This week, the Count sits down with horror actress Maria Olsen! Maria Olsen came to America in January 2005 and hasn’t taken time to breath since she got here. In thirteen short years she has performed in 25 stage plays (including one Off-Broadway), directed 3 plays, written and directed her own play, shot at least 100 feature films, 100 shorts, 15 web series, 15 music videos and recorded 5 voiceover gigs. She has also won five awards (including awards for both acting and directing), had two short films appear at the 2009 Cannes Short Film Program, one at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and became a member of the Screen Actors Guild in March 2009. Best known for her appearances as Mrs. Dodds/The Fury in Fox’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – where Chris Columbus directed and Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman starred – and as one of the Paranormal Activity 3 witches, Olsen’s features and shorts have also screened at other international festivals such as Sundance (Renegades), the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors (Justin Paul Ritter’s A Gothic Tale), Buffalo Dreams International Film Festival (Shawn Chou’s Reunion) – where she won Best Actress for her leading role as Mia; HorrorFest (Patrick Horvath’s Die-ner (Get It?) – where she won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose the Waitress – and the International HBO Latino Film Festival (Sam Benavides’ Mansfield Path). Features Diverted Eden, Marrtown and All The Creatures Were Stirring are currently collecting awards on the festival circuit, while Starry Eyes, Southbound, Mark of the Witch, Lost Time, Vile, The Haunting of Whaley House, Dragonquest, Die-ner (Get It?), Agoraphobia, Alone Together, Folklore, The Conduit, Vile, Hansel vs Gretel, Trophy Heads, Gore Orphanage, DisOrientation, IJE: The Journey, The Bunnyman Massacre, Darkening Sky, Shellter, Something Sinister, Way Down In Chinatown, Faraway, The Covenant, Embers of the Sky, The Remains, Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, Axeman II Overkill, Unspeakable Horrors: A Plan 9 Conspiracy, The Levenger Tapes, Consumption, Fear Inc., Los Angeles Overnight, A Better Place, Wolf Mother and Humanity’s End are now all available on either DVD or VOD. She has also recently completed shooting on several further features, including Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu, Robert Conways’s Krampus: Origins, Christopher Aldell’s Cockroaches, Matthew Dunehoo’s Wretch, Jim Towns’ State of Desolation, Charlie Comparetto’s Ghost in the Graveyard, Rich Rule’s No Knock List, and Luke Genton’s The Bone Box. Future projects include Craig Ouellette’s road-trip horror Straight On Till Morning, Dan Hernandez’s psychological thriller, Agony, Michael Yurinko’s demonic Imperatus, Jacob Stuart’s creepy thriller Martha’s Memory and Gerald Keith’s creature-horror aptly titled Creature. Thanks must go to her amazing agents and managers for wanting to represent her and doing it so well. Currently, she is repped by Alicia Bravatti of Media Artists Group, Ileane Rusch of Committed Artists and, for personal appearances, Derek Maki of Coolwaters Productions.
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