İlayda Çevik was born on December 22, 1994 in Balıkesir. Turkish TV series, cinema and theater actor.
Name: İlayda Çevik
Date of Birth: December 22, 1994
Height: 1.72 m.
Weight: 55 kilos
Pets: She has a cat.
Family: Born and raised in Balıkesir, after deciding to become an actor, she received support from her family in this regard. “I received the greatest moral support from my family, my mother and father. They have never withheld their moral and material support from me. My close friends know that my family made great sacrifices for my dream of being an actor; they continue to do so. If they weren’t so supportive of me, I think I wouldn’t be talking about them. Good thing they exist, no matter what I do, I can’t pay for their efforts. “
Childhood years: She started her acting career at the Burhaniye Municipality City Theater during her primary school years. “I was born and raised in a coastal town in the Northern Aegean. There was an empty house on the site we lived in, we used to turn its balcony into a playhouse every summer with the help of our families. All the children would gather on that balcony, play games from morning to night, make bracelets and necklaces. When the pleasure I felt from playing and producing came together, I met theater in my primary school years. When I joined the Burhaniye Municipality City Theatre, I realized that I had to develop this passion within a discipline. This quest led me to Istanbul. The year I started high school, when I settled in Istanbul, my only dream was to win the conservatory exam. I won the Yeditepe University Fine Arts Faculty Theater Department. In those years, I met the camera.”
Education life: She studied theater at Private Mimar Sinan Fine Arts High School during her secondary school years. Later, she continued her theater education at Müjdat Gezen Art Center. She graduated from Yeditepe University Fine Arts Faculty Theater Department. She is fluent in French and German.
The turning point of her career: She sees the TV series “Karagül”, where he had her first television experience, as the turning point of her career. “Theatre was involved in every period of my life, but it was with ‘Karagül’ that I stepped into acting professionally and in front of the camera. Of course, I would like to express my endless thanks to my dear Manager Berna Türkkan, who helped me get involved in this business. Since I was going to be in front of the camera for the first time, she coached me and prepared me for the cameras and made great efforts to get me into ‘Karagül’, thus enabling me to step into the sector with the project of a very valuable producer like Şükrü Avşar and a nice team; She is a kind-hearted person who is always there for me even after taking the first step. ‘Karagül’ is the turning point of my life. An opportunity like this does not come easily. I try to use this opportunity as best I can. I can say that ‘Karagül’ became my school. I learned a lot about both life and acting with ‘Karagül’.”
The first step into acting: The character of “Maya Şamverdi”, which she portrayed in the TV series “Karagül”, started her television adventure in 2006.
Which project did it shine with? She attracted attention with the character of “Bahar Çetin” in the TV series “Gel Dese Aşk”.
Mindset: She hates injustice and attempts to pretend that people are not. “I usually try to look at life through the lens of love. So there is no love that I can rate. I love everyone and everything that touches my life in some way. I always dream of a world where everyone can express themselves freely. It may sound utopian, but I think the world we live in restricts us too much. It would be very nice to have a world where women break away from all norms and exist only as individuals.”
Source of happiness: She thinks that happiness comes from being grateful and peaceful. “I would be doing myself an injustice if I said I was unhappy. Yes, I am really happy. Like everyone else, I go through tough times from time to time. I know there is a lesson to be learned from all of them, and I make an effort to see it. I am in good health, my loved ones are with me. I’m in my dream job. Moreover, I am loved and appreciated while doing my job. I think I have very good reasons to be happy.”
Her view of love: “There is no need to make such commonplace and big words about love, but for me, love requires delicacy and care. I call love the feeling that transcends the concepts of time and space.”
First feature film: Hakan Haksun / Kızım İçin
Her outlook on life: Einstein; She adopts the phrase “No problem can be solved with the level of consciousness that created it” as her life motto. “I try to experience my life in this perspective, too. I’m not sure if I always succeed. At least I’m trying. My biggest inspiration in life is life itself! My curiosity, instincts, enthusiasm for act, family, friends, love, trees, cats, dogs, good food, good movies and books, imagination and even disappointments can inspire and motivate me. I guess life taught me the most patience. She taught that everything has its time, and that it will not help if some things appear before or after their time. In short, we can say trust. I always did my best and waited for the next. What is to come is coming to you anyway, and in the meantime you have prepared yourself for it. The next is goodness, beauty…”
Her perspective on business life: She prepares for every stage with the same excitement and care. “Sometimes, there are scenes that literally tickle you while you’re reading the script. That tickling feeling stays there and doesn’t go away, whether you’re preparing for the stage, shooting it or watching the episode. Of course, shooting and watching those scenes provides a great sense of satisfaction, but it also causes you to feel great fear. It is not possible to say ‘okay, I’m done’ while watching the work reflected on the screen on such a sensitive scale. Frankly, I don’t find it realistic. As I mentioned above, if you establish an organic connection with the character, those scenes become thresholds that give you different perspectives. The manifestation of what you feel today as you jump over that threshold may be different tomorrow. This alone is enough to not say ‘I was on this stage’. I think my effort to be a good actor trains me to be a more honest, more sensitive, better person. This referral may hold clues to how I can become a better actress.”
Career plan: “Acting in professionally good movies and theater can take me to where I want to come. I would also love to teach in the field of acting. I hope it happens one day. At the moment, I think that I am progressing on that path with slow but firm steps. I hope I am not wrong.”
