Geraldine Talks About ‘Whore’

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I always thought if I had the opportunity to play a sex worker one day, I would definitely do it! I know that as an actor it would be an extremely interesting and challenging character to play, to relate to and to pull it off. “Whore” is far from the “Pretty Woman” characters I had in mind at first.
Both my characters ( illegal migrant and underage sex worker) are based on real people’s stories and the challenge being is to understand them, their background, what reasons led them to sell their bodies and how they act on a day-to-day basis. I find it difficult to deal with themes (for my underage sex worker character) such as drugs, poverty, violence and chaotic dysfunction. I realise through reading and watching documentaries how the family environment and poverty can lead young women to work on the street. I can not stand violence. It is ugly and I find it heartbreaking to imagine that my characters have dealt with it. Then there is drugs – another rough and disturbing topic. It is a vicious circle: you need drugs to work, and you need to work to pay for your habit. Both my characters experience loneliness and fear (but are not victims) and I love that about them. It is a very fascinating journey I am taking with Melissa Fergusson and the “Whore” team to bring my characters to life. Working on this controversial project is definitely an eye and heart opener.

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