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An Interview with Laura Lemire, Star of The Things We Cannot Change

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2022

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Your new movie The Things We Cannot Change - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

The Things We Cannot Change is about a circle of vampires who struggle with their addiction to blood, and (spoiler alert) each of the charactersí vampirism represents real life addictions. I play Veronica, a strong-willed vixen who wants to overrule Dr. Abrahamís (Richard Rampolla) clan of poor unfortunate souls who are thus loathing vampires. By the last scene we see Veronica but instead of being addicted to blood and having the thirst to rule over other bloodsuckers, she is a meth addict craving to go sober.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Laura Lemire can we find in Veronica?

 

Two of my favorite film/TV characters are Tyler Durden, who is played by Brad Pitt in Fight Club, and Fiona Goode, who is played by Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven.

 

Tyler, who is the imaginary-friend of Edward Nortonís character, has a brilliant cockiness about himself. I wanted Veronica to be fiercely arrogant and have a similar plan to overrule social order. Later in the film Fight Club, we find out that Tyler is the alter ego of Edward Nortonís character. I wanted Veronica to be the living, breathing version of my alter ego. Someone with no insecurities, and reeks of confidence.

 

Fiona Goode, in American Horror Story: Coven, is tough and deliciously witty, yet she is also very dainty and stylish. I didnít want Veronicaís appearance to be harsh or for her to look like she was planning on taking over the world. I wanted her to look like someone you may see shopping on Fifth Avenue but secretly wants to devour you for brunch.

 

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

 

Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here], the filmís writer and director, is one of my acting coaches. 

 

To what extent could you identify with The Things We Cannot Change's take on vampirism?

 

I donít have many vices. I donít smoke, I rarely ever drink and I eat healthy for the most part.. But when I was 19 my Mother was diagnosed with ALS and then had passed when I was 23. During that time I took a few years off from college to work full time because I needed to make money. So I hate to say this but hated my home life. I hated my work life and I would have the urge to escape my life by drinking excessively on the weekends regardless of whether or not I had work the next day. Fortunately this was something that I did change. There are a few characters in The Things We Cannot Change that the old me could identify with. One of those characters is Victoria (Debra Holtzman) who is human but wants to be turned into a vampire because she hates her life.

 

Do talk about The Things We Cannot Change's director Joshua Nelson, and what was your collaboration like?

 

I love working with Josh. First of all, he has a fantastic sense of humor. When I work with him, he keeps the setís environment professional and a safe place, but still fun. 

 

I think our collaboration was the perfect fit. Josh was really open to my vision for Veronica. I wanted her to be strong, but cool, calm and collected; with a really good wardrobe.

 

The Things We Cannot Change hasn't been the first time you've worked with Joshua Nelson - so what can you tell us about your previous collaborations, and how did you two first meet even?

 

This is my fifth film working with Josh. Our other collaborations were just as fun as it was with The Things We Cannot Change. Itís always an exciting day full of smoke machines, fake blood or bruises when Josh is directing.

 

I first met Josh on set for a hospitalís industrial video that we booked.

 

Back to The Things We Cannot Change - what can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The on-set atmosphere is always comfortable when working with Josh. Every cast and crew member are treated with respect and Iím glad to say we all get along with each other. 

 

The set looked like it was right out of a 1980s horror flick and I loved every aspect of it. Unfortunately, I chose to wear color contacts for my vampire character Veronica, but for some reason on day one of filming, my contact started bothering me and by half way through the day I could barely open my eye or see. I became a lesser fan of fog machines by the end of the day when each blow of smoke made my eye more and more irritated. The things we do for art! 

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I was cast in a short film called Beer Goggles directed by John Kerner that will begin filming in January 2023. I was also cast in another short film of Johnís named Hemi that will begin production shortly after Beer Goggles.

 

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

 

I always loved being in school plays as a child but as I stated before, my early twenties made me put any dreams I had on the back burner. I started taking acting classes just a few years ago because I wanted to revisit a dream I once had. Iíve studied acting with Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here], Iíve also studied at MN Acting Studio, Tim Philips Studio and with Michael Kostroff (NYC).

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Things We Cannot Change?

 

I've been in a good amount of thriller shorts, including a psychological thriller named Lola that I wrote and directed.

 

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

 

I used to take myself too seriously as a person and as an actress. Iíve grown to just let myself go and be in the moment. I like to use emotional memory as my acting technique. I use past experiences that would fit with my characterís situation and use that emotion in the scene. I occasionally use Method Acting where I wouldnít break character for the entire day. 

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

There are so many actors and actresses who inspire me. Christian Bale is one of my favorite actors. His dedication to his craft is outstanding. You never see him play the same character twice, unless itís a sequel. He is rarely ever typecast. I would love to have a career in acting where I am not typecast. Viola Davis is another actor who inspires me. Everything she does, she gives 150%. I crave the devotion she gives to a character. If she is cast in something, I will most likely watch it because she is in it. Other actors who inspire me are Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell, Nicole Kidman and Claire Danes. I recently became a fan of Colin Farrellís work.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

My favorite movies are the ones that make me feel something intensely whether it be happy, sad, powerful, scared or nostalgic. I know thatís a lot. Iíll give you my top ten favorite movies, since I have too many to list: American Psycho, Scarface, The Dark Knight, Singing in the Rain, About a Boy, Black Swan, The Green Mile, As Good As It Gets, Bridesmaids.

 

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

 

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Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

Website: http://LauraLemire.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laura_lemire/

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8743299/

 

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

 

I also had the great opportunity to do makeup for the last scene of The Things We Cannot Change.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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