Annika Marks Talks ‘The Fosters’: It’s ‘Not About Breaking That Marriage Up’


Annika Marks may not be playing the most popular character on The Fosters right now, but she’s going to win you over anyway. When Monte Porter shook things up at the end of last season, fans had a lot to say – and there’s still more to come. We spoke with Annika to discuss what it’s like to be in the middle of a buzzy storyline, and what makes tonight’s episode so big for Monte.

When next we see Monte, it’s going to be in a surprising situation. “Somebody from Stef and Lena’s inner circle asks to be set up with Monte, and it just becomes very awkward, uncomfortable, odd for all of them,” Annika teased, adding, “It’s a very well written episode.”

She knows all about uncomfortable, ever since Monte kissed Lena near the end of last season. The moment was as much of a surprise for her as it was for the fans. “I had no idea,” she told us. “I think we were all surprised by it. It was exciting and also a little bit scary, because we all have a massive investment in [Lena and Stef’s] marriage.

“This storyline is not about breaking that marriage up or anything like that. It’s about a marriage that is challenged with this,” she continued. “I knew the fans were going to be upset…but I knew the writing was so good that the fans would have a hard time hating Monte. The writing is so nuanced and layered and complicated that Monte’s not an easy person to hate.”

What’s it like for an actress when the fans are all talking? “It’s really interesting. The day that we actually filmed the kiss, Sherri [Saum] said – and she was joking – ‘You may want to hire security,'” Annika laughed.

“I haven’t gotten an overwhelming amount of hate. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from people saying ‘I want to hate you, but I like you’…I think the fact that’s the feeling that it’s evoking in fans is a testament to the writing.”

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‘The Fosters’ Star Annika Marks Talks Coming Between Stef And Lena, Reveals Why Fans Shouldn’t Worry

By Nicole Massabrook


Annika Marks has been stirring up drama in everyone’s favorite relationship on “The Fosters.” She booked a gig on the ABC Family drama last year, but she didn’t expect to be messing with a fan-favorite duo. As the married couple, Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) used to seem like the most stable relationship, but then Monte and Lena kissed in the Season 2 finale. In Season 3, Lena has been keeping Monte’s kiss a secret, which has caused fans to worry. Marks spoke to International Business Times about Monte’s identity struggle, the fans’ reactions and why they shouldn’t be concerned about Stef and Lena’s marriage.

International Business Times: Were you shocked when you read Lena and Monte’s kiss in last season’s finale? Did they tell you that you’d be causing trouble in one of the main relationships?

Annika Marks: Not when I first got the job. I had no idea. I just knew that I was going to be the principal of the school. And I was thrilled to do that because I’d become such a huge fan of the show, that I was like, ‘Alright, you know, every once in a while I’ll run a teacher meeting or something and that’ll be fun.’ I had no idea that it was going to become such a personal, dramatic storyline.

As we were heading that way, as it was unfolding sort of organically, I didn’t know how far they were going to go with it, but I’ve loved every moment of discovering the story. There were rumors on set that it might lead to a kiss, but until we actually got there that day, it was sort of hard to believe that it was going to happen. Even on the day it sort of felt like, ‘Wow, are we really going to do this? Like, we’re really going to do this.’ It was a crazy day on set.

IBTimes: Stef and Lena have some dedicated fans and I saw you’re on Twitter. Have you heard any reactions from “The Fosters” fan base?

Marks: I have, and surprisingly, it’s more confused than anything else because I think part of what makes this show so fantastic is the writing, obviously. The writing is so complicated that none of these characters are easy to just dismiss or dislike entirely.

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Social Impact Award + The Fosters Season 3

Congrats to Annika! She was the recipient of the Social Impact Award at AFME 2015 for “Stay Filthy, New Mexico.”

A quick reminder – don’t forget to tune into the season 3 premiere of “The Fosters” tonight at 8/7c on ABC Family to see Annika as “Monte Porter.”

Battle Creek

Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs this Sunday, May 17th to see Annika guest star on the CBS series, “Battle Creek.” She portrays the role of “Dr. Steffi Owens” in the episode, “The Hand-Off” airing at 9pm.

“The Fosters” Season 3

According to IMDB, Annika will be reprising the role of Monte Porter in season 3 of “The Fosters.” So far, she is listed to appear in the season premiere titled, “Wreckage” airing on June 8th, as well as the third episode of the season called, “Deja Vu” airing on June 22nd. “The Fosters” will air on Monday nights at 8pm on ABC Family.