Tshayi Hercules, Petr Malinkovic, Sharon, Chris Dudley, Sandra
Valera in The Night Monica Came Back
Your upcoming movie The Night Monica Came Back - in a few
words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in
It centres on
a group of friends meeting up for a reunion, 20 years after an eventful
camping trip. My character is Martha. She’s a bit of a “do gooder”
and very bossy, even as a child she took on the role of first aider in the
camp, something which she continues to do as an adult.
What did you draw upon to bring Martha to life, and
how much of Sharon Spink can we find in her, actually?
think there’s quite a bit of me in Martha; I can be quite bossy and I do
have first aid training so that really helped. I like being in control of
The Night Monica Came Back being a horror comedy, are these genres
that actually appeal to you, both as an actress and as a viewer?
an actress I really enjoy the horror comedy roles. The comedy adds an
element of fun to the role and some light relief to the anguish of the horror.
As a viewer I watch the odd horror comedy but I’m more of romcom kinda
girl. As a child I was a huge horror fan though and used to have horror
movie nights with my friends. I remember watching films like Carrie,
Christine and Nightmare on Elm Street when I was far too young to watch
them. I scare too easily these days though.
The Night Monica Came Back was actually part of an "actors'
bootcamp" - so do talk about the bootcamp for a bit, and how did you
get involved with it even?
bootcamp was arranged by Eirian Cohen [Eirian
Cohen interview - click here] from Northern Star Acting
(http://www.northernstaracting.co.uk) and was a very
intense weekend. We had training in mind-set, meditation and even a
surprise horror workshop from Laurence R. Harvey. No one knew what to
expect and as the first ones to test it out we got the added bonus of
creating The Night Monica Came Back. I got involved because I think it’s
so important to do as much training as possible – you can never learn
everything there is about this business, oh and along with Rachel
Brownstein [Rachel Brownstein
interview - click here], I did the cooking and cleaning for the weekend too!
The Night Monica Came Back cast:
Top: Laurence R. Harvey, Sandra Valera
Center: Michael Haberfelner, Sharon, Chris
Bottom: Rachel Brownstein, Tshayi Hercules,
Eirian Cohen, Petr Malinkovic
The Night Monica Came Back
also stars horror veteran Laurence R. Harvey from Human Centipede 2
- so what was working with him like?
with Laurence was a real honour. I have to admit to never watching Human
Centipede 2 but in a way I was glad because it might have made me think
about Laurence differently. We did a horror workshop with him and I
learned so much, especially about the different levels of tension that can
occur during a scene. We also had lots of laughs too. Also, seeing the
fact that even a true professional actor can forget their lines sometimes
made me realise that problems can happen to the best, it doesn’t make
you less professional.
What can you tell
us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
shoot took place on the last day of the bootcamp, at a secret location on
Anglesey in Wales, and we had all been working hard on lines and
characters. Everyone was excited about working with Laurence. When
you’re sharing a house with friends you naturally become closer and
because of the things we shared during bootcamp we had all become a lot
closer so the atmosphere was great – it’s like working with your
family. This is what it means to be part of the Northern Star Acting Tribe
– we are a family not just a group of actors working together.
future projects you'd like to share?
currently rehearsing for a play called Feet, First Class. It’s a dark
comedy thriller, written and directed by Will Tollerfield and will have a
one night only showing at Doncaster Little Theatre on Friday 4th
Nov 2016. I’m also rehearsing for the part of Queen Magatha in
Swords of Scavelia
(http://swordsofscavelia.com/), a fantasy drama
TV pilot from DAG Productions Ltd.
What got you into
acting in the first place, and what can you tell us about your education
on the subject?
only started acting in Sept 2015 after joining Northern Star Acting. I’d
done a few TV interviews and thought about learning how to be a presenter
but when Eirian said she was starting adult acting classes I jumped at the
chance. I passed my first acting assessment the following Jan with a
distinction, and then, to my absolute surprise, in July I was awarded the
Northern Star Acting Actor of the Year 2016 award – presented to me by,
the lovely, Michael Haberfelner [Michael
Haberfelner interview - click here].
and the other teachers at Northern Star Acting
have taught me
so much and are so inspiring and positive that I would recommend their
classes to anyone wanting to learn how to be an actor.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to The Night Monica Came Back?
to this I’ve worked on several short films, done some presenting for an
educational website and some voice-over work for a children’s cartoon;
that’s something I’d like to learn more about.
would you describe yourself as an actress?
Sharon with Michael Haberfelner and Eirian
Cohen at the
Northern Star Awards Night
am passionate, empowering and confident. I always have an optimistic
outlook and have a fun-loving personality – forever the party animal.
I’m a strong, independent woman but one who’s easy to get along with
and I have a warm, caring and often motherly nature but have a naughty
sense of humour too.
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
than Eirian [Eirian
Cohen interview - click here], who is a great inspiration to anyone who meets her, then I
tend look up to women like Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Judy Dench and Miriam
Margolyes. This industry needs more strong, older female characters and
these are just some of the best out there. I also love actors like Tom
Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
back to the horror theme; my all-time favourite is Interview With The
Vampire but I also love films like Wizard Of
Oz, The Hobbit/Lord of The
Rings Trilogy and all the Harry Potter series. I’m a huge fan of
musicals too; Les Miserables and Rocky Horror Picture Show being a couple
... and of course, films you really deplore?
think the only film that I almost got up and walked out of the cinema during
was Traffic, starring Michael
Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones. It won several awards but I just found
it really boring.
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Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
that, I want to say a huge thank you to this great guy I know – Michael
Haberfelner interview - click here] for writing some great pieces and for taking the time to fly
over to the UK several times a year to help actors, like myself, at Northern Star Acting. It’s always a pleasure to work with him. [Awww,
thanks Sharon!!! - the editor]
for the interview!