Marie Avgeropoulos from The CW’s, The 100, talks The ‘Ark’ Of Octavia Blake
If you had one crew to be a part of, you would want Marie Avgeropoulos for your leader. As Octavia Blake on The CW hit show, The 100, Marie has been winning her way into the hearts of viewers all around the world.
Marie Avgeropoulos: When I was visiting France and heard Octavia’s voice dubbed over, en Francais, in French, I realized how it has gone global. I’m ecstatic that people from all over the world can watch our story we create in their own country. To know that this is happening is very humbling. I’m grateful that fans and audiences everywhere can join us on our journey.
MA: I grew up in small-town, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. We share a lot in common. Everything from resilience to determination, to stubbornness [laughs]. I’m headstrong. I’m the youngest of four siblings and they tell me when I set my sights on a goal or something I want to do, there’s nothing that will stand in my way. Octavia is the same. I love the outdoors. Camping and fishing are a huge part of who I am. I love the fact that I have the opportunity to have my “office” in beautiful British Columbia in the rainforest. What else could a Canadian gal ask for?
MA: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses.
MA: In the Red Queen episode, season 5, she created the mantra to create order in the bunker. “You are Wonkru, or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose!” Octavia has never been a leader, and Jaha had to talk some sense into her to make them listen. It resulted in a sword fight massacre to make her voice heard and it required a ton of choreography. Sword fighting is like a dance, it had over 50 moves and involved over 20 opponents on our stunt team. It was a physical challenge but it’s what gets my adrenaline going. I’m so thankful to play both such a dynamic and physical character.
MA: Octavia has had to deal with loss since she was a child. The girl under the floor lost her mother, her first love Lincoln, and Ilian in the conclave. Loss is just a reality; in life and in our story.
MA: Supernatural was memorable. My character drowns in a toilet. Death by swirly! I know what toilet water tastes like. Who said show business was always glamorous? [Laughs].
MA: If the story is good and the character speaks to me, absolutely. Sometimes it’s nice to lighten up and do something that isn’t always covered in blood.
MA: I didn’t exactly always want to be an actress. I went to college for Television Broadcast Journalism. I thought I wanted to tell stories for a living, yes, but I soon realized not those types of stories specifically. The news is important and I respect that, but for me, I found it quite depressing to tell mostly bad news from 9 to 5. I quit my job and backpacked Europe for a few months to get brave enough to move out of my hometown. I was at a gig and got noticed playing drums by an agent. I started auditioning. I moved to L.A. eventually, slept in my Chrysler Intrepid for a few weeks and auditioned for The 100. The rest is history.
MA: I work for FFLV India. It’s a school that runs solely by sponsorships for girls. There are over 1500 on the waitlist. Having a boy in rural India is an asset; sadly, having a girl is a liability due to old traditions. Unfortunately, many end up as child brides against their own will. FFLV focuses on educating girls as well as strengthening the communities to create jobs and futures for these girls. You can click the link in my bio to watch the full documentary on how your donations help and how your small change can make a big difference in their lives. Visit www.fflv.org for more.
Sari: What can fans look forward to seeing you do in the future?
MA: I’m very excited to film Butterfly in the Typewriter. Susan Sarandon is one of my favorite actresses and I would be completely honored to share the screen with her.
Sari: Fans of The 100 also want to know, what would you like to see Octavia do in the future?
MA: She’s aware that the battle on Earth isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. I would really like her character to find some peace with Bellamy, her people, and within herself. It wouldn’t hurt her to smile a bit more often. Where are all the post-apocalyptic spas?
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