stars….
-Stars are in the sky. And when they say a man is a star I think they stop seeing him as a simple human being. The very thought of the “star“ is an aspiration to convert the man into some sparkling substance deprived of human qualities.

Do you consider yourself a good actor?

-That is the question you have to ask the audience. I think I still have to learn a lot.

The American Acting School, in particular, consists of a variety of methods that are offered to a student as a help, in order for him to be able to transmit emotions he doesn’t really experience. The School of Stanislavskiy, on the contrary, teaches you to live trough the emotions. Which of those two schools is closer to you?
-You’re acquainted with American Acting School better than I am, undoubtedly. If you refer to the school of emotions and worries, I got used to give my very essence. I hope that I won’t get lazy with years to come, and that my work won’t become cliché-ridden. One needs to know his limits. There was an actor, working with Stanislavkiy, who would forget himself in playing every time he went on stage, so he would always end up in an orchestra hole. Konstantin Sergeyevich tried to figure out if he was a genius or an idiot. He thought for a long time, looked at him, and then figured out: the actor was an idiot. And that’s why I think that acting is a game. And an actor mustn’t forget himself in playing.

Some actors can’t get to a normal condition for a long time after the play, they get into a state of certain hysteria. How quickly do you manage to leave your role behind and return to normal?

-A few times I was very upset after a play, and I couldn’t sleep for several hours. This always happened after „Platonov”. I usually couldn’t fall asleep until morning. Obviously, not only actors need to know how to switch quickly.

And what is your secret, how do you switch your mood after a play?
-I don’t have a recipe. Sometimes I take valerian, sometimes a glass of vodka, or I play a computer game or watch TV.

I heard that you have a passion for hunting...
-Yes. The hunter instinct came out. When I have a couple of days free, I go to Veliki Luki with a friend. Basically because of the duck hunting.

Are you hazardous?
-Yes, I am, but I prefer not to gamble.

Do you have any idols in your profession?
-There are actors from whom I try to learn the skill. But I don’t have any idols. I remember when I was in the third grade I tried to look like my classmates: I collected stamps, badges. But soon I realized that wasn’t me.

How did you get along with your classmates?
-I always had many friends, regardless of our sometimes completely different interests.

Do you get depressive sometimes?
-When things turn out wrong in work, I usually get depressive. When you realize that you pity yourself, that you could have done things better….

So, what you’re saying is that we shouldn’t pity ourselves?
-No. That won’t do you any good. We also shouldn’t indulge our weaknesses.

Daniil, which one do you follow more often- your heart or your reason?
-In work the reason prevails over emotions. However, I strive for balance.

Isn’t actors` profession the very one that assumes more emotions than reason?
-It depends how you see it. The more balanced a man is, the bigger possibilities he’s got in acting.

Can you be happy for the success of the others?
-Of course, only I don’t like going to a theatre as a regular spectator lately. Because I cannot stay loose and watch the play like any other person does. I start thinking about details: what were the director’s ideas and demands, how did the actors do their job… and when I can’t understand everything, it torments me. That’s why I prefer not to know how something has been made. It is more simple with films. You follow the action, and you enjoy it. And if it is some serious film and you don’t know how it`s been shot, again you start trying to dig out all the details.. For example, I’ve never understood the art of Tarkovskiy. Of course I didn’t dispute his geniality, but I’ve never really felt it. Not long ago, I turned on “Andrey Rublov” by accident, and I couldn’t tear myself away from it. I suddenly understood how brilliantly done it was, how well-thought every sequence was, every detail, every millimeter in changing sequences, every piece of mud that lay on the ground. I was simply in a state of amazement.

Daniil, of all your theatre plays, which one do you like the most?
-All my theatre plays give me huge satisfaction, and I hope I’ll continue doing them in the future.

Journal “Serial” No11 March 2004
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:16
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The Nr.1 Sex-Symbol from “Poor Nastya” TV serial

“Women constantly pay attention to my looks, and looks alone”-admits Daniil Strahov, the actor who, thanks to high ratings of “1+1”channel`s serial, became the ladies` idol.

This young man was well known in Moscow theatre circles for some time. He played the roles of Caligula and Dorian Grey in Andrey Zhitinkin`s plays, until Zhitinkin was fired. But there was his certain luck. After that theatrical scandal, Daniil Strahov practically overnight gained popularity, playing the part of Baron Korf in the serial “ Poor Nastya”, which seems to have no end on 1+1 TV channel.

A certain hysteria surrounds “Nastya”. The serial has been broadcasted since the beginning of the year, in prime time –after 20.00. And when Russian gentlemen and counts are on the screen, all the other TV shows are practically wiped off by that powerful costumed- love attack. Baron Korf, performed by Strahov, turned out to be one of the most appealing heroes of the serial, which by all means is richly deserved. Many readers (female above all) literally implore us to publish some detailed information about the actor, and that’s what we are doing right now, with pleasure...

“Handsome-heartbreaker” Strahov is rather reserved in real life, his answers are dignified, and he often resorts to irony. Without any intentions to disappoint our female audience, I have to say that Daniil Strahov is married to Maria Leonova, actress, whom he met in the drama school, and with whom, as he says, he fell in love at first sight.

