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An Interview with Felissa Rose, Star of The Perfect House

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2014

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Your movie The Perfect House - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

It's a crazy, scary flick combining three stories all which had occurred in the one house. Terrifying and chilling, each story! I play the mom to two boys, and truly the unthinkable happens.

 

Always assuming you have never been in a situation nearly as traumatic as in The Perfect House, what did you draw upon to bring your character to life?

 

All I had to do was think about my own kids and I was very affected. When the character is close to your own life, it's almost more difficult because it feels so incredibly real.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place, and how did you end up becoming co-producer as well?

 

I was brought on by a friend of mine who is a producer. She got me on board and I introduced Jonathan Tiersten and Chris Raab to the team.

 

What can you tell us about your directors Kris Hulbert [Kris Hulbert interview - click here] and Randy Kent, and what was your collaboration like?

 

They were very dedicated to the project and worked with the actors. On set they had a lot to do with all that was going on.

 

As far as I know, it was you who brought your Sleepaway Camp co-star Jonathan Tiersten on board of The Perfect House - now how did that happen? And as far as I know, you two might be seen in more movies together before too long, right?

 

Yes!! We are about to film Reservoir together on the east coast next month [Reservoir interview with Mark Anthony Del Negro - click here], alongside our other Sleepaway Camp buddy, Frank Sorrentino. Jonathan seemed like a perfect fit for John Dosey. He's pretty amazing in the film. He really shines.

 

Do talk about The Perfect House's shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

It was very dark and scary. The cast was wonderful. I loved working with John Philbin. It was creepy. My effect took a long time and was pretty harrowing, but I think it comes off well. The whole shoot was quick and I think the film achieved that really "hostel" kind of momentum.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I'm super excited about Zombie Killers I just did, and a film I produced called No Solicitors. I have a lot of films and conventions going on right now, and the Sleepaway Camp Blu-ray just came out, so that was thrillng too.

 

Now I'm sure you've grown tired of talking about it, but my readers would probably skin me alive if I didn't at least ask: What can you tell us about your acting debut Sleepaway Camp, how did you get hooked up with it - and how do you feel about being asked about it again and again to this day?

 






I love it! It's been amazing. The fact that I can still talk about it makes me so happy. I was just a kid in NY and my mom helped get me a kid's manager and that was my first audition.

 

As far as I know, after Sleepaway Camp you got yourself an education as an actress and ditched film for theatre, mostly. So what can you tell us about that time in your life? And how does performing on stage compare to acting in front of a movie camera?

 

I did go to NYU and I studied at Lee Strasberg. I love the theatre and there's nothing like that immediate reaction from the audience. I was so happy on stage but the medium of film is my favorite. I enjoy the whole process and the final outcome is always a surprise.

 



You returned to filming in the early 2000's - what prompted that move, and would you like to talk about a few movies you've worked on since?

 

I was asked to do a short film called Birds of a Feather and that started my way back to filmmaking. From there I worked with a dear friend of mine, Dave Campfield [Dave Campfield interview - click here] on a film called Dark Chamber and we've since been back together on his movies, Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre and Deadly Christmas.  We're about to do another part to that series. I've been lucky that most of the directors I've worked with liked Sleepaway Camp and I have strong relationships with them so we continue to do several films together. Harrison Smith wrote and directed Camp Dread, which I'm so proud of, and the Zombie Killers film coming soon. I loved all of the Dante Tomaselli films, Horror and Satan's Playground. And Chris Watson is my dear friend and we've done a bunch of movies together. It's always like being reunited with family. Sean Cain [Sean Cain interview - click here] and I did Silent Night, Zombie Night, Breath of Hate and just recently Jurrasic Block. It's been really fun!!

 

Quite a few of the films you're in are of the horror variety - coincidence, or is horror a genre especially dear to you, and why (not)?

 

I love horror. It's the best. The people affiliated with this genre are so passionate and creative. I'm lucky to be a part of this community.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I'm method but not in a crazy way. I prepare by understanding who the character is and what others think of her (he, lol). I like to put the character in different situtaions in my head and imagine them elswhere. It's like being a kid and playing pretend. Always fun on set. I'm all about the party once we wrap!

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Sean Penn, Marcia Gay Harden, Kathy Bates, too many to list.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Ummm, that's tough! I could never remember them! Haha!

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

I'm at www.felissarose.com, felissa rose and felissa rose esposito on Facebook, and I'm on instagram felissarose123, and Twitter @felissarose.

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Thank you!! I appreciate you having me:))

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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