Ursula Maria Taps her Creative Side in Pandemic-Themed Film Thriller 'The B3ast'
Feb. 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES – Ursula Maria grew up with a passion for the ballet and dancing. But her love for movies would later lead her to Hollywood where she found her immersed in roles that tapped her ability to take on unique characters.
As she prepares to work on producer Caesar Bijou’s newest film, “The B3ast,” Maria is excited about the sci-fi thriller about a deadly viral outbreak that wreaks havoc across the country – something that echoes much of our current reality.
“I’m very thrilled and excited to join this new production,” Maria said. “It’s a great story that touches on many of the issues of today and our current pandemic.”
In the film, Maria will portray Monica, the assistant to the president of the United States, who has a separate and more dangerous agenda.
The film, which is set to begin production later this year, is the newest project for the actress who has two other films in pre-production or production. She is set to star in the upcoming film “Make it Big,” from writer/director Steve Karageanes (“Needlestick”) as well as an upcoming film from director Kely McClung (“Kerberos”), with whom she had worked with in the film “Loop,” which earned her a Best Actress award for at the Indie Fest USA International Film Festival in 2016.
“I’ve always been excited by engaging stories with great characters that really show different sides of humanity,” Maria said. “I’m looking forward to begin shooting these projects and bring these imaginative characters to life.”
The Austria native grew up with a love for the performing arts such as dance, acting and modeling at an early age, ultimately graduating with a university degree in theater, film and media studies. But after years of building her reputation as an actor, dancer and model, she agreed to moved to Los Angeles and study acting at the renowned Stella Adler Academy and take a shot at Hollywood stardom.
“It was very intense. Classes every day sometimes ending close to midnight,” she said. “Rehearsals on weekends. It demands all your time and attention, but I learned a lot!”
Her energetic personality and ability to take on unique characters soon earned her the attention of casting directors and talent agencies alike.
Today, Maria has nearly two dozen film credits, ranging from comedy and crime dramas to sci-fi thrillers that test her ability embody characters that challenge her own unique talents.
“I’ve had such a great time shooting the film ‘Loop’ where I played a complex character and got to do my own stunts,” she said. “Being athletic and coming from dance helps a lot. I love being active and taking on a physical role. Characters that go through intense life-changing events are some of my favorites to portray.”