| 85 Hewants tobegiven the chance toplay some foolishcharacter, to return to Bali and to enjoy his green yard with people dear to himandwith his dog, Ljubica. He’s completed filming for the film The Celts, directed by Milica Tomović, is acting in the new musical Broadway Devildom (originally entitled The Drowsy Chaperone) at Terazije Theatre, and is busy shooting the fifth instalment of the TV series ‘ilitary Academy ... Andwhen he considers how it all began, Slaven Došlo thinks nostalgically of his grandparents… “Their house shared a yardwithmy parents’house. That backyard was a refuge for me from my parents’ upbringing and a fullday stage open only to my performances.” What do your parents like to say about their son? “Considering that they don’t belong to this business, theywere justifiably in constant fear of the emotional fluctuations that accompany acting. In the meantime, they’ve convinced themselves that I manage to keep everything under control in some warped way. And they now only listen to how much I laugh and whether I’m tired. As my mum would say: ‘I don’t care what kind of actor you are; it’s important to me what kind of person you are!’” What was your first amateur role? “The first little play we did at the drama studio in Sombor was called ‘The Oscar Awards’. I was in the fifth year of primary school. I also remember the play ‘Siege of the Church of Saint Salvation”, with a set design like that of a church, and in it the audience was with the actors throughout. I’m sure it was then that I fell in love with the theatre!” YourhometownofSomborhasahighlyreputedtheatre.How much did it contribute to you wanting to deal with acting? “I was lucky that my parents took my sister and I to the theatre from an early age. In early childhood I used to go to watch children’s plays and I couldn’t imagine that that stage would one day become my space for play. I didn’t overly concern myself with what I would be professionally when I grew up. But somewhere within me was a desire to bring cheer and entertain other people. That later expressed itself through the drama studio inmy desire to become an actor.” What didyou learn fromactressanddramaticartsprofessor MirjanaKaranović,whoseactingclass yougraduated from? “Acting was primary. First and foremost, my classmates and I learned to be brave, to re-examine and not mystify life. And as demanding as film and television can be, and certainly better paid, nothing can replace the creative process of the theatre and the direct contact with the audience that it provides.” Is there an existing role or real-world character that you’d like to play? “I’d like to play some sort of foolish man. I’ve been collecting various foolishness for 28 years. I haven’t had many opportunities so far to deal with comedy, and I’d really like that.” Didpopularitybringyouanything,ortakeanythingfromyou? “It took awaymy chance to be arrogant, and I thank it for that, while it brought me the odd extra smile on the street and less bureaucratic waiting.” What succeeds in relaxing you during stressful times? “Headingout intonature, laughing at nonsense or discussions about meaningwithmy closest friends. I enjoy sleeping at my parents’place in my Sombor. I could now also add to that list training and constantly hanging out with my dog, Ljubica.” Which destination would you most like to travel to? “Bali was an amazing revelation for me. It was where that I first encountered Asia and I was left thrilled. I’d like to take my friends there. It doesn’t matter that it won’t be my first time. In the future, I certainly hope for some good combination of tranquillity and mischief, a strong sense of purpose, a green yard and interesting and creative people…”