Your movie Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot - in a few words,
what is the film about, and what can you tell us about your character?
Our movie is full of fun-filled action, itís very kooky, there was
a lot of love put into it, for the very short time we had to make it!!!
Prudence and her friends seek out to capture the perfect picture of
Bigfoot with a lot of silly kooky obstacles in the way, including a lot of
How do you approach a character such as Prudence, and how
much of yourself can we find in your portrayal? And how do you even
prepare for a role that requires you to become the girlfriend of Bigfoot
(always presuming of course that hasn't happened to you in real life)?
love the character Prudence, sheís sweet & caring, sheís good
hearted, she can get along with anyone, and sheís bright. She can also
be innocently manipulative, which is a really great quality!
Absolutely I can relate to this character, it was fun to play Prudence,
and Iím lucky because I carry all those same qualities. So it was
pretty easy to approach playing Prudence, I mean Albina Nahar [Albina
Nahar interview - click here] and I are always
laughing thinking how cool it was that our Director and now dear friend
Bill Burke wrote this story [William Burke interview -
click here], with the two of us in mind, because the craziest
thing is prior to getting together to start this project, Bill had really
only met me once, which led to working one day on his set of Lingerie. And
it was pretty much the same situation with Albina. So, Bill is a very
talented people reader!!! We were very lucky and must mention, so very
flattered that he trusted us with this fun opportunity.
I loved the kooky love sided idea of being in love with Bigfoot! I thought
it was a great part of the story, and in fact a lot of the scenes with
Bigfoot, were some of my favorites! Itís all kooky fun. Iíve always
loved the kind of Beauty and the Beast corny stuff, so to get to play with
that on-camera was so much fun! Even the love scenes were a hoot! Itís
kind of funny because the approach of being in love with Bigfoot was easy,
thereís days where honestly, Iíd rather be in love with an
animalÖ lol. They are all heart!!! And with all due respect to everyone,
there are days that go by where I think to me, what is going on with our
human race!!! Yes, I had no problem being in love with Bigfoot! And I must
mention what a sweetheart Moshe is, and the biggest trooper, playing
Bigfoot bundled in that costume in the sweltering August heat! Man, does my
hat go off to him!
is a firm believer in creatures like Bigfoot
and the Loch Ness Monster and the like (and in the context of the
film is usually right). Your personal take on her cryptozoological
Well everyone has a knack for something right??
Lol! This was a fun side of the story too, I mean, Cryptozoology is more
of a hobby! God love Prudence for wanting so much to graduate in this
subject. Goodness, in reality, if I had more time on my handsÖ maybe I
would be a little interested in Cryptozoology. I think itís interesting.
Itís a fun conversation piece lol. I think itís awesome that there are
people who have devoted a lot of their time studying it! Iíll leave the
cryptozoology answers up to Prudence (-:
How could you relate to Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot's brand of comedy,
and do you consider yourself a humourous person in real life?
never worked with this type of comedy in the past, so actually that was
the most challenging for me. It wasnít until the fourth day, which was
our last day on the shoot, that I started to actually get it, it was just
crazy, trying to film as much as we filmed in only four days! Iím pretty
quick at reading peopleís nature too, though because this was such a
fast project, it took me the whole time to kind of get to know part of
Billís personality, which is that heís extremely funny! Not
overwhelming though, just to the perfect amount. I find that there are the
types of people, who try really hard to be funny, and sometimes it can
just spoil your time around them, if itís too overboard, but with Bill
heís just so naturally funny! And I mean that with so much respect,
because I love it when a man can make me laugh, heís just got that
perfect sense of humor! Sorry, I get carried away sometimes and forget to
actually answer the question!! So basically, about the humor in this film,
now I get itÖ better than I did when we were in the vortex filming it.
Simply because Iíve had more time to get to know Bill. As for me, itís
funny because, Iíve had many people tell me that Iím so funny, of
course, I donít see it. In general though I love a good sense of humor,
and Iím most definitely not a prude in any way, Iím very open-minded,
so I think thatís always a good recipe for humor to fit into!
