The daughter of prominent filmmakers, Brazilian actress Ingra Liberato premiered in her first film at the tender age of 7, playing the role of a mermaid in Ementário (1973), directed by her father, Chico Liberato and scripted by her mother, Alba Liberato.
Since then, she has had a long and successful career on the stage, in films, and on television. She is probably best known for her roles in the popular telenovelas such as Rede Manchete and Pantanal, or in her role as Ana Raio in A História de Ana Raio e Zé Trovão. In 2007, received the prestigious Kikito award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Valsa para Bruno Stein.
Which natural beauty products do you use?
Not long ago, Gisele Bündchen launched a line of cosmetics called Sejaa. All her products are manufactured by sustainable means: fuelled by wind and solar power and made from organic ingredients.
What’s your favourite place to be in nature?
No doubt it has to be in Salvador-Bahia, my hometown. Besides the beautiful beaches and delightful climate, people are extremely affectionate. The local nature exudes an energy so powerful that everyone is profoundly touched. Bahia is a state of mind.
Which celeb eco advocates do you most admire and why?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Because they aren’t the typical couple who bask in the glory of the spotlight, especially when it comes to fame. Usually when the names “Angelina and Brad” are uttered, it’s because of their charitable work. Environmentalism and activism is no joke for them. They are two of the top actors in the movie industry, but what really stands out for this couple is how they give back to nature and to people.
What’s the biggest gesture you’ve ever made to be ‘greener’?
Looking at the nature that surrounds me here in Rio de Janeiro, I am in a constant state of passion and awareness of nature. I feel very privileged to live in this stunning city. If we truly love our surroundings, this translates into simple gestures of care and preservation for them.
What’s your biggest eco ‘sin’?
Not speaking out when I see someone cutting down trees and constructing buildings. Every bad thing we ignore has our consent. We forget that the existence of growing cities is the biggest predator of the physical and mental health of all living beings. Many species are not able to survive in this world we build. Idly watching this devastation is a great sin. But I’ll find my way to interfere with this process more effectively!
Praia do Forte. This place is in north of Salvador in Bahia. There are diverse ecosystems, beaches crossed by rivers and estuaries, dunes, coconut groves, lagoons and mangroves. Praia do Forte is home to rare tropical wildlife. The clear blue waters reveal coral reefs and natural pools are formed at low tide.
Praia do Forte is now the headquarters of the extensive national turtle conservation project- the TAMAR Project- with the largest number of spawnings of the Hawksbill Turtle, considered to be one of the most threatened species. After nightfall, thousands of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, and with the right timing, visitors can see the miraculous hatching of the tiny turtles. It’s a wonder!
Which sustainable-fashion brands do you like?
Mink Shoes. These are super chic shoes, designed by Rebecca Mink from Southern California. It’s a truly eco brand–the shoes are made from organic canvas and cork. They’re really beautiful and sexy.
What do you think governments need to prioritise to help save the environment?
I do not believe that the government is primarily responsible for maintaining the environment. I think we all need to educate our children to care more for the planet. If we had all this awareness from birth, we would not need laws to prevent the destruction of nature. But today, we need laws for selection of garbage, to minimize the environmental impact of the construction of cities, and to implement projects that educate people about the importance of each choice they make.