A tennis champ and accomplished photographer, Diana Silvers’s it-factor is multifaceted. While her onscreen presence was limited prior to January’s Glass, it’s poised to triple by year’s end thanks to back-to-back appearances in Ma, Booksmart and Eve. “People tell me everything’s going to change and to be careful, but you can’t worry about what might happen or you’d just go insane,” Silvers says. “When the Ma trailer came out, [it made me] super, super anxious. But then I realized that, at the end of the day, you’re still yourself. As long as you’re happy with that person, it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks.”
In Ma, a psychological thriller starring Octavia Spencer in an uncharacteristically malevolent role, Silvers plays Maggie, the new girl in town who’s eager to impress. While trying to swindle beer, she and her underage friends set into motion a series of unfortunate events orchestrated by Spencer’s “Ma.” “I think it’s similar in tone to Get Out, in that you’re going to laugh and you’re going to be uncomfortable,” Silvers says.
Laughs are sure to be had in Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut about two studios friends (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) who ditch books to experience adolescent debauchery while they still can. “It’s kind of like if Superbad and Lady Bird had a baby,” says Silvers. “It’s really funny but it’s also real.
My character is kind of like the Kyle character in Lady Bird [played by Timothée Chalamet], but less aloof and a little meaner.”
While details about the plot of the Jessica Chastain-produced Eve remain vague, the film, also directed by Ma’s Tate Taylor,sees Silvers as an“assassin type” alongside heavy hitters like Chastain, Colin Farrell, Common and John Malkovich. “I was like, oh my God, what?! I get to be in combat with these amazing actors? Cool!”
After losing her family home in Ojai to last year’s Thomas Fire, it’s no surprise Silvers keeps certain things close. “A lot of what I do outside acting is really just for me,” she says. “Photography is very personal to me. God knows how many rolls of film I have that I’ve never shared.” Which goes to show that no matter how closely the limelight follows Silvers (who is also a model, recently closing Stella McCartney for PFW) there will always be more than meets the eye.