Interview: Actress Rita Volk

You don’t have to know where Tashkent, Uzbekistan is. Don’t even pretend. What you should know is that Tashkent is the birthplace of actress Rita Volk. Chances are you’ve seen Rita on the popular MTV show Faking It. Currently, she’s starring in the indie gem Almost Friends. I had a chance to speak to Rita about her role in the film, her birthplace, Uzbekistan, and much more. You can check out the interview below for the excerpts and audio.

What attracted you to this role:

RV: It was just another script sent to me, another audition. I went in on it cause I liked it. I just thought it was written very real, It seemed very real. That’s always a good thing, like a tried and true method of expressing goes on. It just having something written in a way we can all relate to, which I thought this film did a really great job doing.

Was being and filming in Alabama help you and the cast come together:

RV: Absolutely, anytime you’re in a new place together you’re experiencing things together, you’re seeing it through different eyes together. At one point during the week we took a day trip to New Orleans. That was so much fun. New Orleans was such a cool place, even Mobile (Alabama). We live in a bubble here in LA. We all live in big cities, so to see something smaller where it felt really different and unique in it’s own way and you’re doing it together.

REAL TALK: 

I could really relate to Rita. I’m sure many of you can also. Being in that place where you’re afraid of life’s unknown. That lethargy and paralysis that she speaks of, I know I’ve felt it. The mental wall block, that self-doubt, shit, I still feel it often. When she talked about the breaking point and her rock-bottom of feeling like a zombie with all that weight on her shoulders. I know exactly what she meant. Wanting to pursue something you’re passionate about and determined to do while everyone else doubts you. It spoke to me. Wanting to pursue acting and working in the entertainment industry. Trying to break out as a critic and or actor. I’m sure all of you reading this can think of your own version of this struggle. 

When Rita spoke of having immigrant parents who didn’t understand the pursuit of wanting to be in entertainment, but her parents wanting her to have a real “profession”. As someone who is first generation American with a Polish born mother, I get it. Many of us come from various backgrounds and if your parents weren’t born here, I’m sure they have similar ideals and visions for their kids future. 

This is one of these conversations I’ll definitely remember for a long time. Felt as if I knew Rita for years. That commonality is hard to come by, unless you share some unique similarities. Hopefully you got something out of this interview and were inspired as I was from what Rita said. Her message was simple—go for it.

Must See Movie Releases Of The Week (November 14)

ATOMIC BLONDE:

One of the years most exciting action thrillers stars Charlize Theron as a kick-ass MI6 spy. The movie is set in the late 1980’s and it looks and feels every bit of that time period. The action takes place in Berlin, Germany right at the pinnacle of the Berlin Wall demise. James McAvoy also stars alongside Theron as her sketchy acquaintance, but don’t be confused, Theron is the clear star of the film. It’s as physically impressive performance as she’s given, she puts Jason Bourne to shame with the beatdowns she puts on the baddies. Theron has a fantastic fight scene that’s arguably this years best, it takes up over 10 minutes of continual screen time and will have you gasping with awe. Aside from a somewhat convoluted and confusing plot that has an overabundance of twists and turns, Atomic Blonde is satisfactory and entertaining. It nails the time period and the look of it. Theron proves she can mix it up with the best of them. Simply, this movie is as cool as you could hope it would be.

BONUS FEATURES on 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Welcome to Berlin – The ultimate setting for a Cold War spy thriller, Berlin becomes a character of its own. Go behind the wall for this making-off.
  • Blondes Have More Gun – Lorraine Broughton has one impressive set of skills. See what it took for Charlize Theron to fully transform herself into this tenacious character.
  • Spymaster – David Leitch spins the spy genre on its head through exemplary action sequences and complex characters. Hear from cast and crew what it was like to work with this cutting edge director.
  • Anatomy of a Fight Scene – Director David Leitch breaks down the incredibly detailed long-take stairwell shot in this anatomy of a fight scene.
  • Story in Motion: Agent Broughton – See Agent Broughton as you never have before in these motion storyboards.
  • Story in Motion: The Chase – Gascoigne is on the run. Find out who’s after him in this motion storyboard.
  • Feature Commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir

Atomic Blonde is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand

Blu-ray Rating: 8/10 (special features including)