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An Interview with Nailya Shakirova, Star of Betrothed

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2016

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Your new movie Betrothed - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Betrothed 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.

I 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?


I 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.


In Betrothed, 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?


I 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?


Jim 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 crew!


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It 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!


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I 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?


I started about 4 years ago as an extra, I am pretty sure it was Oceans 13 J 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) - I 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 combat.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Betrothed?


I had a good amount of film credits prior to Betrothed. About half of them were horror films J


How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


I think of myself as an actress who likes to push an envelope and break stereotypes J 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!


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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?


I 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 Hangover film.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Films that I deplore are pretty much any films with bad acting J


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


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Instagram: nailyashakirova1


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Yes! I really, really love cats ! Thank you for reading J


Thanks for the interview!


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