Interview: Annika Marks from The Last Tycoon and The Fosters

Annika Marks was born in Sweden and has traveled the gypsy lifestyle finding residence in Washington, New York, and California where she now lives.

A born artist putting on family performances as a little girl, Annika began her acting career in 2001 and it boomed with her role as Amanda in the movie, Sessions (2012); winning her the Special Jury Award. It was a blessing and a sign, as prior to that incredible acting performance, she thought the stage was a better fit for her. The roles in Grace and Anguish helped propel her career in movies until she was offered a short-term role on the television show, The Fosters.

Annika was not only surprised that she would continue her character as Monte Porter, but felt very grateful. She talks about feeling as though she became a member of the family as the seasons continued and she “could not be more proud to be part of something with these messages (LGBTQ).”

She also has been more than happy to be part of the new show, The Last Tycoon, with Kelsey Grammer. She plays Bernadette Davis who is Monroe Stahr’s sister-in-law by marriage. Another character that Annika was able to parlay into a continuing role as she was only initially contracted for the pilot.

Outside of her remarkable acting abilities, she does a lot for kids who age out of foster care and are now on their own with no help from family members. She is also very active in the organization called HAMOMI. They do a lot of work that improves the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Pop-Culturalist Chats with Annika Marks

Annika Marks is hardworking and talented—a winning combination for Hollywood. Not only is she an actress, but she is also a writer and a producer. She creates her own original content and acts in things like the popular TV show The Fosters and the new show The Last Tycoon. Needless to say, we were excited to chat with Annika about all the work she’s done and what she hopes to do in the future.

P-C: Tell us about The Last Tycoon and how you got involved with the project.
Annika: The Last Tycoon is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel and takes place in 1936 Hollywood. The characters of Monroe Stahr, the golden boy executive, and Pat Brady, the studio head, are loosely based on Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer. I’ve known Chris Keyser, who partnered with Billy Ray to run The Last Tycoon for over 10 years, and he initially brought me in to read for Kay Maloney, the sole female writer at Brady-American Pictures. I met Billy Ray at that session. They hired the brilliant team at Bialy/Thomas to cast this project and together they created the safest audition environment imaginable. I felt so nurtured, respected and loved in that room—and once I was on set I realized that every actor who read for Billy had the exact same experience. They cast the incomparable Kerry O’Malley for Kay and I was lucky to have them reconsider me for the role of Bernadette Davis, the wife of Dex Davis, another writer on the lot. Dex is also Minna Davis’s (Monroe’s deceased wife) brother, so the role came along with a complicated history, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to get the call!

P-C: Were you familiar with the source material prior to your audition?
Annika: I was familiar with the material. I had a Fitzgerald obsessed phase when I was younger. But I revisited the novel during the pilot and was shocked at how little I remembered. It’s a really interesting read because it was unfinished, and you get this insight into Fitzgerald’s mind sifting through his notes. It’s an intimate read that way and makes for a beautiful, creative adaptation. I think Billy and Chris did a tremendous job of honoring the text while also imagining the world surrounding it and extending from it.

P-C: How do you get in the head shape of a character who experiences a huge personal tragedy with her husband? How does that affect your character throughout the series?
Annika: The pilot was tough, but tough for an actor is also exciting because being challenged is imperative to continuing to grow. There’s nothing that scares me more than artistic complacency. I had lost someone close to me a couple months before and, although it wasn’t my romantic partner, the finality of it was very present for me. I was able to tap into that without having to reach for it. I was more concerned with bringing all of Bernadette’s circumstances to set with me—her husband (who she knew was frustrated, but didn’t realize was suicidal) killed himself, she hasn’t slept and then she’s discovered he’d been abusing drugs and there was no way Monroe was unaware—the anger, the grief, the hysteria, the refusal to imagine that I could be part of it, and the need to blame someone. I was trying to hold all of that in my head and in my heart and the longer we shot that scene for, the more dehydrated and exhausted I was, the bigger headache I had. That all made the scene easier because that’s how she feels. I also had the honor of working with Matt Bomer—who I can’t say enough amazing things about. He is so generous and so present. And Billy Ray was directing, who is the most loving, passionate, inspiring leader imaginable. So, I was very lucky to be doing vulnerable work in a very safe and creatively full space.

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‘The Fosters’ season 5 + ‘The World Without You’

Tune into the season 5 premiere of ‘The Fosters’ tonight at 8/7c on Freeform to see Annika reprise her role of Monte Porter. In case you missed the episode, you can stream it on Freeform’s website here.

