FINDING GAROFITA - JILL MARIA
Updated: Oct 9
JILL MARIA A RISING ROMANIA- CANADIAN ACTOR OUT OF ALBERTA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA HAS HAD THE RIDE OF HER LIFE THIS YEAR FINDING HER BIRTH FAMILY
While filming for Christine Blanchette's show Run With It/The Closing Act two months ago, Jill Maria found her birth mother, Garofita in Romania, on Facebook. The episode aired nationally on Nous Telus TV Vancouver and can be found on VOD. She’d been looking for her birth family while doing a press tour with her close friend, Jordan Gooden.
She shared the news of her new role with Nika Productions in “The Grey Man”, directed by Berkley Brady and the upcoming, “Sex, Lies and Murder for Crave TV, just days before she’d fly to her home country, Romania. It’s been 29 years since she’s been there, but she believed it was the perfect kind of inspirational story others could appreciate during these crazy times.
Finding new strength from reconnecting with her rather large family, her life has taken quite a turn.
“I just found my Romanian birth family and there are over 200 members! I couldn’t be happier,” shared Jill.
She has never been more busy, preparing for the shooting of her upcoming projects starting in September and continuing throughout the rest of the year.
“I can’t wait for people to see ‘Jann: Season 2’ on CTV by Leah Gauthier and Jann Arden, ‘Jasmine Road’ by Warren Sulatycky, ‘A Teacher’ directed Hannah Fidell, ‘The Grey Man’ by Berkley Brady, ‘Sex Lies and Murder’, Edmonton film ‘Smile’ by Justin Keebs, ‘Moments In Space Time’ by Patty Cowden, and ‘Hot Box’, which is now on Amazon Prime and Apple TV, by Brand Rhiness and Julie-Anne Whelan. I can be seen in all of these projects this year or next!"
Having grown up with an adoptive mother who was “an amazing actress and singer,” and a father who was, “interested in film and music”, and both of which were “reporters, editors and writers,” it’s no wonder why Jill has seamlessly transitioned into this field.
Her own introduction into the film industry came when her friend asked her to be a character in a project entitled, “Go Fish”.
Eventually, she’d continue to do more projects, paid and unpaid, and she began to achieve success. Despite her progress, however, Jill always felt different and like something was missing.
“I am grateful for my career and now I’ve found the piece of me that was missing, my family.”
We will be following up with Jill to see how her trip went and what it was like to reconnect with a family she thought were lost forever.
Check her out on IMDb! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6023361/
Watch her below and learn about everything she's got going on. An interview with Jill Maria Robinson, Jordan Gooden and Janine Naman.