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An Interview with Jon Mack, Actress

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2015

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First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who don't already know you?


Iím Jon Mack and Iím an actress, musician and producer. Many know me from appearing in Saw 6 as well as Playing For Keeps and several SyFy films such as the just released Lavalantula. I also produce music under the name Auradrone


What got you into acting in the first place, and what can you tell us about your education on the subject?


I grew up in the theater. My mother was a director and directed plays and musicals throughout my childhood so I pretty much started acting in plays at the age of 5. After that I went to study at Tisch School of Arts at NYU and the Lee Strasberg Institute as well as Experimental Theater in New York. 


One of your recent films, the upcoming The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character? And how did you prepare for your role?


I play a gun slinger named Reggie in the film which is both a complex love story and action film based on illegal underground dueling. It takes place in Colombia.


Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto, Jon Mack in 

The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma

The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma stars Mickey Rourke - so what was it like working with him?


I didnít have any scenes with Mickey. Instead I got the privilege of working with both Ryan (Kwanten) and Freida (Pinto). It was a great cast and crew and such a pleasure to experience Bogota in this way.


How did you get involved with the project even?


I knew some of the producers already and it worked itself out in a way that I was right for this role. Funny enough, the role was originally written for a male actor but Ken (Sanzel), the director, decided to try something fresh and took it in a new direction. We kept the name though, which I thought was a great choice.


Strangers in a Book

Another soon-to-be-released film of yours is the short Strangers in a Book - so do talk about that one for a bit, and your role in it?


I play Bettina, a dispassionate call girl with a dark tale about a mysterious man. Again, it was a lovely crew to work with and I look forward to seeing this one make the festival rounds. Shorts seem to be popular lately which is nice to see.


Going through your filmography and stumbling over titles like Stormageddon, Fire Twister, LA Apocalypse, Mega Cyclone and Super Tanker, one can't help but notice that you've been in quite a few disaster movies over the years. Any idea why that is, and what is it like working on those (if those sets are at all comparable to one another)?


Iíve definitely done my share of these type of films as I think itís easier to cut your teeth on these type of projects as an actor when youíre gaining experience and working your way up. Iím not sure why Iíve often played a doctor or scientist for whatever reason but I found this was an excellent way to gain experience on set, working under tough conditions with tight budgets. Every experience has been different and Iím grateful for the opportunities to travel and work with crews all over the world.


Also, you've been in quite a few pieces of spider horror, like Lavalantula, Spiders and Camel Spiders - so are you at all afraid of spiders? ;)


Actually, not really. Bugs donít usually bother me. I tend to just take things outside and leave them to their own devicesÖ not to say that Iíd like to encounter a giant fire breathing lavalantula anytime soon ;)


As far as I know, one of your earliest TV roles was as Ava Gardner in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge - so do talk about that experience for a bit, and was it at all intimidating to play such a larger-than-life character? And is Ava Gardner an actress who inspires you?


I donít think I was intimidated. I was honored to work with Martha Coolidge and Halle Berry, both amazing womenÖ and playing an iconic film star to boot! I always loved the golden age of Hollywood and found Ava Gardner to be a trail blazer. She was tough and sexy in a way that was so natural and still rare to this day. I live to play strong characters such as this.


Now I know if I didn't ask you about your involvement in Saw VI, horror fans would probably tar and feather me - so please save me and talk about that movie for a bit!


I played a junkie by the name of Jane. Not much is known about my character other than I play an indirect role in part of the tragedy that befalls Jill Tuck.


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


Itís so hard to describe these things in words all the time but I do believe that I have a versatility that has rarely been tapped into. Perhaps now thatís changing a bit more at this stage of my life and career, which is certainly welcome. I love diversity in my work and enjoy raising the bar each time. One technique I suppose I could say I do is plenty of research. Iím a firm believer that backstory brings the character to life, even if the audience never learns the detailsÖ the actor still carries it within and this comes across as more emotionally complex layering.


Besides being an actress you are also a singer/songwriter, right, and are currently working on a new album - so do talk about your music for a bit!


Iíve been doing music for a long time and have had many projects. Iíve had Auradrone since 2007 when it began in my simple home studio. Over the years Iíve collaborated with many talented musicians and Auradrone became an extension of that. I write, sing, play and producer the music along with various collaborators. Iíve independently released 3 albums and am currently working on the 4th.


Actresses, musicians, whoever else who inspire you?


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I usually name men but this time Iíll give a shout out to some amazing women whoíve inspired me incredibly along the way: Meryl Streep (of course), Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Naomi Watts, Ronda Rousey (UFC fan here).


Your favourite movies?


Iíd say that I pick favorites more on directors and their bodies of workÖ Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Kubrick, Coppola, Luc Besson, Woody Allen, Danny Boyle, Baz LuhrmannÖ These are just a few among those whose work Iíve admired over the years.


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


Nothing personal but Iím not a huge fan of the Human Centipede series. Itís likeÖ why??


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


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


Iíd love to mention a project I started last winter which has now come into itís own as a movement. Itís called Defending The Endangered and we are working to fight poaching and trophy hunting of the worldís most endangered animals. We currently have a GoFundMe campaign running to finish a PSA video that we started last year - I am also working with some amazing people to organize a charity event in the fall in order to raise funds that will help out chosen sanctuaries and park rangers.


Thanks for the interview!


My pleasure. Thank you!


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