David Fincher's Repetition to Achieve a Perfect Scene with Actress Monika Gossmann
Play • 22 min

Not everyone is willing to do the same shot 80 times. But when the director is David Fincher, you know he does it to make the end result unique. Monika Gossmann is a Kazakh actress, known for Iron Sky, Maximum Impact, and Mank, David Fincher's latest film. After high school she trained for three years as a singer, dancer, and musical performer at the Hamburg School of Contemporary Dance. In 2007, she graduated from the famous Moscow Stanislavsky Art Theater School. She is a member of the Moscow Theater CDR, where she had successful appearances before moving to Los Angeles to train in the Meisner method of acting. In 2016, she founded her own theater company, Teamonfire Productions and wrote several plays. Most recently, she starred in David Fincher's latest film Mank with Gary Oldman, and is currently working on Staircase, an HBO series.

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • Monika's goal since she was young to have a voice in the arts.
  • How she prepares her characters, and her need to have a few weeks to get into it.
  • The doors that started to open after working with David Fincher.
  • The mix of talent and work that an actor must have.
  • How David Fincher has pushed her limits, because it can take over 60 takes to make a perfect scene.
  • The experience of working with Gary Oldman, one of her favorite actors.
  • How good works of art, be it theater, movies, or literature, continue to live because they stand for something.


To learn more about Monika visit her website, and follow her on Instagram.

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