Your new movie Bite
Night - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
The original working title of the movie was 'Party Of Valice' but
the distribution company changed it to Bite
so that pretty
much tells you it's a vampire movie, it's about a group of punks who
get invited back to an after party with a rockband and all is not
quite as it seems . . .
My character is called Sandra, she's the housekeeper in the
mansion, she's more uptight and prim and proper than the rest of the
vampires in the house. Apparently she was written as a nod to one of
the characters in the film Clue but it's such a long time since I've
seen it that I can't quite remember it, but I see her as a kind of
female vampire version of Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
What did you draw upon to
bring your character to life, and how much Dani Thompson can we find in
Well Maria (Metheringham) [Maria
Lee Metheringham interview - click here] likes to cast me in roles that other
people might not and against my stereotypical typecasting, as usually
I'd have been cast as one of the scantily clad rockband characters,
but instead she gave me this more stuffy character to play. I always
feel that costume plays a massive part in getting me into character,
so the ruffled shirt and tweed helped.
think there's always a bit of any actor/actress in the
characters they play, I think I'm actually quite a multifaceted
character, I have a lot of sides to me that do sometimes contradict each
other, I mean as a model I wore next to nothing, sometimes nothing
but then I can also be a bit of a prude so I guess Sandra has some
of the sensible, stuffy Dani in her.
How did you get involved with the project in the
known Maria for ages, we almost worked together countless times on
other people's projects that never seemed to materialize for one reason
or another, and then she cast me as the feisty landlady Pam
when she was making Pumpkins, and then asked me back for
As an actress who has come to fame
primarily through her horror roles, to what extent could you identify with
approach to horror?
one has a very 80's feel, think Clue meets Night Of The
fun, doesn't take itself too seriously and is a nod to retro-horror.
What can you tell us about Bite
Night's director Maria Lee Metheringham [Maria
Lee Metheringham interview - click here], and what was your
as I said worked together before and are friends, she's a 'gets shit
done' kind of girl, every time I work with her I'm inspired to get
my own shit together and get things done. She gets and idea, gets
it made, and turns things around quickly. Her and her husband Will
are a great team, power couple goals!
Do talk about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere!
shot in Snowdonia, which is the mountainous region in the North of
Wales, right on the coast, and we all stayed in a big, old, haunted
mansion with no wi-fi for the duration - ok so maybe it wasn't
haunted but I like to think it was.
wasn't actually there for as long as the rest of the cast but it was
a lot of fun. I was in my element cooking in the huge mansion
kitchen, I often end up cooking when I'm shooting films where
everyone stays on location, I love it!
Any future projects you'd like to
am in a Mycho movie called Pandamonium that is due to be released in
early March, it was a first time for me working with Mycho
loved every minute of that experience so keep an eye out for
that one, and another movie I shot last year called I Scream On
The Beach is in talks with distribution too, so keep an eye on my
social media for updates.
up I'm due to start shooting a film called Dear Sister Margaret in
the next month or so and I'm also midway through recording an
album with Will Metheringham producing, watch this space.
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