The debut with Netflix and the success of Summertime, Amanda Campana: “Playing the part of a lesbian girl has opened my eyes” – The interview

The debut with Netflix and the success of Summertime, Amanda Campana: “Playing the part of a lesbian girl has opened my eyes” – The interview
The debut with Netflix and the success of Summertime, Amanda Campana: “Playing the part of a lesbian girl has opened my eyes” – The interview

In 2004 Feltrinelli decides to reprint Three meters above the sky. It is the beginning of one of the most important literary phenomena in the field of books dedicated to children. The story of Babi and Step becomes an icon and in high school classes there is a split between those who have read it and comment on it with friends and those who have read it but are ashamed to say they did. One of the latter ended up as a journalist and, right now, writes about Open. In 2020 Netflix decides to update the formula of “teen” and launches Summertime, a series shot in a summer on the Romagna Riviera starring a group of young people. All young actors, tending to be their first experience with such an important production. Success is lightning fast. The series enters the most viewed titles on the platform, both in Italy and in the countries where Spanish is spoken. In the last few weeks, the second season has been released. Amanda Campana is one of the protagonists of Summertime and was our guest in the last episode of Open_Talk, the channel we opened on Twitch. Here you can find an excerpt of our interview, at the bottom of the article we leave you the complete interview.

There are dozens of series dedicated to young people. What strings she managed to touch Summertime to work so well?

“In my opinion Summertime it worked for several reasons. Everyone agrees a little. A boy, a teenager can be reflected in our adolescence and in our summer. Adults, on the other hand, can find in our stories some memories to think about with nostalgia ».

In the series you play Sofia. Can you tell us who he is?

“She is a very simple girl with a very normal life. Sofia is a lesbian girl, but no one ever talks about her homosexuality. And not because it is taboo. Simply because there is no need to do it. And perhaps this is a bit utopian for the world we live in ».

What was it like playing a girl with a different sexual orientation than yours?

“It has never been a problem. I’ve never worried about having to kiss a girl. Rather. Maybe it was something I wanted to do sooner or later. Playing a girl from the LGBTQ + community has enriched me. It opened my eyes and made me become more passionate about the themes of those who, from certain points of view, are still weak ».

What comments did you get after the series was released?

“Who saw Summertime he was amazed at how homosexuality was treated in Sofia. Usually we are used to seeing the most dramatic part on these issues. I have received many very positive messages. On the contrary, I was also moved by those who thanked me because by looking at my character he was able to understand himself better and accept himself ».

The second season of Summertime tells about the summer after high school. A rite of passage. Do you remember your exam?

“Sure. I did the artistic. For the first three years, high school for me was just pure fun: I did the bare minimum. From the fourth grade I started to smell the studio and from there I started to trudge a bit. I had no debts except one in art history. I went out every year with the minimum of credits. And then came the high school exam. I did a paper that I still have, on the difference between morality and legality. I took 15/15 in the first test, 12/15 in the second and 13/15 in the third test. And in the end I went out with 78. I don’t know how I managed to avoid the lynching of my best friend who has always studied and in the end she came out with 76 ».

And where did you go after?

«I went to Formentera with my friend. Precisely that of 76. But it was a quiet holiday, stretched out in the sun like lizards ».

Summertime it was hugely successful. Not only in Italy. What was it like dealing with all this popularity?

“I didn’t have great ambitions when I was little. At most I wanted to do the dog sitter. And then one day I found myself an actress and found myself on Netflix, in 180 countries. However, it is something that I have not fully understood. But I’m very happy. I feel I have found my way ».

How did you start being an actress?

«When I finished high school, I found myself in total black. I started being a make-up artist, then I started modeling. One day a guy who went to an acting school asked me if I wanted to try it out. I took a few lessons, I started casting and the first thing they called me for was Summertine. From there the journey began ».

The second season of Summertime was filmed at the end of the summer of 2020. In full pandemic. What was it like to be on set among the tampons?

“Since tampons have existed, I have made at least 40 tampons. But it was necessary. We had a Covid manager. A new figure that has sprung up in this production. He told us which tampons to do, who should go to quarantine and when to wear the mask. And if we met someone outside the set and he asked us for a photo, we asked him to put on a mask ».

We close with three questions for three scenes. What was the funniest one to shoot?

«In a scene with Giovanni Ansaldo we made a bet that if I lost it I had to post 100 photos of the sand. That thing really made me laugh. And even now if I start laughing about that scene ».

The saddest scene.

«The one in which Sofia and Dario were talking to each other in a bedroom, they were a bit moved and ended their speeches with such a sincere hug. I was really excited ».

The most difficult scene.

“The most difficult was the swimming scene in the sea at night. It was late summer, and it was one of those evenings when you really feel the September air. Andrea and I had to swim in the sea at night. There were jellyfish. It was very cold. There was the operator at sea and we had to get right back into the frame. We did it at least five times because we couldn’t get to the exact spot each time. In the end, however, we saw it again. It was a beautiful scene ».

An Italian summer – The complete episode

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  • Open Talk | The complete video and the best moments of the episode with Adrian Fartade, Umberto Guidoni and Linda Raimondo
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