From Russia With Love: Oliviia Tcargush Talks Acting in Hollywood

Seasoned Russian actress Oliviia Tcargush chatted to About Insider on transitioning from the Silver Screen in Moscow to the bright lights of Hollywood.

HELLO OLIVIIA TCARGUSH, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO SPEAK WITH US TODAY. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE. YOU STARTED YOUR CAREER AND QUICKLY ROSE TO FAME AS A CHILD ACTOR IN RUSSIA. WHAT GOT YOU INTO ACTING AND MADE YOU REALIZE THAT IT WAS YOUR CHOSEN PATH?
What drew me into acting and solidified it as my chosen path was an experience at the age of 12. I was part of a theatre company, performing in the “Yeralash” Christmas Concert on one of Moscow’s most famous and historic stages for an audience of 1000 people. We repeated this performance for two weeks over two years.
During that time, I felt a unique energy both from the audience and within myself. It was a realization of the profound exchange of energy between people who may not know each other, brought together by the art of acting. Trying new things and facing fears became exciting. I learned early on that everyone feels scared at first, but facing fears makes life more vibrant.
That moment standing on stage, bathed in the reciprocated love of the audience, was a turning point for me. It illuminated the rightness of pursuing acting as my chosen path, a decision I’ve embraced wholeheartedly ever since.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EARLY ACTING EXPERIENCES?
As a child my journey was quite a whirlwind, diving into various pursuits. At the age of 6, I auditioned for and participated in a well-known Russian kids’ game show called “detskieshalosti” This marked my first TV appearance, introducing me to the exciting world of trivia and celebrity collaboration.
Around the age of 10, I enrolled in a modeling school, leading to opportunities like booking a campaign for a fashion brand shoot. Notably, I became the face of a school uniform brand, featured on magazine covers and banners across Moscow. These experiences underscored my passion for creativity and the joy of sharing.
My parents have played an integral role in my journey. By 11, I joined the esteemed cast of the theatre company of the long-running Russian TV show “Yeralash,” known for its fun sketches with child actors. Working with seasoned industry professionals and acting coaches became a significant aspect of my development.
Simultaneously, I engaged in theatrical performances on Moscow’s renowned historical stages, all while navigating the demands of being on set, filming the TV show alongside Russian celebrities, and striving for academic excellence as a straight-A student. The culmination of these efforts resulted in a prestigious award in 2013 – a golden statue for “Best Actress” at the age of 12.
Further expanding my horizons, I participated in a TV talk show, showcasing my versatility. As a child actress from “Yeralash,” I contributed to famous dance scenes, and this experience led to my role in the movie “I Give You My Word 2,” providing valuable insights into the filmmaking process.
In essence, my childhood was characterized by a diverse array of experiences, emphasizing a dedication to creativity. I look forward to building upon these foundations as I continue my journey.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PROJECTS THAT YOU TYPICALLY PREFER?
I enjoy projects that grab my interest right away. When a script challenges me on how to approach a character, it sparks both nerves and excitement, making it even more interesting. I love analyzing characters because I’m good at breaking down scripts—it’s something I take pride in, keeping me motivated.
I prefer projects that push me and require extra effort. It’s not just about the character; it’s about the thrill of pushing myself and putting in the work to bring the character to life. Challenging roles have that extra something that keeps me focused and satisfied with my work.
To sum it up, I like projects that catch my attention, make me work hard, and give me a sense of accomplishment.

WHICH ACTORS/DIRECTORS WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN FUTURE?
In terms of future collaborations, there are incredibly many actors and directors I hold in high regard! When it comes to directors, my dreams have always circled around the prospect of working with luminaries such as Greta Gerwig, Mike White, and Tim Burton. Their cinematic oeuvres have not only influenced my artistic perspective but have also played a pivotal role in shaping my outlook on life.
The works of Greta Gerwig, known for her authentic storytelling, have been a guiding force in my journey, offering insights into the nuances of human emotion and the complexities of growing up. Mike White, with his unique storytelling approach, has been instrumental in how I perceive the world, emphasizing that it’s perfectly acceptable to experience a myriad of emotions.
Tim Burton, a visionary director, has left an indelible mark on my imagination. His whimsical and fantastical creations have taught me the beauty of embracing the unconventional and finding enchantment in the ordinary.
And there are numerous incredibly talented actors whom I aspire to collaborate with in the future. However, if I were to recount a childhood dream, it has always been to share the screen with the iconic Angelina Jolie. The thought of working alongside her has been a source of inspiration since my early years.
Presently, my utmost gratitude would be reserved for the opportunity to collaborate with the immensely talented Barry Keoghan. His craft and unique approach to roles have caught my attention, and the prospect of working together would be an honor I’d cherish.

IF YOU HAD ONE MESSAGE TO GIVE TO YOUR FANS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I am all about love – giving love, feeling love, and loved, and being love.

ARE YOU ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Yes I am on IMDb @Oliviia Tcargush, Instagram @oliviiatcargush, and Website oliviiatcargush.com