Anya Monzikova. Seeking Dolly Parton
It’s becoming a great tradition to have this talented and beautiful actress and model featured in Russian Chicago Magazine every year. Last time we talked about Anya’s career on TV, movies and modeling business. This year we have a special occasion – Anya recently played a leading role in “Seeking Dolly Parton”, a drama-comedy about two women wanting a child and getting a grown man. The movie will be featured at the 33rd Chicago LGBTQ + International Film Festival held September 17-22, 2015. In the interview Anya is unveiling the details about how all the hot love scenes are being filmed and sharing her exciting experience from her recent trip to Russia.
– Anya, our last interview with you was almost a year ago, how have you been? What’s new?
– Well, I’ve been busy focusing on being a mother, then working on advancing my career as an actress. I also did a lot of traveling this year! It’s been one adventure after another.
– What projects are you working on?
– I booked a recurring role in “Days of our lives” as Claudia, which will be coming out in September; did a guest star appearance on the show “The League”, where I have a fun Russian role of Ulyana. And most importantly the film “Seeking Dolly Parton” is being released and having a screening in Chicago on September 22nd!
– Very exciting! This movie will be at 33rd Chicago LGBTQ + International Film Festival. What is this movie about?
– The film is about two girls who are in love and looking to start a family in a very unconventional way. I play one of these girls. We ask my ex-boyfriend to be the sperm donor and it opens up a whole can of worms! It’s really a great, heartfelt and funny film that I am proud to be a part of. We shot it in 7 days, with no budget and a minimum crew. With all the obstacles against us, I think it turned out great!
– How did you get a role in that movie?
– I worked with Michael Worth [movie director] on one of his previous films. When he came to me about “Seeking Dolly Parton”, I couldn’t turn it down! I read the script and instantly was drawn to it. I loved the story line. It was a new subject matter for me… to play a lesbian. And I wanted to go for it. I believe that Love is Love. I have a few gay friends and actually had a friend at the time going through the adoption process. I felt connected to the story.
– How did you benefit from this project?
– I definitely learn a lot about myself with each film or project that I do. With this one, like I said before, it just felt personal. I wanted the audience to really root for the girls and most importantly to feel their love. I’m hoping we accomplished that.
– Was it hard for you to play a lesbian? What about intimate scenes?
– I didn’t really have a hard time with the lesbian thing. I can find myself attracted to girls. It’s not as hard, I think, for women to be able to appreciate other women. Plus, I had Kacey Barnfield as my co-star! She’s gorgeous. So it was easy to find the chemistry.
– Would you mind telling us a secret (in secret, of course): how all those intimate sexy scenes (like kissing and making love) are being filmed? How natural and real are they?
– Well, in most cases, it’s really an unnatural thing… to shoot kissing scenes or even sex scenes. You usually have 20 or so people around you with a director telling you about your every move and lights are blinding you… It is really not private or sexy in any way. But in this film, it was just the director, the cameraman and we. That’s why we were able to feel a little more privacy and it came off more natural to me. But with bigger productions, there is really no secret. You just have to go for it! And hope, you don’t sweat off your makeup from nerves!
– As I know you just came back from Russia. How was it?
– I had such a great time in Moscow! My husband is there working on a Russian film, “Leonov” (about the first astronauts in space). He is the 3D stereographer on it. I got to visit him on set and that was fun. My brother lives in Moscow too, so I got to spend time with him and his 5 children.
– Did you discover anything new to yourself since you last visited Moscow?
– I really got to see Moscow in a new light. It’s changed so much in 2 years since I’ve been back. The city really rivals any European city now! The food scene is off the charts, many great restaurants. I’m really happy to see them restoring a lot of the city. I try to make it back at least every 2 years, but it’s definitely harder to travel now with a baby! My husband Josh loves Moscow! He could live there, I think… With this trip his Russian has gotten so much better, so he could even blend with the locals! He’ll be back there in the winter to wrap up the film. We’ll see then what he has to say about Russia!