Bright young thing: Marisol Rojas, Bancroft School

A bright future on the stage beckons...

A bright future on the stage beckons... - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Bancroft School’s Marisol Rojas has such a passion for the performing arts that a career on the stage seems inevitable

Chingford's Marisol Rojas considers Costa Rica to be her second home

Chingford's Marisol Rojas considers Costa Rica to be her second home - Credit: Archant

Tell us a bit about yourself...

I’m a Year 11 pupil at Bancroft’s and my passion is the performing arts. The drama department at school is great and I’ve had the opportunity to take part in some fantastic productions. I love acting in particular because I find people fascinating. I think analysing and inhabiting a character helps me to understand people, which is really important to me.

Where do you live and what do you like about it?

I have lived in Chingford my whole life. There’s such a mix of people from all different backgrounds which I like because everyone fits in. It’s easy to travel into the city and I can also say I live in London, which is really cool.

Tell us about your family...

My dad is from Nicaragua and my mum is from East London and we are a close family. Luckily my family has always been supportive of me aiming to pursue a career in the arts even though it is risky and unpredictable. My mum’s family is all in London and my dad’s immediate family is in Costa Rica and we try to visit every year. Some of my best childhood memories are of my family in Costa Rica and I think of it as my other home.

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What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?

Most definitely getting accepted to be part of the Almeida Theatre Young Company. It was an utter surprise and it is my biggest achievement so far. Also, last summer I had the chance to go to school in Costa Rica to improve my Spanish. It was a really enjoyable and unforgettable experience and I was lucky enough to meet some lovely friends.

Who’s your biggest influence?

Probably all of my family. I love my family and as an only child I’ve always spent loads of time with them. We all get along so well and laugh so much when we’re together. They’re my inspiration and the light of my life.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

It’s so unpredictable I really can’t be sure of what I’ll be doing, but I’ll probably be a waitress waiting for my big West End acting debut! Hopefully I will be a successful actor. I’d also like to travel with my friends and just enjoy my life whatever I do.

How do you relax?

I love music and am always listening to some chill R&B when I get the chance. I always have music on, but the best thing is just sitting down and simply enjoying the music.

What makes you smile?

My friends. Whenever we are together we can make each other cry with laughter over absolutely nothing. I’m also really close to my two first cousins who are genuinely like my sisters. Because I only get to see them when I visit Costa Rica the time we do spend together is treasured.

What is your worst habit?

I don’t ask for help when I need it. I struggle with asking for things because I’m very independent. It’s something I am working on and slowly getting better at.

How do you unwind?

Usually I have a glass of milk and a chat with my dad before I go to bed, which is always nice.

Do you have a claim to fame?

When I was nine years old I auditioned to sing a theme tune to a Disney channel programme and was part of the music video. Even though it was a very small part, I was shocked and ecstatic when I saw my face on TV!

Tell us something about you that may surprise us?

Even though I love performing in front of lots of people, I also like to spend time by myself. When I get time on my own I like to practice yoga - I find it’s a good way to relax and clear my mind.

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