Quoting Maika

“In the Dominican Republic, my mom and I lived in this little tiny town called Cabarete, which is very poor.”

“Horror movies can be – I don’t wanna say not real, but so over-the-top: you can get scared ‘cos things are loud and in-your-face, but these are real emotions that I’m using.”

“I’d love, love, love to do a comedy. I can’t imagine being on set and being happy and cheerful. That seems so foreign.”

“My goal is to continue to act and still be a professional kiteboarder.”

“I have a weird thing with knives. I don’t like knives very much. Like when my parents are cooking in the kitchen and using knives to chop vegetables, I can’t be in the same room. For whatever reason, knives just terrify me.”

“With kiting, you have to land a trick, and in that instant you know whether you won or lost – I knew I could become the best in the world if I trained. But with acting, there are different variations; there’s not a right or wrong way. It’s so hard because it’s so out of your hands. I have no idea what’s going to happen!”

“I grew up really loving old-school horror such as ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Birds.'”

“Knowing that anything can happen at any time, I made sure the people that I love know that.”

“Stick up for what you believe in and never, ever feel that you can’t say something or speak your mind. I think that would be the best advice. Be strong. Be confident. That’s really all you need.”

“I started kite boarding when I was 13. My dad was a kite boarder, and I begged him to teach me until he finally agreed. He made me wait because it can be dangerous.”

“I’m working on a movie called ‘Labor Day’ with Kate Winslet while still balancing kite boarding. Being an actress and an athlete is a challenge, but I’m excited to see what happens.”

“I’ve seen so many scripts, and I want to do everything. Like with kiteboarding, you have to be fearless. I’m not scared.”

“Acting is such a crazy industry, but kite boarding keeps me grounded.”

“When I was living in the Dominican Republic, the local kids became a part of my family.”

“‘The Shining’ scares me so much.”

“I don’t look at myself as a Scream Queen, and I don’t plan on continuing on this genre route. If anything, I want to go very different places.”

“I love James Brown, and as a baby, I was always dancing to James Brown.”

“My dad took me to see James Brown live, and that’s so cool, cause I don’t think many people my age can say they saw James Brown. I’m pretty proud of that. That’s the thing about me that no one really knows. I had to have been 6 or 7, but I remember it vividly.”

“I grew up with horror. My dad loves movies, and he passed a lot of them on to me. There’s something so fun about them.”

“‘The Shining,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Halloween.’ Those are the greats.”

“To be honest, you don’t get the full picture when you read a script.”

“I enjoy roles that are quite physical.”

“When you watch a film, a huge part of it is the music and the coloring and everything that comes together to create such a unique film. So, reading the script, I had no idea what it was gonna be.”

“If I met Jack Nicholson, I would probably get a little flustered. Not going to lie. I’ve watched his movies since I was so young. Such a fan.”

“I love horror movies. It’s so fun being absolutely terrified. It’s damn hard to shoot, though. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to make a horror movie as an actor. Physically and mentally, phew.”

“SOLOSHOT is such a brilliant idea and an athlete’s dream. It has given me the ability to film myself training without anyone’s help – it’s perfect because I can go to the beach, set up my SOLOSHOT, and not have to rely on anyone to stand there and film me from the beach for hours.”

“I’d really love to work with Quentin Tarantino. There’s so many people that I’d love to work with, but there’s something about Quentin, and one of my all-time favorite films is ‘Kill Bill.’ Something along those lines would be such a blast.”

“It fell into my lap. I grew up doing dance classes. And one day, a film production company contacted my dance school looking for background dancers. I wasn’t looking for it. It just happened. And I found myself on set. And that was that.”

“”It’s really cool to be able to do both. I get a chance to be in this film with these amazing actors, the coolest people ever, and I try to kiteboard as much in my free time as I can.””

“I grew up watching horror movies with my dad. For as long as I can remember. I grew up loving being terrified. ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ at sleepovers. Hiding behind my fingers.”

“I fell in love with the whole process of making a movie. I loved the sets. I loved watching the actors and the crew.”

“When I’m filming, it’s in the contract – ‘No kiteboarding’ – ha ha.”

“I have my own past and my own personality. I’m going to relate to the material in a completely different way than somebody else might.”

“Before acting took off, I was a professional kiteboarder training for the world circuit; with a sporting activity, you have to be determined, and it taught me to have a thick skin, which came in use after going to so many auditions and being told ‘no.'”

“I’ve cracked my head open before; I’ve had some great injuries. So I have to do it on the side now. I cracked my head open kiting before a competition in New Caledonia. The water was shallow, and I missed a trick and hit my head on a rock.”

“I guess becoming an adult and learning how to survive on your own is exciting.”

“I remember reading ‘The Guest’ and thinking, ‘This is going to be something!'”

“I have to say, working with Dan Stevens in ‘The Guest’ and seeing his transformation was incredible. Also Kate Winslet. Off set, she’s loud and sweary, but when she walks on set, she has this calmness and is so centred.”

“My dad showed me loads of films when I was young, but I never thought I would be in movies. That didn’t seem like a real job to me.”

“I think it’s really good to get the adrenaline pumping.”

“Do stuff that scares you on a regular basis. I think it’s good for the body and for the mind.”

“I think it’s good to conquer the fears.”

“I have a rule now that I can only watch a movie twice. By the third time I was watching ‘The Guest,’ I was hating everything about it, but the first time, I loved it. The first time you watch it, you watch it as a whole. And the second time, I think you can learn a lot. By the third time, you are just picking everything apart.”

