Your new movie Blood
Soaked - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell
us about your character in it?
a fast-paced gore fest that follows a college freshman as she navigates
her way through a blossoming lesbian relationship, a horrifying abduction,
humiliation, and torture at the hands of two bloodthirsty, Nazi sisters
bent on bringing about the Fourth Reich. Also? Zombies!
played Piper, the cavity sweet, and just a little dense, good girl.
To what extent did you
identify with the slightly nerdy Piper, and what did you draw upon to
bring her to life?
sees the good in others constantly, even if that makes her kind of
oblivious to real danger. I like to think that I bring that level of
positivity into my life, and into the lives of the people I love. I
donít think Iím as naÔve as Piper. I havenít put anybody in
danger yet, so thereís that.
To what extent could you identify
with the film's horror theme?
is a terrifying weapon, and can manifest in devastating ways. You
donít need to look much farther than your local newspaper to see that.
So, Nazi zombies may seem a little extreme, but hate is extreme,
How did you get hooked up
with the project in the first place? And honestly, when you heard what it
was about, what were your immediate reactions?
audition opportunity was posted for the film online, and I sent in my
headshot with fingers crossed. When I got the call from Peter Grendle
[Peter Grendle interview - click
and heard the synopsis, I was ready to go in with guns blazing. It
just sounded like bloody, dirty, spooky fun.
you tell us about your director Peter Grendle [Peter
Grendle interview - click here], and what was your
has this amazing ability to bring unity to the set. He wears a
dozen different hats at any given time, and maintains a calm that is out
of this world. Peter had a very distinct vision about what he wanted
the film to be, so there was just a lot of trust and faith in what was
happening, and what he was asking us to do.
Do talk about the shoot as such for
a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?
were shooting on a shotgun schedule and a shoestring budget in brutal
conditions, and it was one of the most positive experiences I have ever
had in my life. Despite the heat, the cactus needles, the fire ants,
and several ďOh, s*$%!Ē moments, we laughed a lot. A LOT.
I donít think a single shoot went by where we all werenít cracking
each other up off camera, or just enjoying each otherís company.
Iíve made friendships that will last for the rest of my life.
Any future projects
you'd like to share?
had an opportunity to work with Scary Cow Productions in San Francisco on
a short film called Flow, and hope to work with Red Letter Cinema
What got you into acting in the
first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?
stumbled into it quite accidentally, and ended up studying it seriously
and getting a BA in Acting, as well as a few other art related degrees.
In all honesty, I just wanted to make movies with my friends, and I got to
do that after all!
can you tell us about your acting experiences prior to Blood
Iíve done a lot of theatre, and a few
short films here and there. One of the reasons Blood
Soaked was so
desirable to me was the link between it and a stage production I had done
called A Night at the Grand Guignol, directed by JC WilliamsÖ which
was basically grindhouse cinema on the stage. That production
changed everything for me as an actress. It was so physically and
emotionally demanding, which was so refreshing, and made me appreciate how
much terror you can bring to an audience with a limited budget and a
How would you describe yourself as an
actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
like to approach my character as honestly as possible, and music is a huge
way for me to connect all the dots. Especially shooting this movie,
where everything was happening so quickly. A three minute song was
about as much time as I had to provide enough emotional weight to get me
where I needed to be.
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Hall is one of the funniest actresses Iíve ever seen, and Iíd trade my
left kidney to meet Rachel Weisz. I swoon for Patrick Stewart. I
think theyíre all really talented.
George P. Cosmatos, Agora by Alejandro Amenabar. and Disneyís
and the Beast. You can judge me all you want for that last
one, but Iíll go to every live action sing-a-long showing of that movie
until I die.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
I donít love a film, I just stop watching it. There are so many
amazing movies out there, why waste your time on something you donít
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Go give our Blood
Soaked page some love:
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
just like to say thank you to all the people who have believed in our
movie! A huge thanks to Red Letter Cinema, and of course, to
My Trash! Thank you for this awesome opportunity to brag on some of
the most talented people I know!
for the interview!