Your new movie The Viewing
- in a few words, what is it about, and
what can you tell us about your character in it?
Don’t really want to give away too much, as it would spoil the film but
it’s basically about a couple going to view a new house & what happens
during that viewing.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Sharon Spink can we find in Sam?
Sam is the posh side
of me – she has money, first-time buyers don’t buy a huge detached
house unless they have money now do they? I grew up in a middle class
family so used that as a basis but felt she was slightly posher than that
so gave her status, money & ambition, which reflects the direction I
want to take.
You've made up the
story for The Viewing
with your co-stars and your director
Sebastian Roberts [Sebastian
Roberts interview - click here], right? So what can you tell us about the creative
Yeah that was a fun process; the genre was
easy – most of us like horror in one form or another. The general idea
came to us quite quickly - having an empty house available helped with
that too. Having tried a few ideas that didn’t work we eventually came
up with the idea of a house viewing with a twist.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the
We all work really well together so had
a fun evening filming this. Filming only took about 3 hours & although
we stayed professional we still had great fun making the film, especially
when some of the sfx bits didn’t quite go as planned.
Another new film of yours is Cured
- so what's that one about, and who do you play?
bitter-sweet story really. I play Isabelle the leader of the brethren and
she has seen the atrocities going on in the outside world and feels that
she has no option but to take matters into her own hands to protect the
brethren from them.
what did you draw upon to bring your character to life?
was a tougher character to create – she is caring but has a darker side
to her too. She has to be strong to be able to do what she does & to
lead the brethren but she’s also a mum to Ronald so has that caring,
nurturing side to her. She reminded me of the old ladies you see going to
church on a Sunday – stern looking; I remember seeing them as a child
and being quite daunted by them.
also executive-produced Cured, right? So what were the challenges
Yeah – this was a challenge because it wasn’t
something I’d done before but I had a great director in Sebastian
Roberts [Sebastian Roberts
interview - click here] and we
just discussed what we needed. It’s really all about being organised. I
think the hardest part & I assume it’s true of a lot of films, is
being able to find a time when everyone was available, especially when you
have younger actors involved – you have to fit round school etc. for
them. Also I was make-up artist so the sfx was a challenge – I’d not
done anything like that before either; amazing what you can do with latex
& a bit of tissue.
What can you tell us about that actual shoot
The main shoot was done at Tingley Methodist
which our DoP, Cameron Prudames, had arranged. Everyone involved was
amazing, so professional – we couldn’t have asked for a better shoot.
Both The Viewingand Cured
directed by Sebastian Roberts - so do talk about him for a bit, and what
was working with him like?
Working with Sebastian is
brilliant. I’ve known him for about two and a half years now and worked
really closely with him, in our acting classes at Northern
Star Acting – www.northernstaracting.co.uk/
– he’s not just a great director but a great actor too. He comes up
with some very clever ideas and knows exactly what he wants from a film.
He’s easy-going and very laid back too, making filming day feel like
you’re not working. I’m sure he’ll go far with whichever field he
With both The Viewing
and Cured being of the horror variety - is that a genre at all dear
It’s a strange one – I love acting in horror
films but I don’t watch much horror at all because I do get scared
easily by them, unless it’s a vampire film; Interview With The Vampire
is one of my favourite films, as is Gary Oldman’s version of Dracula. I
tend to watch more comedy/romance type films, although I am a huge fan
of Game Of Thrones and would love to appear in that or maybe a spin off
from the show.
Other current or future projects you'd like to
I’ve just completed a couple of short films: Fine – which covers
the tricky subject of suicide, self-harm & eating disorders, where I
play a psychiatrist – and Clouds, which is about a young man growing up with
ADHD and I get to play his teacher.
Future projects coming up – I have two feature films to shoot this
year, one is Unseen Tears for Leviahawk Films & the other is The
Hunters with Chris Dudley [Chris
Dudley interview - click here] from Dudley Entertainment, where I play a
detective. I’m also writing my first short film, which will star
Sebastian Roberts [Sebastian
Roberts interview - click here], as my brother, so I have a busy but fun year ahead.
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else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
that I would love to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in both
films, to Eirian Cohen [Eirian
Cohen interview - click here] & Carl Backhouse for being awesome acting
coaches, & of course to you for the interview. Thanks J
for the interview!