Η σεναριογράφος μας Ασημίδα Κουτσηίδου βρήκε λίγο χρόνο στο φορτωμένο της πρόγραμμα να παραχωρήσει μία συνέντευξη στο μεγάλο Αγγλικό περιοδικό HELLNO.
Η Ασημίδα, μιλάει με ειλικρίνια για την ιστορία της και την ενασχόληση της με Το Πικρό Τσάι της Ξενιτιάς ενώ βάζει ένα τέλος στις κακοήθεις φήμες περί παράνομης σχέσης με τον πρωταγωνιστή Κωνσταντίνο Καβακιώτη.
Σας παραθέτουμε το πλήρες κείμενο παρακάτω αλλά πιστεύουμε ότι οι σκαναρισμένες σελίδες του περιοδικού είναι απλώς πολύ καλές για να μην ανέβουν.
ASIMIDA: THE GREEK LEGEND
Interview to Thomas Crowne, HELLNO Arts Editor
Photographs: Elena Patsopoulou
Stylist: Petros Georganios
A few years ago, while on holiday in Torquay, I chanced upon a book that would change my life. Little did I know that a few years later I would have the distinct honour of interviewing the writer responsible for that great piece of fiction.
Asimida Koutsiidou is a Greek National Treasure. She has sold millions of copies of her novels and an autobiographical book of her captivity in the Sudan. She now turns her talents to television with The Bitter Tea of Exile.
“I aim to bring to life the hidden aspects of exile, the pain of the expat. This is my Sacred Duty”, she confides, dressed in impeccable good taste and looking at me seriously.
The development of the TV series, about a group of Greek expats struggling to find their feet in London has brought her to our nation’s capital. And she is loving it.
“What is not to like in London?”, she says, “I love the city and the people and they love me back”.
Born in Athens in 1970, she never hides her age and she doesn’t have to since she looks fabulous, Asimida wrote from a very young age. She credits her mother with her ascendance from good writer to genius. “She believed in me, right from the start. When I was desperate or unable to see a way forward she was there”.
Losing her mother a few years ago came as a nasty shock to Asimida. “You know,” she says sadly, “we had discussed the idea for the Bitter Tea of Exile. She loved it. Perhaps this is my way of saying goodbye to her, by making this idea into a reality”.
Asimida did not have to do a lot to convince one of the most respected Greek producers, Sofoklis Sakcharidis, that this would be an instant hit. He supported her with all he had from the start.
“Sofoklis recognises that he is very fortunate to be working with me. So he is supportive and he admires the creative mind.”
A host of talented professionals, including some very big names in Greek acting flocked to the project. There are rumours going around about Asimida’s relationship with her protagonist, a young actor name Konstantinos Kavakiotis. She finds the rumours in very bad taste indeed.
“It is very disappointing that these rumours are circulating but I have learned to shrug them off. My success invites a lot of nastiness but I rise above it”
As indeed she should. This is a woman at the top of her game. The Greek press are going nuts over her work and personal life, with photographers stationed outside her home at all times.
“I don’t mind it. They do their job, I do my job. I am famous at the end of the day so I would never complain”
In London she has found a sense of freedom since less people recognise her – a shameful situation for which I apologised profusely.
“I am so accustomed to being recognised that this is a welcome change”, she reassures me.
Armed with the new found sense of anonymity she walks the city. Of course she cannot appear at the spots where Greeks frequent as she instantly creates a sensation.
“It is inconvenient. I do want to understand their experience but I cannot exactly eavesdrop, they immediately know who I am!”
In order to do her research she had to get a group of Greek expats together in London and listen to their experiences.
“It was painful. We Greeks are proud. You don’t know how it feels to have degrees and certificates and this History behind you and for all that to count for nothing in the UK. You Brits have a lot to learn about the benefits that Greek youth can bring to your country”.
Amen to that Asimida, amen to that.