Charlotte Rampling gave a fascinating insight into her career as an actress of international acclaim earlier this week ‘in conversation’ with pupils at Trinity School, Croydon.
Questions from students and staff ranged from how actors can find meaning in their work; the difference between the European and American film industries; and how digital technology might influence the development and consumption of modern film.
Rampling told the captivated audience how being fluent in three modern foreign languages “opened up channels in the brain”, and meant she had the ability to “understand in an all-intuitive way”.
Rampling gave the audience an insight into her work ethic and advised any budding actors “Don’t wait to be an actor. But if you really want to do it, you have to be so channelled. Even if it takes years…learn to knock yourself and get bumps”.
A four-time César Award nominee, Rampling received France's Legion of Honour in 2002, was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. She was also nominated for an Oscar last year for her performance in ‘45 Years’.
Widely regarded as one of the most emblematic actresses of her generation, the opportunity for students to put questions to Rampling about her career was one that proved very popular.
Lower Sixth pupil, Charlie Gill, said: “Ms Rampling was an inspiration. It was an honour to have her come to Trinity during her busy schedule and I have now seen how learning a foreign language will be useful later in life”.
Katarina Simic, Lower Sixth, added: "It was a tremendous honour to meet Ms Rampling. She was such an inspiration, not only through her work in acting but also her work in French and British cinema. Being able to talk to her after gave me a real insight into her personal experiences. This is an experience I will never forget".