Your new movie All
Girls Weekend - in a few words, what is it all about, and what can
you tell us about your character in it?
high school friends get together for a little reunion party some years
after graduating and decide to go on a hike in the woods only to get lost
and get into all kinds of trouble. My
character is Nancy and my social attitude is one of cynicism.
There is more to me than I let on however, and through my actions,
the audience will discover who I really am as the film goes on.
What did you
draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Jamie Bernadette
can we find in cynical Nancy, actually?
wouldn’t say I am cynical in real life.
People describe me as a warm, friendly person.
But I do love to play the rude characters sometimes because it
gives me an opportunity to create someone who is totally not like me at
all, which is fun. I tend to
play all different kinds of characters in my films.
I have a wide range. When
I come across a character who is outwardly not like me, I find people in
my own life who are like that character and watch and learn from them and
use that to develop the character. However,
regarding Nancy, there are a lot of traits about her that I could relate
to. Her snarky social façade
that she puts on isn’t all there is to her.
You will have to watch the movie to find out more about her as the
The one stupid
question I just have to ask: If a bear crossed your path in real life,
what would you do?
would scream and flail my arms wildly because that is what I heard you are
supposed to do. I usually
carry a knife with me when I am in the woods so I would stab the bear’s
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
auditioned. I sent in a tape
to Lou, the director, and I learned later that when she and actress Gema
Calero, who does a fantastic job playing “Gem” in the film, saw my
tape they said, “THAT is Nancy!” And
that was it.
What can you tell us about All
Girls Weekend's director Lou Simon [Lou
Simon interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
I love Lou. She is a
tell-it-like-it-is sort of person which is refreshing.
She is brilliant. When
I read the script, I thought it was a smart, original concept that
surprises and I was so excited to be a part of it.
Lou is a really talented writer and a fantastic director.
Before we would shoot we would all read over the scenes together
and Lou would watch and comment. She
knew what she wanted. She had
a clear vision of how this film would be put together and she did a
With the film being filmed mostly outdoors in
wintery conditions, how did that affect your performance, and do you
consider yourself at all an outdoorsy kind of woman?
were days it was actually freezing and since we were supposed to be cold
in the film, it really helped my performance to actually be cold.
We had snow on some days when we didn’t plan for snow so we would
have to switch the scenes we were filming that day so that it would make
sense in the continuity of the story.
The environment was a character in itself in the film, and a feisty
one at that. I remember the
day we were zip-lining, we were up in the trees for about two hours and
with wind chill, I wouldn’t doubt that it was maybe 10 degrees or even
lower. Then it started raining
ice. We were all shaking so
badly and we had to pretend like we weren’t cold, so that was a
challenge. So we were all wet
and the water had leaked into my boots and my feet were frozen.
We all look back at that day and laugh.
It was an adventure!
I do consider myself an outdoorsy kind of woman.
I love to go hiking and camping and explore nature.
In fact, it is my favorite thing to do.
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Gema Calero, Jamie, Katie Carpenter
was definitely one of those films where you bond with everyone and the
bond will never be broken, perhaps because the weather conditions were
such a challenge and I believe people do bond in challenging times.
We had a lot of fun, that’s for sure.
I look back and this is one of the films that will hold a special
place in my heart forever.
future projects you'd like to share?
lead I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà
Vu, the sequel to the 1978 horror/thriller cult classic I
Spit on Your Grave. The
original writer/director Meir Zarchi returns to write and direct and the
original lead actress Camille Keaton returns and plays my mother in the
film. The movie is currently
in editing right now and has a tentative release date of possibly later
tentatively coming out later this year is The
6th Friend, a paranormal slasher film I star in,
co-wrote with director Letia Clouston, and produced with Chantelle Albers,
who also acts in the film [Jamie's
The 6th Friend interview - click here]. Also
acting in the film are Dominique Swain (Lolita),
Jessica Morris (One Life to Live),
and Tania Nolan (Step Dave).
I am so excited to bring everyone this film!
of Desolation is a post-apocalyptic zombie drama/horror film that I
star in with Craig Stark (Hateful 8, Django Unchained). I
produced the film with the director Jim Towns (House of Bad)
[Jim Towns interview - click here]. Also in
the film are Dominique Swain (Alpha
Dog, Lolita), Sadie Katz (Wrong
Turn 6), Jessica Morris (One
Life to Live) and Maria Olsen (I
Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu) [Maria
Olsen interview - click here]. It’s
a beautiful film actually although we are dealing with some pretty
gruesome elements. It is
tragic and sad and I can’t wait to show it to you guys!
We are wrapping up post production.
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I also do comedies and love doing them as much as I love doing horror.
I have a couple of comedies coming out also.
I just reunited with director Ash Avildsen (What
Now) on American Satan,
a dark comedy executive produced by John G. Avildsen, the writer/director
of the Rocky and Karate Kid movies. The
film stars Denise Richards (Starship
Troopers), Malcolm McDowell (A
Clockwork Orange), John Bradley (Game
of Thrones), Mark Boone Junior (Sons
of Anarchy) and many more. I
wrapped in April and the film is now in post production.
Also on the way in the comedy genre is Smothered by Mothers. I
play a sassy assistant to a football star, played by Shannon Brown.
Also in the film are Heather Matarazzo (Welcome
to the Dollhouse), Jim O’Heir (Parks
and Recreation) and Burt Young (Rocky).
on the way in the horror/thriller genre are the films that I lead Elder Island,
Joan [Jamie's Killing
Joan interview - click here] and 13 Days.
So keep an eye on my Facebook, Instragram and Twitter as I make
announcements when these are coming out.
Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
don’t think so Michael! Thank
you for the interview.