Your new movie Hate
Crime - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
I don't want to give too much away, but the film centers around a family
whose rights are violated when a group of masked men enters their house
uninvited. Lindsay has a lot of heart and is definitely the fighter of the
Crime isn't exactly a film that depicts the most ordinary of
events - so what did you base your performance on, what did you draw upon
to bring your character to life?
I have a very strong bond with my family. I have 8 siblings that I love
dearly and a mother that I would do anything for. I tried to use the
feelings I have for my own family within the film. Being in the location I
was and working with such talented actors definitely made it easier to
channel my character.
What drew you to the
project to begin with?
I'm not going to lie... I am not the biggest horror fan. I might be a
little bit of a nancy! In the event that I do make it through a whole
horror film, sometimes Iím like, "well, what was the point of
that?" Although Hate
Crime is deeply disturbing I feel
that it conveys a very important message, and thatís what really drew me
Crime consists mainly of one long continuous single shot. What
kind of a strain did that put on you as an actress - and how much
rehearsing went into this, actually? And could you ever be tempted into
doing another single shot movie?
We rehearsed for a whole week before we began filming. It was definitely
exhausting, but everyone formed such a bond throughout the process, that
you just tried to stay positive and motivate everyone else to keep going!
There may have also been a little cheating with the shots, but you can
talk to James about that one. Depending
on the script I would consider it.
A few words about your
director James Cullen Bressack [James
Cullen Bressack interview - click here], and what was your
Ahhh James! I love that guy! The more projects I do, the more I come to
realize how important it is that you trust your director. I have nothing
but trust and respect for James. He was able to maintain not only a
professional environment, but a fun one as well. With a project of this
nature its so important to have a good time during the filming. A script
like this takes such an emotional toll on you that you need a little bit
of comic relief. He can direct me any day!!
What can you tell us about the
on-set atmosphere as such?
Definitely positive. We bonded so much that at first it was a little hard
to get into the scenes with Tim, Jody [Jody
Barton interview - click here], and Ian [Ian
Roberts interview - click here]. They are such sweethearts
that you really need to be able to set that aside and let them terrify
you. In the same aspect, I think it was a really good thing that I did get
to know them so well before we started shooting.
It allowed me to really trust them when the camera started rolling.
Crime is an at times quite violent film - how could you relate to
that aspect of the movie?
Luckily I can't. Everyone deals with things from their past, but I have
never experienced anything THAT traumatizing.
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 hear stories from my family about me entertaining them with scenes from
Home Alone when I was like 5. It is something I have always
been passionate about. I actually majored in Theatre and Film in college.
I was lucky to have amazing teachers that truly inspired me.
still remember your first time in front of a movie camera, and what was
that experience like?
I remember the first commercial I ever shot. I think I was a freshman in
high school. I was on set and everything was moving so fast. They were
actually ahead of schedule. I definitely freaked out and was like
"Mom, I canít do this! I can't do it". She gave me a pretty
great pep talk. She's an amazing woman, that lady! The cameras started
rolling, and when "action" was yelled all my lines started
pouring out of my mouth. They were like "Cut!
Perfect Debbie, do it just like that again!" I don't think I
have ever been so nervous in my life!
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Hate Crime?
recently shot a comedic pilot called Dudes
Can Manage. I also acted
in a short film titled By Any Means.
I wrapped on the first half of The
Right Eye. And I
recently hosted an episode of the The
7 Days Show for the Santa Monica Mirror.
future projects you'd like to share?
There are a few things in the works. One of which is a film trilogy
called The Third Eye Project. I
can't tell you too much about it, but we will be shooting in Taiwan
sometime soon and I'm very excited. I also recently shot a promotional
trailer for a film called Roomies, which
should be filming soon. At the end of this year I will be filming another
short called The Sad Truth of
Believing. And Iím in the running for two other films right now, so
keep the fingers crossed!
How would you
describe yourself as an actress?
Iím consistently trying to learn when it comes to acting. I feel that I
am versatile and can do anything from romantic comedies, to period pieces,
to horror films. Iím always open to new roles and hope to explore as
many genres as possible.
Actresses (or indeed
actors) who inspire you?
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I have a woman crush on Rachel McAdams. Iím in love with Sandra
Bullock, and am continually inspired by Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Ryan
Gosling, and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
movies - and of course, films you really deplore?
I have a long list of favorites but a few among those include: Wedding
Crashers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The
Family Stone, The Princess Bride,
The Departed, aaand of course The
I'd rather not bad mouth any production.
Even if it turns out terrible, I know that people still put their
time and effort into it, and I can appreciate that.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
You can follow me on twitter @debbiediesel. My webpage is
And I hope to have a Facebook fan page up and running soon.
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Not anything I can think of right now, but thanks so much for taking the
time to interview me!
for the interview!