Your new movie House
of Lexi - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell
us about your character in it?
Obviously the film had an official synopsis, but I think you can
interpret it in different ways. To me it’s about grief, loss, perhaps
about a certain state of mind, and perhaps about the paranormal. If
you’re a religious person you could perhaps even interpret this in a
slightly different way. You’d have to watch the film to see what I mean
of course! My character Lexi is the film’s lead. Beyond her emotional
journey and some backstory she’s slightly mysterious.
of Lexi is in a way a film about trying (and failing) to cope with
loss - is that something you could at all find in yourself? And what
did you draw upon to bring your character to life?
Oh yes, absolutely. There were several things I could pull from
over the past few years including the deaths of relatives and friends,
perhaps in particular my close friend Pete who tragically passed away from
a heart attack in 2016. I think about Pete very frequently. I often
wonder, if I could turn back time, would be any way I could have helped
prevent a few deaths. Not to get too deep, but my cat dying in my arms
after wasting away from kidney disease (with all the quite disturbing
things that go with that at the end), and having loved and lost a few
times all gave me material I could reference in my mind. I think
personally that I have the appearance of being fairly stoic on the
outside, but rivers run pretty deep on the inside so there was enough to
draw on. I hope I’ve done Lexi justice and conveyed the emotions she
might be feeling.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
Director Martin Daniels [M W
Daniels interview - click here] approached me about a year ahead of
shooting. When I read the script I thought it was the kind of film I might
make myself as a writer/director, which of course sparked my interest. The
character was a serious role, to be honest the kind of role I’d wanted
to act in since first appearing on screen, but which had never come along
until that point in time.
To what extent could you
identify with House of Lexi's
rather slowburn approach to horror?
Well anyone who knows me knows I love arthouse horror. I prefer
a deeper more intelligent approach to horror that seeks to explore the
human psyche and takes time to provide wonder in beautiful and engaging
visuals, rather than lots of gore, jump scares and a cut and dry story.
What can you tell us
about House of Lexi's
director M W Daniels [M W Daniels
interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?
What a nice person Martin is, and super talented to boot! Martin
is a very relaxed individual who puts his cast and crew at ease, and
welcomes input while still maintaining his directorial vision. He’s
passionate about his work and that clearly shows in the end results.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
It was great, we managed to shoot everything fairly quickly and
smoothly over two days. There was one funny incident where we drove around
and around North London trying to get to the east coast to film the beach
scenes. The traffic was awful in the area for some reason, I wasn’t sure
if we’d make it to the beach. But we did, and how amazing are those
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At the minute I'll be supporting Martin with his festival run,
attending as many screenings as possible. I’m also giving my own film
Salient Minus Ten its final festival push, and ultimately release. Then
I’ll be progressing my next film, tentatively titled Flowers Falling in
Hell, which is fairly under wraps right now.
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Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
The film has just been selected to screen at The Yellow Fever
Independent Film Festival 2019 in Bangor, Northern Ireland!
for the interview!