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An Interview with Christian Oliver, Star of House of Good and Evil

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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Your movie House of Good and Evil - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

For me House of Good and Evil at the core has always been a love story gone wrong that exposes the good and evil in all of us. Chris, my character, is trying to save his marriage. He is ultimately a good guy, but he definitely has some issues…

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and even though he's quite a bit of an asshole, do you find anything of yourselfs in Chris as well?

 

I tried not to look at him or play him as an asshole. But instead look at his need to be loved. Every role I play I bring myself and my own experience of life to it. But at the end of the day it's a character you play that you leave on screen.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place, and what convinced you to come on board as a producer as well?

 

Long story short: I was approached by Blu [Blu de Golyer interview - click here] probably five years ago and was intrigued by the material. We had many different people (directors, actors, producers) involved and I am happy to see that the movie has finally come to see the light.

 

What can you tell us about your collaboration with House of Good and Evil's writer and producer Blu de Golyer [Blu de Golyer interview - click here] and director David Mun [David Mun interview - click here]?

 

Independent filmmaking always feels like working with family. You are so close for a couple of weeks. We didn't kill each other and made it out with a great movie. What more can you ask for? 

 

With the film being first and foremost a horror movie - is this a genre you can at all relate to, and why (not)?

 

For me it's more like a psychological thriller. And we always approached it as one. It's definitely a genre I like.

 

What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We shot it in this amazing small town, called Floyd in Virginia. The whole community took us in and supported us. Fortunately we had a small cast and crew. I had a great time.

 

with Rachel Marie Lewis [Rachel Marie Lewis interview - click here]

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career - what got you into acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I started on stage in Germany when I was a teenager. My uncle was a stage director and my sister and I always had fun checking out local productions from backstage. And I caught the acting bug early on.

 

Can you still remember your first time in front of a movie camera, and what was that experience like?

 

My first time in front of a professional camera was shooting a milk commercial with Tiffany Amber-Thiessen when I first moved out to Los Angeles. We had a great time, drinking lots of milk all day.

 

You are originally from Germany but (according to my information at least) have long moved to the USA - so how and why did that move happen in the first place?

 

I moved to NYC as an intern for BBDO (advertising) and fell back into acting right then and there. After the internship ended, I decided to move out to LA to give it a shot. That's where my career started, Germany came much later.

 

You have starred in films and TV shows in both Germany and the USA - so what are the major differences between shooting here and there?

 

You can't compare them at all. But both have their pros and cons. For example, there are no unions in Germany that protect you as an actor. But in Germany the competition isn't as crazy.

 

Besides starring in indies like House of Good and Evil you've also been in quite a few big budget blockbusters - so please talk about your blockbuster experiences for a bit, and in what ways does working on a big budget Hollywood movie compare to working on an indie?

 

with Cate Blanchett in

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I was fortunate to work with some amazing filmmakers, like Steven Soderbergh or the Wachowskis. Almost all of them started their careers in amazing independent films. It's fun to be on a big blockbuster set, but it's even better when the blockbuster doesn't feel big. Someone like George Clooney treats everybody the same, there are no egos involved. Shooting with Tom Cruise is a different story. It's like working with the president of the United States. Security everywhere… But still, who wouldn't wanna work with the “President”?

 

Any future projects of yours you'd like to share?

 

I currently have a few projects lined up that I am developing for me to produce and/or star in. But let's talk about it when they are in the can.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I do as much homework and study of the character as possible before. And when I show up on set I just try to be in the moment.

 

Actors (or indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Working with Cate Blanchett really inspired me. She is an amazing actress and an amazing human being.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I think and hope that everyone sets out to make a good movie. Unfortunately some fail. But it's not mine to judge.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.christianoliver.com

Just started Facebook - www.facebook.com/OfficialChristianOliver - and Instagram - http://instagram.com/christianoliver33.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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