Daniel Moshe Johnson as Bigfoot, Angie Bates and William
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
Bill and I met at my first audition for the show Lingerie, which I ended
up working a day on, and really from there he created Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot,
Iíve been told with me in mind to play Prudence. Do you know how
flattering that is!?! Itís great! I mean I feel very blessed that Bill
gave me the opportunity to have such a good time with this movie.
few words about Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot's director William
Burke [William Burke interview -
click here], and what was your collaboration like?
Burke, the most professional sweet-hearted soul Iíve ever worked with!
Hands down! On a set like this, this type of genre, there is lots of
opportunity to cross boundaries, and thatís just totally not Billís
way of working ever!! Heís amazing, heís caring, heís supportive,
and never once did he ever yell at his actors!! I have so much respect for
that alone, because let me tell you, there is nothing more humiliating
than to be yelled at or singled out when you are naked!! LOL! Heís just
fantastic, I mean there are a lot of experiences Iím sure in this genre,
where people might walk away, and never care to work with their
director/producer ever again. That will never be the case with Bill. Bill
gave me this opportunity, he took a chance with me, and I really canít
thank him enough! He was so great to work with, and I can only hope he
will want to work again with me, now I understand him better, so it can
only hopefully get better and better from here.
far as I know, Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot was shot at an
actual nudist camp - did that at all feel weird, and what can you tell us
about the on-set atmosphere?
Shooting at the nudist camp
was great! The atmosphere was obviously perfect for this movie, which was
a very considerate move on Billís part. I wonít lie, upon Albinaís
and my first arrival, Day 1, we put our sunglasses on right away, it was a
new experience for us, and we were a little thrown off. It only took us
through hair and make-up before we were running around naked too, lol. For
me being naked comes very natural, itís not like I grew up in a naked
house or anything, itís just Iím very comfortable with it. From the
ages 3-8 my parents brought my sister and I to live out west in Alberta
each summer, where they were building a huge log house! During that time
we actually lived in an authentic Tipi, we would run around naked playing
in the mud around the prairies all day long, and washing up in our creeks.
So when it comes to nudity, my subconscious mind helps me be very natural
with it. It just feels very natural to me, I really donít feel weird
about it, unless someone makes me feel weird. This was never the case at
the nudist camp. It was very peaceful. If I had any complaints, the only
thing would be the mosquitos at some points during the night shoot! Not
such a fun time to be naked!! Other than that, it was awesome, in fact we
felt bad when we werenít taking part in the nudity spirit, I mean after
15hr shoots, we felt like getting cozy and getting some pajamas on, so at
those times we did feel bad, because, some people would make joking
comments like, ladies lose the clothes, because itís a nudist camp!
Thatís their thing, they arenít there to watch a whole film crew walk
around in their clothes. So really, at times we were like crap! We are in
our clothes!! I found a lot of good humor in the whole experience too!!
The funniest was in the mornings waking up, opening our door to the pool
boy vacuuming in the raw with just his hat on!! Lol! Maybe at any other
time of day I would find that sexyÖ but definitely not before morning
coffee!! Nudist camp was great!!
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot, you do get naked
quite a few times, and I presume you have gotten naked on camera before.
So, has on-camera nudity ever bothered you, and can you still remember
your first nude shoot?
Nudity on-camera doesnít bother me
as long as everything is done professionally! Which, in this case it was.
My very first nudity gig was on a film called Itís a Boy Girl Thing. I
was actually a butt doubleÖ which was funny because my audition was
strictly just to see what kind of bottom I had, and if it could I guess
suit the actress. It was actually a lot of fun! And the scene was a lot of
fun, itís not as weird as it soundsÖ LOL. I was just thrilled that I
was making, or I should say that my butt was making me such good money!!!
