Last Christmas episode 205 of Homicide for the Holidays, Season 2, aired in which I played Julie Cordano. I shot this role on August 9th, 2017. Homicide for the Holidays is produced by Jarrett Creative, NYC and aired on Oxygen Channel.
“For most, the winter holidays mean bringing family and friends together to eat, drink, and create joyous memories to last a lifetime; but, for others, it’s a time where emotions run high, anger and animosity set in and can spark an explosive combination of simmering resentments and volatile secrets. Sometimes, this emotional powder keg makes for some truly horrific holiday crime stories that viewers are sure to never forget.”
Last week I filmed in The Hamptons. I have learned a lot in these couple of days. Not only about film making, but most importantly about myself, as an actress and a human being, about my abilities to cope with instant schedule changes, with sudden quick excitements and disappointments, with long travels back and forth, with suppressing a cold the best you can in order to do your work.
I got to spend time on set with truly nice people. I am so happy to be a member of SAG-AFTRA and that I got to work on this film.
To all the amazing people in my professional and personal life who are supporting me in the good and in the not-so-good times: THANK YOU! #keepsmiling #closeup #oncamera #actresslife #livingthedream #thisiswhaticameherefor #ilovenewyork
I am very excited to announce that I will be playing the role of the wife Charlotte in Liz Amberly ‘s new full-length play “EMBERS”. We are doing two concert-style readings at the WorkShop Theater Company next Thursday January 18th and Saturday January 20th at 7pm. Thomas Coté is directing. Reserve your tickets here now. They’re free. Thanks Thomas and Liz for this wonderful opportunity!
A house fire. A couple on the brink. A man fights for his marriage as his wife fights for her life. Together, they must navigate the unexpected and discover what comes next. In this drama, realism combines with fantasy and things are not always what they seem.
All performances begin at 7pm in the Jewel Box
Cecily Benjamin Hughes*
This morning I received an early call from the studio of Amsterdam FM Radio for a live interview about my life as an actress in New York. If you understand Dutch, you can listen the interview back here on www.amsterdamfm.nl !
Thank you Amsterdam FM Radio, and presenter Anneminke van der Velden, for a wonderful conversation!
Here are some of the results of our shoot last December. As always it is great working with Metin Oner. Please take a look at his website: http://www.metinoner.com. Metin creates a comfortable environment not only in his studio, but on every location we shoot. He is very open to experimenting and improvising on the spot and he gives me great direction during our shoot. He is easy to work with and makes me feel safe in front of the camera. Thank you, Metin, for yet another wonderful photo shoot experience and great results.
The Dutch Newspaper BN DeStem also posted a version of the interview online that includes the trailer of the Dutch film “Vleugels” and my European showreel. Thank you BN DeStem Roosendaal! For the online version CLICK HERE.
English translation of newspaper article:
AMONG THE STARS IN NEW YORK – Written by Iris van den Berg
OUD GASTEL – The yellow taxis, huge skyscrapers and masses of people did not alarm Annemarie Hagenaars from Oud-Gastel when she first visited New York. On the contrary: she has lived there for a year and a half now and is working as an actress. She does not see her Dutch friends very often, but she regularly skypes with her family. Her plan: getting bigger acting jobs. A role in the hit series Homeland is something that she would like. Hagenaars, born and raised in Oud-Gastel, has had two great loves since the age of 11: theater and astronomy. “I used to be a regular at the Observatory in Hoeven,” says the actress. Her choice to attend the Norbertuscollege in Roosendaal was largely due to the observatory on the rooftop of the school. It formed the basis for her studies in Astronomy in Leiden. During her student days, Hagenaars joined a theater company. After graduating, in 2010 she traveled to New York for a month to take a drama course. “I was immediately sold to the city.” Nonetheless, Hagenaars returned to the Netherlands, where she wrote and performed her “one woman” theater show: The Story of The Einstein Girl. Because of the success of her performances in The Netherlands, she decided to continue her career in New York. “Getting an artist visa was not easy. It took about 2,5 years before I got my artist visa. I moved to New York at the beginning of 2016. “Her dream provoked many reactions in her environment. “So many have tried it, why would you succeed?” She often heard. “But this is what I want, what I dream of. I follow my heart.” Hagenaars was invited to join the WorkShop Theater Company. “I was welcomed with open arms.” She quickly became accustomed to the American mentality. “New York’s verb is to achieve“; the city breathes ambition. The sky is literally the limit here. New Yorkers are such friendly, helpful people. There is an atmosphere of positive encouragement here. “The astronomer plays in various series, films and commercials. “Broadcast in America. Nothing is on air in the Netherlands yet. That will come “, she says confidently. “That will be the next step.”
The highly recognized and acclaimed photographer and artist Jill Greenberg made a 7-minute film in which I play one of the lead roles. The film in inspired by the audio of Harvey Weinstein obtained by the NYPD’s sting operation in 2015 with Ambra Gutierrez. She added the character of the Honeypot played by me. My character was a full-time employee of Weinstein’s and remained in the hotel suite for the whole kerfuffle. The film not only lays out visually what it may have felt like as a young woman, to be tricked into this dangerous situation but is also an open-ended exploration of the complicity surrounding Weinstein’s actions. Thank you Jill Greenberg for this opportunity to work together on this important film and for the whole cast & crew for a wonderful time on set!
The film can be seen here: