Hannah Marks is now starring in the BBC comedy Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

By Jodi Guglielmi
November 02, 2016 12:00 PM
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Hannah Marks is knocking on Hollywood’s door.

After landing reoccurring guest roles on shows like Weeds, Awkward. and The Real O’Neals, the 23-year-old is now starring in the BBC America comedy Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Here are five things to know about TV’s next breakout star, in her own words.

1. Acting runs in the family.
My mom was an actress. She understands everything I go through and she’s been there with me through all of the rejects and all of the bad parts of the industry. She’s there for moral support — and she helps me memorize everything! It’s pretty cool having a partner in crime that also happen to be my mom.

2. She doesn’t live the life of most of her characters.
My parents actually originally said no to me doing Weeds because my character had gonorrhea and was having threesomes. I was only 15 years old. But my parents have always trusted me. They’ve never really worried about me being a party girl or anything. Ironically, that’s usually what I play. I usually play drug addicts of some sort, totally the opposite of me in real life.

3. She loves to write.
I write a lot. Usually, when I’m not acting, I’m writing. I do that pretty much like a full-time job. I try and treat art like a full-time job because I’m so lucky to get to do this, but I don’t want to take it for granted. If I’m not acting that day, I’ll be writing that day. I write a lot of short stories and essays and just stuff from my own experience.

4. She’s become close with costar Elijah Wood.
Almost all of my scenes in the first season of Dirk Gently’s are with Elijah, so we spent a lot of time together. When I first got to Vancouver to film, we met pretty much immediately and we watched Game of Thrones. We went to dinner, we did an Escape Room, we did all the fun Vancouver things together. Then throughout shooting we kept hanging out. He’s just so nice. He’s the nicest guy in the whole business. He really treated me like a younger sister, really protective and sweet with me. He’s a fantastic actor to work with.

5. She’s excited to continue expanding her career.
I like that as I’m getting older I can be pickier. When I was younger I took any job that came to me because I thought a job was a job. Now I’m getting older and I just want to work on things that I want to work on and things that speak to me. It’s such a luxury to be able to do art as your job.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency airs Saturdays (9 p.m. ET) on BBC America.