Katerina Moutsatsou

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Katerina Moutsatsou
Katerina Moutsatsou.jpg
Moutsatsou at an event outside of the St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles
Born (1972-09-21) 21 September 1972 (age 44)
Monterey, California
Other names Katerina Moutsatsos, Katherine Moutsatsos
Education University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, activist
Years active 1995–Present
Website katerinam.com

Katerina Moutsatsou or Moutsatsos (Greek: Κατερίνα Μουτσάτσου), is a Los Angeles-based Greek actress,[1] producer, writer, and activist. She is the author and producer[2] of experimental films, videos, and animation series, which focus mainly on subjects related to her country of origin, Greece. She is vocal on the area of politics, and cultural identity.[3] Her political animation series Sara and Mara Greek: Η Σάρα και η Μάρα[4] is published[5] by the Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a Greek naval officer, Moutsatsou was born in Monterey, California while her father was on foreign duty in California at the Naval Postgraduate School, yet grew up in Athens, Greece. Her parents come from the island of Aegina. She has an older brother Konstantinos, an electronic engineer.

Education[edit]

Moutsatsou attended the French section of Lycée Franco-Hellénique d'Athènes throughout elementary and secondary education obtaining a Baccalauréat. She studied History of Art and Archaeology in Paris, at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and Theatre Studies at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. She graduated from University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, obtaining a Bachelor's degree (Licence and Maitrise) in Theatre studies, and a Master of Advanced Study D.E.A (Diplôme d'études Approfondies) in Theater studies.

Moutsatsou started training in classical ballet at the age of 6, attending the Royal Academy of Dance registered teachers' program in Athens. In Paris, she trained with choreographer Mia Frye for six years. As a child, Moutsatsou discovered her passion for singing and stage in extra curricular musical theater classes at the Athens College.

Career[edit]

Actor[edit]

A native speaker of French, Moutsatsou’s first acting job was a guest starring role on the fourth season of the sitcom Salut Les Musclés[6] which aired on the French channel TF1, in 1994. In Greece, she became instantly known to the Greek public in 1996 thanks to her breakthrough comedic role in the main cast of Nico Mastorakis’s parody sitcom, Divorced with Children[7] for Antenna TV.

Throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, Moutsatsou found her popularity on the rise at home obtaining starring recurring roles in popular Greek TV shows, for major television channels, Mega Channel, Antenna TV, and Alpha TV, as well as feature films. She played the title role in Nikos Perakis’s feature film, Liza and All the Others[8] (“I Liza kai oloi i alloi”). Though usually cast as the ingenue or “the daughter”, she displayed a wide range of acting ability when she was cast as the mean character in Mega Channel’s mystery series, "Me Thea Sto Pelago".[9] Besides her acting, Moutsatsou became a singing sensation when she performed the duet Mia Fora[10] with composer and singer Dimitris Korgialas. The song became an instant hit, and she and Korgialas shared two awards, "Best Duet/Collaboration", and "Best Rock Video" in 2004 MAD Video Music Awards.[11] Mia Fora remained in the top 30 of the Greek top charts for over 3 years, and hit the charts in other European countries as well.[12]

In 1998, Moutsatsou traveled to Turkey to play the female lead in Biket Ilhan’s Kayıkçı[13] (“Boatman”), the first Turkish-Greek film co-production ever made, alongside Memet Ali Alabora. In 2001, she joined Alabora once again when she replaced the female lead in the third season of the hit Turkish television drama Yılan Hikayesi[14][15] (“Snake Story”), establishing herself as a popular figure for the Turkish public. In late 2004, she played a short recurring role in Show TV’s Hayat Bilgisi,[16] and two years later joined the main cast for over 40 episodes of the third season of Yabancı Damat (Borders of Love),[17] one of the first Turkish television drama to be exported outside of Turkey, which aired in Turkey and Greece, between 2005 and 2008.

In Los Angeles, after a bit part in Todd Phillips's smash-hit The Hangover in 2009, Moutsatsou went on to produce two short-films, Loverly (2011)[18] which she also directed and in which she starred alongside French actor and model Andy Gillet, and 3 1/2 (2012),[19] a dark comedy set in Paris, where she played multiple characters, speaking multiple languages.

Producer and writer[edit]

In April 2012, Moutsatsou's first uploaded video on YouTube I am Hellene, which she produced, became viral within hours of going live on YouTube, making Hellene a trending hashtag on Twitter.[20] It was parodied[21] all over YouTube reaching over 2 million views that week.[22] The discussion and controversy[23] it sparked, attracted the attention of the Greek and the international media,[24][25][26] The video was featured in all major Greek television channels and media outlets,[27] making it the central topic of news, morning shows, and talk shows for over two weeks.[28]

After I am Hellene, she produced a series of experimental yet highly political videos which usually focus on Greece,[29] the Greek crisis,[30] and the European Union.[31]

In 2013, she created a political animation series Sara and Mara,[32] Η Σάρα και η Μάρα in both English and Greek, published by the newspaper Eleftherotypia.

