Your new movie Room 203
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
Room 203 in a nutshell is about two best friends who move in together and have
to fight off an evil curse. My character, Kim, is a nerdy freshman in
college, and a fierce friend who is struggling with her past.
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much Francesca Xuereb can we actually find in
When creating the character of Kim I definitely drew upon my relationship
with my childhood best friend, and the lengths I would go for her.
How did you get involved with the project in the
first place, and what drew you to it?
I got involved with the project through a professor I had at LMU. I
actually had to decide between doing
Room 203 and another film, and
ultimately what made me choose it was the team attached. I was super
exciting to sign on after seeing the director Ben Jagger and the
cinematographer Joel Froomeís work. I was impressed, and knew I would
be in good hands.
To what extent
could you identify with Room
203's approach to horror, and is horror a genre you're at all fond
of in general?
I love horror, Itís one of my favorite genres. Iím a huge fan of
classic slashers, something with a little comedy as well is my jam. But
yeah, just love em, I used to watch horror movies late at night, all alone,
just scaring the bejeezus out of myself.
Do talk about Room
203's director Ben Jagger, and what was your collaboration like?
Ben was so great to collaborate with, we talked a bit before we started
about what works best for me in the moment, and he was always willing to
work through things as much as possible even when we were on a tight
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
The shoot was unforgettable, the
Room 203 cast and crew was so close, and
Iíve never experienced anything like that before or after. We were working
during the pandemic, and we had 19 days to make a feature, and despite all
of that we were always in high spirits spending all of our downtime
together. Also, during the shoot we were being haunted. The producers
found a dead body on set a few days before starting shooting, and we had
so much paranormal activity going on behind the scenes which only brought
us all closer together.
future projects you'd like to share?
The only thing I can share right now is I have another horror movie
directed by Mark Polish coming out hopefully early this summer.
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the
I always loved acting. I did community theater when I was kid, I loved it
but the theater shut down and I fell off. It wasnít until college, about
half way through, I realized I just had to try and do it. So I transferred
and studied theater at LMU (Loyola Marymount University), and I just
graduated during the pandemic.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to Room 203?
Prior to shooting Room 203, I had only done one other project. Since
Room 203, Iíve been fortunate enough to have a fun parts in
Sex Lives of
College Girls, Seal Team, and Pam and Tommy.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I donít know, I like to do research, and text work. I read the script as
many times as I can, and use a lot of snippets from different techniques
to prepare, but when Iím actually doing the work I like to just let go
of it all and focus on being present.
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
Some actors that inspire me are, well, Meryl Streep, obviously. Jessica
Lange, Viola Davis, Tim Curry, and Reese Witherspoon. I could
go on forever though, I admire a lot of people in this industry.
Your favourite movies?
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I love every movie, seriously. My favorites are Clue, The Grand Budapest
Hotel, and recently, The Worst Person in the World.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Again, I really love every movieÖ I canít really think of any I
canít appreciate in some way or another.
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Anything else you're dying
to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
for the interview!
Youíre welcome J