If you’re a fan of thrillers and #majordrama, then you’ve probably seen Anna Marie Dobbins in her latest Lifetime film, Stalked By My Doctor: Patient’s Revenge. But, even if that’s not your style, Anna Marie is definitely an up-and-coming star to watch out for. Recently we talked with actress, dancer, and philanthropist Anna Marie to get an inside look at her recent movie and her upcoming projects.
Airing on Lifetime throughout the summer season, Anna Marie’s latest movie is a shaking story about a girl named Melissa and her terrifying relationship with a doctor at an Arizona medical school played by Eric Roberts. “It was a blast,” Anna Marie said about filming the movie. “We shot it in 14 days. It was a whirlwind, and getting to work with someone like [Eric] was amazing.”
This film wasn’t Anna Marie’s first attempt to tap into the extreme emotions found in all of our favorite thrillers. She has also played characters in dire situations in other films. Even so, Anna Marie revealed that the hardest part about any thriller is tapping into those emotions and doing her character justice. Like any other movie star, Anna Marie wants to create authentic characters that come to life on screen. The easiest part? Bringing her dance education into the role. There is a dance scene in the film that she actually had to give Eric pointers on!
Speaking of dance, Anna Marie shared with us that it was actually her dance career that got her started on her path to acting. Growing up at her mom’s studio in Alabama, Anna Marie loved to be on stage. Her mom later sparked her interest in other avenues of performance. Now, Anna Marie lives in LA where she has been living out all of our dreams of performing in Vegas shows, music videos, Footloose, and even THE GRAMMYs.
Anna Marie’s journey as an actress isn’t her only focus, though. Since she was young, she has had a passion for helping people. Through her mom’s studio, she worked with Make a Wish to hold charity drives that would fund master classes for terminally ill children and give them access to dance classes that met their needs. Though she’s on the other side of the country, she remains very hands-on with working with and mentoring the kids in her mom’s studio, along with her other philanthropic efforts.
In the future, Anna Marie hopes to start her own foundation, but now she is preparing to use her skills as a dancer to bring dance to kids that might not otherwise. Working with new organizations, Anna Marie will be mentoring kids while also teaching dance at a school for underprivileged kids who haven’t had physical education like dance. Anna Marie loves bringing dance into their lives because many of them find they had talents they didn’t know about, and their work in dance helps them find scholarships to colleges they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Outside of teaching, Anna Marie couldn’t reveal too many details about what her next role will be, but we do know that she loves thrillers and “dramedy” as much as we do, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for everything hilarious and scary with her name on it in the future.