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An Interview with Jacqi Vene, Star of The Surprise Visit

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2021

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


It is about a young couple who is hasnít been handed very much in life. They are meth users who find out they are pregnant and try to do the only thing they feel they can to create a better life for themselves and their child. And they suffer the consequences of their actions.


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Jacqi Vene can we find in Annabelle?


Rob Riordan [Rob Riordan interview - click here], my costar, actually turned me onto the YouTube documentary series of real life drug abusers and other people who walk all different sorts of paths. Its called Soft White Underbelly and it gets dark. I tend to like documentaries or real life encounters when doing character work.


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


I just auditioned and it was during Covid, so I felt very blessed to be able to work in such a trying time for everyone. We took all the precautions we possibly could, and we got to shoot outside almost everyday, which was also a blessing.


What can you tell us about The Surprise Visit's director Nick Lyon, and what was your collaboration like?


Nick is a visionary who gives his actors a lot of freedom which is really wonderful. But what's also great about Nick is that he will intervene in the midst of my freedom chase a re-direct in the slightest of ways that better fits the vision of the story.


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


It was a small crew and we werenít close together talking inside even if we were masked because of the Covid conditions. So a lot of the times I was listening to music and preparing for the scene. I spent a lot of time in the beautiful location sitting on the grass and soaking in the atmosphere of where we were. Music and location can catapult me into character faster than anything else.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I just released my first short that I wrote directed and starred in called Glitter with Patrick Droney's music. I am extremely proud of it and it just launched through my YouTube. You can also keep up with all my new work if you follow me on Instagram - @jjjacqi


From what I've read, before you've started out in the movies you were a theatre actress - so what can you tell us about your early days, and what got you into acting to begin with?


Yes. I started acting in theatre and fell in love with the idea that my quirky weird imporvisations could be something of importance. Than as I kept doing it and went through pain in my life I learned I could channel all sorts of emotion into this art and I was hooked.

I started doing improv shows that I helped write after the two theatre shows I was doing in high school. I would go from rehearsal to rehearsal to rehearsal and wouldnít get home until midnight most nights.


What made you switch to making movies eventually, and between stagework and filmwork, which do you actually prefer, and why?


I think I need both in my life. Theatre opens me up like a young child yearning to become more than what I am and film zooms back in and is more introspective and detail oriented. I hope I have the opportunity to bounce back and fourth like I have in my career.


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


I sort of see my career as just beginning and I am always surprised and feel like the luckiest girl in the world whenever someone wants to work with me. What I'm trying to say is I donít really know how to answer this besides I am so proud and amazed of everything I have worked on and everyone I have worked with. It's been a dream.


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


I would describe myself as an incredibly sensitive and emotional individual with a deep love for the world and life I live. I feel everything like so many of us do. And I feel deep pain in my heart sometimes. But what makes it so magical is that with my art I am able to transmute any seemingly negative energy into something beautiful that other people can connect with as well. Then the paradox appears showing me that if it werenít for that pain I wouldnít be able to create things so beautiful. I know I am here to feel and create from my feelings. And I am so happy that this is my life.


Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?


I donít know if actors inspire me as much as real people. For instance people like Jane Goodall, Erin Gruwell, played by Hillary Swank in Freedom Writers, or Julia Butterfly Hill. I like when people make their dreams a reality and spark real change. They donít even have to be known, they could be my sister who is a nurse and works 18 hour shift during the pandemic with a baby. These people are my inspirations.


Your favourite movies?


I have too many. This question shouldnít be allowed haha! For fiction movies (I am a reader) I love Okja! It just came out and it'*s lovely. For classics I love Interstellar and Arrival. And currently my favs for documentary style movies which I tend to lean toward are Fantastic Fungi, and The Alpinist is the best movie I have seen in a long time.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Hm, I usually turn them off if I donít like them. I have trouble sitting through most movies anyway. I watch them in chunks.


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


Just thank you for reaching out! I'm always here to chat.


Thanks for the interview!


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