Miona Marković knows what she wants to achieve in the profession she has chosen for herself. Truly in love with acting, which is obvious from every word she said, determined to devote both her potential and her time which is coming. According to her accomplishments so far, there is no doubt that she will succeed.
Miona Marković promptly won over domestic television audience with roles in popular TV series but different genres. In fact, this is the motto and desire of a young and ambitious actress – to make as many roles in her career that will not resemble each other, however challenging and difficult they might be.
How different is the second season of the Žigosani u reketu series from the first? What are your expectations before the broadcast begins?
In the second season, things are accelerating. You are already familiar with the characters, and now each of them is going into new fights and games, first of all with their past, the more insincere they were, the harder it is for them to win now. In season two, Ana Marija is succumbed to emotion, allowing herself to fall in love, which is why she will almost turn away from her ambitious mission, but there is her tough father who will bring her back to the “right” path. However, if this is the right path, we will see. My expectations for the new season are that we do not disappoint you.
How close are you to the character you play in this TV series? As a young and popular actress, have you built a relationship with the media because the series shows very well how publishing office works today and what is their priority?
Ana Maria is not close to me at all and that is why I enjoy playing this role. She is a powerful girl who, in addition to money, education and cruel ambition, possesses an incredible talent for figuring out how to always do things in her favor. The fact that her father’s newspaper is not where she imagined she would work does not stop her from making an empire from nothing.
At first, she complains, but in the end, she realizes that we sometimes must overcome something to do what moves us in the future. To me, as Miona, truly meant contact with all magazines, dailies, and even tabloids because through my interviews I met people who are a part of Ana Marija’s everyday life, and I believe that in the coming seasons I will be even more credible with editorial scenes.
On the other hand, how would you describe the work on Lazar Ristovskyi’s Kralj Petar Prvi (Kind Peter the First)? This film may compete for the status of European Oscar nominee.
Lazar Ristovski allowed me to be a princess for two days. You know how, when you wear a Boris Čakširan’s costume, you easily believe that you are Jelena Karađorđević. Those petticoats, laces, brooches, hats, ladies’ gloves, then horses, chariots, Topčider forest, Patriarchate Court in Sremski Karlovci, it was easy and magical to live with that age and that role.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far, a role that required maximum effort?
My biggest challenge was when I was filming underwater scenes with Dušan Radojičić for the graduation film Nadražaj. We shot them with a professional underwater cameraman at Blederia waterfall, near Kladovo. The water temperature, though in August, was 12 degrees.
As soon as we arrived I just dipped my foot in and all my bones ached how cold it was. When director Aleksandar Savić yelled:” Action!” we tried to control the trembling of the jaws at least for the duration of the shot. It’s the only time in my career that in a few moments I thought I want to go home, I can’t do this. However, the scenes were magical, it was worth it and I would repeat them in the future for another movie.
You had a small role in the series Jutro će promeniti sve, (Morning will change everything) that represented something new and different within the framework of domestic production. What is your memory of working on this series?
I remember Jutro as my biggest challenge not to make a fool of myself. Kristina, the character I played, is a girl very open-minded and naive, in love with her older boyfriend and in love with great Belgrade, who wants to fit in as soon as possible and not see how much she is hurrying and the mistakes she is making. She’s a character on the edge, if you added a little more she would become a caricature.
However, directors Vladimir Tagić and Goran Stanković have very skillfully pointed out from the very casting that she is not someone we will only laugh at, but also someone we will love because of all her clumsy, silly and tactless moves. Just like all the characters in this great series. These are the blood and flesh people we meet in our environment. It’s Belgrade as it is, not Belgrade from the commercials. That’s why this series is “generational”.
How important is the beauty to the career you choose for yourself? What do you think is key to a stable and respectable career?
Beauty is temporarily but very useful in the career of an actress. Our body is our instrument. I don’t have my works, my powerpoint presentations, my books, I carry my private body to my work, which is also my business body. That is why beauty is important, but beauty is not just about pretty features.
My professor often says:” Acting is not a hundred-meter race, you run a marathon. You have to do this job for 40 years.” And that’s exactly the point, as long as we are dealing with ourselves we are dealing with our mind, our soul and our body, and we use all three in acting. It takes my mind, my soul, and my body over and over to inspire people for new roles, and every time carries their roles.
The role you had in the Koreni (Roots) series was very noticeable. How did you prepare for this role?
Koreni (Roots) are part of the high school reading lesson, so I was already familiar with the subject. However, in the book, my role, Zora, has no dialogue but is all about descriptions. So, I re-read the dramatization of Đorđe Milosavljević, where Zora was dramatically determined. Zora is my first role and I had so much anxiety that I knew the text 2 months in advance.
Did you have a special responsibility since the series was based on the novel by Dobrica Cosić the writer you are related to?
And that was part of the tension. The responsibility was three times bigger, but I don’t think I let him down. He told me to call him to my first premiere even if he was up there in heaven. So, I invited him to watch from the sky my Zora, which he had invented.
Are there any projects you will be working on in the new season that the public is still unaware of?
In Bosko Buha theater we will soon start rehearsing for a new play Nemušti jezik (The Silent Language) directed by Milan Karadzić and I am looking forward.
What roles do you enjoy most?
Challenges, I look forward to roles that have nothing to do with the previous ones. I would like to have at least 300 roles behind my 100 years of life and make each one special.