Your new movie Peelers
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
is about... peelers! And what they do when all hell breaks lose
in their strip club because a few infected (and infectious) patrons. It's
closing night, the bar is being sold to a corporate dickhead so my
character Blue Jean is bummed. But bigger problems arise,
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much of Wren Walker can we actually find in
Blue Jean is a no-bullshit -- ex-ballplayer --
stripclub-owning -- Tough Mama! I tend not to tolerate fools easily so
that quality definitely lent itself to my character, but I'm a sarcastic
weirdo in my own life so playing 'the straight man' in the movie was very
interesting for me.
How much fun was it actually to play a
bad-ass zombie killer?
My favourite part of the shoot was
filming the stunts! The physicality of the role was the most fun for me.
From swinging the bat, to jumping off tables, jumping out of the way of
moving motorcycles -- Seve (the director) [Sevé
Schelenz interview - click here] said "You're in a good mood
today" after I got to bash in the head one of the infected with my
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
Craigslist. For real. I was the
last girl to audition.
To what extend could you
actually identify with Peelers'
horror and strip club themes?
I've been a horror film lover
my entire life. No joke. I watched horror movies when I was way too young
to be watching horror movies. Part of my excitement of nabbing this role
was that the idea of being in a film of the genre I love so much. It was
an honor to be cast. Before shooting this I had actually never been in a
strip club. All of us girls had a night out and went to one before
What can you tell us about
your director Sevé Schelenz [Sevé
Schelenz interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Sevé is super chill. I loved Skew, his
previous film, so I knew I was in good hands. And now after seeing
Peelers, it's clear he puts out high-quality, entertaining work.
I'll work with him again in any capacity.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
It's funny because people think with all the
gore and effects it will be such a crazy environment.
it got to the point where I asked the AD when lunch was and she said
"after the head comes off" and I didn't blink an eye.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
a writer myself and have written a short film I will be directing this
year called Self-Eject. It's a sci-fi Hitchcockian thriller
set in a motel room. So look out for that!
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I've worked in theatre since I was
a kid. I studied drama at the University of Waterloo and continue to train
here in Vancouver.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Peelers?
to Peelers, I had done short films and web-series here and
there. This was my first legit role. Since Peelers I've played
a cop on both Almost Human and Lucifer, and
continue to audition for cop roles. I'm not complaining!
movies, you've also done your fair share of stagework - so what can you
tell us about that aspect of your career, and how does performing on stage
compare to acting in front of a camera? And which do you prefer, actually?
is no safety net with stage acting, so it's great to have that experience
as a film actor. Especially if you're shooting a stunt or working with
practical effects where it's like 'we got one shot to get this right'. You
flub a line, you trip, ... you keep going.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I like to work off of
instinct and energy. I try not to block my actions unless the director has
asked me to do something specific.
co-star Chaz Odin Darko
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
Charlize Theron. She can be
beautiful, ugly, funny, tough.
Your favourite movies?
The Thing by John Carpenter, Audition by Takashi Miike, anything Park Chan-Wook.
I love David Lynch as well.
and of course, films you really deplore?
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Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Some advice to
other actresses -- don't wear long nails if you have to perform stunts.
Part of my nail ripped off during one stunt, it was pretty painful. But I
did have fun showing everyone my injury on set -- "look, REAL