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An Interview with Maria Olsen, Star of Mark of the Witch

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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

 

My character, The Demon Witch, is a very mysterious and powerful being. She's eternal - or at least her spirit is - and she moves from body to body like a possessing demon. But she's also human, or at least has human memories and some human feelings, and these feelings are constantly at war with her innate desire to be powerful and forever young and beautiful.

 

Playing a demon/witch - how do you even prepare for such a role, what do you draw upon to bring her to life ... and can you find anything of yourself in her, honestly?

 

I grew up having a strong interest in supernatural beings and in superheroes, so I was most definitely interested in playing a character with supernatural/superhuman powers. Really, who doesn't have a secret desire to be more powerful than they are and to be, at least in part, invulnerable to hurt?

The role also gave me a chance to use some of the physicality I had learned in the numerous stage shows I've been a part of, especially the Grand Guignol-like shows of Zombie Joe's Underground Theater Group. I always enjoy roles that are more physical than verbal, actually, because when I'm given a lot of dialog, there's always a part of my brain that has to be in charge of making me say my lines with the correct accent! With the more physical roles, I can just let my body do its thing without worrying about what I sound like!

 


You just have to talk about the special effects makeup you wear in some scenes of Mark of the Witch for a bit, and how much of a pain was it to get it on and off, and to act through it, actually?

 

Two things about the special effects make up in Mark of the Witch have stuck in my mind:

(a) that our makeup artist, Narcisse Chico Kitabata, is absolutely AWESOME!!!! Seriously, I think everyone should use her on their films!

(b) that, during one of our shooting days, putting on and taking off my loooooong nails took about three hours! I distinctly remember just sitting in the makeup chair for about 90 minutes after I had wrapped shooting for the day waiting for the nails to weaken and the adhesive to dissolve!!!

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 

Once upon a time, I responded to a casting call Jason [Jason Bognacki interview - click here] had posted on Craiglist for another project. He called me in to read for them, and he must have liked me because he's cast me in almost everything he's shot since then! He first offered me the role of the Demon Witch in the short film, Another, which would eventually grow up to become the feature Mark of the Witch, and I actually was the first talent to become attached to the project.

 

What can you tell us about your director Jason Bognacki [Jason Bognacki interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

Jason has a very interesting way of directing his projects, and, also, it's very, very special when the director is also the writer as you're sure to have the story interpreted exactly as it was meant to be interpreted. With Jason, there is no ONE way to perform a scene, and he was continually asking us between takes to put different spins on our performance. Eventually I learned that all I really had to do to prepare for a shoot was to learn my lines for the scenes scheduled for the day and then leave the bulk of the interpretation up to Jason!

 

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

 

Oh we had TONS of fun on set!! I had obviously worked with Jason and Aline (his wife and co-producer) lots of times before, I had worked with Paulie on the Justin Calen Chen feature Folklore and I had known Nancy for years and had directed her in a production of the award-winning play, The Gin Game. All of this made our shooting days like some kind of fun family reunion instead of work!

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes!

The first feature I co-produced, Brandon Scullion's Live-In Fear, will be released by WildEye Releasing next month under its new name, Consumption. I also act in the film, as does Nancy Wolfe from Mark of the Witch.

 

I'm also awaiting the release of the features Axeman II: Overkill, Marrtown and 60 Seconds To Die, all of which are, I think, scheduled for later this year. Wolf Mother also recently premiered at Dances with Films, and it's now on the festival circuit, and Faraway, another feature I co-produced, has just hit Amazon Prime where you can now watch it for free!

 

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Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MariaOlsenFanPage

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1864017/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariaolsen66

 

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

 

I'd like everyone to be kind to each other and to remember that love is the driving force behind the universe :)

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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