Your new movie Axe to
Grind - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
This movie is about a scream queen's revenge, towards her husband
the producer and the young aspiring horror stars who have shared her
husband's bed. My character happens to be "the next big
thing" who has replaced her in the current horror movie. She is
also her husband's current number one girl.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and
how much of Paula Labaredas can we find in Delilah?
myself in her situation and how she would feel regarding the
circumstances. I pretty much used believability - moment for moment but
when it came to my dramatic emotional scene I drew upon personal
experiences. So I tend to mix it up.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
The producer/writer Scott C.
Sanford found me on Facebook. He liked my previous work and
thought I would be perfect for his project.
To what extent could you identify with the
Grind's brand of comedy?
When we were
shooting the movie within the movie, that is where I found it comedic.
We were portraying the campy over-the-top horror films. But
the actual movie itself when we are being hunted was realistic... I was
What can you tell us about Axe to
Grind's director Matt Zettell, and what was your collaboration with him like?
was very supportive towards us actors. He allowed us to take our
time and deliver our interpretation of the character. I felt it was
a creative, safe environment. He worked fast, was well organized and
always on top of things. He made sure we all had what we needed.
Regarding the technical part he had a variety of creative cool shots
that added to the look and feel of the script. I was impressed with
his style and admired his work ethic.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
of the limited days of shooting we were all working super fast and
delivering our best work to the project, in a fun environment. I
felt we were all supportive of one another working towards the same goal.
future projects you'd like to share?
Yes I have quite a few
music videos in the works. I have just produced and shot a parody
music video which I will release on my YouTube channel, called
Selfie Girl, a Barbie Girl Parody. As well as releasing
my first original song, called Jitter
What got you into
acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the
I loved using my imagination as an escape when I
was a child, never thought of pursuing acting until I was in college, when
I enrolled in the theatre program.
Can you still remember your first time in front
of a movie or TV camera, and what was that experience like?
photo by Robert Kazandjian
my first time was on a black and white NYFA student film. It was my
start and knew I wanted to move forward with acting.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Axe to
I've worked on quite a few low budget
independent films as well as high budget ones. They have all
been a good experience. Any time I get an opportunity to act is fulfilling.
Do talk about your production company Lucky
Tiger Films for a bit, and the philosophy behind it?
ago I created my own production company to create and star in my own
films. I like creating something from scratch and seeing it flourish
to a tangible piece of art. My masterpiece is still in the works.
would you describe yourself as an actress?
myself as an actress as authentic, powerful and raw. I like to have
fun with my work as well as dig deep into the complicated layers of
humanity and express it beautifully where it is relatable and affective to
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
My all time favorite
is Marilyn Monroe. I also like Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron,
Juliette Lewis and Robin Wright's work.
Long list, but here are a few. Flashdance, A Patch of Blue,
Scarface, Dangerous Beauty, Natural Born Killers, Last of the
... and of course, films you really deplore?
lol. I hate bloody, chopped limbs, grotesque films. They
are just gross and I don't need those images in my psyche. I like
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Facebook, whatever else?
find me on social media:
Facebook fan page: PaulaLabaredas
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Nothing else for now. Thanks for the interview.