Your new movie Book of Monsters - in a few words, what is it about,
and what can you tell us about your character?
Book of Monsters
is about six kickass women who fight off a horde of monsters
at an 18th birthday party - Sophie
is turning 18, sheís had a tough life after losing her Mum at a very
young age and no one believing her as to who killed her. She along with
her close friends Mona and Beth throw a huge 18th birthday party which
turns into a bloodbath after monsters attack. The story involves Sophie
finding out who she really is and taking a very big personal journey from
a shy timid girl to complete badass
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much of Lyndsey Craine can we find in Sophie?
I think I used
personal experiences from my own life to bring Sophieís to life, for
instance, I am quite a shy, quiet person around new people but my
confidence comes out when Iím surrounded by my close friends and this is
something Sophie possesses.
you get involved with the project in the first place?
have worked with Dark Rift Films in the past on some of their short films
and had a small role in their first feature film The Creature
Book of Monsters
came along and they approached me for the role of Sophie
I jumped at the opportunity.
what extent could you identify with the film's horror theme, and is horror
a genre at all dear to you?
Iíve always enjoyed horror films although I must admit Iíve watched
much more of them since appearing in Book of Monsters! My favourite horror
film has always been the Scream films, I loved the mix of comedy and
horror which is something
Book of Monsters
has a brilliant balance of.
Even though I like horror films much more now and know how they are made,
I still get super scared by them!
What can you tell us about Book of Monsters'
director Stewart Sparke, and what was your collaboration like?
with Stewart Sparke was absolutely fantastic. He is so passionate about
his art that it was a real joy to watch him work and see how effortlessly
he could work with the whole cast and crew. I am so lucky to have been
able to collaborate with him and Paul Butler [Paul
Butler interview - click here] on
Book of Monsters. It was
brilliant to work closely with him on bringing Sophie to life and sharing
our ideas on how she would approach each scenario. Having worked on many
of his short films several years ago I knew how professional he was on set
and how much of a natural he is.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
atmosphere on set was electric. Every member of the cast and crew were so
passionate and it was a real honour to be working alongside each and every
one of them. I think everyone would agree that we became like a family. We
had two weeks of working in the studio and it was the most fun two weeks
that I wish I could go back and do it all again. I spent 12 hours a day
covered in fake blood most days but I would do it again tomorrow! Hearing
the line get the blood cannon out for Lyndsey is not something you think
would ever be said! I really do feel so lucky to have been apart of this
incredible project and seeing everyone be so passionate and give 100%
every second was amazing to see.
future projects you'd like to share?
wrapped on another feature film called Zomblogalypse, which is based around
a group of people who decide to make a film during the zombie apocalypse.
It was a lot of fun to make and Iím very excited to see what becomes of
Lyndsey (center) with Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton,
What got you into
acting in the first place and did you receive any formal training on the
studied Film and TV Production at university and that was really where my
passion for acting began. Although the course was based around production
and working behind the scenes, I was able to act in many of the films that
were being made. It was at university where I first met Stewart and I
started acting in his films from then on.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to Book of Monsters?
had mainly worked on short films through my time at university and once I
Book of Monsters
is actually my first lead role in a
feature film so I was so grateful to Stewart and Paul for giving me the
opportunity to take on the role of Sophie.
How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of
your techniques to bring your characters to life?
really enjoy delving into a character's back story and really discovering
who they are as a person. With the character of Sophie I made a lot of
notes about how I thought she would approach certain scenarios and I loved
sitting down with Paul and discussing this with him and getting down to
the raw details about who Sophie really is.
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
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have many actresses who I love for various reasons. I adore Meryl Streep
and her ability to adapt into any role is so incredible to watch. Lana
Parrilla is another actress who really inspires me. Iím a big Disney fan
and I loved her character in Once Upon A Time and seeing the journey she
took throughout each series. As mentioned earlier I really enjoy the
Scream films and Neve Campbellís role of Sydney was something I really
looked towards as inspiration for Sophie as even though Scream doesnít
include any monsters from a book, I felt the characters took a similar
One of my favourite
films is Man on Fire. The editing and soundtrack are phenomenal, I
canít count how many times I have watched that movie! This is complete
opposite in terms of genre but I love The Sound of Music, itís a
film I always remember my parents showing me and I used to act the whole
thing out in front of the TV when I was little! Itís very close to my
heart. I just love watching so many different genres of film!
... and of course, films you really deplore?
film I wouldnít say I deplore but I canít watch because it scares me
too much is Texas Chainsaw
Massacre, I think I was too young when I
watched it the first time and it has forever scared me since!
website, Facebook, whatever else?
am on Instagram as lyndseybc and I post all things Book of Monsters
any future work on my page.
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Thank you so much for
for the interview!