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Interview with Andrea Stefancikova

Andrea Stefancikova was born on July 2, 1982 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. She is known for her work on The Arrangement (2017), Below Her Mouth (2016), Dark Harvest (2016) and more.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Andrea Stefancikova. I am a free spirit, a creative creature with a curiosity and playfulness of a child, sensitivity, and wilderness of an animal, and vulnerability and strength of a woman who has lived so much so fast that I had to slow down to catch my breath. I am an actor, a kundalini yogi, and I am clean and sober.

2. When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

I knew it the moment my parents with grandparents took me to the theatre. I was in awe. Something in me was ignited and it was never spent since. I didn’t pursue it immediately because I was not even 5, but I gradually worked up to a day when I said to myself, okay, I want to be an actor, and I’m gonna do whatever it takes to become the best version of it. I followed my passion ever since.

3. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring actors?

There is so much, but the most important thing is to love what you do. Cherish the joy you feel when you first start, and always keep it inside of you like a talisman, let it be a part of you because this industry is a tough, cut-throat one. It has never been and never will be fair, and so often it gives nothing back when you give it everything. One can never prepare for so much rejection, but be aware of it. Know that things are mostly out of your control, so all you can do is be great at what you do, grow as a person, and as an actor, collect experiences, live life fully, have fun and let things come to you. Obsession won’t bring you what you want, it will only hurt you.

4. Who did you love working with on a past project and why?

I enjoyed working with a lot of different people from different departments on different projects. It always takes a village, and there really are some wonderful human beings that I have come across. Some of them became my friends. From the top of my head, Terry Miles – partner in crime, creative spirit, wild and awesome, James Hutson – more introverted, very focused, artistic, intense yet gentle, Mary Galloway – so lovely, driven, giving and supportive, Kirk Caouette – his process is unique and he is a true artist in all the ways, Mostafa Keshvari – our film Unmasked just got into 7 festivals and we have some nominations;), Stephen Campanelli – he is so gentle, human and passionate, he is calm and a real pleasure to work it, or Ralph Hemecker. To me, he is like a mentor. John Stockwell, he is crazy, intense and so fun. Probably intimidating for some. One that you may know as well is Ken Olin. He was one of the directors I worked with on The Arrangement. He is such an actors’ director. He totally gets people and he loves film, and story and the making of it all. Even at the callback, he was kind, funny, easy to talk to, he was curious and supportive. We had great conversations about life and he wrote me a beautiful note after we have wrapped. I hope we get to work together again. I could go on.

5. What is the scariest part of an audition?

Truthfully? That it’s an audition. Working on set is sooo much easier. Audition is such a special occasion. It’s totally nerve-racking no matter how prepared or experienced you are. Yeah, it does get better the more you do it, but it’s never as casual and easy as you imagine it would be one day. Knowing your material and staying connected to the reader and yourself is key. Try to be present no matter what and when you leave the room, let it go.

6. What show could you do for years?

Oh man, don’t wanna get myself in trouble here, so I will answer this way. Out of the shows that I love at the moment or recently … This is Us, the Affair, Ozark, Vida, Magic City, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Knick… I love gritty, life-based dramas. There are always comedic relief moments in every drama.

7. What would your dream role be?

A complex one for sure, but there are three different roles that I would love to check off my list and you may be surprised by them.

1) A role in a James Bond film. I am worldly, versatile and multi-lingual.

2) A queen/witch in a fantasy film. A con-artist chameleon in this genre.

3) A role in a musical. Fame. Mamma Mia. Rent. I have a dance background and I sing and act. It would be so fun!

8. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

Honestly, it was getting clean and sober. It was a life-long struggle for me. Nothing to do with my career and I thank God every day for my sobriety and for my life. I kid you not.

9. If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?

Okay, I would love to work with my best friend Laura Mitchell. We both always talk about it a lot. There are a few fellow Canadian actors that are on my bucket list but from world actors, I would love to work with Lea Seydoux or Marion Cotillard. They are magnetic. So captivating, fresh and they never lack depth.Matthias Schoenaerts. I think he is brilliant. One of a kind.Christoph Waltz or Mads Mikkelsen. Unique and also brilliant.

10. What are some of your favorite movies or series?

I have mentioned the series in one of my answers above.

Some of my favorite flicks are Forman’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Inarittu’s BIutiful, Polanski’s Chinatown, Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, Audiard’s Rust and Bone or A Prophet, the musical film A Chorus line, Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, I love Xavier Dolan’s films, Jean Marc Vallee, Stanley Kubrick’s films, … I love films. Many French films. European cinema has a special touch and I am drawn to it, but I could go on. There are great movies made all over the world.

11. What are some causes/organizations that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to?

WavaW, BWSS, Watari, Turning Point, and then Sierra Club BC, Pacific Wild, Sea Legacy. These are all non-profit organizations. Please look them up.

12. Do you have something to say to the people who support you?

I love you. I could not be here without you. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much to Andreea for this insightful interview! You can find her and her work on:

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Photographer:J Benson

Assistant: Micheal Burgess

Makeup/hair: Pag Yang

Stylist/designer: Delayne Dixon

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