Your new movie Uncommon
Bond - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
is a found footage type movie about the loss, pain and desperation of
what a mother goes through after losing her child. She will do anything to
ease the pain of losing her son. She starts a vlog in hope it will help
her in some way. Though her husband longs to stay by her side, he often
questions his own sanity (but more hers) by doing so. My character,
Jinelle, plays the mother desperately trying to keep her son's memory
alive, in some odd way, thinking it will keep him around near her with the
support of her audience.
What did you draw upon to
bring your character to life, and how much Donna Hamblin can we find in
I have never had to endure such pain, so the scene where I was facetiming
my friend was difficult to create. I wanted the audience to see all the
formats of what deep pain can be. Therefore, I added sorrow, anger,
laughter, hope, blame and despair into the mix going back and forth
between them all, hoping it would work. You won't find any «Donna» in
that particular monologue, it was all improv (as the whole movie), so I
basically went on my gut instinct in hopes it would work. She's kinda
quirky, so I really tried to create that with the character. Therefore, «Donna» isn't really in any of that. At
least I hope! I will never find
a husband!!! ;)
Jinelle goes through a lot of grief and mental
pain in Uncommon Bond
- so how taxing (if at all) is this to play for you as an actress?
was a little easier for me because like I said, it was all imporv, no
script. We had the scenes and what needed to be done in contrast to it
and just went with the flow with no lines. I mean, I needed to know the
character and studied in my head what I wanted her to be. Mark Gordon (the
lead) and myself met up before and brainstormed some ideas to go with, and
I think it worked! Mark and I have great chemistry on screen, I believe
it's because we have such appreciation for each other in acting. The only
thing taxing for me was trying to conceive the emotions at their height
and project that to the audience without it looking fake. Director Luc
Bernier made this
very easy for us, as always.
being shot found footage style, in what way did that impact your
I thought I looked ridiculous, but then I was like «ok, I guess it's
organic». It was definitely an easy shoot.
can you tell us about Uncommon
Bond's director Luc Bernier [Luc
Bernier interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
like? And since this isn't your first time working together, do talk about
your previous collaborations, and how did the two of you first meet even?
and I met via Email. I was working with the late Ted V. Mikels, and Luc
contacted him about shooting me for a scene in his movie. Ted relayed the
email to me. The rest is history! Luc is top of my friends list. He and I
also have great chemistry together, and have a blast when we act together.
We have worked on so many films together and he has introduced me to so
many producers that I have had the utmost privilege of working with. We
did our first movie together on a Steve Sessions' film, At the House of
Madness, back in 2008, in beautiful Mississippi, then again with Steve for
a movie called Sinister. Our latest to be released is Evil Under the
a Jeff Schneider film, starring Helene Udy [Helene
Udy interview - click here], Tim O'Hearn [Tim
O'Hearn interview - click here], Pamela Sutch [Pamela
Sutch interview - click here] and
Carl Bailey. Coming soon, Alien Wars, by the same producer. Luc and I go
way back. He is such an amazing friend, talent, actor, writer, and
producer. He has the kindness of a butterfly, and would do anything for
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
As I said, the shoot went very smooth, with no dialogue written. Just
scenes set up. The atmosphere was very collaborative between us all. We
had a lot of fun with the creative little piece.
future projects you'd like to share?
Last American Horror Show Volume 2 (from producer/director Michael S.
Rodriguez [Michael S.
Rodriguez interview - click here]) should be released this summer. Very excited about this! Volume
1 was highly entertaining, and I would encourage anyone who hasn't watched
it to do so. Also coming by him this summer is Lake of Shadows. What
a honor it was to finally work with him and his excellent crew!
Under the Skin (from producer/director Jeff Schneider [Jeffrey
Schneider interview - click here]) is available soon
of 5 Gauntlets (from producer/director Len Kabasinski [Len
Kabasinski interview - click here]), starring legendary
Leo Fong, as well as Len himself, is available now on Amazon (streaming)
and will be released in June on DVD -
heartwarming story,that will take you all over the world. A lot of heart
put into this movie. Also
Hellcat's Revenge II : Deadman's Hand should be released soon. Loved
reprising my role of Rosie, probably one of the funniest characters I have
anthology Horror Movie (from producers Tony Newton [Tony
Newton interview - click here] and Sam Mason-Bell [Sam
Mason-Bell interview - click here] out
of the UK), including my segment Thou Shalt Not Lie, should be available
in the near future. Gore
Theatre 2 should be available soon, and Faces of Fear too. Two other
anthologies from the same producers, Home
Videos 1 and 3 are available now -
the first Gore Theatre is also available (starring in a segment called
Nightmarish, along with my friend Deborah Dutch [Deborah
Dutch interview - click here]) -
you can find the DVD for 2 Die For on Amazon as well. All these projects
from Tony Newton and Sam Mason-Bell, and most segments are directed by
Luc, except for Home
Videos 1, my segment is directed by director Maude Michaud [Maude
Michaud interview - click here]. Many
thanks to Tony and Sam for having us involved in your projects!
(from producer/director Aaron Bratcher) should be out sometimes soon, too!
Wars is being edited right now, as well as Loose Luck, and More than a
Conversation, all projects done by producer and director Jeff Schneider.
Axemas 2 is available now (done by director and producer John Ward).
in two weeks to Tennessee to start filming my character Hannah, the
vampire slayer (with producer/director Sal Lizard). This is going to be a
lot of fun, and there will be 6 sequels and time lapse where I get to come
back time and time again to slay! Woohoo... bloody fun!
amazing projects are going to be filmed in the future, and many films with
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I'm so glad this was a new written interview, I suck at live interviews,
my mind goes blank and I tend to get tongue twisted!!! Stay cool, people!
you from the bottom of my heart to all the talent that I have been
fortunate to even have a chance to work with! And to all the support! I
hold you very close to my heart. Last, thank you so much Michael.... YOU