German Actress Annika Stars in Up Coming Film Opposite the Incredible Hulk
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I was born and raised in Germany but always felt I belonged in the U.S. I spent a year in Texas and went to High School as an exchange student when I was 16. I moved out to Los Angeles right after graduating with my A-Levels and have not regretted my decision.
WHAT FIRST DREW YOU TO ACTING?
I have loved performing since I was a kid. I used to pretend to be a pop star and lip-sync to my favorite songs, and also had several chances to do payback-performances of popular Musical pieces. Of course, I joined the drama club in High School and performed in my school’s auditorium alongside acting in student films.
WHICH ACTORS DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?’
I first discovered my passion for TV and film when I started watching my favorite show Supernatural, therefore a lot of credit goes to the cast and crew who have made me fall in love with this business and in the process many other shows and movies that I still draw my inspiration and motivation from. There are many actors and actresses I admire such as Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson,… (the list goes on) who remind me everyday why I became an actress.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE PROJECTS PLANNED?
Within months of attending the Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School I was cast to act in Michelle Danner’s latest movie The Bandit Hound staring The Breakfast Club’s Judd Nelson and the original Incredible Hulk and Lou Ferrigno, Catherine Bell, Paul Sorvino and Joe Flanigan. The premise of the movie is about a lovable dog of the same name trained to be able to pull off bank robberies, but after a heist gone wrong, he’s rescued by a down on her luck single mom and her son who soon starts stealing cash to help their family. Not knowing that his antics would set his family on a collision course with the shady people from his past.
The movie has been such a labor of love for so many people, but amazingly, I was also cast in a fascinating Documentary on the acting craft itself directed by Michelle Danner. She is truly a wonderful and experienced woman who’s worked with some of the best. I’m talking Hollywood A-listers like Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Gerald Butler and Zooey Deschanel.
In my spare time, I am also going to be starring in two long-running webseries, Up & Comers and Uncensored Hollywood, which can both be seen on Youtube.
WHAT WAS YOU PERFORMANCE EDUCATION LIKE?
I started out with drama class in school, but did not have professional training until I signed up at the Michelle Danner Los Angeles Acting School where I am currently enjoying a well-rounded training with wonderful teachers.
WHICH OF YOUR ROLES HAVE GIVEN YOU THE MOST SATISFACTION? WHY?
I take a lot of pleasure in my current role as Cinderella in Happily Whatever After, a play that shows the classic Grimm fairytales in an “undisneyfied”, twisted version. It is a very fun play and enjoyable character to portray (who doesn’t want to be a princess?), and I am surrounded by a wonderful, friendly, talented cast that is very supportive which makes for a great atmosphere off- and backstage.
IF YOU COULD CO-STAR WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOSE? WHY?
I would be honored to work with many actors but to be in a movie with an all-female cast including Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence would be amazing, because in my opinion Hollywood is lacking strong, independent female characters. A movie filled with girl power would be a great project to work on and to be part of since it has the potential to make a change for women.
WHAT ARE YOU GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
My plan is to spend my life here in Los Angeles, making a living in this industry, and have the job that I love. My dream is to have a house overlooking the ocean and the city. I want to be in many movies and shows and make people smile and forget their troubles with the art I am creating.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ACTORS?
Believe in yourself, remind yourself why you want to work in this business, and always push yourself, that way you will stay motivated. But mostly, follow your heart. Not only when it comes to art but in general. Do what you know will make you happy. Trust your instincts and really try to get comfortable with yourself and your decisions, it will make life much easier and more enjoyable.