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An Interview with Viktoria Vinyarska, Star of Room 203

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2022

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Your new movie Room 203 - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Room 203 is a psychological thriller/horror film, where two friends find themselves threatened by a malevolent spirit. After celebrating a small victory of finding an apartment, eerie and mysterious things begin to happen within their new home.

 

My character, Izzy, having fought addiction, abandonment and loss, was the one susceptible to an unholy spirit, and ends up being possessed. Izzy is a free spirit who isn't afraid of getting lost, because that's all she has ever knew. She inevitably lets the dark spirit in, which attempts to kill Izzy and everyone in its path.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Viktoria Vinyarska can we actually find in Izzy?

 

I loved exploring Izzy as a character, she reminded me of my younger self, and the rage that comes with uncertainty. Willing to fight even when so weak and lost, is a strength that I learned from Izzy. To connect isn't difficult, so long that you remember pieces of your own self.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place, and what drew you to it?

 

A good friend of mine connected me with this incredible team, and after a couple of audition tapes I was super excited to be put on board Room 203.

 

To what extent could you identify with Room 203's approach to horror, and is horror a genre you're at all fond of in general?

 

Mystery and horror have always been themes of interest for me. Things that trigger the mind, and speed up your pulse have always been a good source of adrenaline for me. When I was a kid, I loved terrifying my friends during a scary movie, or even setting something up... where I could scare the shit out of them. It always worked, and I loved it! So when this great opportunity came my way, I allowed myself to connect immediately with the material and with Izzy.

 

Do talk about Room 203's director Ben Jagger, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Working with Ben Jagger made it easier for me to experience my character, and fully commit. He was extremely helpful in igniting the right thoughts and emotions for me to fully connect.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The on-set atmosphere for Room 203 was one of the most comfortable ones I have had yet. All the producers were incredibly helpful and accommodating, just overall awesome people to have worked alongside.

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

When I was 9 years old, I moved from Ukraine to the US. Being a shy and insecure kid, not being able to speak English was dreadful. I always felt uncomfortable making friends or being part of social gatherings, to a point that I just wanted to break away from the shadow. That's when I began to dance, and did it for many years, so it was dance that brought me to acting.

 

I have studied with Bill Esper from the Esper Studio in New York City, as well as Tony Greco in Los Angeles (method). I have enjoyed both techniques, and am thankful for all the journeys that both Bill and Tony sent me on!

 

Performing to me is like a door to yourself. Acting is one of the tools that can be used in order to go deeper in discovering the unknown and yourself. Just like space and the ocean, the mind is yet to be fully realized. Being an actor has brought me to people and situations that allowed me to grow as a person. I believe that personal growth is the key to self and others, to be vulnerable is to be fearless, and that brings you a little bit closer to the truth.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Room 203?

 

Prior to Room 203, I was fortunate enough to have worked on two of Eliza Hittmans projects which both brought me to the Sundance Film Festival. Also Amazon Prime's Highway to Havasu as well as A Floresta de Jonathas, a Brazilian HBO film where I played a foreign exchange student. Other projects include a few webseries and student films that were all worthwhile experiences.

 

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

 

As an actress, I accumulate details, the history about the character I am portraying, and just let them speak for me. I channel their inner voice and try to make it my own. I try to understand what makes them feel vulnerable, how they see the world. When it comes to work, and having to be true in an imaginary world, you may attempt to use daydreaming, revisiting old traumas or even making it up... but the formula is never the same. There is no "one" way of doing anything, just like the car key wont open your house.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Some of my favorite actors are Gary Oldman, Christoph Waltz, Dustin Hoffman, Viola Davis, Charlize Theron.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Movies that inspire me are Slumdog Millionaire, Moonlight, JoJo Rabbit, Trainspotting.

 

Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

Instagram: lifeof_vika

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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