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Feb 01, 18

TV Guide: Stana Katic’s Reappearing Act

Stana Katic has a great laugh—a big guffaw, which starts with a half-hollered “a-HA” that oddly makes it more charming, especially early in the morning at Los Angeles International Airport, where being grumpy is usually forgiven. It’s been 20 months since ABC unceremoniously canceled Castle, on which Katic spent eight seasons as Nathan Fillion’s love interest/partner, NYPD detective Kate Beckett. Now the 39-year-old actress is happily headed to Toronto to promote her new Amazon series, Absentia, and bringing up its dark subject matter feels like spoiling the mood.

Katic plays Emily Byrne, a troubled FBI agent who is found in an abandoned cabin six years after she was supposedly executed by a serial killer. She’s had the crap, and the memory, kicked out of her. Where has she been? Who was she with? And how dare her husband (Patrick Heusinger) remarry in the meantime? Emily’s son calls another woman mom. Her dad is ill. Her brother drinks. On the barely bright side, her black Lab knows who she is. Then Emily’s troubles double when she’s accused of murdering the guy who was accused of murdering her.

Absentia is thrilling. It’s bleak. It’s kind of nuts—one scene required that Katic be “trapped” inside a glass water tank, Houdini-style. Yet, over the airport din, the actress chats with such excited smarts (besides being a beautiful former Bond girl, she speaks four languages) about the series, her career and her future that it totally makes sense to smile.

Do you consider this show your big comeback?
Sure? [Laughs] I guess I don’t feel like I was gone that long, you know?

So what made you go, “OK, this is my next role?”
Emily is a survivor. Before taking the role, I’d been reading about people who managed to get through things as horrific as World War II and the Holocaust. The female stories especially intrigue me. I can’t stop thinking to myself, “How did you do that?” Emily is also an antiheroine. People will love and root for her but also hate her.

She’s hateful?
She does some things and makes some choices that viewers aren’t going to like. She, herself, is a mystery in some parts of the season.

How’d you survive the, to put it nicely, physical demands?
Action seems to be part of nearly every role I’ve had in some way. However, this was three-and-a-half months of pretty consistent running, so it was definitely a little more high-velocity. It’s also the first time I’ve had to eat out of a dog bowl. [Laughs] But, I thought, why half-ass it?

Have your parents or siblings seen those bits?
No, they haven’t watched any of it yet. I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but I think it’s going to be tough for them. But they are really proud of me at this stage in my career. They keep asking, “When’s Absentia airing?” and emailing their friends and Facebooking everyone.

Were they supportive when you decided to pursue acting?
They had their concerns, of course. Luckily I made it work!

What was your fallback plan when you started acting?
I didn’t have one! I didn’t want to be anything else, but I did study international relations and pre-law, so I was prepped to go into the world of diplomacy or maybe corporate law.

Those both sound pretty solid. What do you consider the most important moment in your life?
For me, it’s more like important things. In my personal life, it’s important to be able to come home to a loving partner and a beautiful dog. In my career, I just have to constantly remind myself, “OK, wow, this is cool. Be grateful. It’s an amazing thing to be able to play in the world of imagination and move people.” And I know that sounds cliché, but there’s truth in it.

With what attitude are you approaching your 40th birthday later this year?
I haven’t really given it much thought. How do I feel? It’s not something reflected as a big deal in anyone that I admire. I saw Charlize Theron do her thing at 40 and I thought, “Wow, you are exquisite.” It didn’t appear to be a shifting experience for her. Turning 40 feels like something that’s supposed to be a milestone, but I’m barely aware of it. Then again, you’re the first one to ask me.

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Jan 30, 18

How Stana Katic of “Absentia” Finds Inner (and Outer) Peace

Editor’s Note: This is part of a new GoodHousekeeping.com series, Month of Me. In January, we’re officially banning “should” (as in, “I should go on the treadmill,” or “I should clean the garage”) and encouraging you to give yourself a break after the holiday season. All month long, we’ll be sharing personal essays and more inspiration to help you take time for yourself. Here, Stana Katic, who plays Special Agent Emily Byrne on Amazon Prime’s Absentia, shares the many ways that she refuels her body so that she can successfully hunt down serial killers on TV.
 

On the benefits of nature:

Right now, I am growing a few sprouts of tomato plants and chard in a little terrarium. There’s nothing better than home-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables. Working with the earth is peaceful for me. I even have an herb wall that makes for great picking when I need a relaxing dose of lemon verbena or mint tea.
 

