Your new movie B.C. Butcher
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
driven slasher film!!! I play Neandra, the leader of the cavewomen tribe.
Neandra pushes her leadership role on others around her as a means to hide her vulnerabilities.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life?
The mean girls I knew in Junior High! Haha. But seriously, I myself identify with
What was it even like to run around the woods in campy costumes like yours?
This question makes me
laugh because the interviewer understands how odd it can be to scream "I
saved the tribe!" on a weekday afternoon in front of onlookers! The
hardest part was running barefoot on rocks.
How did you get hooked up with the project in the first place, and
to what extent can you identify with the prehistoric and the slasher
I went through the normal channels and auditioned!
This is my first experience with the prehistoric & slasher
genres. It was fun to create our version of a prehistoric world.
What can you tell us about your director Kansas
Bowling [Kansas Bowling interview -
click here], and what was your collaboration like?
really feel Kansas & I connected working on this project because
we both knew when it was time to work and time to play. I respected her on
set and vice versa. I am inspired by her drive, especially at such a young
Leilani, Kansas Bowling, Natasha Halevi
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
setting was a backyard of a bohemian-type family in Topanga Canyon. The
family had many farm animals - goats, chickens, rabbits, roosters,
etc! It really transferred me to a different place every morning I
arrived! Each cast & crew member had a unique personality that was
unlike the other! It was really amusing to be around that.
future projects you'd like to share?
taking my acting career to New York City in 2016! Definitely future
projects and stage productions to come!!
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
remember being in my first acting class at age 13. I must have tried every
form of art and sports, but acting has stuck with me the longest. It's
challenging in a way that keeps me reaching for higher limits! There is
nothing better than working on your craft in class or using your skills
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to B.C. Butcher?
a lead role in B.C. Butcher
was so liberating for me because prior to this
film, I had performed much smaller roles in front of the camera. My bigger
roles were performed on stage.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
constantly learning new techniques and character study. You learn a lot
about yourself too in the process and I love that. What works for me so
far is to read the script OVER AND OVER. Question the motive, or action,
behind the sentences of your character. I immediately had a difficult time
identifying with Neandra because she was so nasty to the others, but it
was important that I loved her and defended what she was doing.
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
Weirdos like Daniel Day Lewis to
kick ass comediennes like Christina Applegate.
Your favourite movies?
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Antoinette directed by Sophia Coppola. I can watch that on repeat.
and of course, films you really deplore?
summer box office action films… SORRY!
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Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
you for your interest in our little film that could!!