In other news, Annika has landed a role in the upcoming film ‘The World Without You’…

The film, based on the Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel and adapted by Dan Pulick, explores how a family copes with the death of son, a journalist killed on assignment in Iraq. During a weekend memorial service, old hurts and dark secrets emerge that threaten to tear the fragile threads holding the family together. Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Perrey Reeves (Famous In Love), James Tupper (Big Little Lies), PJ Byrne (Wolf of Wall Street), Annika Marks (Anguish), Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), Lynn Cohen (Hunger Games), and Suzanne C. Johnson (Empty Space) co-star in the pic, which will begin production next week. Bradley LaRocco, Charles Mudd and Shalit are producing the pic with Mitchell serving as an exec producer. (Source: Deadline)

“Waco”

‘Waco’: Camryn Manheim, Eric Lange Among 5 Cast In Event Series For Par Network

The Practice alumna Camryn Manheim, Eric Lange (Narcos), Annika Marks (The Fosters), Stephen Culp (Bosch) and Sarah Minnich (Better Call Saul) have joined the cast of Waco, the six-part event series that will be part of the inaugural slate launching Viacom’s Paramount Network in January 2018.

Produced by Weinstein Television, the series chronicles the 1993 standoff between the FBI and ATF and the Branch Davidians, a spiritual sect led by David Koresh, told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict. Filming is underway in Santa Fe, NM.

Manheim will play Balenda Thibodeau, the mother of David Thibodeau, one of Koresh’s close followers within the compound. Lange will portray local radio shock jock Ron Engelman. Marks is Kathy Schroder, one of Koresh’s loyal followers. Culp will play FBI agent Jeff Jamar, who served as the siege commander during Waco. Minnich will portray Sharon Wheeler, spokeswoman for the ATF.

They join previously cast Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist, Julia Garner, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks and Shea Whigham.

Waco is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (No Escape), Salvatore Stabile and Sarah Nicole Jones. Four episodes will be directed by John Erick Dowdle with two directed by Dennie Gordon.

Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Stabile are executive producers of the series along with TWC co-chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, president and COO David Glasser, co-head of production Jennifer Malloy and head of scripted television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.

Manheim is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her role on The Practice, and she received both Emmy and Golden Globe noms for her role on CBS miniseries Elvis. She’s repped by UTA, Framework Entertainment and Stone Genow.

Lange is a series regular on Narcos, which releases its third season later this year. He’s repped by Domain and Trademark Talent.

Marks plays Monte Porter on The Fosters and recurs in the role of Bernadette on The Last Tycoon. She’s repped by Talentworks and LINK Entertainment.

Culp can be seen in Bosch and previously recurred on Code Black.

Minnich recurred as Brenda on Better Call Saul and most recently guest-starred in Graves, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and Preacher.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

The Fosters, The Last Tycoon, and Church & State

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‘The Fosters’ is back with all new episodes! In case you missed the season 4 premiere, you can catch up by watching it online on Freeform’s website here. Tune in for new episodes Monday nights at 8/7c.

 

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Check out ‘The Last Tycoon,’ one of Amazon’s latest pilots in which Annika portrays the role of Bernadette Davis. According to Amazon, the series “follows Monroe Stahr, Hollywood’s Golden Boy as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady for the soul of their studio. In a world darkened by the Depression and the growing influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence and towering ambition of 1930s Hollywood.” Watch the pilot here and don’t forget to take the survey to help determine which pilot becomes a series.

 

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Annika will be performing in the political play, ‘Church & State’ at the Skylight Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Here’s a description of the production via Skylight Theatre:

Three days before his bid for reelection in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes heartfelt and off-the-cuff comment after a school shooting to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator’s devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage.

In a brutally honest and surprisingly funny way, the play sheds light on how our reaction to religion, gun control, and social media influences elections.

Previews begin this Friday, June 24th with opening night next Saturday, July 2nd. For a full performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.

‘The Games We Play’ + ‘The Fosters’ returns on Freeform

Annika is serving as director, writer, and actress in the short film, ‘The Games We Play.’ On its official Facebook page, the film is described to be “about the red flags we register early on in relationships, and what could happen if we acted on our intuition.” Stay up to date with the latest information about Annika’s newest project by liking ‘The Games We Play’ on Facebook.

Annika also reprised her role as Monte Porter in this week’s premiere of ‘The Fosters’ on Freeform. Tune in on Mondays at 8pm for new episodes.

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‘Flaked’ + Robby Award Nom + Mark Zunino Atelier Opening

Annika will be making a guest appearance in the upcoming Netflix original series, ‘Flaked’ which is set to premiere worldwide on Friday, March 11th at 12:01 AM PT. She will be appearing in the fifth episode as “Brooke.”

Also, a huge congratulations to Annika on her 2015 Robby Award Nomination for Excellence in Theatre!

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Michelle Azar, My Barking Dog
Taylor Gilbert, The Other Place
Sarah Halford, Picnic
***Annika Marks, All American Girl, InterACT Theatre Company***
Nan McNamara, Pocket Universe
Ann Noble, Stanley Ann, L.A. LGBT Center
Mary Ellen Schneider, R&J
Deborah Strang, All My Sons
Joanna Strapp, Reborning

Lastly, Annika attended the Mark Zunino Atelier Opening on January 7th in Beverly Hills, California. For more photos, click here.