Future Dream: She is afraid to make long-term plans, but she has many dreams. “One cannot live without dreaming, but I do not have such extreme dreams. Maybe it’s something that almost everyone goes through. I really want to be a mother. It may be because I had a very happy childhood; Family life is important to me. My dream is to do my job properly and have a peaceful family life. What more do people want? I’m not someone who likes to live life on the fringes. “
How has quarantine affected your outlook on life? “I wasn’t someone who made long-term plans anyway, but quarantine was instructive for me about not ‘postponing’. I have developed in being able to let myself go with the flow without worry. It was not easy for me to do this in my usual routine, the feeling that I was always missing something or always being late for something… It must have sounded familiar… This feeling was suffocating me to the point where I had to postpone both my emotions and my actions. I’ve also had a hard time dealing with the feeling of uncertainty all my life. It was my test. When uncertainty took over the world, I stopped resisting it. This is the first time I have faced so clearly that there are other people who share the same feeling. Of course, other anxieties took their place right away… I somehow learned not to delay anxiety either. If I feel unhappy at that moment, I allow myself to be unhappy. If I want to dance, I dance! In short, I find my own way. I guess that’s what will be left in my pocket when the pandemic is cleared from our world… I hope I spend it carefully!”
Concerns: She finds the working conditions of the industry worrying. “Our conditions as an industry are difficult. To say otherwise would be a lie. We shoot almost a movie-length series every week. There is a great team behind the camera that makes their day and night. They work by sacrificing their social lives, their families, and themselves. This situation naturally creates both physical and psychological damage. Unless the series is shortened or shortened in duration, many people who earn their living from this job will be condemned to these unhealthy conditions.
Role model: If she had to take an actress as a role model, it would be Juliette Binoche. “She is a actress that fascinates me with her very strong playing skills, consistency in her career journey, effortless and natural beauty. Watching him has always given me great pleasure and inspiration.”
Her advice to talented young people who will choose the acting profession: “Let them do whatever they can to get to know people, starting with themselves. It is necessary to travel as much as possible, read a lot, watch a lot, listen a lot, observe a lot. While doing these, it is necessary to develop a certain inner concentration and keep the perceptions open, which is not always easy in the flow of life. However, do not give up, do not be afraid to take risks. Insist on being honest with themselves under all circumstances. If they develop their skills and working principles with the life experience they have gained from all these, there is nothing they can’t do, I think.”
Beauty care routines: She attaches importance to skin care when she works at intense set tempo. “I apply peeling and moisture masks. I love to apply the under-eye masks that I take out of the fridge as soon as I wake up; It helps me start the day fresh. I can say that my favorite and the only care product that I keep with me is my lip moisturizer! Makeup is not an indispensable part of my daily life. We already have to apply it intensively on the set. That’s why if I’m going to wear make-up, I prefer it to be softer. A BB cream, mascara and peach lipstick can save my day! My skin is unfortunately dry. Along with the set make-up, I constantly add moisture to prevent the situation from getting worse. I support it with peeling 1-2 times a week. After showering, I apply coconut oil to my hair and skin.”
Which movie influenced him: ‘Persona’
Does she follow fashion? The thing that she pays the most attention to when choosing clothes is that she is far from exaggeration. “I never shy away from colors, but assertive, flamboyant pieces could not find a place in my closet. If my outfit makes me feel good and comfortable, it’s okay. I can say that my relationship with fashion is distant but very clear. I mean, I’ve never bought a piece just because it was fashionable. The attitude in my style varies from time to time, but the factor is my mood, my inner rhythm at the time, rather than fashion. For example, I prefer more basic and sporty pieces when I work. I like to wear ethnic dresses in summers. You can see me in a retro shirt, a timeless classic cigarette trousers, a romantic skirt, or a sporty leggings. In short, I don’t have a style consultant that I consult for my daily life. On special occasions and nights, I only have a few talented friends whose opinion and help I get. Indispensable pieces of my wardrobe are black jeans and wrap dresses of all styles. I can never give up on both! Frankly, there is no one I take inspiration from in terms of style. Anything that makes me feel comfortable and good can be part of my style. However, of course, there are women whose style and aura I admire. Kate Moss tops that list.”
What does she do at home? She likes to start the day with coffee. “The first thing I do is turn on music and browse the news at that time. I am so lucky to be with my family and my cat. I share most of the day with them. In the rest, I read, watch or do yoga according to my motivation. Frankly, I don’t spend any extra effort on my personal development. The income of our profession; When we work, most of our time is spent on sets. I plan the remaining time to rest and spend time for myself and my loved ones. I am a person who loves home and spending time at home. I spend most of the days at home when I don’t work. I concentrate on books I can’t read, movies I can’t watch.”
Favorite Book: Mülksüzler
Favorite Author: Ursula K. LeGuin
Favorite Director: Asghar Farhadi
Favorite Theatre: ‘Köprüden Görünüş’
2021- Bir Zamanlar Çukurova/ Betül Yaman
2020/2021- Sen Çal Kapımı/ Balca Koçak
2020- Gel Dese Aşk/ Bahar Çetin
2018/2019- Sen Anlat Karadeniz / Berrak
2017- Savaşçı / Türkmen Kızı Gülayşe (Guest Star)
2017- İsimsizler / Yıldız Keskin
2013/2016- Karagül / Maya Şamverdi
2017- Niyazi Bey
2015- Bir Cenaze / Deniz (Short Film)
2013- Kızım İçin / Ayça
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