Then, actually they asked me back to be part of an all-girls nude locker
room scene, where all we had to do is shower. Was great!! After those
experiences, I was very comfortable with nudity on-camera. I think itís
important if you want to work on screen to be comfortable to a certain
extent with your body, nude. I know that my past has had a huge positive
influence on the development of my confidence with nudity, growing up
running around in the wild, nude, free as a bird must have helped me build
the confidence, without the ego!! LOL!
Let's go back to the beginnings
of your career: What got you into acting in the first place, and did you
receive any formal education on the subject?
I do come from
a theatre background, my father actually graduated from the National
Theatre School in Montreal, and he has made a career as an actor. In
Canada, especially here in Toronto, I find that we are all fighting for
what are tiny little crumbs of parts in series, and the audition process
can be so stressful!! Iím so proud of my father for sticking at it, and
for doing as well as heís done. Heís definitely part of my inspiration
to act. From the time I can remember, being just a kid, going to watch his
plays 2-3 times in a row, I love watching my father on stage!! I actually
think heís naturally a much better theatre actor, which is a compliment!
Because, theatre isnít easy. Growing up around theatre was a blessing, I
have so many great memories of it. Theatre, movies, Sunday night TV movies
were always a part of my extra-curricular! A huge part of my personality
was influenced by movies like Alice In Wonderland, then Cry
Legends of the Fall, Romeo & Juliet, Great ExpectationsÖ
I swear I
really am who I am today because those films influenced me so much.
acting gene definitely runs through my veins. Itís just about getting
the opportunity to exercise it. I think itís really important to always
keep up with training and workshops to keep developing as an actor. For me
it just hasnít been easy to incorporate those extracurricular hobbies
into my life, from a young age I started to live on my own, where keeping
up with rent & bills became my priorities, and acting and everything
to do with it went onto the backburner. It really wasnít until the last
couple years that I started to make the time to get out on auditions,
where with luck I met Bill, and came across this bigger opportunity. Prior
to this project, I had never done anything on-camera to the extent of four
long days, with lines. My most recent production was a theatre production
called A Miracle of Saint Antony, directed by very talented Russian women
named Tatiana Chouljenko, who was very tough on me. I was told that my
experience working with her was equivalent to paying probably a couple
thousand dollars in trainingÖ so I feel very fortunate to have had that
opportunity for the experience, and also that she took a chance with me.
We performed for two weeks downtown Toronto in the Young Centre for the
Performing Arts, in the Distillery District. I love theatre! For my most
recent on-camera gig, prior to Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot, I worked on a show called
Lost Girl, which Iím a big fan of, Anna Silk, the lead, was a huge
inspiration to me, and sheís Canadian! And she just rocks!!
did have a bit of training back in my elementary and high school days. I
took an on-camera audition technique course, I took some voice courses, I
did some theatre training courses, I was always into the dramatic arts in
school, not because they were easy courses, actually because I was
genuinely into acting. I love taking the opportunity to play!!! Itís
just a lot of fun when you have the time to work on it!
Sorry, I can just go on and on and on!!!
future projects you'd like to talk about?
Well at this
moment all I can say is that I hope there will be some good things on the
horizon, I really donít like to look too much into the future, Iím a
passionate that we take all the good from our past, never look too deep
into the future, and really just enjoy the present, because itís all we
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If there was
ever a sequel to Sweet
Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot (and I hope there
will be), would you hop on board?
Actresses (or indeed
actors) who inspire you?
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon,
Johnny Depp, Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Steve
Buscemi, Joaquin Phoenix, oh goodness!! Thereís too many! My Father too
of course! My Mother is a natural born actress, she just doesnít know
As for women - there's also too many, though I must say, on a comedic level,
lately Iíve been really digging Kristen Wiig!! Other than that,
thereís Blake Lively, Kirsten Dunst, Catherine Zeta Jones, Judi Dench,
Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Paz De La Huerta,
Rachel Mc Adams, Anna SilkÖ ohÖ too many! I could just go on and on! I
love watching TV and going to the movies!
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Thank you so
very much for the interview, it really was a pleasureÖ