[Interview] Anamaria Marinca for YOU WON'T BE ALONE
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Set in an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, Goran Stolevski‘s YOU WON’T BE ALONE follows a young girl who is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. Curious about life as a human, the young witch accidentally kills a peasant in the nearby village and then takes her victim’s shape to live life in her skin. Her curiosity ignited, she continues to wield this horrific power in order to understand what it means to be human.

For the release of YOU WON’T BE ALONE, Nightmarish Conjurings’ Shannon McGrew spoke with Anamaria Marinca, where they discussed her involvement with the film, the makeup process of becoming Old Maid Maria, and what she hopes audiences might take away from the film.

To start things off, what was your reaction when you found out you were going to be taking on this role?

Anamaria Marinca: Very happy. I was hoping for it to be honest. I have been planning to be in one of Goron’s movies for a long time. We had met some years before talking about this film. So yeah, being in his first feature was incredible, and I was very happy that he offered me this part.

I have to ask about developing your character, especially with all the prosthetics that you end up wearing. How was that?

Anamaria Marinca: It was very exciting. It’s the most complicated part I’ve ever done from this point of view. I think it was four or five hours every day I was playing Old Maid Maria, which is the witch, and somehow it got made. I don’t know how they made it possible for me to become that character. Looking back I don’t know how it’s feasible every day to sit through makeup and then start the day, and then it took another couple of hours at least to take the makeup off. And the team made it all lovely. Actually, I only remember the good stuff. [laughs] But you’re so in love with the story and you want so much to give it all. It didn’t seem like a difficult thing.

What are you excited for people to experience, whether with YOU WON’T BE ALONE or with your character?

Anamaria Marinca: I would like them to feel whatever is inside of them, whatever their reaction is to the story. I can’t tell them what to feel. And maybe they can see a part of themselves. Maybe they can understand humanity as a whole better. There’s a lot of shadows at play and life is complicated and that kind of darkness, I think it’s very important to explore.

YOU WON’T BE ALONE is now available in theaters. To learn more about the film, check out our interview with writer/director Goran Stolevski.

Editor’s Note: This interview was edited for length and clarity.

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