Stunt Performer Spotlight: Anna Maria Kovats

Featured Interview With Stunt Predator, Anna Maria Kovats.

Tell about yourself and story!

My name is Anna Maria, and everyone calls me Anna for short.  I'm 33 years old soon to be 34 on February 22nd.

I have one daughter who is 14 years old named Jasmine, who's my entire world.

I'm the type of person that's hard working, willing to learn, very laid back, adventurous, ambitious, and team oriented.

What inspired you to become a stunt person?

I remember watching the 2007 movie DEATH PROOF, directed by Quentin Tarantino and believe he used Zoe Bell (an actual stunt performer) to play herself in the film.

I didn't know that she was a real stunt performer, but after seeing her performance I knew I wanted to do exactly like her.

That's when I wanted to become a stunt performer

What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it?

My greatest skill as a stunt performer would be fighting techniques such as flips and such.

I didn't know my body was capable of doing anything like that especially the age where I'm at.

What is the best part about being a stunt performer?

The best part is the people.

They're so uplifting, and willing to help you whenever you feel like the "new kid" and welcome you with open arms, and give you the best advice.

Tell your all-time personal favorite stunt story!

It was the summer of 2019 (I was in another stunt team at the time, before joining Stunt Predator), and I was playing a "Black Widow" type of role, and I remember that we had to do so many kicks, flips, twists and such.

I think I even hit my big toe on the mat, but not knowing that I was bleeding.  They had to yell CUT, stating that someone is bleeding.  We started looking, and someone cried out "ANNA IT'S YOU!"

I was confused at first, then I looked down and saw I was bleeding real bad.  Nothing broken, but they were afraid that I wasn't able to continue to film the fight scene.

I said "LET'S GET THIS CLEANED UP, AND LET'S KEEP GOING!"  And so we did!  I honestly didn't feel a thing, and took it like a champ.  The film was never completed, but I was grateful for the months of training for a 2 minute fight scene. I recently started training with Mr. Fike in August 2020, and I'm learning a lot from him!

I couldn't be grateful and blessed to be a part of such an extraordinary and hardworking team!

What advice would you give other stunt people?

Don't overthink, and have some fun!

And if you're unsure about something, always ask for help or advice.

Anything else you would like to tell the community about?

I love stunt performances because there's a lot of techniques that I love doing, and I'm sore for days, but it's the best. I couldn't get tired of it.

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