Your movie American
Mary - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
is about a young medical student, Mary Mason, who
- through a series of events - becomes disillusioned with the medial
community and finds herself drawn into the underground world of body
What did you draw upon to
bring your character to life, and how much of you can be found in Mary?
be honest, I drew upon the script: It’s so well-written that it all felt
organic. There’s obviously a part of me in every role I play –
especially the ones that tend toward the darker side. Ha, ha. Although we
filmed in 15 days so – at some point – my exhaustion may have helped
inform the portrayal a bit too.
central theme of American
Mary, bodymodification - what are your personal thoughts on it,
and did you do any research on the subject prior to making the movie?
the film, we explore the idea that perhaps the people that tend to be the
most “normal” are often the most deranged. One should never judge a
book by its cover because, in this film, those in the body mod community
are the most normal, well-adjusted people while the doctors – those we
are taught in real life to admire – are the most messed up.
did you get involved with the project in the first place? And what were
your initial thoughts when reading the script?
emailed to me. I read it all on Blackberry. It was 180 pages and when I
was done, I just thought “What??? Am I crazy? I love this!” So I sent
it to my dad because I knew that if he liked it then I wasn’t crazy. And
he loved it. I met with the twins [Soska-twins
interview - click here] for what was supposed to be some sushi and
we ended up talking until 5 in the morning about it!
covered in blood in American
Mary quite a bit, and there are quite a few scenes of torture and
mutilation - did you ever have the feeling that things are going too far?
the Soska-twins frame Katharine Isabelle
can you tell us about your directors Jen and Sylvia Soska [Soska-twins
interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?
all best friends and the collaboration... well, I didn’t need to
“collaborate” really because it’s their script. They wrote it so
well that it felt organic. I didn’t have to alter it. The only thing we
ever discussed was the hair – and I fought for that!
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
didn’t have a budget. The whole crew was basically there for free
because they loved it so much – and loved the twins. It was my third
film in a row and we filmed the whole thing in just 15 days. We tried
really hard! Everyone did.
for a moment go back to the beginnings of your career: You started acting
at a very young age - so how did you get into acting, what can you tell us
about your training as an actress, and can you still remember your first
time in front of a movie camera?
I don’t have any formal
training and I honestly can’t remember my first time in front of a
camera. I was about 5 or something.
I've picked a handful
of films from your filmography I'd like you to say a few words about if
you don't mind:
I was cold.
was also cold. Diane Lane was lovely.
Dogg got me into my first club ever!
I taught Kelly Rowland to cry and swear.
I lived above a casino for the whole shoot –
with my best friends.
Any other past films of yours you'd like to
talk about, any future projects you'd like to share?
No. But I’m looking forward to a new pilot for CBS/CW I just wrapped called
Blink and, hopefully, there’s more story to come on Being
Human this year after the season finale surprise.
is a genre you always seem to return to - pure coincidence or do you have
a certain fondness for horror, and why (not)?
really. I work my ass off on lots of different projects: independent
features, horror films, bigger budget things. But I am really good
you describe yourself as an actress, and what techniques do you use to
bring your characters to life?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
I’m a working actress. I
just do my best.
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
Bette Davis for sure and Leslie
Your favourite movies?
Now, Annie, and The Black Stallion.
Facebook, whatever else?
Only legit thing is Twitter:
@Katie_isabelle - there are a ton of fakes though so that’s