Your new movie Don't
Get in the Car - in a few words, what is it about, and what can
you tell us about your character?
This film is about a woman who is forced to complete a series of
dangerous tasks under a time constraint while her small daughter and
babysitter is held captive by an extremely dangerous gang leader who
happens to be her ex.
My character Tara is a survivor of sex traffiking who escaped her
ex-pimp 5 years prior and is living a quiet clean life in hiding with
her 5 year old daughter. Tara's past trauma is about to be fully
unleashed as she must face her worst nightmare with a menacing phone
call that puts her, her child and babysitter in a life or death
What did you draw upon
to bring your character to life, and how much Jennimay Walker can we find
There is quite a lot of Jennimay Walker in Tara, I was able to
draw on some of my own traumatic past experiences, with abusive
characters, sexual predator parasites which I had to escape, plus,
my own child being held captive for 2 months many years ago.
Tara undergoes some pretty traumatic
experiences in Don't
Get in the Car - so how does this affect you both as an actress
and maybe also personally?
Yes, Tara is abused repeatedly until she gets an upper hand and her
debilitating trauma begins to transform into a fighter as she sees
that she has no choice but to rise above the fear as the Mama
grizzly bear is activated. Tara's transformation deeply affected me as
it is a testament to the rising up of an abuse victim finding her power
and inner strength.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place, what drew you to it?
I got involved because Jennifer Blanc-Biehn asked me to play Tara. She
had faith in me and I will be forever grateful.
can you tell us about Don't
Get in the Car's director Clarice Paris, and what was your
Working with director Clarice Paris was a pure dream, she also played
my sister Lesley. Clarice is so creative and talented. We had such a
great connection and it was never ending laughs, driving around in that
crazy car trying to capture awesome shots with epic lighting!
At one point Clarice was driving around with us as she was squished on
the floor of the back seat with her camera like a total
trouper ready to do anything for the epic shots!! Clarice is
a brilliant director that I hope to work with again.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere!
I can't say enough about how fabulous the whole cast and crew were.
There were so many funny and magical moments. We kept saying "I
love you car" so it would start. It stalled like a bunch of times
when we already started rolling. I absolutely LOVED everyone on this
Any future projects you'd like to
Future projects I will be sharing on my Instagram @jennimaywalkaway
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I got into acting as a child with a little theater company in my hometown of Montreal called
Pauline Rathbone Theater. Performance and art
has been my passion forever... maybe it has something to do with
coming from a family full of actors and musicians. My formal training
was with the brilliant teacher Jacqueline McClintock who I studied with
for four years, who was a direct student under Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. Jacqueline passed in 2012, she meant the
world to me.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Don't
Get in the Car?
The other flmwork prior to Don't
Get in the Car is all
mostly horror/thriller films, Psychophonia
and Cabaret Of The Dead/Fetish
Factory directed by the talented Staci Layne Wilson [Staci
Layne Wilson interview - click here].
You can see my other work on
From what I've read, before
acting in front of the camera you have done both theatre and burlesque
shows - so what can you tell us about these stages in your career, and how
does performing in front of an audience compare to acting on film? And
which do you prefer, actually?
Yes I've done many live shows, I was with a burlesque troupe and
performed in musical theatre singing and dancing, I'm also an aerial
dancer on silks. However I love film just as much as live performance. I
do not discriminate and I'm always grateful for work in my field.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
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My description of myself as a performer is always evolving, I
find that the more life experiences the deeper my performances will
be. The more I choose to really take it all in and become present,
aware, listening and sensitive to others, the better my work.
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
There are so many actors and actresses that inspire. Well first off,
my brother, Andrew W Walker, then Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain. Cate
Blanchett, Elizabeth Taylor, Halle Berry, Joan Crawford, Angela
Bassett, Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, still more but you get the
picture. Woman with balls. Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Humphrey
Bogart, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis,
Peter Sellers I looooove.
Your favourite movies?
Some favorite movies: The original
Pink Panther movies with Peter
American Psycho (hard to watch the violence but
love this film), Harold and Maude, Woman King, Cat on a Hot Tin
Silence of the Lambs, Alice In Wonderland, Mildred
Pierce, The Taming of
the Shrew, Dracula, Brokeback Mountain, Lost Boys.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Kinds of movies I really don't like is
Saw and super gore films like
that. Even though I've done horror films and I played an orphan who
gets burned at the stake in the 2015 remake of Martyrs, I'm
very scared of gory or super violent movies! lol! Even watching Don't
Get in the Car I was literally shaking. It was so
intense for me! Lollll!
for the interview!