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An Interview with Ellen Carnazza, Star of The Pact

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2023

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Your new movie The Pact - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Without giving too much away, itís about a group of women united by the abuse they have received from their partners and the lengths they go to to take back control and get revenge. There are really important themes about domestic abuse and women supporting women, as well as the film being a great thriller. My character is at rock bottom when we meet her because of the abuse she has suffered for a very long time. She has been left as a shell of who she once was. But she still has a fire and a strength inside her that mean she gets herself to a very different place by the end. I donít want to spoil anything but there is definitely more to her than meets the eye!


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Ellen Carnazza can we find in her?


I would say weíre very different (thankfully!) but I can relate to having an inner strength and letting that fire, however small, keep you going, especially through the dark times.


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


I knew director Paul Sutton [Paul Sutton interview - click here] from doing murder mysteries with him so when he asked me to join the cast, I jumped at the chance as heís always such a joy to work with and I immediately fell in love with the script!


What can you tell us about The Pact's director Paul Sutton, and what was your collaboration like?


He has written a brilliant script and also has such a clear vision for it as a director, so it is lovely to see his passion for the project as well as his brilliant ideas. Itís a pleasure to help his story come to life as it feels so vivid when he discusses it. He is a very multi-talented person, so watching him on set go from actor to director to producer to fight coordinator and back again is so inspiring. Heís also just a lovely guy and, of course, weíve worked together before so collaborating feels very natural. He is happy to trust you with your interpretation of the character and let you play with ideas, which is everything you can want from a director.


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Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


Everyone on the team is genuinely lovely as well as being super talented so we have a right laugh. Which can be bizarre as itís quite a serious film. Weíll be giggling away then suddenly Paul says Ďaction!í and everyone snaps back into character, bursting into tears or confessing very dark feelings. I think because the subject matter is quite heavy, we need that light relief between scenes. Itís also fascinating watching the other actors and crew work - Iím learning so much from everyone as theyíre so good at what they do. Itís like a masterclass from each of them.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Nothing I can share at the moment but hopefully some fun theatre projects coming up soon!


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I always loved theatre and performing but I started out as a scriptwriter rather than an actor. While I was studying and writing plays, I performed in a lot of student theatre and took my own play, a comedy murder mystery called Whodunnit?, up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which I absolutely loved. I caught the acting bug and when I graduated, I did a few short courses and applied for a few bits of the off chance which led to a few fringe shows and student films and then things just snowballed from there.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Pact?


I started out doing a lot of student films then moved into indie films and Iíve been lucky to have a wide range of roles from being a gun-wielding survivor in a dystopian world to being a regency-period lady of the manor. Iíve been doing more theatre recently so itís been nice to get back into film with The Pact as I love the naturalistic style of screen acting and just love being on set.


How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


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I hope to be quite versatile as I love performing in all sorts of different styles from the naturalism of screen acting to the over-the-top comedy of pantomime. On screen especially, I think my style is generally quite raw and open as I feel my job as an actress is to find the truth of the character and the story, so I try to take an instinctive approach and focus on serving the script and grounding the character in reality. Although I didnít go to drama school, Iíve studied a range of techniques from Meisner to Method acting to clowning so I try to take different aspects of these techniques that Iíve found useful and take a hybrid approach when tackling a role, depending on what will be useful for that specific project. Ultimately, I try not to get too in my head and instead trust my gut and instincts, but itís useful to have those tools if there are particular challenges.


Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?


There are so many. I love actors that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure like Olivia Colman, Sarah Lancashire and Steve Carell. I also really admire Billie Piper, Florence Pugh, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Martin, Ruth Wilson and Julie Walters.


Your favourite movies?


I think a lot of my favourite movies are guilty pleasures. Moulin Rouge has always been a favourite. Hot Fuzz is another. Generally I watch more TV - I love a good series where you can really explore the characters and see them develop over a longer period of time.


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Your website, social media, whatever else?


Iím @ellencarnazza on Twitter and Instagram. My theatre company, Flights of Fantasy, is also @FlightsFantasy_ on Twitter and @flightsoffantasytheatre on Instagram, or you can find out more on


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I donít think so!


Thanks for the interview!


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