Romao’s resume includes a long list of diverse projects from different genres curated by a who’s-who of distinguished directing and producing talent. The film “Valentine DayZ,” which is due out later this year, represents just one in a series of ventures this Brazilian superstar has lent her extraordinary talent to while playing a leading character.
In the key role of Diana, Tatiana Romao personifies a heroine and action star reminiscent of Angelina Jolie in “Tomb Raider” and Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games.” Romao tells us how her character Diana, alongside Max, played by Dallas Valdez from the mega-hit film “The Fiance” starring “Star Trek’s” Douglas Tait, has to “defend the world and everything they hold dear” in response to a zombie outbreak. Such a responsibility - both as character and actress - would undoubtedly cause fear within a lesser thespian. For Romao however, she found “the energy on set...just so light...we had so much fun, we were always trying to scare each other and would burst into laughter right after.”
The actress’ unique capacity to handle the pressure of performing in a lead role in a major film was further bolstered by working opposite other A-list talent. In “Valentine DayZ,” Romao worked with Vh1 superstar Carrie Keagan, who co-hosted coverage for the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globe Awards and famously participated in “The New Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this year.
Another factor that informed Romao’s incredible ability to successfully take on a leading role in a film that features other Hollywood stars? Her diverse experience as an actor extends to a horror film before working on “Valentine DayZ,” the hugely successful “Red House” with “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill” actress Kate French and “Agents of S-H-I-E-L-D” star Brendan Wayne. In that feature, Romao plays a mysterious customer who precipitates a series of horrific events at a vacation house. Romao was required to use the greatest depth of her acting skills to access the fear and mystery necessary to advance the key plot of the film.
While such credits might leave one wondering whether she’s in it simply for the fame, Romao talks earnestly about an authentic relationship with her craft. She explains, “Acting is a need in my life, it’s not an option whether or not I will do that, it is what I have to do, it’s what I do and a great part of who am. Acting has shaped all my life. The feeling, the emotion, hearing from the audience how you moved them, how you touched them, it is indescribable.”
More specifically, an actor wouldn’t be a true thespian if they did not demonstrate a love for treading the boards. In the field of theatre, Romao has demonstrated tremendous success in her native Brazil as a leading stage actress. She performed in the key role of The Guide in “The Exception and The Rule” by renowned German playwright Bertlot Brecht. That production tells the story of a rich merchant who must cross the fictional Yahi Desert to close an oil deal and is guided by a woman played by Romao. Were it not for her riveting performance, the play undoubtedly would have no action.
In another stage show, “Rosita Letters and Poems” by Federico Garcia Llorca and produced by the renowned Foca Theatre Company, Romao played a maid intimately involved with the central character’s predicament of falling in love with a man who has to leave for overseas, only to find out that he has later married someone else. Such roles and projects prove Tatiana Romao’s ability to transcend medium and typecasting to inhabit lead and key roles that advance a story’s plot and and central theme.
With both a strong background behind her and a future in front of her, Tatiana undoubtedly holds her place as an incredible force amongst not only female actors, but the entertainment world as a whole.