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Paulina Garcia says she has no hang-ups

Posted on Feb 18, 07:32PM | IANS

Berlin, Feb 18 : Chilean actress Paulina Garcia, who won the best actress award at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival for her role in director Sebastian Lelio's film "Gloria", said that like the main character in the movie, she was a mature woman with no hang-ups.

"Work is hard to get for female actors if they are older, if they are fat, if they are ugly, if they do not fit the Hollywood ideal of beauty or the cinema industry's ideal of beauty. It's hard for all of them and I don't have advice," Garcia said in a press conference after winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale Saturday.

The screenwriters were responsible for creating the lead role in "Gloria" because "there was tremendous confidence on the part of Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza", Garcia said.

"I do not have any advice. I work like a dog, I work a whole lot, every day of my life," the 52-year-old actress said.

Up next is a resumption of a vacation in Sicily that was interrupted for the awards ceremony in Berlin and then a return home to Chile "to work a lot, like Gloria, who works", Garcia said.

"I am very happy because Paulina is Gloria and Gloria is the film," Lelio said.

The film, which is about a woman approaching 60 who tries to live life with intensity and a positive attitude, won the Competition Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Guild of German Art House Cinemas' prize.

The triumph of "Gloria" marks the return of Chile to the Berlinale, in which it had not competed since 1991, when Ricardo Larrain's "La Frontera" won the Opera Prima Award.