The heroes you play, both on stage and screen, are practically always charming negatives. Is it the influence of your looks on directors?
-If you pay attention, you will see that in the last ten years, there hasn’t been a single more or less famous young actor, who would match the profile of hero-lover. Marat Basharov-
isn’t the hero-lover type, Igor Petrenko neither. Who else? Misha Repnin-he is from another generation. And so on…. There’s this law of demand and supply, and we should deal with it.

Also, when I create my heroes, negatives, I am trying to find some positive characteristics inside them. My baron Korf is a complex character, complicated, not always pleasant, even so I manage to give him certain charm, and change his character through various aspects, what is good in principal, because it gets boring to play the role of 100 % negative throughout 120 episodes.

At the same time you are working on another project, a serial called “Children of Arbat” (Detie Arbata) based on Anatoliy Ryibakov`s novel, and directed by Andrey Eshpay. The role you play in “Children of Arbat” is also far from ideal?
-Yes, Yuriy Sharok, the part I play, in Ryibakov`s novel is undoubtedly a negative character. Andrey Andreyevich Eshpay also didn’t try to convert him into a positive hero, just a man with all his weaknesses. Although the literary basis for the scenario is middling –after all Ryibakov is not Dostoyevski, or Tolstoy. Andrey Andreyevich makes actual artistic films, and that role was my first “big one”, the kind of role I dreamt of.

And what about “Poor Nastya”? Your role in this serial is also a big one, and as it seems, quite interesting..
-All the time during the casting, I was hearing this story, how Korf is some Pechorin. First I gradually dissuaded myself, then I managed to do so with all the others. Because Pechorin was a cold man, drawn back from passion, with his wishes fading away, and that was the key to all his problems. But Korf, he is boiling with emotions, he wants something, he is going somewhere, but he doesn’t always know where and why. And that exactly is the reason why I find him so interesting, because I am trying to be a man reasonable enough in life, and Korf being so reserved on one hand, and so passionate on the other, that’s what makes him so interesting to me.

Were you chosen for the role immediately?

-There was a funny story about that casting: right from the beginning, for the role of Anna Platonova, they were looking for someone who would look like Elena Korikova, only not Korikova. As for the role of Korf, they were looking for someone to resemble Daniil Strahov, but not Strahov himself.

Did you have any second thoughts whether to accept the role? Because “Poor Nastya” is a rather big project, and it takes almost nine months of hard work, to come to an end with 120 episodes of serial. Some other interesting job offers could have emerged during that time…
-Well, I certainly haven’t rushed into it. I’ve been thinking it over for a long time. First of all, this role meant to me getting a huge professional experience. Then it meant I would be provided with work for a couple of months, which is always a big question mark for the actors. And one more thing, it was an opportunity to play the leading role, a hero (of some sort), that never happened to me before. Of course, non-stop work has many disadvantages as well. And the final result is still uncertain. The project of such significance is definitely new for Russia, and all new things not often proceed smoothly. And besides, I have two more projects going on, along with “Poor Nastya” :shooting-“Children of Arbat”, the serial I’ve already spoken about, and “Zvezdochet”.

Daniil, do you have a critical approach to your work? How did you feel after watching the first episodes of “Poor Nastya”?
-I didn’t quite like what I saw, in the beginning, especially in the first three episodes. I’m a great deal self-critical, even when there’s no need, but that attitude is kind of dynamo-machine for me, that forces me, that helps me keep on wanting things, overcoming and gaining something in this life.

In the very beginning of making the serials, many actors thought it was beneath their dignity to participate in those, allegedly, not artistic projects. Now the situation has changed, and the serials` levels have reached completely respectable standards. Nevertheless, many actors are still firmly against this genre. How do you feel about working in serials?
-If those actors can sit and wait for something to happen, then I’m happy for them. Nowadays, serials are usually made by film directors. We mustn’t forget that. Every artist has his own standards and his own demands. To refuse the offer for participating in a serial is also up to each actor. And I don’t judge them.

Playing in theatre, you have acquired many admirers. Even your personal Internet site is made by them. But of course, it cannot be compared with the popularity you get from the big screen. So, is it difficult to move freely in Moscow, I mean without drawing people’s attention?
-Moscow is the kind of city where everybody mind their own business! In general I’m not so often recognized in the streets. Of course, I walk the streets rarely enough (smiling). And besides if I wear the baseball cap…

It seems you don’t have free time, at all. But you must have some sort of hobby, some passion!
-I like to read. But the truth is I haven’t been reading for a long time. (smiling) At first, I felt aggrieved about it. When I was in the drama school, older actors used to say to us, students, that in five years we were going to read hardly ever. I couldn’t believe that, because I have always been fond of reading. And now, lack of time is not the real reason, but all those things that life carries, like so many problems to think about, so many analyses of actual events, such a hard inner work, that just keeps me busy at the moment, so I simply cannot reach the book. And concerning some other passions…Well, my friend is always calling me to go hunting, but somehow I don’t manage…

You don’t have a problem with killing living creatures?
-I found it very interesting to descend into my own feelings the first time I actually took the weapon in my hands and shot a duck. At that moment I was like a child that has just discovered something new, or a savage who has just seen a radio, or something like that. I lifted the dead bird from the ground, smelled it, touched it all over, and tried very hard to understand what I had just done, and how did “my self” react to what happened. I don’t know whether it was good or bad, but I didn’t have a guilty conscience. It’s not that some kind of the hunters’ instinct has awaken inside me, rather it was a kind of a switcher, that some have, some don’t. It seems I’m among those who have it.

