A New Success Story to Tell, an interview with vivian milkova
As Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Just like in the story of Vivian Milkova, one of our students at Marbella Film School, who landed a significant role in the latest Antonio Banderas movie, The Enforcer.
The 14-year-old actress has been diligently working on her craft and acting skills before she was cast to play opposite Banderas.
The casting process, however, was different from the usual. Instead of having to send in an audition tape, she had been selected directly based on her previously filmed showreel monologue filmed at Marbella Film School, in which she portrayed a character similar to what they were looking for.
You never know when an opportunity like this will come your way. In Vivian’s case, being prepared definitely paid off. This is undoubtedly a brilliant start to a promising acting career!
The Enforcer, shot in Greece last year, is about a hitman (Antonio Banderas) who has to sacrifice everything to save a young girl he has befriended from his femme fatale boss (Kate Bosworth) involved in cybersex trafficking.
We had a chat with Vivian, and this is what she had to say about her filming experience:
Q & A with VIVIAN MILKOVA:
Can you tell us about your character and how you prepared for the role?
I play the role of Lola, a typical teenage girl looking forward to her sixteenth birthday when suddenly she crosses paths with her father Cuda (Antonio Banderas) with whom she doesn’t seem to have the most stable relationship…
I prepared for the character mainly by choosing a pair of songs that made me connect with her and helped me put myself in her shoes whenever I wanted to.
How was your experience on set?
I had the opportunity to share the set with an amazing crew and I ended up becoming great friends with a girl I was on screen with.
Even though I only played opposite Antonio Banderas, I also had the opportunity to see Kate Bosworth backstage, for which I’m extremely grateful.
Banderas is genuinely a very nice person and I couldn’t be happier to be in the same movie with an actor of such a rank for the first time.
I’m very thankful to the film director Richard Hughes for choosing me to be a part of this huge project.
In what way did the acting classes at Marbella Film School help you?
Everything I know about the industry and what it is to act in front of a camera is thanks to my teacher Nicole Moerland. Whether it is about my self-confidence, techniques required to portray any character or the challenges we as actors might face.
What is next for you? What are your career ambitions?
Lots of castings and hopefully many projects ahead of me. I invest a lot in activities such as horse riding and surfing in order to gain knowledge and make my portfolio more attractive.
This is my passion and I want to go really far with it, meet new people, get to know many other actors, and have fun along the way.
Regarding the kind of roles I’d like to play, I think that every role is unique on its own, and for me, it’s the beauty of developing characters based on their internal world is that makes me want to do it even more.
What advice would you give to young actors just starting out?
Some people think it’s not necessary, but in my experience, it’s essential to find the right acting classes or at least search for online courses to gain experience. Headshots, especially showreels are going to help you showcase what you’re capable of. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy the process!