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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‘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.

 

Opening of ‘Bent’ + Remaining ‘All American Girl’ Shows

Annika attended the opening of the play ‘Bent’ last month at the Mark Traper Forum in Los Angeles. Also in attendance was actress Jeanne Syquia whom Annika alternates with in ‘All American Girl.’ More photos from the event can be found here.

Speaking of ‘All American Girl,’ don’t miss your last chances to catch a show before it closes next weekend. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Below are Annika’s remaining performances:

  • Sunday, August 23rd (3pm)
  • Friday, August 28th (8pm)
  • Saturday, August 29th (8pm)
  • Sunday, August 30th (3pm)

‘All American Girl’ Extended & Press Shoot Photos

‘All American Girl’ has been extended into August. Annika’s performance schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, July 24th (8pm)
  • Sunday, July 26th (3pm)
  • Friday, August 21st (8pm)
  • Saturday, August 22nd (8pm)
  • Sunday, August 23rd (3pm)
  • Friday, August 28th (8pm)
  • Saturday, August 29th (8pm)
  • Sunday, August 30th (3pm)

Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Include the code iluv99 and receive a discount!

Press shoot photos from ‘All American Girl’ have also been added to the Photos section. Click here to view them.

‘The Fosters’ star Annika Marks talks Monte, and performing in Wendy Graf’s play “All-American Girl”

Annika Marks, a name heard quite frequently amongst fans of the hit ABC Family drama The Fosters, has become well-known for shaking things up… on television that is. Marks, who plays Monte Porter on the heartfelt show about a close-knit and diverse family revolving around partners Lena (Sherri Saum) and Stef (Teri Polo), can be seen playing the mildly timid but curious new Principal of Anchor Beach Community Charter School. Monte, a newly divorced woman recently locked lips with subordinate Lena in last seasons epic finale, leaving the fandom to literally lose their shit.

Although fans questioned the characters motives in the beginning it’s slowly becoming clear that Monte isn’t the malicious woman the overzealous kids make her out to be. She’s just trying to find herself, and kissing other people’s wives is a casualty of that. But seriously, when she’s not portraying a homewrecker on TV (just kidding, we love Monte), Marks can currently be seen on stage in InterAct Theatre Company’s presentation of “All-American Girl,” the world premiere of Wendy Graf’s provocative solo drama currently running up until July 26 at The Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

We chatted extensively about the play, and its importance, as well as  got much needed insight into her character on the critically acclaimed hit drama series The Fosters.

MCKENZIE MORRELL: Can you tell us a little bit about All American Girl, the play you star in that’s written by, directed by, about, and starring women?

ANNIKA MARKS: Yes! Yes! That’s all true. It’s a one-woman show. It’s double cast, so there’s two of us doing it, reading back and forth [the role alternates with Jeanne Syquia]. We tell the story of a girl who starts off as sort of an idealistic, passionate, young woman, or young lady, an “all-American girl.” And she grows up to be a radical extremist who uses violence to make her point, or to fight for her cause. It’s really the story of how she gets there. We play her from the time she’s 7 till she’s 24, and we also play about 17 other people that she comes into contact with along her journey, who kind of influence her down this path. It’s really an exploration inside the mind of extremists. It humanizes something that’s very difficult and scary to humanize, but it’s important to humanize it if we’re ever going to have a conversation about why these things happen.

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Acclaim for ‘All American Girl’

At the performance I attended, Annika Marks played Kathleen with astonishing skill and assurance, holding the audience spellbound with her command of character and text… Kudos to Ms Marks! (TotalTheater.com)

Graf’s play, the tight direction of Anita Khanzadian, the sound design Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski and the mesmerizing performance of Annika Marks (alternating in the role with Jeanne Syquia) really have you on the edge of your seat… (Bruce Kimmel, Haines His Way)

Still, with Marks (who made a big-screen splash in 2012’s The Sessions and recurs on TV’s The Fosters) giving Katie layers of depth and complexity (in addition to creating multiple supporting characters and turning emotions on a dime when needed), Graf’s play is in such empathetic hands… (That Marks has mastered ninety nonstop minutes of dialog is in itself nothing short of astounding.) (Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA)

This entire evolution is portrayed over 90 minutes with a magnificence of the highest order by the richly talented Annika Marks.  She is required to display numerous voices and accents and demeanors and she delivers flawlessly… This is not an easy task to perform and perform well. Yet with the powerful written words from Wendy Graf, the brilliant performance by Annika Marks and the obviously superb direction by Anita Khanzadian “All American Girl” set the standard for dramatic theatre. (Ron Irwin, Examiner.com)

‘All American Girl’ runs through Sunday, July 26 at the Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Below is a list of Annika’s remaining performances. For ticket information, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

  • Tue. July 14th (8pm)
  • Thur. July 16th (8pm)
  • Sat. July 18th (8pm)
  • Wed. July 22nd (8pm)
  • Fri. July 24th (8pm)
  • Sun. July 26th (3pm)

‘All American Girl’ Performance Schedule & Photos

Annika will be performing in ‘All American Girl’ on the dates below. For information about the play and to purchase tickets, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

  • Thursday, July 2 (preview)
  • Sunday, July 5
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Friday, July 10
  • Sunday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Saturday, July 18
  • Wednesday, July 22
  • Friday, July 24
  • Sunday, July 26

Several photos from rehearsal of ‘All American Girl’ have been added to the Photos section, courtesy of the All American Girl Facebook Page. Click here to see them.

All American Girl

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Annika will be starring in the upcoming play, All American Girl as Katie, “a bright and attractive girl committed to rescuing innocents from hardship and poverty, as she evolves into a passionate extremist.” Annika and Jeanne Syquia will be alternating in the role.

“All American Girl opens on Friday, July 3 (with Jeanne Syquia) and Sunday, July 5 (with Annika Marks) and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through July 26 (dark July 4). All tickets are $30 except the performances on July 3 and July 5 (opening weekend), for which tickets are $34 and include a post-show reception. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood CA 90038. To purchase tickets, call (818) 765-8732 or go to www.InterACTla.org.”

Source: www.InterACTla.org