And that delightful look of yours, does it help, or impedes in life?
-It often gets in the way. (joyfully smiling) And as an intelligent person, I am perfectly aware that it can’t be any different. Of course it impedes. (very seriously said ) I won’t try to persuade you that I am not aware of my looks. That would be weird, wouldn’t it? But I only bring it to mind, or start thinking about it, when journalists ask questions like this.

And do they ask you that kind of questions, very often?
-Constantly. Women persistently pay attention to my physical appearance. But I am aware of the fact that the physical appearance of a man doesn’t play the most important role in his relations with women. And if some men think differently, they are very much mistaken. The “bigger” man you are, the bigger demands and expectations are too, and from the beginning there are some perception standards: if the man is beautiful, he is considered to be stupid or gay.

Elena Zhernova
Gazette “Kievske Vedomosti” 06.02.2004.

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There weren’t any aristocrats in my Family

At first, the whole Moscow theatre society started talking about him-the discovery of the famous director Andrey Zhinitkin. Daniil Strahov, the actor blessed with the look of a hero-lover, didn’t become its detainee. On stage, he played maniac Chicatilo, as well as madman Caligula, and forever young Dorian Gray. On screen, he usually played the small roles of handsome villains.

And after the serial “Poor Nastya”, in which Strahov played one of the leading roles, appeared on the screen, he reached the rank of a star of national cinematography.

Daniil, many Russian actors dream of a role in historical dramas. It seems that the role of Vladimir Korf was a true gift from heaven for you...
-I never had such dreams. As for “Poor Nastya”, it is a pseudo historical epic. Costumes, manners, social etiquette, dialogues, almost everything was rather relative and modernized. Although the story takes place in the nineteenth century, it happens to be nothing more than maybe a reason to make a conversation.

You’ve gained precious experience, participating in many Russian serials. Would you please tell us, are there any crucial differences in shooting process, between Russian serials and Russian-American “Poor Nastya”?
-Yes, there are differences. For example, practically every scene is shot with two or three cameras at the same time. And that is the reason our acting had to be good, skilled. Unlike the Russian serials, and Russian films even more, here actors are not given the possibility to change anything concerning the close-ups or long shots.

Undoubtedly, that kind of shootings are much more exhausting?
-Certainly, because they increase the extent of work. If “Poor Nastya” is shown five days a week, and each episode with commercials lasts one hour, then it is very easy to calculate how much film we need to shoot every day. That is a very fast tempo of shooting. Nevertheless, we are putting much effort into converting this soap into the film-like material, and if not that, than into a material we won’t be ashamed of. Here in Russia we don’t have clear differentiation between soap opera actors and so called big screen artists, as Americans do. It would be inconceivable that Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro ,being who they are, take part in soap opera. And yet, here we have Albert Filozov, Olga Ostroumova, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Aleksandr Filipenko and many other “big names” of our cinematography, participating in “Poor Nastya”.

Undoubtedly contingencies on shooting site occur quite often?
-Yes, I already had to fence, constantly, for 10 hours, while they kept on pouring water on me. And it all started the very first day of the shooting. Following the scenario, we were shooting the day before the duel. It was August, but in spite of the calendar it was wildly cold. We did the outdoor scenes, I had to be only in my shirt all day long, and they kept pouring cold water on me. In one scene I had to wash myself with cold water, in another my character was supposed to be so drunk, that he hardly stood on his feet, and again cold water was to be poured on him. That was the beginning of my shooting days.

Tell us, please, how many hours a day do you spend on the shooting site?

-It depends, but what may be considered as a rule is that we are always talking about two-digit number. The time that is left is barely enough for the basic things - sleep, get myself in shape, and prepare for the next day of shooting, But I also act in a theatre play, and work in two more serials.

Which are those two other serials you’ve mentioned?
-“Zvezdochet” and “The Children of Arbat”. The last one is practically not a serial , more like a film, consisting of several episodes. The director is Andrey Andreyevich Eshpay. I play the part of Yuriy Sharok. In Ryibakov`s novel he is a completely negative character, but in the film he is just a human being who deserves attention, but also pity, and doesn’t look like the scum he appears to be in the book.

Three serials at the same time? How do you manage all that?
-The actor’s agency is taking care of my shooting schedule.

More and more actors are hiring the agencies these days. Is it some kind of fashion?
-That’s not trend, it is a necessity. The more work you have, the more complicated it gets to talk to producers about fees, look for the contracts, to bring theatre, film and serial shootings, together. First of all you get legally protected, then you get free from a lot of organizational and financial matters that you personally don’t even understand.

Daniil , you seem so noble looking. Were there any aristocrats among your ancestors?
-No. Neither aristocrats, nor proletarians. On my mother’s side there were many priests, and after my father - I happen to be Kazak.

