As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. Most women wouldn’t relish landing roles with names like “Creepy Woman,'” “Crack Whore Girlfriend,” and “Succubus,” but South African actress Maria Olsen welcomes the chance to scare the bejesus out of millions of moviegoers. Her wordless role as a member of a terrifying witch coven at the end of Paranormal Activity 3 certainly left an impression. So how do you tell a witch? Olsen shares her secrets below. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.
As told by: Maria Olsen
When I was starting off in film, I would watch the footage of the stuff that I shot. I realized I’m really intense on screen. It’s not something I set out to do specifically. It’s just how I come across. Not everyone can do those very intense and scary roles. When I went to the audition, I didn’t even know that I was going in for Paranormal Activity 3. It went out under a code name [Sports Camp], and everything was very hush-hush. READ FULL STORY