“I’ve never experienced complete terror, knock on wood, or running for my life or any of that.”

“Signing up for ‘It Follows,’ I didn’t have any idea it was going to turn out the way it did, but seeing it, the music and the feel of it definitely was pretty amazing, getting that kind of throwback feel to classic horror movies.”

“To this day, I haven’t seen ‘Jaws.’ Because I was always in the ocean, when I was a kid, my mom said, ‘See the movies that you want to, but I’m telling you, do not ever see Jaws.'”

“At about 17, I decided I wanted to take kiteboarding seriously and compete, so my agents were like, ‘Just keep sending in a few audition tapes anyway, just for good stuff.'”

“I grew up such a horror fan, it’s kinda cool being named ‘Scream Queen.’ I like that.”

“There are a lot of times where, filming ‘It Follows,’ I’m fighting against a guy dressed in a green suit for special effects, and I’m just like, ‘No. There’s no way this is going to be pulled off.'”

“My dad taught me to kiteboard when I was 13, and around the same time, I happened to just fall into being an extra on a set and fell in love with acting and making movies.”

“Cape Town, South Africa, was pretty incredible. That’s probably the coolest place I have ever been, and the kiteboarding is insane there. It’s so windy, so you can get massive air.”

“I’m lucky because I remember my dad showing me ‘Independence Day,’ and I loved it.”

“I think ‘The Shining’ is one of the first horror movies I remember seeing.”

“There is something so fun about scaring yourself.”

“All my Dominican friends live in an area called Los Venaga. Their houses are shacks. They’d invite us over to dinner, and we’d sit in plastic chairs on the dirt inside a house.”

“It would be incredible to work with Stanley Kubrick and go back in time.”

“What I love about my job is challenging myself and finding weird, different roles.”

“I’m a huge fan of the first ‘Independence Day.’ It is amazing. When it came out in 1995, just how explosive and big it was… I loved it.”

“If you’ve got people around you that are like, ‘Oh, you’re so good,’ this and that, it becomes unhealthy. My friends are like, ‘You look like a doofus.’ I’m like, ‘Thank you. Thank you for that.’ It keeps me grounded.”

“I went from living in the Dominican Republic – every day, my mom and I would cook, or we’d go hang out with the kids – to flying a private jet to Chicago with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. People had champagne, and they were going to these amazing restaurants. It was a culture shock. It’s important, I think, to have that. To see both sides.”

“Cheerleader roles are really not my thing. I want things that are weird or not typical.”

“You go to see movies to feel something, and being terrified – there’s something so fun about that.”

“I think a superhero would be awesome to play.”

“I’d never thought of horror as being so challenging, but it is.”

“There are definitely scripts I start reading, where it doesn’t interest me. Maybe it’ll be a good movie, but the character doesn’t intrigue me.”

“A lot of times, I’ll get roles where it’s the dumb blonde or the cheerleader, and I just have no interest – and it can be a great movie, it really can – or the mean girl; those things don’t intrigue me much.”

“It’s awesome when people respond to your movie and love it.”

“There’s a lot of garbage, and then there are those ones that just stand out so incredibly. You fight for those roles; you do everything in your power to get it.”

“I like challenges. I think that’s important.”

“For me, it’s first about the characters. I look for a character who is intriguing and challenging and different from what I’ve done before.”

“They have so many great horror movies made in the ’80s. I mean, the old-school horror is so good.”

“It goes without saying that it’s important to vote.”

“There’s some freedom that you get with indie films that you don’t get with the big-budget ones. There’s just a different style. I hope I can switch back and forth for the rest of my career, but I’ve kind of grown up on indies, and there’s nothing better than working with these directors so closely and and being such a huge part of the process.”

“I think, specifically with the horror genre, you have to make it very believable because it can come across ridiculous.”

“I would really love to play a superhero. That is definitely up there on my list. Captain Marvel especially. That would be so cool.”

“For me, I grew up doing kiteboarding where no girls are doing it, and you had to prove yourself. You just had to know that you could do it, too. It’s the mentality you had to have to make it. I work hard like anyone else.”

“Surprisingly, I am great at kiteboarding, but I’m not great at surfing.”

“You learn so much on set; I don’t know if you learn as much anywhere else as you do when you’re on set, working.”

“I grew up in the indie world, and that’s what I’m used to, but there’s something really incredible about having money behind a film and having the time to do as many takes as you want.”

“With a project like ‘The 5th Wave,’ you do something you would never do in your normal life; I would never have had S.W.A.T. training or boot camp, and there’s something really cool about learning stuff like that that’s really fun about our job.”

“You can learn more from a person just from their observations and how they see the world. More so than just talking.”

“I wasn’t thinking that I was two horrors back to back; I was thinking these were characters that I want to play.”

“When you look at the roles I’ve done and the roles coming up, they’re all strong. I guess I’m more drawn to that than that kind of submissive role females can be categorised as.”

“There’s a lot of comedy in ‘The Guest,’ so it was a bit more fun in a sense – it wasn’t so heavy like ‘It Follows.'”

“I’m an only child, and we’re a close family.”

“I used to be a professional kiteboarder. People were like, ‘Oh, my God, are you scared of sharks? Are you scared of injuries?’ You can’t be scared. If you’re scared, then you can’t do it. You can’t train to be the best.”

“My grandma passed away from cancer, and actually, when I was 18, I had an experience with melanoma – it’s in the family. I had that experience where everything comes into perspective. It’s the weirdest thing, ’cause you’re like, ‘It will never happen to me,’ and when it does, it’s like, ‘OK, wow.'”