On my passion for yoga:

I got introduced to yoga in drama school. It’s now a mainstay in my life, ever since I got instructor certification at a teacher-training intensive. I even occasionally guide an intimate class of friends and family, but mostly the training was to serve and deepen my own practice.
 

On the unifying power of food:

I would not say that I am an “aficionado” in this arena by any means; however, over the past few years, I have been studying the history of the cuisine of a small region in Dalmatia (my family hails from there). The experience has been almost like an archaeological/anthropological adventure. And, over time, I’ve found the wonderful connective power of cooking and sharing food. It can surpass many hardline differences like age, politics, and religion. So, now it’s become a bit of a passion project that inspires me whenever I have a free moment.
 

On the joy of pets:

My dog gives me such joy and makes me laugh incessantly. His quirky personality, his intelligence, his kindness, his spooky intuition, his fuzzy ears … and yes, he is literally the smartest, handsomest, most magnificent human on the planet (not biased at all).
 

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Absentia premieres on Amazon Prime on February 2.

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Oct 24, 17

Article & Photos in Gloria Magazine

The Canadian-American actress of Croatian origin, Stana Katic (39), has again proven that she enjoys playing tough but fair women. For eight years she was a television audience favorite as Kate Beckett in the series “Castle”, but in mid-2016 she left the TV show and went on a vacation, looking forward to new challenges. She soon returned to the small screens, and again as a guard of public order.

In the mini-series “Absentia”, which is shown in Croatia on cable television channel AXN Adria, she plays an FBI agent Emily Byrne. After thinking for six years she was the victim of a serial killer, who was sentenced to prison for her murder, Emily was found in a remote forest cabin. She doesn’t remember who held her captive there, or what was happening in all these years, and returning home is even harder – her husband is living with a new wife, and her son does not accept her.

“I’m not bad when I need to play a tough woman. Before the new role I practiced karate so I know how to hit well when it’s needed. Also, for years I danced ballet and I love when I can express myself with movement, whether it is in the scene of fighting, dancing, or in the way I walk” – says Stana Katic, who in the first episode brutally beats a criminal. Shooting ten episodes of “Absentia” was particularly difficult due to short deadlines. Sometimes she would record a scene from three different episodes on the same day.

“The hardest scene to shoot was the one where Emily wants to escape and jumps into the lake and swims across to the other side. That day the water was freezing. The director and the producers even doubted whether we should shoot. I was well prepared, I wore a diving suit first, and then the clothes that Emily was wearing, but it wasn’t easy for me. I didn’t know how my body would react. Luckily, even though it was really cold, everything went smoothly. This scene may be my favorite in the series as it best describes how Emily faces danger, which could happen to be fatal. But she did not want to give up at any moment” says Stana Katic, an executive producer of the series.

The shoot was so difficult so she hopes her next employment would be in a comedy. She also hopes for a few free months so she can dedicate herself to married life… Just one day before her 37th birthday, on April 25, 2015, she married longtime boyfriend, an Australian businessman of Serbian origin Kris Brklja?. They got married in the idyllic Orthodox monastery Dragovi?, which was built near the Peru?a Lake in the late 14th century, with which the actress showed how much she loves her parent’s homeland.

As the oldest of the six children in the family of Petar and Rada Kati?, the owner of a furniture shop, Stana always loved to point out that her father was from Koljane near Vrlika, and her mother from the area of Sinj. Before her birth, her parents migrated to Canada, in the town of Hamilton, and when she was five years old, her family moved to the American city of Aurora near Chicago. But even though she grew up in North America, she never forgot the Cetina region. “I got there, for the first time, as a five-year-old, and in recent years I try to visit Croatia at least once a year. This spring I even tried to learn how to make as many traditional dishes as possible. I visited friends and family and I begged them to introduce me with people who still cook in the old fashioned way. I’ve learned a lot, but my favorites are still blitva, pura and asparagus with eggs… I know they are simple old fashioned meals, but I love them. Recipes are not complicated, but you need to have fresh, well-chosen ingredients for real enjoyment. Last summer I asked for corn flour milled in a stone mill, and the most delicious asparagus grow on my cousin’s estate in Dalmatia. I love blitva so much that I planted it in my garden in California. And, of course, I love peka. I’m particularly proud of the fact that I learned to bake bread under peka (over hot ashes)” says a charming green-eyed beauty who starred in James Bond “Quantum of Solace” movie, in ” The Double” her partner was Richard Gere, and in “Big Sur” she played the poet Lenore Kandel.

