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An Interview with Lorena King, Star of Beware

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2012

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Your movie Beware - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Beware is a good scary movie you invite your friends over for, make popcorn and hide behind a blanket. Itís bloody, it has action, romance, boobs, has a great killer with a background story, characters youíll love and characters youíll love to hate.

The story starts with 5 friends going on a road trip to the Florida West coast for a Latino Music Festival. When they reach a town called Shady Grove their car breaks down and they are forced to stay for the night. Thankfully a good samaritan, Maria, offers them to stay at her house instead of the dirty motel in town. They have a good time, barbequing, sitting around the bonfire, just hanging out and thenÖ people start dying...


at the Beware-premiere

How did you approach your character, acting-wise, and how much of yourself do we find in Nella?


When I first read the script I kept thinking sheís really strong and that was basically where I started. Building her background story and the reasons why she is the way she is. That is actually one of the things I really like about acting, scripts donít give you personality and detailed history about each character, it is up to us as actors to create that.

Itís inevitable to have a little of you in every character you play and then in turn take a little from the character with you. Nella and I are similar in a lot of ways. I consider myself a strong person, but I donít think Iím as strong as she is, both physically and emotionally. Nella is very close to her brother, and my brothers mean the world to me and weíre close but I canít say weíre as close as Nella and Marco are. I think in the end I walked away with more Nella in me than Lorena was left with herÖ if that makes any sense.


Playing roles like that in Beware will probably quickly earn you the label scream queen - something you can at all live with?


Absolutely! I actually did my first scream queen panel last year during our festival run. Funny thing about that is that Nella doesnít actually scream. Horror fans have this incredible loyalty that itís really an honor. I met a lot of people in festivals last year and it was so exciting to hear them talk about how much they loved our film.


Your role in Beware seems to have been rather physically demanding. How did you deal with the action aspects of your role?


I love to work out and run, so when I was getting ready for Beware I just sort of kicked it up a notch. I was going to the gym twice a day and doing lots of cardio and weight training. Also keeping up with a good diet. Exercise and diet are a great way for me to have energy. I had protein bars all over set, just in case I needed a snack. I loved all the action, running around, climbing, hiding, fallingÖ everything was so much fun.


How did you get involved in the movie in the first place?


I went to a casting. I found out about it the night before and the person I was working with at the time said itís a horror film and youíll be going for a role that needs to speak Spanish, have a monologue. Well I didnít have a monologue ready at the time and I was just not going to go, but in the end I decided to go. I ended up reading my monologue. I didnít hear from them for months, so I figured I didnít get it.


A few words about your director Jason Daly [Jason Daly interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like? And what can you tell us about the on-set atmosphere?


Jason is the man! Hahaha, he is awesome. From the beginning we had a great working relationship. He really wanted to involve me in creating Nella. Everything from the wardrobe, shoes, we worked together on. He allowed me to be Nella, he would say I know the script says this, but you know Nella better than I do and you know how she would say it. I canít even begin to tell you how much that meant to me, because he created Nella, but to give me that freedom and really allow me to take control of who Nella is was just incredible.


The on-set atmosphere was great. We all actually stayed at the house where most of the filming took place, so we really got to spend time together. Everyone in the cast and crew got along great, we were like a little dysfunctional family.


Obviously it was stressful at times, it is an indie film, which means we had a very small crew, and a lot to get done in a short period of time. Not sure if you know this but Beware was shot in English and Spanish. So basically we shot two films in the timeframe to shoot one. Shawn who produced the film and Jason who directed were also playing craft service also and were working a full time job. Shawn had a newborn at home and Jason had a pregnant wife at home. I donít know if they got any sleep during the filming. Now thinking back I canít believe we did it without any issues, or if there were issues we didnít know about it. All I remember is all the fun we had, filming Beware was the best experience!


With Beware essentially being a slasher movie - is this a genre you can at all relate to?


I can relate to the genere because I can easily remember watching slashers growing up. I absolutely hated them, cause they sared me (well, still scare me), but I couldnít stop watching. I did a drive from California to middle of nowhere in Texas and one of my best friends actually came with me all the way to El Paso then flew back to California so I had to drive across Texas by myselfÖ let me tell you, all I could think about was Texas Chainsaw Masacre! I was driving on small 2-lane state routes that would cross tiny towns. Every time I saw a gas station, even if my tank was ĺ of the way full, I would stop and top off just in case. I kept thinking, I am not going to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere!


Let's go back to the begginings of your career: What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I remember being a little girl playing with my cousin, just playing different characters and honestly I canít remember wanting to be anything else. I just wanted to be an actress. One time, my cousin and I were playing and we were both really into these characters and were just crying our eyes out. Then we stopped and we were like, that was awesome. That is when I realized I want to do this.


Iíve taken a lot of different classes and workshops, actually still do. I currently attend the Miami Acting Studio. You never stop learning so I plan to continue taking classes.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Beware and can you actually still remember the first time you acted in front of a camera?


Beware was actually my first film. I did radio for about 4 years before Beware and did some TV hosting and reporting. But actually acting in a film, Beware was my first. When I was a teenager I took an acting class and we had to lip lynch a song and act during the lip-synching, and that was filmed by our teacher. I did Christina Aguileraís I Turn to You, and I remember watching it thinking that is cool cause it actually looked like it was me singing.


Any future projects you'd like to talk about?


Thereís a couple things in the works, but nothing concrete yet.


Actresses (or indeed actors) who inspire you?


Oh God, so manyÖ Meryl Streep is just brilliant and I really admire Will Smith, I think he just gets better and better, but honestly there are so many actors that inspire me. Jeremy Renner is fantastic, when he was doing press for Ghost Protocol someone asked him what was the best part of working on a film with a huge budget, and he said something that inspired me, he said you know the release date before you even begin filming. That is a luxury that most indie projects do not have.


Your favourite movies?


First of all, Beware J Ö but I like so many and just about every genreÖ Grease, Silence of the Lambs, Million Dollar Baby, The Pursuit of Happiness, Face Off, Seven, American History X, 8mm, The Hangover, The Notebook, Castaway, Anchorman, The Lion King, PS I Love You, Butterfly Effect, Old School, InceptionÖ I donít think I could pick and I could probably go on forever, the more I think about it the more I want to add.


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


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You can find me on Facebook - if you write to me I will answer you, maybe not right away, but I will answer eventually. Also follow me on Twitter - @Lorena_King


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


Beware just premiered on Showtime last week and will be on again 3/18 and 3/22, and of course you can purchase the DVD, go to for all the places where you can find Beware J


I hope everyone has a chance to watch Beware and enjoy it. It was made by a lot of people who love movies and love making movies.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you!


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