Celine Rosalie Zoppe is a rising star in the entertainment industry, known for her bold performances and fearless approach to taking on challenging roles. With a background that includes training in both the UK and the US, as well as a diverse heritage that spans several european countries, Celine brings a unique perspective to her craft.
Inspired by her mother’s performances, Celine’s love for the arts began early in life. She first appeared on stage at just 3 years old, and her passion continued to grow through vocal and piano training at the Catholic choir school in Cologne, Germany. Celine was a state champion gymnast by the age of 14. However, a spinal injury suffered during a competition prompted her to shift her focus solely to acting.
Celine studied at The Oxford School of Drama in the UK before completing her Associate’s degree at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, an institution known for producing talents like Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, and Spencer Tracy. Afterward, she was accepted into the Academy’s prestigious Theatre Company.
She has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike with her powerful performances in films such as Hommage à l’amour and Love is not Love, and her recent nomination for the Broadway World Los Angeles Awards for her role in Try Not To Think About It, Alice Childress solidifies her as a talent to watch.
2. What inspired you to have the career you have ?
I think I knew very early on that I wanted to do something in the arts. I still have one of my elementary friend books and I wrote I wanted to be either a singer or an actress. The decision to really go after acting came a little later. I was very involved in gymnastics when I was little and I thought I could get really far with it. Unexpectedly my career took a turn, when I had an accident in gymnastics and couldn’t continue down that path anymore. I was a teenager. It was difficult, but my mom gave me inspiration, since she spent her whole life on stage and supported my extracurricular activities singing, dancing and playing piano. Right before I graduated high school I decided to try out for an acting conservatory and I got accepted at the Oxford School of Drama, which I was really proud of. I was auditioning at so many schools in the UK and flying over there while studying for my final exams at school, so it definitely was a relief once I got accepted. I would never be able to go without the help of my family.
3. What was the most challenging part of your career?
I think the most difficult part is when you audition for something and you don’t hear back at all. No feedback, no thank you, just radio silence. Even when you get far in the audition process, most of the time you just don’t get feedback. The few times I do get feedback I really appreciate it, because it gives me either a reason or something to work on.
4. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
Successfully getting through the conservatory program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts was one big achievement. After that every project I book I see as an achievement, because I get to work as a working paid actor, which not a lot of newcomers get to experience, especially coming from another country and trying their luck in LA. I really enjoyed all of the projects I worked on. A big one was also producing a play on my own and having it run successfully for an extended amount of time right after I got out of school. That was a little personal achievement for me as well. Also working on films that had success in the festival circuit is always a wonderful experience. Let’s put it this way: There are many little victories and I cherish every single one of them.
5. What are the changes you had to go through in your personal life to get to where you are?
There is a lot of sacrifice to be able to live the life of an artist in LA. Side jobs you might not want to do are sometimes required during slower periods. Time management is huge! I had to be really disciplined, in fact I still need to be. Thankfully I learned that from a really early age, through gymnastics and so many extracurricular activities. I’m thankful for that, it’s really easy to get distracted in a city like this, but I usually don’t have a problem with that. (Laughs)
6. What core principles do you follow in your career and life?
Be early, always always try to be early. Even if it’s 5 minutes. My mom hammered that one into my brain. Thank you mom! (Laughs) Early is on time, on time is late, late is fired (Laughs). Apart from that I believe that hard & smart work pays off, so I live by that. I also believe in ‘filling your own cup’, which I had to learn the hard way. Self care is so important. If your cup is empty, you don’t have energy left to give out and stress ensues. So I try to keep my cup at least half full, like a gas tank.
7. Can you give some tips that aspiring to do what you have done?
Stay at it, no matter how hard it might seem, just keep swimming! You might be drowning, but in the end it’ll be worth it.
Also everything I mentioned above, keep a positive attitude by keeping your cup full, work hard, represent yourself well and be on time!
8. Do you have any upcoming projects to look out for\
I actually do! I got cast in a theatrical production of a new play written by Chris Haas and produced by Anemoia Films, called ‘You can’t disappear in Studio City’! The run will happen during the summer, also I’m up for a feature right now so fingers crossed everything will work out!
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