Your name has appeared on the list of one hundred “most beautiful people in Moscow”. Does that God-given appearance help in life? You’re not going to continue denying your beauty, are you?
-It would be weird if apropos my looks, I stamped my foot and flirted, insisting that beauty wasn’t my case. Sometimes, maybe a year earlier, I would give you this type of answer-that my physical appearance is much more a burden than a help, due to men’s beauty: (a) it is not the most important thing (b) it is not unusual that men with a certain physical appearance are considered a priori stupid.

Is it so? And I thought that refers only to models…
-Yes, to them too. And now… I can’t say that I’m using my looks to get something. Most likely, things are happening, and I don’t think much about it.

Daniil, would you tell us something about your wife?
-She is an actress-Masha Leonova. We met in Shukinsk drama school, we were classmates. It was love at first sight. Although we got married much later, the school was where we met.

Was it the first time in your life to fall in love at first sight?
-Yes, of course, if we leave aside some childish love stories that used to start on Mondays but end with the end of the week. Speaking of serious emotions,yes, it was an exceptional situation. Till then, I used to take all the literary examples of love at first sight with irony. And then it happened to me.

Daniil, as New Year’s holidays are very near, I have to wish you all the best. By the way, do you believe what they say – a good beginning makes a good ending, or that your whole year depends on how you spend New Year’s eve?
-I believe as much as in any other omen. I always try to celebrate New Year’s eve adequately, but if it doesn’t turn out to be so good I don’t despair.

Do you follow the Russian traditions and go to the sauna with your friends on New Year’s eve (a few words where this tradition came from - there’s this REALLY famous Russian film of three friends visiting sauna each NY’s Eve, it’s all about funny situation that happened to one of them on this New Year)? Or maybe you have some interesting story that happened to you?
-No. I have spent all my New Year’s eves so far in a calm, home atmosphere, surrounded by friends and family. I was never stuck behind the bars waiting for the striking of the clock, nor flew to Egypt, or drank champagne in Montmartre.

Do you remember any New Year’s present that provoked strong emotions?
- The electronic game ”Guess“. My grandparents gave that to me as a New Year’s present, but I can’t remember exactly when it was, how many years ago.

How long did the game last?
-I think it drags along somewhere, even today. If I put the batteries in, I could start playing. For me, that was a really dear gift. In every sense. It was the time when that kind of electronic games had just appeared, and they cost 24 rubles, not very cheap at the time, and considering my family’s modest earnings, the gift was truly fantastic.

Are you going to decorate the New Year tree?
-Yes. I have this little green beautiful tree, I take it, decorate it in a few minutes, and it stands like that for a few days creating the holiday’s mood. It is artificial, of course. And with the real tree the trouble never ends: first you need to go get it, choose the right one, place it, decorate it, and in the end you need to collect all the needles.

What would you like to wish for the New Year?
-I would like to wish good health to my friends and family.

Yuliya Pchelina
Journal “TV7” 12/2004

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Poor Nastya’s leading star jumped out of window for love.

Daniil Strahov is known as ‘fatally gorgeous’. Who could have thought that even he has problems in personal life. We are going to throw the light on this issue in an exclusive interview with the actor!

In the sensational serial called “Brigada“ (aka The Crew), handsome Danil Srahov played a small, insignificant part of Vitalik. However, it is generally considered that the serial ‘Poor Nastya’ (Bednaya Nastya) has raised him on the pedestal of nationwide admiration. And the role of Yuriy Sharok from “Children of Arbat” has just put the final touch.

Many letters from fans have been coming to our redaction: girls of all ages have been writing their love confessions to Daniil. The reporter had collected all those letters in one big parcel and went to meet the actor.

“I married once and for all”

-Which of all the roles you have played till the present day, will you always remember?
-All of them were interesting in their own way, but as expected, I often recall a particular one. There was a serial “Maroseika 12”, where I played the role of a man serving the police, who starts working in a casino and does that for love. It was my screen début. Till then I had been known only to Moscow theatre audience.

-Would you tell us something more about theatre, please…- Oh, I had played so many roles in theatre! For the role of Dorian Grey, in 2001,I was nominated for “Чайка”(Sea Gull) award. And the very name of the nomination cheered me up then:“ Fatal man”.

-Why? You don’t consider yourself fatal?
-I do not consider myself ordinary - that’s certain. Basically I am a quiet, home oriented person. More than anything I like to take a rest on the sofa, …Hugging my wife Masha (smiling)

-So you are married! That would be great disappointment for your admirers!
-Well, I hope they will forgive me, but that’s how it is. Even so, I’m delighted to see all those letters you have brought with you, but I’m afraid there won’t be any serious changes in my personal life in near future. Masha and I are very much in love.

-And it dates back to your students` days?
-Yes, we met in Shchukinsk drama school. The truth is girls were crazy about me there, they thought I was very attractive. The only one who didn’t pay any attention to me, at all, was Masha. And there goes the classical story: she was the one whose heart I wanted to conquer, and I started courting her… And when we were determined to sign the marriage certificate, on our way to the registry office, I was teasing her: what if you are going to unite your destiny with unworthy man… Here we are now, five years together. I can only hope that she feels the same about me. In my rare moments of solitude, I often think how I married once and for all.

