Your new movie Fight
Valley - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell
us about your character?
is a story centered around an underground all
girls fight club. There is a lot of great action in this film but there is
also a lot of heart. My character's girlfriend is killed in an underground
fight. Her sister comes into town, having grown up in a completely
different and privileged world. She learns to fight from Miesha Tate's
character, so she can try to avenge her sister's death.
What did you draw upon to bring
your character to life, and honestly, how much Erin O'Brien can we find in
There is definitely a bit of me in the character of
Duke. I love being able to explore my darker side and I love playing tough
Valley does feature many a fight scene - so how did you train for
that aspect of the movie, and are you at all into whatever style of
fighting in real life?
I trained for the movie by taking
Jiu Jitsu classes. I also was very strict about my diet. I really wanted
to look and feel my best, especially since I was going to be working alongside such strong and physically fit women.
My boyfriend was the stunt
coordinator for the movie so he and I also worked on some fight
choreography before we started filming.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
The director of the movie Rob
Hawk had seen a movie I did called Jailbait on Netflix. I also play
a very tough character in that, and that was what Rob was looking for. I
auditioned and he offered me the role of Duke.
What can you tell us about
Valley's director Rob Hawk, and what was your collaboration like?
and I became good friends filming Fight
Valley. I love how much passion he
has for his films. I think we work very well together. I really like
him as a director because he trusts me as an actor, and we have a lot a
mutual respect for each other.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
atmosphere on set was pretty upbeat. Everyone worked really hard and they
were excited to be there. I love working on sets where people are happy and
grateful for the opportunity.
future projects you'd like to share?
I will be working on
Fight Valley 2, hopefully filming this winter. I am also working on Rob's
next project, an anti-bullying horror film called Worthless. After that I
will be filming a movie about the man who invented the lobotomy starring
Tom Sizemore. It was written by my good friend Jack Reher and will also be
directed by him.
What got you into
acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the
I started studying acting in high school, I grew
up In New Jersey about an hour from New York, so I was lucky to have some
opportunities at my fingertips. Eventually I moved to New York and I
started studying with William Esper. After building up my resumé a little
I decided to make the move to LA - and I'm happy I did.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to Fight Valley?
worked on a number of independent films. I have two films that have been
playing on Showtime and Netflix for a couple years now that I made
with the film company The
Asylum. Jailbait is still playing on
Netflix and Bikini Spring Break can still be seen on Showtime.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I'm definitely a
perfectionist and I'm very hard on myself sometimes because I want to
create good work. I feel like I'm always learning and I want to continue
to develop as an actress. I'm nowhere near where I want to be but I'm
very focused. Something I've been trying to do is just relax and trust
myself. I think that's a great technique ;)
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
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I'm inspired by many actors and
actresses because every actor brings something unique to the table. I am a
big fan of Kate Winslet, everything she does is so effortless and
flawless. And I love Angelina Jolie because she is fearless and open and
emotional on screen. There are many others but those two stand out for me.
Your favourite movies?
I have a lot of older favorite movies, that I liked to watch growing up.
This Boy's Life with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Rebel Without a
Cause is a favorite of mine. I'm also a huge fan of Quentin
Tarantino, Kill Bill is one of my all time favorites as well. Working with
him would be a dream.
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