Who is Melina Vostokoff: Rachel Weisz talks about her character in ‘Black Widow’

After many delays due to the covid-19 pandemic, we will finally be able to enjoy the premiere of “Black Widow” starting this July 8, so we spoke with Rachel Weisz in an interview about her role as Iron Maiden.

The Oscar winner, known for portraying Black Widow movie complex women, often combining vulnerability and strength in equal measure will play Melina Vostokoff, who is a rival Russian spy to Black Widow having undergone her training under the shadow of Natasha Romanoff.

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According to the comics, this caused an absolute hatred for her compatriot to grow in her and led her to become an independent murderer and mercenary, so seeing her story on screen and the angle they will give her is something for which already we can not wait.

Melina, my character, is possibly the most literal person I have ever met. She doesn’t understand ironies at all, which is hilarious to me. She is a Widow. She was recruited from a young age and she went through the Red Room four times.

She became a Russian spy and was sent to America with Alexei and two girls, to infiltrate like a typical suburban family. I think Melina was much happier during those years.

I think once she found happiness and love, she didn’t really want to be a spy again, but she had no choice and I think after that her heart hardened: she became tougher and perhaps a little bitter.

She had wanted to work with Cate Shortland for a long time and that she was in charge of the solo Black Widow movie made it a very interesting project.

Cate, as a director, is very instinctive: she listens to everyone and can be very serious, very subtle, very funny, very strong and very kind. It was a great satisfaction working with her, because she is a spectacular leader.

She is interested in reality. Obviously, this is a higher universe where there are people with powers, which is not normal. But she looks for the real of things; the human side. She likes to be truthful and real.

Plus, she was also very excited to be able to collaborate with Florence Pugh and David Harbor as well.

How did you feel when you joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Everyone who works at Marvel Studios has been incredibly caring and generous; it was a real honor working with them. They are ardent story-makers and passionate about the mythology of their universe.
Did you have to train for the fight sequences?

I did a scene where I had to beat up a Red Room soldier pretty fiercely. But the stunt team insisted that I enjoy it, so it was more like a choreographed dance.

James Young, the fight coordinator, showed me the footage and made it very entertaining. Even when I had to do something incredibly violent and aggressive, he would tell me, “Enjoy it,” and I think it was a good way to do it.