On March 19, third-year students of the Faculty of Primary Education specializing in preschool education and methodology hosted actor Samvel Topalyan who works at the ASPU Directing Department.
The meeting turned into a sincere and honest dialogue between the beloved actor and future educators, with the sides discussing various topics ranging from the actor’s educational background, the roles he has played to his approaches to different situations in life.
"I haven’t starred in many movies; theatre and my theatre characters are dearer to me. No one bothers me there,” Samvel Topalyan said. He was particularly proud to note that most of all he likes Saroyan's characters in his playlist. The actor remembers how strict and demanding his supervisor Armen Mazmanyan was and adds that 'it is very important for becoming an actor.'
Mr. Topalyan says it is difficult to achieve one's goals without diligence. When talking about his awards and prizes, he stressed that they are first of all binding; they an incentive rather than an advantage that motivates him to strive for more. The beloved actor confesses that sometimes there are confusing moments on stage but he manages to get out of the situation. He is lucky to have good colleagues and that is one of the best guarantees that you will not have problems on stage.
The actor of “Goy” experimental theatre after Armen Mazmanyan and theatre after Henrik Malyan likes to work with students. At the same time he regrets to say that many people do not take education seriously; they attend university exclusively for a diploma. “One should love his profession, learn continuously and be armed with knowledge in order to contribute to the strengthening of our country. One should pass the knowledge he has obtained through his analytical mind in order to use it for a strong and good cause,” he stressed.
The actor noted with regret that the Armenian society has become wicked which is due to the lack of culture. He advises students to read a lot and visit theatre in order to know their true selves. “We must know our roots laying emphasis on patriotism to counterbalance to arrogance.”
The meeting with the favorite actor was initiated by Irina Ponomarenko, a lecturer at the same faculty. The students confessed that the meeting was a unique lesson [for them] which apart from many tips and opinions also encouraged them to love theatre, visit it often and enjoy the life-giving shades of art.