Your upcoming film Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich
- in a few
words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?
How did you get involved with the project in the first place? And what were
the first thoughts that crossed your mind when you heard the title "Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich"?
I was fortunate enough to have worked with the talented Philip Gardiner [Philip
Gardiner interview - click here],
Michelle Gent [Michelle Gent
interview - click here] and the cast & crew before in Exorcist
Chronicles, so I knew
it'd be good! When I first heard the title "Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th
Reich", honestly? I thought 'Crikey'! I also had to research for my role as
Forcas the Vril.
How did you prepare for your role, what did you draw upon to bring
your character to life?
Vril were tortured, beaten,
assaulted, and de-humanised to such a degree, thankfully I couldn't draw
on any life experience, but the long hours in the hypothermic cold of the
shoot (note Vril had very little costume!) brought me close to the
What can you tell us about Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich's director Philip Gardiner [Philip
Gardiner interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
like? And how did you first hook up with him?
I had been an
avid reader of Philip Gardiner's books, watcher of Gardiner's World and a
big fan for years. I love the way he seeks truth and has no time for
idiots! Anyway, when the chance to audition for a part in Exorcist
Chronicles came up, I jumped at the chance... and well, the rest is
history. I love working for Philip and Michelle, you have no idea what's
I heard, at least parts of Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich
shot in an unheated warehouse during the coldest days of the year - so
what can you tell us about the shoot as such and the on-set atmosphere?
But the cast and crew are incredibly close, supportive and happy in each
other's company, so together we can conquer anything!
there ever was a Dead Walkers II: Nazis Raise the 5th Reich in a
Freezer, would you be on board?
Erm, let me see....
You have previously
worked with Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich's director
Philip Gardiner [Philip
Gardiner interview - click here] on Exorcist Chronicles -
now what can you tell us about that experience of yours?
adored making this film, literally had the time of my life! I cannot
really express what this film means to me. It was my first feature, I met
SO many gorgeous people that are now dear friends... Oh I could wax on
about it for hours!
Walkers co-star Paul Sutton [Paul Sutton interview - click
have recently also been in the short Metanoia - care to talk about
that movie for a bit?
Paul and I had been in touch via
Facebook, but this film was our first (of many now!) chance to act
together, it was a very small but dramatic scene where I am the victim of
domestic abuse (from Paul's character). I had to convince Paul to be
rougher with my hair pulling and throttling ... having said that when he's
running at you snarling abuse it IS scary! We all know that it is due to
his phenomenal acting as he's a right softie really!
You've recently also done some
work on a Bollywood-movie, right? You just have to talk about that
experience, and how does the Bollywood approach compare to the British
approach to filmmaking?
I will be honest here, although it
was an interesting experience, vastness, music, aromas etc, I didn't enjoy
filming this as much as the smaller indie films I have done.
Any other films of yours you
want to talk about, any future projects you'd like to share?
Wow! I have been really blessed. So many worthy mentions
here but to select a few, I am very proud of Mesto
(Italian for mourning) - Dwayne Perks and Mary-Jayne Davis are
incredibly talented. Mesto (in which I had a lead role) has
gone to Cannes Film Festival this year, along with Wasteland
an amazing zombie film by Tommy Draper, Tom and Chrissa Wadlow
interview - click here] and Mark Drake, great fun!
The Last Rites Joe O'Sullivan - in which I was a tribal
warrior is another to look out for.
I particularly enjoyed the short noir film Partis De
Fumee shot in York. Future top crew here, they were
incredibly professional and great to work with.
I have been a guest star in the hugely popular web-series No Place like Holmes: Mary Morstan
Mysteries as Mrs Cecil
Forrester. Also featured in SKY1's sitcom Trollied.
Now I am about to be taking to the STAGE too! Blame the
lovely and talented Actress, Producer, Director, Writer, and
Vocalist, Kay Vardy [Kay
Vardy interview - click here]!
I have several exciting film and TV project opportunities in discussion
and will bring you news when I hear!
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
education on the subject?
In a word.... Philip Gardiner [Philip
Gardiner interview - click here]!
The Exorcist Chronicles audition was my first experience of the industry,
and I was completely 'bitten on the arse' - NO not by Phil! By the whole
acting thing! I met the fabulous and gorgeous Rudy Barrow [Rudy
Barrow interview - click here] at this audition
too. I have since attended Brian Timoney's Actors Studios for a seminar
and a boot camp. Also attended many great CD workshops and seminars.
Can you still remember your
first time in front of a movie camera, and what was that experience like?
was used IN the film Exorcist Chronicles! Not my best look, half naked,
possessed by evilness, haha!
You of course also have to
talk about your ghosthunting experiences!
I love ghost
hunting! Have hunted with the best, Team Impact UK and Ghosthunters TAPS
in the USA with Steve Gonsalves, Amy Bruni, Dave and Bruce Tango, John
Zaffis et al! Fantastic! Have had lots of experiences.
aspects of your career we should know about?
I am currently
learning to speak Mandarin.
you describe yourself as an actress, and what are some of your techniques
to bring your characters to life?
Ooh that's a tough one! I
always give my heart and soul to every role no matter how small. I am
uninhibited, fearless, hard working and versatile in many genres. Having
been a trained nurse, worked in the corporate industry, a gatekeeper, a
waitress and a mother of two, there's plenty of scope for drawing on life
Actresses (or indeed
actors) who inspire you?
So many... Meryl Streep, Judy
Dench, Jennifer Morrison, the actress out of Cold Case! Robert De Niro, Al
Pacino, Sean Bean, Tom Riley, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Morgan
Freeman and more...
Your favourite movies?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
The Book of Eli, The Exorcist, An American Haunting,
Something's Gotta Give, Blue Juice, A Lot Like Love.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Shooty war ones!
Or cheesy improbable romances!
Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Am I still loving being an actress?
OH YES! SO MUCH!
Thanks for interviewing me, I look forward to hearing from you all!