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An Interview with Katherine Bellantone, Star of The Headmistress

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2023

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

 

I would say that The Headmistress is about a woman discoveringóand eventually being swallowed whole byóthe evil of her ancestors, and the unsuspecting group of people who fall victim to its wrath. Mara is a stressed out woman to begin with, and the minute she enters this house she inherited, she gets a sense of doom at the pit of her stomach that drives all of her actions until the final scene.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Katherine Bellantone can we find in Mara?

 

I mapped out the stages of an anxiety attack and used it as a character arc for Maraís journey. Like most people, I have had experiences of intense anxiety and even hit a point in my mid 20s where I was having full blown panic attacks, seemingly out of nowhere. Thankfully those days are well behind me; but Iíll never forget the feelings they elicited. Being trapped in a house with so much lingering negative energy and evil reminded me of the claustrophobia-like dread of a panic attack, so I used that as inspiration! Also, the nunnery we were filming in provided TONS of things to draw uponÖ the wallpaper in the room I slept in was a character in itself!

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place, and what drew you to it?

 

Horror is probably my favorite genre of movie to watch, so when I saw the casting notice on Backstage for the film, applying was a no-brainer! I auditioned for the role of Ani as well.

 


To what extent can you identify with The Headmistress's approach to horror, and is horror a genre at all dear to you?

 

I am a lover of all things horror! A couple of my favorite films are Midsommar and The Babadook, but Iíd say one of my favorite things to do in bingeing horror shorts on YouTube. The Other Side of The Box is probably the most terrifying thing Iíve seen in my life.  

 

I love The Headmistressís approach to starting with wide shots and then gradually getting closer and closer to the actors as the film progresses, and even how they made the filmís title character a simple tall, shadowy figureóas opposed to something too monster-y or creature-y with 6 thousand teeth, etcóbecause for me thatís ten times more terrifyingÖ it just seems more real, and reminded me of figures Iíve hallucinated during sleep paralysis.

 

What can you tell us about The Headmistress's directors Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro [Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

Chris and Jay were awesome! They knew it was my first feature film and gave me some great guidance while leaving room for me to make my own discoveries. Theyíre also a couple jokesters, and kept things light in between takes, etc. which helped all of us relax.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The cast that I worked with was freaking amazingÖ each actor absolutely killed their role. And to boot, they were so positive and kind to be around. Iím lucky that I got to work with a group of truly great people.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes! At the end of the month, Iíll be traveling to Maine to shoot a leading role in a feature comedy called Canoe Dig It?  Itís a mockumentary about competitive freestyle canoeing. Also I have a supporting role in a TV miniseries The Clowns which will be released sometime in the fall. Itís a horror series with very dark comedy. Both of these roles are worlds away from Mara!

 

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

 

My first acting experience was in 3rd grade, playing a munchkin in a high school production of The Wizard of Oz, and Iíve been hooked ever since. I majored in Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and spent several years doing a variety of theatre projects in Chicago before I stumbled upon film and fell in love.

 

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

 

The Headmistress was my first feature film! I had a late start to on-camera work. My first film was a horror short I filmed when I was 27, and spent the next three years doing shorts and small film projects until The Headmistress. One of my favorite experiences filming a short was in Boulder Colorado called They See You, which you can view on the Alter channel in YouTube: https://youtu.be/-FHylulaG88

 

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

 

I would say one of my strengths is versatility. I change my techniques based on the character and style of the film Iím shooting. Sometimes I take a very physical approach to finding a character, sometimes I rely heavily on my own imagination, and other times I draw from personal experiences. And I always draw from the other actors I work with.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Florence Pugh, Nicolas Cage, Melissa McCarthy, all of the actors from Trailer Park Boys, Cate Blanchett.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Midsommar, The Babadook, The Wonder, Titane, A Woman Under The Influence.

 

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

 

Any of the Marvel/superhero movies. Also not a fan of action movies. You can only blow up so many cars before I start to lose patience.

 

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

 

This has been lovely. Thank you for the questions, and I hope you have a lovely summer! J

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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