Your new movie Betrothed
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
is a horror-thriller about a college student kidnapped by a deranged
mentally insane family and betrothed to their
youngest son. It’s a very bloody film that will sure keep the
audience on the edge of their seats.
played one of the kidnapped and constantly abused
girls Emily, who was forced to marry Adam, one of Ginnie’s (head of
the clan) kidnapped sons.
How did you get involved with the project in the first place?
found the original casting
notice on Facebook and got cast as a different character, which was a
tough restaurant waitress, Carla. Later, I was asked if I’d be interested
to play Emily, that was a definite yes from me, considering that was a
bigger and more challenging character.
your character is pretty much on the receiving end of loads of violence -
so what did you even draw upon to bring that character to life, and can
you find any of Nailya Shakirova in Emily?
am quite different from Emily, but we do have things in common like being
reserved and quiet at times. I just had to magnify it. Thankfully I was
never abused like that in life. To make it real
for me I had to go back to where I felt like my life was in danger.
I also researched what people psychologically and physically go
through when tortured and abused and watched a lot of real life footage on
this subject. I also have a little secret trigger that worked for me J
What can you tell us about your director Jim
Lane, and what was your collaboration like?
was a very approachable and easy to work with director. Some of my
scenes were quite dangerous and Jim was very helpful guiding me and the
What can you
tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was tons of fun! Shooting in the middle of nowhere with a big cast and
crew that got along so well is an experience like no other. It truly
becomes movie magic!
future projects you'd like to share?
have a few projects in pre production right now, one of them is a
feature action, Poor Winners written
by Brett Revell. I will be playing one of the supporting characters
who is an ex Cirque Russian dancer - I am very excited to play this
character as dance is my second love.
How did you get
into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
started about 4 years ago as an extra, I am pretty sure it was Oceans 13
I remember watching the actors and thinking “I want to do that, I want
to tell stories, I want to tell my story.” I was always interested in
psychology, but was a performer at heart (I am a trained dancer as well) -
think acting is a marriage of two of them, therefore a right choice for
me. Yes, I started training as soon as I decided to become an actor. I was
fortunate to study with some really great teachers, like
a Gold Remi Award wining director Ryan R Williams who is also the
founder of Screen Actors System acting school in LA and Las Vegas and the
founder of the Craft acting studio and a Brett Garett’s former teacher
Adam Hill . I also got training in voice over/commercial acting and stage
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Betrothed?
had a good amount of film credits
prior to Betrothed. About half of them were horror films
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
think of myself as an actress who likes to push an envelope and break
I am Russian and I noticed that Russian
actors are often cast in the same roles over and over and most of them
have thick accents. I strive to be an actress that goes beyond that
stereotype. However, that
doesn’t mean I won’t play a Russian with a thick accent. As far as
techniques go I follow the ones taught to me by my coaches. For example
Adam Hill has a few great books he wrote, he mainly studied with Stella
Adler and his approach is heavily based on specificity (or very detailed
backstory) as well as a deep and careful script analysis. I also found
books like The Power of the Actor by Ivanna Chubbuck and No Acting Please
by Erick Morris extremely helpful. Music is another great tool that
works for me!
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
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Meryl Streep, Julianna Moore, Julia Ormond and Nicole Kidman inspire me a great
deal! I’ve watched numerous interviews with them and I think
it’s their profound understanding of human nature that makes them who
they are. Johnny Depp, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Anthony
Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Kevin Spacey and
Bradley Cooper are the male
actors who inspire me.
Your favourite movies?
love all kinds of movies, depends on my mood really. The ones that come to
mind are mostly with the above mentioned actors J
I love The Hours, saw it like 3 times and cried every time.
Also, there is a great film with Julia Ormond I absolutely love called Siberian
Barber shot in Russia. I loved Eyes Wide Shut, K-Pax, Seven,
The Usual Suspects, Hannibal. Talking
about horror genre, Saw and first 2 parts of
Hostel were great! Jim Carrey and
Dumb and Dumber - both parts - are still my favorite
comedy films and I remember laughing really hard during the first
and of course, films you really deplore?
that I deplore are pretty much any films with bad acting J
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mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I really, really love cats ! Thank you for reading J