Ep #203: Actress, Writer, Producer, Annika Marks
Blessed with beauty and incomparable talent, actress, writer and producer, Annika Marks is a hard act to forget. She cane be seen this summer starring in the Season 4 of Showtime’s The Affair, as well as Season 2 of Amazon’s hit series Goliath!
Marks was most recently seen as Principal Monte Porter on ABC Family’s hit series, The Fosters, a storyline that allows her to portray an Ivy-educated, business-savvy LGBT woman, as well as Paramount Network’s WACO opposite Michael Shannon and John Leguizamo. The busy actress recently wrapped filming on The Last Champion as well as The World Without You opposite Chris Mulkey, Perrey Reeves and PJ Byrne. The film is based on Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel and adapted by Dan Pulick. It explores how a family copes with the death of a son, a journalist killed on assignment in Iraq. Most recently she was seen on Amazon’s The Last Tycoon opposite Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammar and Lily Collins.
Marks has also recently completed a run in the Pasadena Playhouse and Def West production of Our Town, a role in which she had to learn ASL in a matter of weeks alongside the normal dialogue of her character. She’s been seen as the lead alongside Sharon Lawrence in the film Grace, which focuses on an alcoholic attempting to recover. The actress won Best Actress at the Woods Hole Film Festival for her incredible performance. In 2016, she starred in Anguish as the single-parent of a mentally ill daughter (played by Ryan Simpkins), as well as the lead in the Geffen Playhouse production of The Model Apartment. She is most commonly recognized for her for her performance in the feature film, The Sessions (Fox Searchlight), when she made her film debut as a nurse that starts to fall for her patient, played by John Hawkes. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting which Annika shares with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy and Moon Bloodgood. Other projects that the young actress has been a part of, include roles in Columbia Pictures’ Mona Lisa Smile, Battle Creek, NCIS: New Orleans, Southland, Law & Order, IFC’s The Undeserved, and the award-winning shorts “Hard To Come By” and “The Mushroom Sessions.”
As if the above wasn’t enough, Marks’ philanthropic side knows no boundaries. She is an ambassador for the non-profit organization “Connect Our Kids” and she co-wrote and produced a non-traditional PSA web-series, which takes place in the form of six short raunchy comedic vignettes made to raise awareness of the water shortage in California. The episodes are narrated by Bruce Campbell and star Sharon Lawrence, Samm Levine, Chad Lindberg, among others.