Samantha Schmutz (1979- ) is a Brazilian actress from Niteroi, a suburb of Rio. She sings and dances and is beautiful, but most of all she likes to make us laugh. You can see her on Brazilian television on “Zorra Total”. She also has a stage show, “Curtas” which, so far, has played in Rio, Sao Paulo and Curitiba.
I discovered her one night on YouTube. I was trying to get an old printer to work while listening to Maria Rita. One of the YouTube suggestions was “Maria Rita by Samantha Schmutz”. I thought it was some no-talent fan trying to sing like her. Instead it was a woman on a late night talk show playing Maria Rita for laughs.
I soon found more of her. It is all in Portuguese, so I only knew a few words, but her humour is physical enough and her beauty is such that she is still great to watch!
The one I like best is where she plays a character named Vanessa. She is a girl from Sao Paulo who wants to be the Brit-NAY Spears for all of Latin America. Schmutz puts on long, long straight yellow hair and puts yellow tape on her nose: Vanessa just had plastic surgery to make her nose more like Britney Spears. Then she dances to the song “Toxic” and moves her mouth to the words. It is better than Britney Spears herself!
Schmutz makes us laugh not just at airhead girls, but also at plastic surgery, Britney Spears and Sao Paulo too.
Schmutz is a close observer of how people act and talk, how they think they are better than they are. She plays it all back to us for laughs. To make us laugh she has to overdo it a bit, but enough truth rings through her performance that it works.
She has been doing this sort of thing since she was a girl: when her aunts visited from the south, she would copy the way they talked to make people laugh.
She has been on stage since the age of nine. Although she is starting to get into television now and loves it, the stage is her first love: you can tell when people laugh and you can tell when you are good.
With two of her friends from theatre school she wrote the show “Curtas”, which has five to seven of her characters. Vanessa, the girl who would be Britney Spears, is just one of them.
Her most famous character and one of her oldest, the one she plays on television, is Juninho Play. He is a bad boy from the beaches of Rio who thinks all the women want him.
She hopes to have a television show of her own one day.
She loves the Beatles. She is the John Lennon in an all-girl band that plays Beatles songs.
She is short (1.52 m), but she has big, beautiful eyes, high cheekbones, long black hair and light brown skin. Muito gata!