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An Interview with Kelly Fine, Star of Menopause

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2021

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

 

I love the premise of this, telling different stories of women who get affected by the moon and the upcoming eclipse. It has a profound effect on all the women's menstrual cycles and leads them to take out their darkest revenge on the men around them. My character Ruth shows up at a shelter for abused women and appears to be very shy and conservative…but all that changes as the movie progresses and you get to see the dark and violent side she has inside of her...

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Kelly Fine can we actually find in timid Ruth?

 

I actually know someone who was in an abusive relationship for many years, until she finally did something - so I was able to talk to her and empathize with her, as well as talk about what she needed to do to finally get her life back - well, Kelly Fine is not timid, but she is compassionate. I feel Ruth has a big heart, it was just costantly stepped on all her life.

 

Now how did you get involved with the project in the first place, and what were your first thoughts when you heard what it was about?

 

I have worked on a few other projects with the film's director Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here] - he is so talented and since he was an actor, he really knows how to get the best out of you. I was really excited about this project, women getting to take out their revenge, blood, horror, and of course good good laughs too. Such a fun project and I was so excited to be part of it.

 

To what extent could you identify with Menopause's approach to both horror and comedy?

 

I love how Josh took the premise of the moon and eclipse and tied that into a women’s cycle - so many women will identify with the changes they go through and how it makes them feel: So there are times we do feel like we could do something bad, and of course finding the honor in that is another element to what we go through. It is a very relatable concept he came up with - actually quite truthful ...

 

Do talk about Menopause's director Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

Josh is a lot of fun. He knows how to bring out the best in you. He is very patient and also extremely funny. He also is open to hear your ideas and input and will change something if he feels it would work better. So, there is no ego on set.

 

Menopause isn't the first time you've worked with Joshua Nelson - so what can you tell us about your previous collaborations, and how did the two of you first meet even?

 

I have been taking class with Josh for about 1.5 years. I have done a few short films with Josh, and all of them were selected into film festivals - I knew I had found something extremely special, being able to be part of these films that are being recognized in the industry.

 

Back to Menopause: What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

FUN!!!! Josh always makes it fun and safe to express any comments or ideas… this has been truly inspiring, since that is very rare to find in a writer/director. He is very relaxed and all of us feel a sense of ease when we are on set. There is a lot of fun with all of us because we want to bring out the best in each other.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Josh has really inspired me to write and direct my own short film, which I am currently working on… and yes, it is a horror film - LOL.

 

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

 

I have been acting since I came out of the womb. I started studying as a teen, I did plays and even local pageants. I loved being on stage and entertaining people. I started studying in NYC at Carnegie Hall. That was my real first formal training with a very well-known teacher, I studied Meisner with him.

 

From what I know, you actually started out as a stage actress - so what can you tell us about that aspect of your career, and what caused your transition to films eventually?

 

Theater is so fun, and I love being in front of a live audience. I was signed to a big manager while in college, and then that started my transition into the film/TV world. I did a national commercial and got my SAG card - that was beyond amazing for me.

 

From what I know you took a long break from acting between the roughly mid-1990s to the late 2010s - now without wanting to get too personal, why was that, and what triggered you to come back?

 

I was living in CA doing my acting, and then came home to get married. Life just took its way and I stepped away. I knew one day I would get back into it when the timing was right. It was all I ever wanted to do. I got back about 2 years ago and have been doing amazing things ever since.

 

What can you tell us about your acting work prior to Menopause, in whatever medium?

 

I did a few national commercials, as well as some film and TV while I was living in California. I also screened-tested with the amazing director Gary Marshall.

 

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

 

I love comedy, I love making people laugh, I love Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers… they to me were beyond incredible, I watch them a lot. I also take improv classes. I do drama as well and use a lot of personal things to help bring my characters' emotions to life… and think of my dog a lot, LOL.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Like I mentioned, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett. I also love Jennifer Coolidge and Kathryn Hahn… just to name a few.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

I love all the oldies. I watched so many old movies growing up, The Grapes of Wrath, A Place in the Sun, Giant, Rebel Without a Cause, Wuthering Heights… to me, they were the best…

 

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

 

Well, cowboy films may not be on the top of my list.

 

Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

Kellyfineactor.com

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IMDb: Kelly Fine

 

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

 

I have an amazing rescue dog named Kali. Oh and married for 22 years - that is an award right there...

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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