Lo­cal ac­tor por­trays Mary, Mother of Je­sus in mini se­ries

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller res­i­dent Shawna Pliva is star­ring as Mary, Mother of Je­sus, in the Daugh­ters of Eve, a mini se­ries that will air, start­ing March 27 on Yes TV.

The six part mini se­ries chron­i­cles the coura­geous and re­mark­able women that lived dur­ing that time.

Pliva spoke with The Mail say­ing “I started do­ing the- atre, very young, when I was six years old and I have acted through­out my life, but I had stopped in my mid twen­ties. It was time to get a real job, which kept my par­ents happy. Then about 5 years ago I started act­ing again, with the Pas­sion Play, along with my kids.”

Pliva ex­plained, “The film­ing of Daugh­ters of Eve was done within a week. I ba­si­cally spent four days cry­ing. When they cast me, there is a young women in Is­rael, who por­trays young Mary, with dis­tinct brown eyes. Mine are dis­tinct green and I had to wear con­tacts. I can’t get con­tacts into my eyes on a good day, never mind when they are swollen shut from cry­ing. I had to go to my op­tometrist’s of­fice ev­ery morn­ing at 7:30, ask­ing them to put my con­tacts in. I was able to get them out at night.”

When asked, how easy is it to cry, Shawna re­sponded, “It wasn’t that hard, I have a per­son­al­ity that is very em­pa­thetic. I could pic­ture my own kids and what it would feel like, some­one you give birth to, and for them to be in pain. I was think­ing that, this is some­one’s son. Just walk­ing in Mary’s shoes was enough to make me cry.”

“I worked with Colin Mulligan, an ac­tor from Los An­ge­les. He por­trayed Je­sus and it was re­ally easy for me to work along side him. It was very neat, and very hum­bling.” said Pliva.

Ac­cord­ing to Pas­sion Play Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Vance Neu­dorf, “TriCord Me­dia Group and Chelsea Road Pro­duc­tions, orig­i­nally started film­ing the mini se­ries, on lo­ca­tion in Is­rael. TriCord had heard about the Pas­sion Play and once they ar­rived and toured the site, they re­al­ized that the whole thing could have been filmed here.”

TriCord used over 100 mem­bers from the Pas­sion Play cast and were able to com­plete all their film­ing within a week.

Drumheller mother Shawna Pliva por­trays Mary, Mother of Je­sus, in the mini se­ries Daugh­ters of Eve, air­ing March 27 on YesTV.

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