As an actor, Margarita "Mars" Zhitnikova is a blend of passion, style, and discipline. Mars is known for their body of work in the NY indie film world and from film festivals around the country. They play dynamic and believable characters, breaking societal norms and creating representation along the way.
Born in Stalingrad and fluent in Russian, Mars came to America with their family as Jewish refugees when they were six, settling in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. It was hard for Mars to get used to a new country, a new language, and a new culture. They found comfort and acceptance while taking an acting class. It wasn’t long before a safe place became a second home.
Mars' acting credits include Jeanine on Apple TV's Presumed Innocent, Katjia Polski on NBC's New Amsterdam, leading roles in the short films Appetite, Jones, 2 Weeks, and the feature Triple Threat from Besties Make Movies, Mars’ production company.
Currently, Mars is working on the audio comedy The Register, and Zasha, an award-winning short horror film about veganism and cannibalism. Zasha is being developed into feature-length format, with Mars attached as the lead and was a finalist in Sundance's Development Lab. They are filming the role of Wanda, a porn dominatrix with a big heart, in Deathless.