Your new movie Axe to
Grind - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
The movie is about a horror movie star that has been snubbed by her
boyfriend for a younger woman. Also he is making a new movie and never
told her about it. This is the first film he has ever made without her and
it enrages her. He betrays her and lies to her and she snaps.
to Grind you play a horror icon named Debbie, which isn't too far
from the real you on paper - so could you find anything of yourself in
her, and what did you draw upon to bring her to life?
funny this is about the 4th movie I have been in that I played 'Debbie'.
There's always something in my nature that is true for all the characters
I play. Regardless if the character is mentally balanced or not. I think
that's true with most people, but some are afraid to either admit it or
expose it. I love exposing the darker parts of my soul. The parts that are
not so pretty or nice. That's the fun thing about acting, you can really
embrace the elements that are completely not acceptable in normal life.
We all experience rejection. I used my memories of pain and anger to fuel
this character. I loved it.
the last question on its head: Debbie is quite probably one of the more
psychotic characters you've played during your career - so how much fun
was it to play her?
She is very crazy. I have played a few
psychotic characters and they are always my favorite. It was the first
that was based on the business making her snap. Anyone in the business can
tell you it's not hard to imagine feeling that way at some point. I love
messing around with my image and not playing typical roles that most females
get offered. So many can be very soft and the story can be misogynic. I
adore these kinds of roles because I despise being a victim in real life
and it is hard for me to relate to them even in movie roles. I have done
it many times but this is more fun. I am far more in touch with my
independence than my girlie side. I have a deeply sensitive side, don't
get me wrong. But as any psychiatrist will tell you, the real emotion
underneath sadness, depression or even feeling in a rut is unexpressed
anger. I adore expressing it on film.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
The writer/producer Scott
Sanford [Scott C. Sanford
interview - click here] contacted me and sent the script. I loved the role, as I have
said, and was happy to take it.
to Grind is a bit of a satire on indie horror moviemaking - and
since you've been in quite a few indie horrors, does the movie in any way
mirror your ow nexperiences, and to what extent could you identify with the
film's humour to begin with?
Yes I think what works about
the story is that it's pretty universal as far as the egos involved with
film making. You see them all the time. I think the humour in the film
comes directly out of the seriousness in playing the scenes. If we had of
made the movie AS a comedy it wouldn't be as fun as if it were played
straight - and it was. Anything that is really true to life will have a
certain level of humor to it because we all relate. The dramas that go on
in the film business are very campy if you think about it!
What can you tell us about
your director Matt Zettell, and what was your collaboration with him like?
was stellar! He was a kind, understanding and very artistic director.
Considering the short time we had to make the movie he was calm, efficient
and yet still had time to go over moments I had different thoughts about.
It was a great opportunity to work with him. I really appreciated him.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
I am not avoiding the question the truth is it was such a short shoot, 4-5
days, it was pure work. There was not a lot of time to do anything but
work, prepare for the next scene and sleep. I loved the experience but it
wasn't like working on a movie for a month or so which is such a luxury in
comparison! Everyone was always in good spirits though even with the time
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future projects you'd like to share?
Model Hunger has been
completed and will begin its journey to get screened as much as possible
before its release [Debbie's Model
Hunger interview - click here]. I am very excited and proud of the movie. It is
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THANK YOU MIKE!