Exclusive Q&A Victorya Brandart

When did you first hear about The Institute and what made you want to be a part of the project? 

I first learned about the Institute when I met the director Hamza Zaman at a film lovers meet-up group in Manhattan.

What was it about the character Marie that you found interesting? 

Maria and I have a lot in common, and I believe that the similarities brought this opportunity to life. I was not meant to play Marie originally. 

How did you prepare for this role given that the character has dealt with such a deeply traumatic experience?

The preparation for this role had a lot of elements of Meisner and Practical Aesthetics Method, which I feel much more comfortable with as a blend of techniques. The role was indeed heavy and I was thankful that I had similar deep issues as Marie, it was the silver lining in my own individual fertility issues. 

What do you feel was the hardest part of showing your character Marie’s motivation throughout the film? 

The hardest part of showing my character Marie’s motivation in this film is her lack of action initiatives. I felt out of touch with Marie’s lack of action as Danny begins seeing things as suspicious, she chooses to overlook them. Marie got stuck in a bad place and she was trying to take it day by day, but she was sacrificing everything she knew for a new treatment at the Institute as it was her desperation point. 

What type of acting roles would you like to take on in future projects? 

For upcoming projects, I look forward to possibly producing a project in my home country of Romania. I would be keen to produce and also would love to act as well. 

Bio: Victorya Brandart was born in Romania and moved to the United States in 1998. Victorya is the oldest of two and her younger brother attends university in Europe.

Victorya began modeling and acting classes as a young girl in Lugoj and continued upon arrival to California. While attending undergraduate university, her modeling career gained traction with features in internet articles, tabloids, and newspapers both in her hometown in Europe and in the Americas. 

Notably, Victorya portrayed the role of Emma, the 18-year-old daughter of characters played by Tom Sizemore and Vanessa Angel in the action feature film Hustle Down. In 2019, she was featured in The Hollywood Reporter as a castWatw member of When Women Rule the World, a parody film that garnered attention at Cannes for its controversial film poster featuring President Donald Trump.

Outside of acting, Victorya enjoys philanthropy, entrepreneurship (startups) and producing film projects. She lives between New York and Los Angeles.