EVER WEPT UNC ONTROLLABLY A T WORK? KSENIA SOL O C AN REL ATE.
If you—much like this, uh, friend of a friend of ours—have never seen a Fellini film, Ksenia Solo feels sorry for you. “My mom introduced me to [his work] when I was 15,” says the Canadian actress of the legendary Italian film director. “I think I wasn’t psychologically ready to absorb it, but I did understand his importance.” (Editor’s note: We’re way past our teen years, and, tbh, we find that a lot of Fellini’s oeuvre is a touch surrealist. La Dolce Vita, however, is a glamorous, easily digestible delight.)
To be clear: Solo isn’t name-dropping foreign films from the 1960s because she’s one of those actors. She’s actually starring in the charming, quirky In Search of Fellini, which is, as you might guess, the story of a young woman’s adventures in Italy discovering herself via his catalogue. “I ate, lived and breathed Fellini!” says Solo, who has a cult following after starring in the sci-fi hit Lost Girl (and maybe from her time on the Canadian ’90s classic TV show I Was a Sixth Grade Alien). “I’m so happy I had an excuse to sit down and discover films I hadn’t seen and rewatch ones I had. Nights of Cabiria is definitely my favourite.” The film was shot on location in Italy, which Solo says made for many “magical” moments. The one she’ll remember forever, however, happened on a gondola in Venice. Solo’s character is missing her mother and starts singing the classic “Volare” to conjure her up. As can only happen in a film, the people walking alongside the canal join in. “I read the scene on paper and thought it was very cool,” recalls Solo. “But when we did the first take, I was so overwhelmed! When I looked up and saw all these people singing, I just burst out crying, sobbing.” She calls the experience “unexpected and beautiful”—an awful lot like a Fellini film, come to think of it.