By Mariam Hovnuni
Ani Galstyan: “I often ‘meet’ myself in the mirror”
Ani Galstyan, who is a beloved actress of the films “”, “Kayl Dziov” (The Knight’s Move), “Yerek Shabat Yerevanum” (Three Weeks in Yerevan) and many other films, shines not only in films, but also in theater.

Since 2010, the actress has been starring in the soap operas aired on ARMENIA TV, including “Oor Eh Im Tghamarde” (Where Is My Man), “Pahanjvum Eh Gumar” (Money Needed), “Yeghbairner” (Brothers) and “Mi Stir” (Don’t Life)…’s correspondent sat down for an interview with the actress. Ani, what made you decide to become an actress?

Ani Galstyan: I have admired acting and theater since childhood. One of my secrets is that my paternal aunt was the head of the State Puppet Theater when I was a child. She helped shape me into an individual more than my parents. I would often go to the puppet theater with her, and it is clear that I was not an average spectator.

Since the age of 1 or 2, I would often watch the puppet shows at the theater. In the beginning, I was in the audience. Later, I performed on stage. I was charmed by that magical environment that I loved, the actors who presented fairy tales, the stage where I had the opportunity to hide, the dolls that I had the advantage of touching, and it seemed as though all this engaged me in the unique atmosphere of the theater and that I was not going to choose any other profession besides acting. There are many cases when parents are against their daughter’s choice to become an actress. Would you and your parents dispute half-jokingly?

A. G.: On the contrary, there were no disputes, but several contributing factors. I recalled my paternal aunt’s positive role, and I must say that my father’s extended family has a special attitude towards theater and arts in general. My grandfather used to play at the recreational theater in Tbilisi. We have faded pictures of him in costumes. For a while, my father performed at Yerevan State Dramatic Theater and would recite at the recitation theater of the Union of Writers. My father had a big dream of becoming an actor that he never turned into a reality, and I believe I am somehow turning my father’s dream into a reality… In any case, which film or soap opera made you popular?

A. G.: I have probably become popular with every role, more or less. I would like to you to tell us a little about the film “Yerek Shabat Yerevanum” (Three Weeks in Yerevan).

A. G.: I have already talked about the film on one occasion, and I will repeat that it was a great and major experience for me. I believe working with masterful actors and being one of

the leading actors of the film is beneficial and a very responsible task. Playing the role of Nune was one of the major roles that I have played throughout my acting career, but I attach more importance to the opinions of the audience on my acting and the whole film. What are you doing now?

A. G.: Of course, I have plans, but everything will happen in due time. Currently, my personal life is changing, and this is what comes first. God willing… You have starred in many plays and soap operas at a young age. What is the guarantee for your success?

A. G.: Perhaps it is my sincere and unconditional dedication to my job and my ability to differentiate between success and failure. They say it is also my smile… I know you are very sentimental, and sentimental people live with dreams. What are your dreams?

A. G.: I won’t deny that I am sentimental. As a matter of fact, it is also important for an actor to be sentimental. As for my dreams, I would say it is my desire to receive offers to play new and interesting roles in a film, a play or a good TV show. Why do you play the roles of negative characters?

A. G.: Frankly, I have mainly played the roles of negative characters in soap operas, and I must confess that, within the general concept, perhaps it was those negative characters that had temperaments, interesting attributes, etc. The temperament of a character is interesting for me, no matter what kind of temperament it is. Ani, if you had a chance to ‘meet’ yourself, what would you say or do?

A. G.: If I ‘met’ myself when I was a very little girl, I would like to hug myself. If I ‘met’ myself when I was older, I would listen carefully to what the person in front of me was saying. In reality, I often see myself the way I am in the mirror. If the person in the mirror and I don’t think about any character, we stay silent together. “To be honest, I am afraid of marriage”-this is what you said in one of your interviews. Have you overcome this fear already?

A. G.: I am on the path to overcome it. We’ll see…