MARGARITA KALACHEVA

Actress - Dancer - Marketing Analyst

Margarita was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to California when she was twelve years old and right away started acting. Her first role was playing Tzeitel in a school production of Fiddler on the Roof. After discovering her passion for acting, Margarita enrolled in drama classes at her school and participated in acting workshops outside of class. She attends acting workshops at DeVore Studios.

Although she started in theatre, Margarita is now working towards a career in film. “I prefer screen acting as opposed to stage acting because of its realism.” She is actively pursuing on-camera work. She’s been in several local commercials and recently  accepted a recurring role in The Alien. Her work can also be seen in So Thankful, a short film to be released in 2016.

 Margarita recognizes that as an actor you’re required to constantly learn new skills in order to accurately portray your character. “You never stop learning—and I think that’s what drew me to acting. I’m an avid learner.” She says that acting challenges her, and there’s always room to improve. “Acting, like any art, demands that you completely submit yourself to your work. To achieve a sincere and honest performance, you have to be vulnerable.”

Margarita is fluent in Russian. She graduated college with a B.A. in Economics and works as a Marketing Analyst. Margarita has been taking ballet classes for almost two years, but her forte is hip-hop freestyle. She plays the ukulele, and is now learning the piano. She knows how to play chess, ride horses and ice skate.

 She is an alumna of the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State. Margarita loves to travel—as an undergrad, she studied abroad in Hatfield and Hertfordshire, England.

Margarita loves watching movies as much as she loves participating in them. She enjoys period dramas and hopes to someday play strong female leads such as Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She adores romance and wouldn’t refuse a role in a heartwarming tearjerker like The Notebook. She appreciates comedy, and says Ferris Bueller’s Day Off always makes her laugh. Additionally, Margarita loves action films; her favorite heroine is Rogue from the X-Men.