-Are there any conflicts that happen between you sometimes that make you ask yourself whether you have made the right choice?
-Well, tiny arguments - but what counts is that Masha is the only person I trust, my heart and soul. When I was offered the role in “Poor Nastya”, I was having second thoughts for some time: 8 months day-to–day work,12 hours a day, and night - it was a burden, serious enough. Masha and I discussed the problem, for about a week. We knew that if I accepted it, we will be apart a lot, because a great deal of shooting was assigned to take place in St.Peterburg.

-But couldn’t you take your wife with you…
-Well, that wasn’t the option. I strongly believe that you shouldn’t mix work with private life, and that’s why I have never taken Masha to my working trips. We had small quarrels over it, at first, but soon she realized that it is senseless to interfear in the special atmosphere which is created during the shooting.

- Rumors had it you’re not as good at homeworking?
- Basically, Masha is handling all the homework. I help her with shopping. Since my childhood days I had been annoyed by a particular scene: women carrying heavy shopping bags full of supplies. That is why I want to spare my loved one. And I never go near the stove. All these pots, pens-spare me, please! The truth is I am not very picky about food, I’ll eat with pleasure a simple borsch or grilled meat.

-You are talking about your family life with such a pleasure, it gives an impression that maybe, even for you, such a handsome man, it wasn’t all roses in personal life….
— Wow, you’ve guessed! That is true. There was a moment in my life that left a mark on my soul for many years. When I was 12 years old , I fell in love with a girl from my class. I wrote her an inspiring letter, full of passionate confessions. And she just laughed at me: and not only that, she showed my epistolary masterpiece to all her friends, and then she told me she had ripped it …

-I bet she is tearing her hair right now...
-Could be. Oh, how I suffered then. I am romantic, you know, ready to make any kind of foolishness for love. One of the most extreme was jump from the third floor window, on a rope made of sheets. In that way I saved a girl’s reputation. We were 16, I went to visit her, and just as we were going to be together, we heard the noise in the keyhole. Parents! And I had to escape through the window.

Profession and Sacrifices

- Aren’t you sick of talking about your work?
-No, I understand that your readers are interested not only in my private life, but also in my, so called, professional agenda. Let me beat you to your next question, and tell you straight away: When I finish “ Children of Arbat", I need to take at least a short brake from shooting. Yet, if a new project occurs, I won’t reject it.

-That’s a paradox…
- Well, yes, but I felt on my own skin what happens when you are out of work. You gradually start having doubts in yourself.

-So, you are determined to make sacrifices for your profession-for example to give up holidays?
-To some extent. The biggest sacrifice I have ever given was my image transformation… For quite a long time, I had long hair - down to my shoulders, which was really useful for the role of Dorian Grey, in theatre. Zhitinkin, the director, used to tell me:“ Just don’t cut your hair, Danya!“ And I didn’t intend to, because I really liked my hair the way it was. But Korf from“ Poor Nastya” was supposed to have short hair, so it was time for me to cut it. I admit, I have suffered.

-Can you name the most difficult moments from the shooting?
-Yes of course, and again it has to do with “Poor Nastya” serial. I would say the most difficult moments were the ball scenes. We were filming those five nights in a row. Music hadn’t been switched on, and we had to imagine that we were dancing with music, we had to move following the tact of music we were not apparently hearing. That was really difficult. And there were some moments, in theatre, that really shook me. I used to wear myself out, ending up completely exhausted by the end of the play.

-And how do you fight the stress?
-Sometimes with valerian, sometimes with a glass of vodka. And TV, of course. The most important is to keep your mind on something else, otherwise your inner feelings will devour you.

-Do you have something you would like to wish to our readers on St. Valentine’s eve?
-More love, more intelligence and less fanaticism.


Daniil Strahov was born on Mach 2nd,1976.in Moscow, in a family very distant from theatrical society. His mother is a psychotherapist, his father was a linguist. Of all his bright, but unpleasant, memories,he remembers his father’s belt for misbehaving: first cigarette, stolen from the toy store. In 1993 Daniil entered the School-studio MHAT, and after one year he moved to Shchukinsk Drama school. After he had finished it in 1997, he was admitted to the theatrical troop of the Gogol Theatre. He also worked in the Mossovet Theatre, and in 2001, in Malaya Bronnaya Theatre. At the beginning of the season 2002-2003, he got permission to take a break from the theatre, and started actively shooting films and serials.
Alla Petrogradskaya
“Yellow Gazette” #6 February 2005.
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Daniil Strahov: My freedom comforts me

His bright face with fiercely scowled eyebrows follows me from big boards, glossy magazines, and TV screens, from two national TV channels simultaneously. It follows me on the subway, unexpectedly pops up in a bookstore and never lets go ,even at home. However, it’s not only TV roles that made my hero that famous (I’m sure as soon as Detie Arbata series is on TV, his fanclub will enlarge considerably because of his charming, albeit mean, character Yuriy Sharok). His first steps were nevertheless on the theater stage, particularly as Ableuhov Jr. role in rather mysterious play Peterbourg by Andrey Belyi in the Gogol Theater and as Dorian Grey in The Portrait of Dorian Grey play directed by Andrey Zhitinkin for the Theater na Maloy Bronnoy.