She often shows her love for the Cetina region in photos on her Instagram profile. The fact that she’s well informed about the events here and show them on social media, in light of the announced construction of the Thermal Power Plant Peru?a, she says she hopes that pure water will remain for future generations as well. With her visits, her Croatian is getting better, but she still speaks English in official conversations. “I understand everything and everyone understands me. Problems happen when I start talking about something beyond everyday life, for example about economic or medical topics. At that time, it is sometimes difficult to find the right word” says Stana, who used the last trip to Dalmatia to enrich her vocabulary. “I was interested in the difference between the word “plemenit” (noble) and “mudrost” (wisdom). For two months I was asking my friends and acquaintances which word describes them the best. Without exception, they chose “noble” and this is my favorite Croatian word” says the actress, who is always glamorously dressed and polished at the Hollywood premieres.

But in private, she is completely different. When she does not shoot anything, she does not make any makeup, because she says, lipstick does not help too much as she’s digging in her garden. She appreciates minimalism even more in her wardrobe. “In my wardrobe I only have what I need. I like to have a few carefully picked pieces that fit me well, rather than a bunch of good clothes in which I get lost. Of course, sometimes I buy something without thinking too much. On a recent trip to Japan I was thrilled with fabrics and dresses that defy trends and can be worn today, but also for ten years. I’m constantly hunting on such occasions” says the actress who maintains the perfect line with regular runs, doing yoga and riding a bicycle.

When you ask her, which is her real face – the “tough” Stana from the small screen or the “glamorous” red carpet one- with a big charming smile she replies: “None of those two. If you were to ask my friends, I believe they would answer that the real Stana is – a goofy nerd.”

Thanks to Stana Katic Croatia for the translation!

 

 

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Sep 24, 17

Press Update: ‘Absentia’ Articles


Fall Premiere on AXN: Absentia
 
 
Spain Presents its New Season With Absentia as a Big Bet
 
 
Absentia Interview With Polish Press
 
 
Stana Katic: Lost but Found After Castle
 
 
Interview With IO Donna Magazine
 
 
Absentia: FBI Agent Without Her Memory Wants to Recover Her Life
 
 
‘Absentia’ Article in Supertele

Aug 26, 17

Absentia: New Thriller With Stana Katic & Patrick Heusinger (Interview)

At the Monte-Carlo television festival this year, two series were presented in preview: The Last Tycoon and Absentia .

I’ve already told you about the first, now it’s the turn of the second. The series created by Oded Ruskin – the origin of False Flag , Homeland ‘s Israeli air program – Absentia is an international collaboration.

Stana Katic, who follows just after the end of Castle , and also Patrick Heusinger, not yet well known (seen in Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce ) and who takes down a leading role here.

The new thriller comes straight from AXN and, to tell you the truth, I did not know at all what channel is dependent on Sony Pictures. It is available in some European countries, and it is to promote its European subsidiary that for the first time it financed with Absentia an original program that was filmed in Bulgaria.

The disadvantage is that no American or French channel has acquired the rights for the time being , whereas the program will be released on September 25 on AXN.

Absentia, what is that talking about?

Emily Byrne is an FBI agent who was held hostage for three years and then missed for another three years, which resurfaced overnight without being able to tell what happened to her.

Did you think of Castle when the writer played by Nathan Fillion disappears having forgotten everything? Yes, before I see the episode. Because really, the tone has nothing to do here.

In the meantime, Emily Byrne’s husband, Nick, has resurrected in Absentia with another woman who raises her son (cuckoo Alias ), and feels torn between the feelings he still feels for his ex-wife and Its fidelity to the present.

So we will follow them to understand what really happened, if it’s a conspiracy or if Emily has become a double agent linked to a series of murders.

Absentia, the new Homeland?

Only the first episode was screened in Monte Carlo, but in any case, it makes you want to see more.

There are many similarities between Homeland and Absentia .

At the level of the investor team already, since the Israeli producers are those who produced Hatufim , the series that inspired Homeland .

But also in terms of tone. Dark and a little stuffy, this thriller is approaching the family drama.

The heroine must prove, against all odds, that his version of the facts is the true one. And even if her loved ones want to support her, they are still in delicate situations where they do not know how to react.

Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger present their characters in Absentia

Do you know how hard it is to not sully someone you really like? I had to control myself for Stana Katic because I love Castle – which was not at all the subject of his presence here.

And the actress was really nice and pleasant despite her apparent shyness.

In the same way, Patrick Heusinger was very accessible, and it shows that he is super motivated and invested in Absentia , his first series as a lead!

 

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Aug 09, 17

naEKRANIE: On the set of ‘Absentia’

The Absentia series  is at the very moment very classic for police-sensation production. Emily Byrne ( Stana Katic ), an FBI agent, disappears without a trace while investigating a serial killer. After six years, through an anonymous phone, she is found in a forest hut. She does not remember anything that happened when she was detained, or at least claimed. Her return home is not as joyful as she might think. Her husband Nick ( Patrick Heusinger ), also an FBI agent, has already reconciled with her death and managed to get married again. Son Flynn (Patrick McAuley), because of his young age, also does not remember her and rather treats his father’s new wife – Alice ( Cara Theobold ) – as his real mother. All in all, her brother Jack ( Neil Jackson ), a good doctor once, fought hard. In one word – the world she came back to has long forgotten about her and her sudden appearance to many is a big problem.

At the same time, an investigation is underway, both by the FBI and by the cop, who was present at the discovery of Emily. Tommy Gibbs ( Angel Bonanni ) wants to solve the mystery of her disappearance. As it is easy to imagine, the FBI and the police do not cooperate successfully.

Read what the producers tell us about this production!

Stana Katic: I think this psychological aspect has drawn me to this story. It is not one-dimensional and simple. We have an FBI agent, an avid revenge on the man who robbed her from six years of age. For this she must fight with jealousy and despair for her lost family. Suddenly someone took her place and did not melt in the air just because Emily came back. Her husband loves another one already.

Patrick Heusinger: If it were only the return show of a lost wife home, it would probably be a boring soap opera. However, we go much further. Emily came back for some reason. Someone specially held her in hiding for so many years. The fact that she was released now is not irrelevant. This puzzle is our biggest asset. Heroes along with the audience discover what’s going on.

Stana Katic: This is a completely different series than Castle ,  with whom I’ve been involved for so many years. There every episode was a closed story. Of course there was a thread in every season, but it was just an add-on and it was changing a lot. Here we have everything run like in a full-length action movie. Absentia is not as funny as Castle. It has a more serious and dark tone.

Absentia’s action takes place in Boston, but 100% of the shootings took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. There were a dozen or so streets that were a faithful copy of the American. They are standing on them cars and radios on the Boston registrations. As if I had slept all the way and woke up on the set, I would have no problem telling myself that we are in the USA.

Interestingly, there were several alternative approaches to the scene where Patrick had to react more or less emotionally to the message. I do not know, of course, which version we will see on the screen, but both came out cool. As it happens on the set, it did not go without many repetitions, and it was … the cars. Now the actors had the task of driving around the cemetery, placing flowers, and then after receiving the news, quickly get to one of the cars and drive away. The key was the distance between parking the two cars, which was too many times and the vehicle the heroes had to leave, could not do it smoothly without correction. I hope you will be able to see the bloopers from these scenes someday, because Ralph’s nervousness for the fast and smooth departure was hilarious.

Interesting thing. The gravestones that you can see on one of the photographs are made of polystyrene, moreover they were used in many other productions. They come from a magazine that contains only tombstones borrowed to shoot scenes in cemeteries. Not all of them have been checked to make sure each one is fictitious. There is even a special department dealing only with this issue.

I also had the opportunity to see the mysterious hut in which the main character was found and perhaps she was held. According to one of the team’s representatives, the key to solving the puzzle lies in this small cottage. After seeing a few things left by the crew I guess what it is, but I will leave this knowledge to myself not to ruin your fun.

Is it a serial of one season? Stana states that there are opportunities to continue.

“We will see how the audience will accept our production. We leave ourselves a gate to return to our heroes. We did our best work as we could. Now in the hands of the spectators. Also those in Poland.”

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Aug 02, 17

The Wonderful Thing About Living Green: A Conversation With Stana Katic

1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?

I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.

2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?

People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”

We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.

Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.

3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?

EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.

4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?

I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.

5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?

Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.

The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.

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Jun 19, 17

Monte Carlo TV: Sony’s FBI Thriller ‘Absentia’ Marks New Direction for Networks Group

The show, which had its world premiere at the festival this weekend, marks the first series for the international networks group.

