'I miss a normal day at work on set or even just going for a coffee'

Itziar Fay has wanted to be on stage since she was a young girl.
Itziar Fay has wanted to be on stage since she was a young girl. / SUR
  • Successful local actress Itziar Fay, set to star in the English-language series Glow and Darkness alongside former Bond girls Jane Seymour and Denise Richards, has had to sit out the coronavirus crisis at home in Marbella

It may have halted the filming of a new TV series in the north of Spain last month, but the coronavirus hasn't stopped one of its leading actresses from living her life.

Itziar Fay is set to star in the English language series Glow and Darkness alongside former Bond girls Jane Seymour and Denise Richards.

But with filming in Peñaranda (Burgos) now at a standstill, the 26-year-old actress has been seeing out the quarantine with her parents and brother at her family home in Marbella.

Itziar, who was born in Madrid to a British father and a Spanish mother, grew up in Marbella from the age of two, before attending the international school Aloha College.

At 14 she went to Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire to study for her A-levels, where her passion for acting began to take root.

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Leeds, Itziar went on to further her acting career in London, New York and Madrid, before landing a part in Glow and Darkness, which depicts the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

In the series Itziar plays Berengaria of Navarre, who is set to marry Richard the Lionheart.

So while waiting for the filming to start again, Itziar spoke to SUR in English about how she is keeping herself busy during the lock down.

"I think one of the most important things is to keep our minds healthy," she said.

"I try to do a normal workout routine during the week and break it on the weekend. During the week I train everyday at home. I am also learning new exciting cooking recipes, as I try to eat a balanced healthy diet. And of course, I have lots of script studying for Glow and Darkness. During the weekend we do family movie marathon nights."

As for what she is missing the most during the lock down, Itziar, who is fluent in Spanish, English and French, said: "I miss going for a run outside in the park or hanging around with my friends, I miss seeing people around, I miss a normal day at work on set or even just going for a coffee. I think we will value everything more when we are allowed back to normal life. In any case I try to be as positive as possible in these unexpected and difficult times."

Apart from acting, music is also one of Itziar's passions - she writes her own music on the piano and has also worked as a part time DJ at several clubs in Madrid.

She said: "I play the piano every day at home and each day a different song comes out. There are so many different feelings we are all going through at this moment that it is easier to be more connected and inspired."

In fact, Itziar said that she listens to music "24/7" and the song she's been playing constantly recently is Heal the World by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. "I think that song is very related to what's happening right now," she said.

"Music is very important in moments like the present one for the soul."

But music is not the only thing that's helping Itziar get through the lockdown. She explained: "Thanks to technology we are able to have a quarantine full of entertainment with all the artists, actors and musicians worldwide doing live concerts on social media, interviews, and, of course, with all the online platforms we are able to have new movies and TV series. For example Money Heist has premiered on Netflix. I'm super excited to watch it!"

Having lived in a number of big cities while pursuing her acting career, such as Madrid, New York and London, Itziar still has a soft spot for the south of Spain - especially Marbella.

"I guess the good weather, the food, the people and the ferias are also among my favourite things from the south of Spain," she explained.

As for Itziar's plans for the future, she aims to throw herself into her acting career.

She said: "Since I was a young girl when I started my LAMDA [London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts] examinations, I realised all I ever wanted was to act. Every time I saw a movie I was dreaming of how I would play that role, or I would watch it over and over again to see how the actors where playing specific moments or circumstances.

"I've always had a huge imagination and I was always fantasising and dreaming of movies and theatre plays. Of course my plan is to carry on acting - I will never abandon it. It is a very difficult career but it's also a very exciting and beautiful one if you are lucky. I am so grateful to be able to be working as an actress right now. And of course my dream is to carry on acting as long as possible."