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It's a simple matter... sacrifice the lives of 100 children. I slew my own child to attain the prize of eternal life!
~ Actrise's unsettling notions of the value of life.
How pitiful! I love no one in this world, other than myself!
~ Actrise, expressing her extreme egomania.

Actrise is a major villainess in Castlevania 64 and its remake, Legacy of Darkness. She is a highly powerful vampire witch, and a high-ranking follower of Count Dracula, who played a big role in his returns in 1844 and 1852. Her name is similar to the word "actrice", which is French for "actress".

About Actrise

Actrise used to be a famous stage actress, who wished to remain beautiful forever. To that end, she learnt Dark Magic and ended up sacrificing her own daughter, along with 99 other children. This unspeakable and iniquitous crime turned her into a vampire, but she welcomed it as the eternal youth she craved. She eventually became a Mistress Witch and a follower of Dracula, providing him with the souls of her many children victims, encased within magical crystals. There, she took the vampire Gilles de Rais as her personal accomplice of sort.

Actrise is arguably the most repulsive villain of the entire series; collected and falsely polite, but devious, sly, vicious, manipulative, uncaring, horribly cruel, and gleefully sadistic, she enjoys tormenting her victims to no end and dismisses her countless gruesome murders of children as trivial matter. She is extremely vain, arrogant, and egomaniacal, valuing her beauty more than the life of her very daughter. She also despises her nemesis's empathy and seems envious of her greater power.

Legacy of Darkness

Actrise's artwork

Official artwork of Actrise

In 1844, right before the event of the game Legacy of Darkness, Actrise, Gilles de Rais and Dracula's right-hand man Death performed a ritual to resurrect the King of the Night. (Though, whether this is really Dracula remains a matter of debate among fans.) Then, they recruited the rogue beast-man Ortega, who brought them Ada, the adoptive sister of his former friend Cornell, so that they could use her as a sacrifice to fully resurrect the Count. Actrise and Gilles de Rais also turned a nobleman named Master Oldrey into a vampire, and made him the lord of the Mansion within the Castlevania.

When Cornell storms the Castle to rescue his sister, he reaches a crypt in the mansion's garden, where Gilles de Rais attempts to stop him, but to no avail. Just as Gilles collapses, Actrise appears to take him away, commending Cornell for this victory.

When Dracula (?) is defeated, he captures Cornell's werewolf power and sends it to his three followers before disappearing; who promptly sacrifice it, ensuring Dracula's return eight years later and leading to Henry Oldrey's, Reinhardt Schneider's and Carrie Fernandez's quest.

Castlevania 64

In 1852, Dracula's three followers send their armies raiding nearby villages and kidnapping many children, looking for the one inside whom Dracula's soul was resurrected. In order to distract the vampire hunters, Gilles de Rais disguises himself as Dracula and serves as a decoy until the real Dracula could rise again.

Actrise takes interest in Carrie Fernandez, descendant of the powerful magic-wielding Belnades Clan, and sets out to make her Dracula's servant. As such, she only appears in Carrie's story, serving as her main nemesis. Actrise first confronts the young magic-wielder at the exit of the Underground Waterway, but fails to persuade her.

Camilla Fernandez

Carrie's unfortunate cousin

Within the Castle Centre, Actrise sets up a battle to the death between Carrie and her cousin Camilla, best known by the fans as the Fernandez Warrior, whom she turned into a vampire before, when she herself attempted to destroy Count Dracula.
  • Camilla Fernandez is not that hard to defeat. She strikes with her staff, releases a cloud of freezing blue smoke and fires three energy balls, but her most common (and bothersome) attack fires three homing energy balls that must be dodged repeatedly until they vanish. Attacking with repeated homing energy balls, while running without stop to escape her own spells is the best way to deal with her.

Actrise makes one last attempt to sway Carrie to Dracula's side, atop the terrace of the Room of Clocks. She, proudly reveals her gruesome backstory, however, Carrie starts pitying the disturbed witch, for never having been able to be a real mother. Enraged, Actrise attacks Carrie, but falls under the Belnades’ magic she coveted so much. A dying, Actrise's beauty fades away, revealing a hideous face that mirrors her own twisted soul.

Boss Battle

Battle against Actrise

Actrise surrounded with crystals.

Actrise is not a boss to be taken lightly, though Carrie can deal with without major trouble if cautious enough. She stands at the centre of the terrace and constantly surrounds herself with a defensive barrier of crystals. Carrie must destroy the crystals to get an opening, and strike before they reappear. She must target the smaller ones, for they get broken by one homing ball while the bigger ones need two or three to break).
Actrise dying

Beauty never lasts...

Actrise will make pointed crystals erupt from the ground right below Carrie's feet, forcing her to move constantly. She can also fire a cluster of crystal shards, two energy balls, a flurry of energy balls falling from above (jump ahead), and a powerful energy beam that will bounce against crystals, to target Carrie whenever she dodges it.
Castlevania Villains

Original Series: Major Villains
Dracula | Chaos | Death | Carmilla | Shaft

Original Series: Secondary
Actrise | Barlowe | Beelzebub | Brauner | Celia Fortner | Dario Bossi | Dmitrii Blinov | Elizabeth Bartley | The Forgotten One | Galamoth | Gilles de Rais | Graham Jones | Isaac | Joachim Armster | Legion | Medusa | Menace | Olrox | Ortega | Stella and Loretta | Succubus | Time Reaper | Walter Bernhard

Lords of Shadows: Major Villains
Dracula (alternate) | Satan | Zobek

Lords of Shadows:Secondary
Carmilla | The Forgotten One (alternate)

Netflix series
Blue Fangs