Interview with Gabrielle Christian


AE: Any prospects this month?
I recently auditioned to play Natalie Holloway.

AE: The woman who disappeared while
on a class trip in Aruba?
Yeah. Lifetime’s doing a movie on it. Oh my God, it was creepiest
audition ever. I go to this audition and every girl there – we’re all blond-haired,
blue-eyed – totally kind of looks like her. But I’m waiting to hear on a few

AE: While you wait for your first
grey hair, what else are you doing?
I’m working with this organization called FAIR Fund. We work with children, young
women, and older women who’ve been trafficked or exploited or violated, but
mainly trafficking.

Nobody really knows, but slavery is actually more prominent [now] than it’s
ever been in world history. It’s under the radar and in every state and every
city and country that exists. People know about Southeast Asia but they don’t
know so much about Eastern Europe and Africa.

So we decided to do this documentary that’s being shot by Samantha Farinella (Left
). She did all our behind-the-scenes stuff
on South of Nowhere. She’s a great friend
of mine and was willing to donate her time because we’re working with
absolutely no money.  All the money the
organization makes goes to the girls.

AE: Are you narrating the
Yes, I’m narrating the documentary.

AE: Have you met any of the girls?
This summer, we went to Belgrade, Serbia and spent about a week there,
interviewed some of the girls, who are from all over the former Yugoslavia
area. We have girls from Hungary,
Bosnia, Croatia, Russia, ages 12 to 35, who have
been bought and sold to traffickers.

I’ve learned a lot of things and it’s also been eye-opening and depressing
and amazing. They put them on drugs, or put them on the street to sell
themselves. And a lot of the girls think that that’s the only way they can make
money because it’s the only way they have. It’s a vicious cycle.

The girls that we have on camera, you’d think some of them would be victims
and want people to feel sorry for them. But it’s the complete opposite. These
girls are so strong and they’re survivors. They’re like a bunch of bad-ass
girls. I would never want to get in a fight with any of them.

Shooting documentary in Serbia

AE: What can be done for them?
Donate, raise awareness, and support organizations like FAIR Fund. Right
now, we’re doing a program called Jewelgirls
and we teach the girls how to make jewelry. We come back to the States and sell
their jewelry for them. They learn they could be entrepreneurs. It lets them
know they have other options.

AE: Do you feel a personal connection
with the girls from Eastern Europe because you’re Hungarian?
Yes, well that was the coolest part. When we were in Belgrade, there
was a girl who is half-Hungarian, like myself, and for her interview, she spoke
Serbian but she needed some help with some Hungarian words. I was able to
contribute as translator and I connected with her because we had been to the
same places and our families come from the same places.

It was really cool to be a part of that. I also studied Russian in high
school for three years, so I kind of have the Slavic thing down. I can read
Cyrillic and got to be the point person when we went out on the streets and had
to read signs and billboards and where to get off the bus. I could read
everything, so that was really cool.

AE: So when you got lost, it was your
fault. Have you ever heard the foreign language versions of South of Nowhere?
Yes, it’s hilarious. There’s French, German and Spanish.

AE: If they ever do a Hungarian
version, you could do your own dubbing. Jodie Foster does all her own French dubbing
for her films because she’s fluent.
That’s so cool!

AE: I know! You could do Hungarian
Oh my God! That would be so funny.

AE: Say one of Spencer’s lines in
Szeretem a lányokat.

AE: What did you just say?
I like girls!

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