Personal life[edit]

Moutsatsou is a polyglot: she is fluent in Greek, French, English, Italian, Turkish, German.[33]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1999 Boatman Evdokia Iordanidou Film
1999 The Flower of the Lake Eleni Film
2000 Stream Kaiti Film
2003 Liza and All the Others Liza Film
2005 The Dark Face of the Moon as herself Film
2009 The Hangover Eddie's Assistant Film
2010 Kill the Habit Sotiria Film
2011 Loverly Woman Film, producer, writer
2012 3 1/2 Actress Film, producer
2012 I am Hellene Katerina Video, director, executive producer
2012 The World is a Business Katmouts Video, director, executive producer
2012 Ode to Lost Joy Actress Film, producer, director, writer
2012 2012 an EU Odyssey Herself Video, director, producer, writer
2012 The Greek Crisis Explained: A Story of Endless Trolling Voice-over Animation, producer
2012 Patriotism and the 'Modern World' Actress Video, producer, writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1995 Horismenoi me Paidia Ha Sitcom (26 episodes)
1997 Cheek to Cheek Peggy Sitcom (32 episodes)
1998 Gia Sena (TV series) Anna TV series (13 episodes)
2000 Tha se do sto ploio Mina Foka (captain's daughter) TV series (8 episodes)
2000 Ena ki Ena Eri TV series (36 episodes)
2001-2002 Yilan hikayesi Eleni TV series (27 episodes)
2003 Me thea sto pelago Nana Mystery (21 episodes)
2005 O teleftaios paradeisos Antigone Television series (18 episodes)
2005- Pote den xereis Actress TV series (13 episodes)
2005-2007 Yabanci Damat Stella TV series (40 episodes)
2013-2014 Sara and Mara Voice-over Animation, producer, writer (22 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Katerina Moutsatsou". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Romanesque Films [us]". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  3. ^ "I am Hellene". YouTube. 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Η Σάρα και η Μάρα". YouTube. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Sara and Mara: satire on a political square | Article Page | Home". Enetenglish.gr. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  6. ^ fr:Salut Les Musclés
  7. ^ "Horismenoi me paidia (1995– )". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Liza and All the Others (2003)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Me thea sto pelago (2004– ) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Δημήτρης Κοργιαλάς - Μια φορά - Official Video Clip". YouTube. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Δ.Κοργιαλάς/Κ.Μουτσάτσου - Μια φορά (Mad Video Music Awards 2004)". YouTube. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Hitsurf Chart - Mandag d. 13. december 2004". Hitsurf.dk. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  13. ^ "Boatman (1999) : "Kayikçi" (original title)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  14. ^ tr:Yılan Hikâyesi
  15. ^ "Yilan Hikayesi (1999–2002) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  16. ^ tr:Hayat Bilgisi
  17. ^ "Yabanci damat (2004– ) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  18. ^ loverlythemovie (2011-05-07). "Loverly Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  19. ^ "Three And A Half Sins (And A Morris Mini Minor)". YouTube. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  20. ^ "Actress's viral video sparks debate in Greece". Storyful. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  21. ^ [1] Archived June 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "2.000.000+ Views στα TOP του Youtube το "I am Hellene" της Κατερίνας Μουτσάτσου - eThraki.com | Νέα από τη Θράκη". eThraki.com. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  23. ^ ""I am Hellene" Greek Actress Katerina Moutsatsou's Controversial Video". Keeptalkinggreece.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  24. ^ "I am Hellene: Angry actress hits back at Greek stereotypes in debt crisis with viral video". Independent.ie. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  25. ^ "Υστερικοί σαν Ελληνες | Απόψεις | Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ". Kathimerini.gr. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  26. ^ [2] Archived August 15, 2014, at Archive.is
  27. ^ "Αλλού τις αγριάδες, Κατερίνα". Protagon.gr. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  28. ^ "Η Κατερίνα Μουτσάτσου μιλάει για το βίντεο της (I am Hellene)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  29. ^ "Ode to Lost Joy". YouTube. 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  30. ^ "The Greek Crisis Explained: A Story of Endless Trolling". YouTube. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  31. ^ "2012 An EU Odyssey". YouTube. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  32. ^ "Sara and Mara". YouTube. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  33. ^ "Kill the Habit". Killthehabitmovie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 

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