Daniil Strahov is rather skeptical about interviews, acknowledging the responsibility he bears before the audience and fans when confessing his hobbies or expressing his views. He is extremely demanding about his own self and therefore about people around. His deep look under the scowled eyebrows doesn’t lie.

- Daniil, tons of magazines have been threatening us with difficulties and guile of the actor’s careers. Your family does not belong to the theater society. However, you chose the stage. Why?
- I applied for the drama school having no clue about the profession. You may bet, I filed papers simultaneously to Shchukinsk Drama School, GITIS, School-studio MHAT, and sure enough I failed them all – classes of Eugeniy Simonov, Petr Fomenko, Avangard Leontiev. However, I was given another try: mama and I approached Avangard Leontiev to hear me once again. And what a miracle – he let me in his class! Words can’t describe how grateful I am: had it not been for him, my life could have gone in a completely different direction, I don’t know, maybe military forces first, another occupation and completely different way of life later.

- I agree, entering School-studio MHAT was a great luck. However, you changed it for Shchukinsk Drama School in a year. What made you change the schools?
- When I failed my first entrance exam for Shchukinsk School, Eugeniy Simonov and I made a deal: if I still was interested in his classes (at MHAT) as one year passed, he would give me another try. What a pity my transfer tragically coincided with his death… A really sad story.
Speaking of how these two schools differ – to my honest opinion, the difference is rather negligible, and I’m sorry to admit the Russian drama school is gradually losing its ground. I remember my excellent teachers back in Shchukinsk – Yuriy Stromov, Ludmila Stavskaya, Vitaliy Vilenkin — they are all like last farewell of the train that has departed long ago.
You may probably know that I have worked with four Moscow theaters, because I like changes, and that could partly explain why I changed drama schools. Or you may argue I like exploring different places. Or I am just a rolling-stone, as some director called me once.

- This could probably explain your aversion toward being linked to one theater?

- I used to work for Gogol Theater and Theater na Maloy Bronnoy on a regular basis. I also had contracts with Theater n.a. Mossovet and Theater of Dzhigarkhanyan. By this time, the contract with Gogol Theater is what’s only left. My freedom comforts me. If I was a clerk, I would have lost a great deal of this freedom.

- Right, but here’s one thing: you often use this word ‘work’. The theater used to be some kind of a temple for a theatergoing public, that does not match the term ‘work’ absolutely. Don’t you think?
- Your point is that actors used to SERVE the art?

- Exactly. Unfortunately, Russian theater traditions are going into history along with these terms... Sure enough, both representatives of MHAT or Vakhtangov drama schools were truly devoted to their theaters. On the other hand, your generation of actors has a choice of stages, directors, countries, scripts, especially when it coincides with some calmness in a theater activity. You’ve once faced such a problem as lack of roles, am I right?
- Right, living through the period when all I was offered was the role of Sebastian in The Twelfth Night in Mossovet Theater helped (or forced) me to realize I could not sit unemployed like that, admiring someone else’s success, counting every penny, while barely holding on. On the other hand, idleness could be rather helpful for strengthening not only yourself, but also relations with the one you love, and thanks God I succeeded in both.

- Daniil, will you comment on whether the talent does really matter in the actor’s career? Or perhaps the capacity for work? Or is it simply luck?
- I’d vote for all of them. All these characteristics together enhanced with uniqueness of each of them either produce a certain outcome or not. It comes into my mind sometimes that the actor who is probably far more talented than myself is not as much demanded.

- Your last theater work is Paris in Romeo and Juliet play directed by Robert Stourois. In your opinion, what is the idea behind the play directed by an extraordinary (as I believe) director? For instance, Yuriy Kolokolnikov (Romeo part) explained the idea as: all heroes are talented in their own way.
- As far as I’ve got the thoughts of Robert Stourois, the play is not about love, but cruelty.

- I agree. Romeo is cruel and egoistical: when seeking love from a young girl, he never cared if he could ruin her life. I deem the director as cruel for making Paris, in turn, that ideal and romantic. Strange that Juliet didn’t fall in love with him.
- I do appreciate your comments, because that is exactly what the director wanted my performance to be: my character was supposed to win the audience and convince everyone that had the story made another turn, it would be Paris, not Romeo, whom Juliet would choose. However, despite your pleasant comments I am not satisfied with my performance. I feel a kind of tension.

- But you can’t say that your work on TV is what affects your theater performance, can you? Now seriously, don’t you think that being employed by TV might cost you good offers in theater?
- If I only got a call from… Whom of the theater directors to name, especially of those gone long ago?…

- Let’s say, Meyerhold.
- Right! If Mayerhold called, believe me I wouldn’t turn this call down because of the TV career.

