The multi-talented actress talks motherhood and her varied career following on from her latest role in the chilling horror movie, Seance.
When it comes to star quality, many can only dream of having the determination, skill and drive possessed by Inanna Sarkis. After her noteworthy appearances in films such as After We Collided, the 28-year-old talent has made herself in the allusive streets of Hollywood. But, while a domination of one of the world’s most coveted industries would be a career-high for some, this is not where the multi-faceted actress plans on stopping. From self-scripted and directed podcasts to fitness app launches and streetwear lines, the talent and new mother has worked to exceed expectations and transcend career boundaries, cementing her as a star worthy of the name. And, if that wasn’t enough, ensuring that her passion for acting never fades and that her diary is never empty, Inanna has most recently stepped into the role of Alice in the chilling horror movie, Seance.
When speaking on her latest release, the actress started, “I went through the audition process as we all have to! Simon Barrett is such a talented writer, and I really thought I was perfect for the role. After my director session with him, I sent over an email explaining why I love Alice and how much I already was a fan of his work. I knew he would create an exciting directorial debut and wanted to be a part of that.”
Following on from the release of Seance, the actress sat down with Wonderland to discuss the joys of motherhood and the endless creative projects she is currently throwing herself into. Head below to read our interview with Inanna Sarkis…
Hey Inanna, how are you? How has this past year been for you?
Where do I even begin! It’s been an unexpected and crazy year but I am thankful for so much. I have such an amazing support system that has allowed me to get back into work while also balancing my new family. My mum has been living with us since I was 3 months pregnant, and I truly don’t know where I would be without her!
Last year, a lot of us picked up some new hobbies or talents! Did you try anything new?
I actually picked up sword and bo-staff training, which I’m very excited about! It’s been so fun to push the limits and find new ways of staying active and fit. Having a healthy lifestyle helps tremendously in my overall life and is why I actually decided to launch my own fitness app. I’ve received so many questions about what training and diet I incorporated to bounce back so quickly, and I can’t wait to share it all this fall!
You also had a baby! Congratulations! How do you think motherhood has changed you if it has?
Oh man! It has definitely given me more patience! Seeing my daughter grow and interact with things around her has made me appreciate the small things in life and truly given me a chance to slow down and live in the moment.
How did you first get into acting! What sparked the interest?
I remember my first time ever performing on stage. I took drama class in high school and completely fell in love with it. Before that, I was so confused about who I wanted to be and what I wanted to pursue. I had a project to create a scene from Kink in my Hair and I remember being so excited that I decided to go above and beyond. I worked extras hours to choreograph a dance routine and also rewrote some of the script and directed it. The teacher loved it, and we got to perform it in front of the school. It was such an exciting experience, and thinking about it now, it was the real turning moment when I finally knew, “this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”.
Before acting you dropped two singles, what do you prefer music or acting? Is there more music in the works?
Honestly, I love them both because they are two completely different outlets. Music is a creative outlet I use when dealing with something in the moment or maybe feelings that I need to express so that they don’t stay bottled up. Writing poems or songs and then recording them is like a venting process for me. Acting on the other hand, is a way to experience life in another person’s perspective. It’s exciting, new, and challenges my inner self. I have been working on a new scripted podcast called “Zaya” and, also some new music that will be ready to share in 2022!
And then you went on to star in the After series! What was working on this like?
It was great taking on a character like Molly and being welcomed into a fan base like After. I enjoyed bringing Molly to life for everyone and had so much fun diving into that role!
Now you’re playing Alice in Seance! How did you get involved on the project?
I went through the audition process as we all have to! Simon Barrett is such a talented writer, and I really thought I was perfect for the role. After my director session with him, I sent over an email explaining why I love Alice and how much I already was a fan of his work. I knew he would create an exciting directorial debut and wanted to be a part of that.
It’s very much a thriller/ horror, what about this project appealed to you?
What appealed to me the most was the script and the people involved. I also loved how Alice was someone who stood up for her friends at a crucial time. The best part was that I was finally able to bring my fight training background to the big screen.
How did you prepare for your role as Alice?
I spoke with the director about her backstory and what her objective was and he was extremely helpful and actually created a soundtrack for her and the film that helped guide me. Since music and emotion work hand in hand, it really helped me channel the character and understand the tone of the movie.
Looking to the future, what type of films would you love to work on?
I would love to do a Marvel or DC movie that will showcase my training abilities in a way I haven’t been able to yet. Being able to scale a building or working on fight choreography gets me so fired up! It would also be great to do a psych/thriller or even a rom-com. I just want the opportunity to play strong, unique characters that people will enjoy watching.