Your new movie Blood
Riders: The Devil Rides with Us - in a few words, what is it about,
and what can you tell us about your character in it?
Riders: The Devil Rides with Us
is a blood soaked, adventure comedy that follows four high
schoolers after they steal a car that then has devastating consequences.
Zoey is a privileged teen who grew up in a religious
household - and I feel that causes her to try and be as rebellious as
possible. She is also very impulsive, haha.
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Caitlynne
Medrek can we actually find in Zoey (apart from the accidentally killing
people bit I hope)?
I think majority of film acting comes
down to who you already are as a person, I like to think about how ME,
Caitlynne, would react to the situation at hand and then move forward
with my acting choices that way. How would Caitlynne say this
line, how would Caitlynne react to getting splattered with someone else's
blood? So a lot of Zoey is genuinely how Caitlynne would probably react to
those situations as well. It also helped that the cast became great
friends and that we were able to play really well off each other
genuinely. Luckily, all my cast members lived and survived in real
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
A couple of the actors I had
worked with in Out With Dad (www.outwithdad.com)
were involved with Blood
Riders: The Devil Rides with Us, and gave me the heads up that auditions
were coming up! Apparently it was a good audition, cause here we are
To what extent could you
identify with the film's brand of comedy? And of course, how did you feel
about being covered in blood most of the time?
It's my favorite kind
of comedy! Dark and silly but also unique without being an easy or
cheap kind of humor. Lari Teräs [Lari
Teräs interview - click here] - the director - has a brilliant sense of
humor that really comes out in his script (chicken strips).
People watch movies to escape and get away from their own lives for a few
hours, and this movie does just that! It's not poop humor, it's
thought out and articulated well - it borders on reality, so we aren't reflecting on
similar, real world issues that go on in our own lives, we're just given a
chance to suspend our disbelief and watch a comedy that really makes
us laugh! And of course I loved being covered in blood the whole
time. If it means I'm on set - I'm happy! Doing what you
love while covered in sticky sweet syrup - that's living the
you tell us about your director Lari Teräs, and what was your
Lari is awesome!! I think he had
a very strong vision of what he wanted this movie to be from day 1.
He of course wrote the script as well, so this movie had been his baby for
a long time. Lari is so talented and dedicated - he had a dream and
made it happen!! I think it's so rare that indie movies actually go
from pre- production to post as fluidly as Blood
Riders: The Devil Rides with Us did. We had
an amazing cast and crew, and everyone respected Lari's vision
from the beginning. If it wasn't for him, none of us
would be here right now. So proud to call him a director and friend.
If you ever meet him, he will make you do sambucca shots. That's
true Lari initiation.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere!
It was legit, the best three weeks
ever. We had such a blast as a team. The cast and crew got along
famously. It was like being at summer camp, but every day you got to
make a film. To spend three weeks living and breathing your
passion, only to come out at the end knowing you created something really
awesome, is the best feeling in the world. We all became best
friends in those three weeks. The actors lived together in one giant
house. We have some crazy stories that are so insane from
those three weeks, that the behind the scenes could be a feature film
on its own. One of my favorite things about watching Blood
Riders: The Devil Rides with Us is the crazy stories we have as a cast and crew that happened
before and after that camera was rolling - cops, and people thinking we
were shooting Nazi propaganda and our producers being locked in a gelato
shop... It was the best.
Any future projects you'd like to
Doing some professional theatre here in Calgary, AB!
'Ill be doing The Crucible up next! And you can catch me in an
episode of Hell on Wheels next summer!
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?
been acting on stage since I was 10, broke into film about 6 years
ago! I did formal training in BC Canada, and a year in Los
Angeles for film!
the years you've done quite a bit of voice acting on Japanese anime - so
what can you tell us about that experience, how did that come about even,
and how does it compare to actually acting in front of a camera?
two mediums are very different, voiceover work its all about first
instincts. You also don't have to memorize lines or look
good! Youre mostly by yourself in the booth, so it is
completely opposite of the film world. Film is a scene by scene
process but you're surrounded by tons of people at one moment and there
much rehearsal time. Theatre is a whole show rehearsal into whole show
performance process! I love them all!!! I was
recommended to voice work by a fellow child actor, did a general audition
and booked 65 episodes of Dragon Ball right off the bat! It was
meant to be.
other film or TV work you'd like to talk about?
check out Out with Dad!! I am so proud of that show. It's an
LGBT series that is helping youth all over the world!! We were even viewed
by the Vatican! That's right, the Pope has seen me make out with a girl.
Also - Total Drama Revenge of the Island was a fun one! Check out my
favorite anime Strawberry Marshmallow! And of course, Dragon Ball GT
(Blue Water dub) is one I'm proud of!
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
Acting is my favorite thing
in the world, I'm happiest and most comfortable when I'm on stage or on set.
I will try anything or play anything once. I want to tell stories
and play characters that people can relate too. I want to entertain
and help people forget about their lives for a few hours at a time. I want
my joy to be contagious. And I'm lucky to have found a passion that
makes that possible. I want to be the type of actor that makes you smile
just by smiling. Trying to be as genuine in every moment is key. I really
try to make that a part of my craft!
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
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Tom Hanks! Amy Schumer! The
entire cast of Friends. Lena Dunham (and the cast of Girls), the
boys from Workaholics and Abbi and Ilana from Broadcity, and Amy Pohler
and Tia Fey. The on-screen chemistry that all those listed above
have with each other is something I envy. It's amazing to watch them
play off each other, no acting is involved, they just are present and
genuine in everything they do on camera and it's incredible! Also Shirley
Temple is my idol when it comes to bringing joy to other people through entertainment!
Your favourite movies?
Daddy Day Care. Big Fish. Confessions of a Shopaholic. Wedding Singer.
George of the Jungle. Taken. Kingsman: The Secret Service.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Any movies with
cheap humor like Ted ... or Vampires Suck.
Facebook, whatever else?
THANKS FOR WATCHING GUYS!! CHECK OUT
BLOOD RIDERS AND THEN TWEET ME YOUR THOUGHTS!!
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