- Do you have a chance to see your peers’ theater works? I heard many actors complaining about lack of time to attend theaters. What about you?
- Honestly, even in my teens I could easily count the times I was in a theater. Nothing changed today, I don’t really like going there. Now you’ve got my confession: I am absolutely clueless about theater works that are the talk of Moscow right now. I used to have this headache every time I watched the play. I don’t know if it was because I was simply bored, or because, on the contrary, I was too strained playing all the roles by myself in my mind, especially when I thought they were not performed properly … In addition, here’s a sort of dilemma: you come to a poor play and you’re upset because it was just a time-killing; and you watch an excellent play and get upset because it was not you playing there. Now goes the question: why go to the theater?…

- In some interview you said you were your own teacher. But is there any director who helped you develop as an artist?
- I might have put too much meaning in the term ‘teacher’. However, if you consider me as a rolling-stone, always running somewhere (but I’m not in a hurry at all!) from one theater to another, then yes – I’m a teacher of my own. However, on my way I met wonderful people whom I didn’t dare call a teacher probably because of my excessive caution. Among those who helped me a lot I’d mention Sergey Golomazov (I still play in his Peterbourg) or Andrey Eshpay (the director of Detie Arbata). Andrey Eshpay is a fantastic director! He’s got that light and unbelievable kindness towards actors that you can only sit and listen to everything he says in the atmosphere of complete mutual understanding.

However, the first role I was absolutely fond of (when I’ve realized I had to play so as to pass everything I put into the character onto the audience) was Platonov under thedirection of Sergey Golomazov. I’d say Platonov from Bezotsovschina play is my absolutely favorite role. And I’m really happy we’re bringing the play back to life starting January 2005 in Theater Center Na Strastnom.
If you ask about my first play I was poured deeply into, I’d vote for the last performance before Peterbourg was closed. We all were fully aware the play won’t last anymore, and we all knew it was the last time we played in Peterbourg. That very play was therefore filled with unbelievable nerve-strain and awareness this would never happen again. And I felt sort of a break-through, like a cork being pulled out!

- Did any of directors demand to either lose or gain weight from you?
- I had to lose weight while rehearsing for Dorian Grey in the Theater na Maloy Bronnoy. However, there still was something to work on for the premiere day, and your journalist peers never missed a chance to point it out. I’d love to gain 20 kg like Robert De Niro and then lose weight again like Alexandr Kalyagin for Platonov’s role in Neokonchennaya Piyesa dlya Mechanicheskogo Piano. I’d be totally happy to be faced with: gain (or lose) the weight – and the role is yours! What a pity (or luck?..) it’s not what’s happening to me right now. In other words I sell (sorry for the ambiguity) what I’ve got.

- Daniil, you’ve been describing yourself as an ambitious person. Does this help or perhaps affects your career?
- I’d say both helps and affects. Sometimes I think I should hide away my ambitions. On the other hand, I just can’t do this properly. And then over and over I start arguing defending my point of view. This is quite risky sometimes, because it’s not that the director always perceives the situation better than the actor.

- Do you trust directors?
- Not really. However, it’s a damn for actors, for we’re supposed to trust directors.

- Do you trust your fans then?
- When my official site was still working, I used to read critical comments of my fans there. And yes, sometimes it was quite helpful. However, because the site lacked a single owner, the conflict broke out, and I had to close it down.
But still there are close friends of mine and my family around, who would always say the truth. Beside, I do have this self-criticism, that keeps me away from taking it easy when reading some favourable comments.

Natalia Boyko

Teatralnaya kassa, No.2, 2005
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Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:11
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The new series of Daniil Strahov has started

The new series “The talisman of love” has already started in Russia. One of the leading roles belongs to Daniil Strahov, who became the public’s favourite with the role of young baron Korf in “Bednaya Nastya”.

In this new series, Daniil Strahov plays the role of the adventurous Daniil Dronov. According to his fellow actors, Daniil was the soul of the shootings. During the shootings, and while nobody expected it, he got a pair of deer horns and started chasing his co-star. That wasn’t in the script but evey body liked it and the producer thought it was the best scene and left it.

Last week ,Daniil had to shoot a scene in which he walks on a frozen lake, on thin ice ready to break and falls in. Even though the dangerous scene was well calculated and all measures had been taken in order for the actor to be safe, Daniil scared everyboby when very convicingly he disappeared under the ice.

“Talisman of love” is a melodrama with many similarities to Bednaya Nastya. The story is full of unexpected incidents. The heroes get crazy and commite suicide, driven by wild passions, while everybody searches for the secret treasure.

Like in BN’s case neither the actors, nor the producers, nor the script writers know how the movie will end. The script is written during the shootings and the episodes which are already written are shot and presented to the public.

"TV Saga" (Bulgaria), May 2005
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Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:09
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Daniil Strahov : "I also put on the mask of someone that I’m not. Life forces me"

The actor makes efforts to play roles that he doesn’t like.

Daniil Strahov, who recently turned 29, comes from a family that has nothing to do with cinema. His mother is a psychotherapist. His father is a philologist specialised in ethnology and lives today in the USA along with Daniil’s younger sister and continues his academic career. He is responsible for Strahov’s uncommon name. In 1976 while he was reading the biography of prince Daniil Galintski, he got so excited by it that he decided to give his son this name.

