Maeve Jinkings was born in Brasilia (DF, Brazil). In 2000, she received her BA in Social Communication from the Universidade da Amazônia. In 2001, Maeve joined Antunes Filho’s Center of Theater Research, and later, in 2008, graduated from the University of São Paulo’s School of Dramatic Arts. Maeve made her debut as supporting actress in cinema, appearing in Carlos Reichembach’s Fake Blonde (Falsa Loura, 2008). As Maeve transitioned to cinema, her devotion to the theater remained firm, developing tools essential to the craft of acting.
Filmed in Recife, in 2010, Maeve took a lead role in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor). This would be her first appearance in a series of films located in Recife, one of the leading centers of Brazilian independent cinema. Neighbouring Sounds premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012), and played in over 90 festivals worldwide. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott considered Neighbouring Sounds one of the 10 Best Films of the Year. Likewise, the magazine Film Comment deemed Neighbouring Sounds one of the 20 Best Films of the Year. Neighbouring Sounds was also selected to represent Brazil at the Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Film. For her performance in this movie, Maeve was nominated for Best Actress in the most prestigious Brazilian film festivals.
Maeve also starred in Renata Pinheiro’s Love Plastic and Noise (Amor Plástico e Barulho, 2012) as Jaqueline Carvalho, a decadent singer of brega music. For this movie, Maeve won several awards for Best Actress.
In 2015, Maeve starred as Blondie, a truck driver for rodeos in Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull – also director of August Winds (Ventos de Agosto, 2014). The film made its world premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where it secured the Horizons (Orizzonti) Special Jury Prize. In Canada, Neon Bull screened in the platform section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and took an honorable mention from the jury. The film garnered other noteworthy awards such as the main prize of the International Competition (the Warsaw Grand Prix) at the 31st Warsaw International Film Festival, the Special Jury at the Havana Film Festival, Best Director at the International Film Festival of Marrakesh, and four awards at The Festival do Rio de Janeiro, among them, Best Film. Neon Bull also premiered in cinemas throughout the United States receiving outstanding press reviews.
In the same year, Maeve would return to collaborate with director Renata Pinheiro, this time with the lead role in the feature film Sugar (Açucar; slated for release in 2016). Also in 2015, Maeve plays the supporting role to Sonia Braga in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s second feature-length film Aquarius. The film was chosen to make its world premier and compete in the Official Selection at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Maeve also served as acting coach for Tião and Nara Normande’s short film Heartless (2014), which debuted at Cannes and was granted the Illy Award for Best Short Film at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight. Around the same time, Maeve served as acting coach for Claudio Assis’s feature film Big Jato (2015), director of Mango Yellow, Bog of Beasts, and Rat Fever.
Maeve’s debut in Brazilian television occurs in 2015 when she plays the role of Domingas in TV Globo’s daily series A Regra do Jogo, written by João Emanuel Carneiro and directed by Amora Mautner. Her character’s dramatic role moved the nation and became a tremendous hit, enabling the actress to dialogue with broader audiences.