When Sony Pictures Television Networks world premiered Absentia at the Monte Carlo Television Festival over the weekend, it wasn’t just the first episode of the FBI thriller — it was the first show developed by the group that operates branded channels around the world.

“This is the first time that we fully developed, fully funded and produced a venture,” said SPTN executive vp production Marie Jacobson.

It’s a new strategy for the multichannel networks group, which has been airing American procedurals and dramas on its international networks, including Sony Networks and AXN, for two decades.

“Frankly, for us to go and commission our own original content, we really do have to look at new and different ways to make that happen. Absentia is the embodiment of that strategy,” said Jacobson.

The show — part thriller and part procedural with a touch of Nordic noir — stars Stana Katic (Castle) as an FBI agent who returns six years after being kidnapped. The show is set to air on the networks group’s AXN channel around the world and Showcase in Canada, and is seeking a U.S. home after debuting to buyers at L.A. Screenings.

“We’ve been able to create a show that is produced in a nontraditional manner and that speaks to our flexibility as a studio, our global focus and our ability to be collaborative and smart in terms of the way in which we can leverage the power of the networks group and the power of the distribution group,” said Sony Pictures Television president distribution Keith LeGoy.

The studio took an international approach to the series, casting actors from as far away as Uruguay and Mexico. Absentia is produced by Israel’s Masha TV, the team behind Homeland’s Israeli original, and directed by Oded Ruskin (False Flag). It was shot on an indie film schedule over 62 days in Bulgaria (standing in for Boston), a set that Katic says was the most collaborative she’s ever worked on.

“It came down to the style of set that Sony set up; they set up a real collaborative system,” said the actress. “I feel like this branch of Sony was open to collaboration in a new way because they are new at developing content.”

The character was a physical challenge for Katic, who spends several scenes beat up and bloodied, and she also performed most of her own stunts in one of Bulgaria’s coldest winters in years.

“The country added value to the story because we had locations that were unusual. They felt like Boston but not entirely, and there is this tone to the country that added to the color and feel of the story, to the thriller and suspense element of it. The untouched natural space that we could get in Bulgaria really created a kind of edginess,” she added.

As for the demise of the procedural, LeGoy pronounces any diagnosis too soon. “Traditional broadcasters have been telling us that they need those kind of incredibly powerful procedurals that have worked for decades,” he said. “Procedural dramas will always have an incredibly important place for broadcasters on their schedules and in their investment strategies.”

For SPTN, it is doubling down on the new strategy — it already has a second show starring a well-known American actor in the works.

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Jun 08, 17

Impressions from the Absentia trailer

This morning, we got a little bit of an unexpected surprise while covering the upfront for Corus up in Canada: An Absentia trailer.

Before we dive into it, here are a few things to note: Alas, we don’t have any video to share. If we were to share it, we would probably disappear in a way similar to Stana Katic’s Emily Byrne. We’re also going to be hesitant to get into too many details at this time. That’ll come, guys! Have no fear.

The big impression that we want to give is that the first real footage we saw of the series was wonderfully atmospheric, haunting, and powerful. The entire premise of the show was laid out: Emily was gone for an extended period of time, and in that time the life for her husband Nick Durand was changed. You get a sense of his old life, and how he learns that Emily is still alive. Many of the images that you’ve seen in promotional art for the show to date will come into play in some shape or form. The same goes for some of the quotes that you may have heard to date. Everyone who’s been behind the promotional campaign for the show to date has been very intelligent and deliberate with what they’ve chosen to say.

It’s hard to judge an entire series based solely on a clip, one that we weren’t exactly able to watch too many times consecutively. What we can say, though, is that Absentia looks like it will be a really entertaining, addicting drama. Obviously if you loved Katic on Castle, you’re going to love her here and then some since she’ll be at the forefront for so much of the material. Beyond that, this show should appeal to those of you who love tales of identity where the mystery lasts a little bit longer than a single episode. It was a very solid trailer — obviously, it got the basic idea of the show out there for those who may not have heard about it previously, but it also made it clear that this is going to be a layered drama with some great characters and many reasons for Katic to attract new fans. It’s also pretty stunning visually, as well.

Eventually, we do think an official trailer will be released publicly, but it may be somewhat different than what we saw (which was mostly for the sake of showing Canadian advertisers). Absentia will air on Showcase in Canada this fall.

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