Daniil recalls his childhood: “Although I was the son of intelligent people, I was an average student. Until the 7th grade I was getting along pretty well, but later on school became annoying for me. I was interested in other things, so I gave up studying . Luckily for my parents I also gave up fighting as well. You see... until the 7th grade I was a really big trouble-maker."

His parents decided not to interfere with their son’s choices, so they let him decide which profession he would like to choose. He chose to be an actor.

As soon as highschool was over for Daniil in 1993, he entered the School-studio of MHAT. One year later, he continued his studies to Schukinsk Drama School. Even from his college years, Daniil managed to get some roles in the cinema.

After graduating from Schukinsk Drama School, Daniil Strahov got in the theatrical group of Gogol theater. His first appearance was a big success. For his first role- the role of a king- he was awarded with a prize. His next role was that of a serial killer, Andrei Chikatillo, who stayed in the history for having commited the murders of 53 children and was executed in 1994.

It wasn’t easy for Danya to accept this role : “I couldn’t hide my soul and pretend that it was a pleasure for me to play this role. While I was working on that character, I felt “dirty”. My job was even harder since the play constituted the maniac’s monologue, which lasted about 1 hour, before his execution and I had the responsibility of the whole play”.
But exactly when his career started to flourish, the young actor left Gogol theater and stayed unemployed for 2 years. According to Daniil, it was during that period that he understood the meaning of the words of the famous actress Faina Ranevska “Loneliness is when you wait for the phone to ring and instead it is the alarm- clock that rings”.

Things changed in 1999 when the young actor had an offer to play in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”. After that, he had many offers for theater, cinema and TV. He did some commercials and serials and in the meantime he had small parts in the cinema and on TV, mostly of negative and disagreeable characters.

The role of noble Baron Korf in “Bednaya Nastia” was his golden chance. His character immediately captured the hearts of all females, both young and mature ladies. The media talk about “Korf-mania”. Daniil became right away Russia’s new sex symbol. But he tries to keep some distances from all that because he considers himself not just handsome, but also a serious actor. Concerning his role, Daniil Strahov says “I tried to transform Korf from a negative to a positive hero and to change his character bit by bit”.

Daniil Strahov is known for carefully choosing his roles and so he devoted a lot of time wondering whether he should accept the part of young baron Korf, fearing that he would get the label of the soap-opera actor. In the end his desire to play in a historical drama won.

The casting for the actors of “Bednaya Nastya” lasted two years. Strahov was chosen for the role of the baron after a year and a half of rehearsing in costumes and actual settings.

The schedule of the shootings was exhausting. They were working 10-12 hours daily. Some times the shootings finished at 3 in the morning and started at 8 in the morning. The script was written during the shootings, like they do in Hollywood.

In his personal life Daniil Strahov is a happy man. He is married to actress Maria Leonova, whom he met while they were both students. Daniil acknowledges that for him it was love at first sight, although Masha didn’t notice him. They met again after a few years when they both played in the same theatrical group in Gogol theater. That’s when their relationship started. After living together for 4 years, Daniil and Masha got married. She often paints the settings of some of Daniil’s theatrical plays.


*When did you decide to become an actor ?
-As a student, I’ve never dreamt of being an actor. My favourite subject was mathematics and I was thinking about following a lawyer’s career. The crazy idea to become an actor popped up when I was in the final class of school. Even I was surprised,not to mention the reaction of my family.

*Did your parents try to change your mind when you told them that you wanted to be an actor ?
-No, on the contrary. Firstly, because when I get something in my mind nobody can change it. Secondly, because my mother really supported my decision. As strange as it seems, I got in the School-studio of MHAT from the first year. But after a year I was transfered to Schukinsk Drama School.

*Were you a good student ?
-Not quite. Actually it was the other way round. Maybe it was my young age, the lack of experience or maybe my teachers didn’t use the right way of approach. In some point the thought to quit and do something else crossed my mind.
*And how did you get over this period ?
-Down deep inside I didn’t want to change my profession. I worked as a waiter for a certain period of time in the school’s restaurant but when we were in the fourth year of our studies we started playing small roles in the theaters of Moscow. Then a director from the Gogol theater noticed me and asked me to join their group.

*How would you describe yourself ?
-Like all the people who live in a big city and have many contacts, I’m also forced to put on a certain mask . It is inevitable! In some relations I let my self free, although now I have a greater experience. Although I’m trying to give the impression of a mature person, I still can’t make it. Then again, I’m only 29.

*How do you keep your figure?
- I’ve been working so much that my figure manages it by itself. Shootings are a complete training program. There is only one time that I had to lose weight for the theatrical play “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”. I lost 7 kilos by exercising and being on a diet for a month and a half.

*If you hadn’t become an actor, what would you have liked to be ?
-That’s a tough question! I’m dealing with many projects now, like work in the theater, offers for cinema, so that means I’m lucky. I’m very pleased with both of my work and my friends. So it doesn’t even cross my mind to change my profession.

*You’ve worked with many famous people in the cinema, in the theater and on TV. Who do you consider as your teacher ?-I had many teachers but I have my self as my basic instructor. No one is more strict about my work than myself.

"Sapuneni Seriali" (Bulgaria), May 2005
от Adriana
Ср 23 янв 2008, 15:07
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