Sara Simović, this year's scholarship holder of the "Studenica" foundation, is a master's student at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Simović gained her bachelor diploma in acting in Serbian language with the role of Helena in the play "Proslava" directed by Boris Liješević. Moreover, she holds numerous diplomas and awards that speak of her talent.
Wider audience was able to witness her talent through Sara’s debut role of Diana, in the popular TV series “Ubice mog oca.” According to their reactions, she has done an excellent job in presenting this role.
We talked to Sara about her impressions from the set, her experience, challenges she faced during the entire process of casting and filming, as well as what she learned while filming the series.
According to her, she was invited to the casting through a casting agency. However, since the casting took place remotely (online), due to the pandemic, Sara completed the casting via Zoom. She was particularly inspired by the role, which motivated her to present herself to the director as well as she could, but also to play her character in the right way.
Sara adds that it is very difficult to get a role and prove yourself at the casting, and to justify the trust you’ve been given later on. This is why she felt thrilled when she got the role, even though she was aware of the responsibility it carries and that there was no time to relax. As it was her debut role, the role of Diana made Sara known to wider audiences.
The talented young actress explained that Diana was a character she could work well with. She tried to understand her and connect her own experiences with hers. Sara also says there were many exhausting and difficult scenes to shoot, as well as many emotional and strong ones she had to find the right way to carry out, since Diana is an enigmatic character who doesn’t talk much and has a lot of secrets. She believes that she got the opportunity to fully express the role when she started working with the director and other actors on a daily basis.
Sarah prepared for the role by reading the script over and over again, she was attracted by the fact that her character has many secrets related to the family or related to the sect. In order to better understand the role and the theme of the “sect," Sarah read the books mentioned in Aleister Crowley's series. Since she completely entered the character of Diana, she believes that it is not the sect itself nor its teachings, that are to blame for her alienation, but the person who was the leader of that sect. According to her, that person was responsible for Diana and her behavior.
Simović got to work with many famous Serbian actors she was aware that she could learn a lot from, so she used that opportunity. She says that they helped her a lot, but she also thinks that the combination of younger and older actors made a great difference this season. She states that young people contributed with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, while more experienced actors provided great support and guidance.
She admits that during the filming, she often thought about how she could have done things differently, but that she got a clear view only after seeing the whole story in all 12 episodes. She adds that she notices many imperfections in her acting, but that does not stop her from believing that there is never an end to learning. She stresses that there wasn’t a single bad situation during the filming.
The talented young actress reveals that now people recognize her on the street. She points out that the impressions of the viewers are great and she is glad for that.
Sara Simović concluded that we should believe in everything we do in life to the fullest, regardless of the fact that it may be the dumbest and the most banal thing for other people, because otherwise nothing we do can turn out well.