One correction: this is not a biopic, but a punk fairy tale. We do not strive for authenticity, but rather try to create a unique universe of The King and the Jester. My heroine Anfisa is the first wife and muse of Mikhail Gorshenev. She has already died, and little is known about her, only that she remained in the memory of those who knew her. Playing a real person is a huge responsibility. Any viewer can verify how authentically you showed it. We consulted with Andrei Knyazev (Prince of her), watched archival videos and photos of her with her, read what Gorshok and the producer of the Kukryniksy Panker group wrote about her. And they all differ in descriptions: someone says that she is gentle and modest, someone says that she is wild, rude and vicious, someone calls her an ideal friend, someone calls her a housewife. Anfisa is a hateful, paradoxical figure, and from the beginning I understood that the only way was to show my vision of Anfisa, as it was intuitively given to me, I felt it in my guts.
Anfisa was a muse, an inspirer and a destroyer, Pot’s greatest love, and he was her greatest love. Her story is kind of a Sid and Nancy story. And I had to change myself for the role, because this is a woman from a different warehouse, who embodies my darker side. Anfisa is a fatal temptation.
I believe in the higher powers and that they guide us. When I was auditioning, at some point I had the feeling that I wasn’t the only one in this room, like someone was supporting me (laughs). In the game, an unusual shape appeared for me, which, as I later found out, impressed the director the most.