Actress Rebecca Da Costa stars in an indie film that's showing at this week's Palm Beach International Film Festival.
Rebecca Da Costa may be a newcomer to the film world, but she’s no stranger to the camera, having graced the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hugo Boss during her modeling days. The gorgeous Brazilian made her acting debut in 2009 with a small part in HBO’s Entourage, which led to roles in a few films.
Most recently, she stars in Breaking at the Edge, which will screen at this week's Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 4-11). In the film, Da Costa plays a bipolar pregnant woman who chooses to stop taking her medication, all while grappling with supernatural occurrences. Her next movie, Motel, is currently in post-production and sees her acting alongside top-tier talents like Robert De Niro and John Cusack. We caught up with Da Costa before she hit the festival circuit this week to chat about working with superstars, her illustrious travels, and more.
What was the biggest challenge you faced playing Bianca in Breaking the Edge? REBECCA DA COSTA: It definitely was to channel that ‘craziness’ and truthfulness that the part required. It took me months after shooting the movie to get the character totally out of my system.
Tell us about your ‘femme fatale’ role in Motel. RC: Motel is a taut modern-day noir-like crime thriller—a hit man is given a mysterious task by his crime boss as a way of testing his loyalty. The task is greatly complicated by the arrival of my character, Rivka, whose role and motives are impossible to predict. It was very exciting to do this movie. My character had so many layers! She was funny, mysterious, and fashionable! Our amazing director David Grovic gave me total freedom to be a part of the entire creative process, from the script to her lipstick. It was a lot a fun and also a project that made me grow a lot.
Was it intimidating to work with De Niro and Cusack on Motel? RC: The idea of working with them was very intimidating. The moment I heard they were attached to the movie my initial thought was, ‘Oh my God, I must be dreaming,’ but once I arrived on set they both made me feel very comfortable. Any intimidation or fear that I may have had quickly vanished.
What did you learn from them? RC: From De Niro, I learned how important it is to be professional. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the business. The guy is a legend, and he could act bananas if he wanted to, but he was totally down to earth—very kind, always on time, and extremely open to new ideas.
From Cusack I've learned to try the unexpected, to really think outside of the box. He is so passionate about his craft. We discussed for hours how to do the scenes and he would always bring amazing ideas to the table. I think he is one of the most talented actors out there and to work with him definitely made me a better actor.
You've traveled quite a bit with your modeling career. Do you have a favorite city? RC: There are two cities. In Milan, I feel very much at home. The Italian culture is very similar to that of Brazil; the food, music, passion, and of course, the drama! And in New York City, I feel such a freedom when I'm there. It's a very rich city, artistically speaking.
And we have to ask you about beauty and travel tips—what are some of your must-haves? RC: You really have to find a beauty regime that works for you. Right now I’m using an organic line from Sonya Dakar, which has done wonders to my skin. During the day I try not to use makeup, just a touch of blush and some black eyeliner. Stila eyeliner is a must-have!