April 9, 2020

Child actor Hannah Marks grew up to write and star in ‘Banana Split.’ Oh, and she directs now, too

Hannah Marks turned 24 while directing her first feature film – though she says she looked even younger than that.

“So definitely, in the first few days, people did not realize I was one of the directors,” Marks, who is now 26, says of “After Everything,” the 2018 release she co-wrote and co-directed with Joey Power.

“Like, there were a few days of people asking me to get them coffee and stuff, and I was like, ‘I can’t; I’m busy. I gotta direct this thing,’” she says from her home in Los Angeles where she’s on pandemic lockdown with her boyfriend and her dogs Fable and Friday.

“Or the van driver would be like, ‘Are you coming back tomorrow, sweetie?’ and I’m like, ‘Yes, I hired you, you know.’

“So that took a little while — to adjust to being OK with having authority — but other than that it really felt so natural, just because I had been on sets since I was 11 years old,” Marks says. “And it wasn’t really as scary as you would think it would be just because it was so, you know, exhilarating and fun.”

This week Marks finally can celebrate the release “Banana Split,” which she not only stars in but also co-wrote with Power. It’s a teen romantic comedy that feels more realistic than most of its genre, heartfelt and humorous in equal measure.

A month ago, she finished shooting her second feature — “Mark, Mary & Some Other People” — which is entirely her baby as its writer, director and producer.

And just over the immediate horizon are a few more swell gigs — directing the film adaptation of John Green‘s “Turtles All The Way Down” and developing an as-of-yet-unnamed comedy about four female friends for The CW.

So yeah, she’s not wasting time in a business at which she’s spent more than half her life now, reaching all the way back to the mid-aughts when a writer for the New York Times Magazine featured her in an article about an apartment complex filled with child actors and their parents in Burbank.

“I always was precocious,” Marks says when reminded that even as a tween she’d told the reporter she’d pester producers on her sets with questions about budgets and other grown-up things. “It’s a little embarrassing even hearing that. I was probably so annoying on every set asking so many questions.

“But I’ve just always been ambitious and wanted to learn, and, you know, wanted as much as I could get out of life.”

‘Banana Split’

Marks was still a teen when she met Power on a location shoot in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2012. He was there to consult on the script. She had a screenplay she’d written based on her own experience in high school and showed it to him.

“It evolved from there, and he really helped me see it from a more outside perspective,” she says. “Because I was still a teenager and living all these feelings, so he really helped me get outside of it, and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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