1-You have been acting since the 90's. Do you approach acting differently right now than you did then?
I’m older now so some of the characters I played in the past would no longer work if I played them the same. I would have to approach them differently and blend the Self that I see in me today into that character.
2-What do you think makes a good horror film?
The industry standard of “what makes a good horror film” would be blood, suspense, sexy women. Having success with something "outside of the box” like all the paranormal series proves that there really aren’t rules to follow. I believe all good movies start from good writing. If everything else falls in place you made a hit.
3-What are some horror films that you would say are good horror films?
The Sixth Sense Shaun of the Dead - I’m a comedic type of Gal Hostel What Lies Beneath Frozen, 1998 - Realistic Horror. The Mist, Went to the screening and loved the church lady character.
There are so Many, I need to watch more.
4-Which movie you did has your best acting performance?
Anything that i can improve in always comes across much more natural. I can’t pinpoint a certain movie but I think I prefer my acting in something I wrote myself.
5-In horror films, there is often mix of genre. Comedy and horror, Action and horror, Drama and horror. You're also a martial artist. Do you think martial arts AND horror mix well together? Sure, in micro budget campy horror movies. Why not?
6-What was your favorite acting experience on set?
The scene with Luc Bernier. The young Canadian lad, who choked me from behind in Skull Forest.
7-What kind of roles are you attracted to?
I would like to play a psycho. Schizo lunatic type of character. One that’s attractive in public and then goes psycho behind closed doors. hmmm. I could write that. Fun to play. And then I can add my martial arts to the mix and be a real crazy woman.
8-You're also a director. How being a director changes your perception as an actor?
Directing didn’t change my perception of acting that much. I feel like my dance background helped me as an actor at a young age. It gave me freedom of natural movement, rhythm and great improvisational skills. Dancing can make your movements uninhibited and loose. Beginning actors can be stiff and mechanical - but not always, there are a lot of naturals out there.
9-Being an actor, how does it change your perception as a director?
Doesn’t change my perception. The two are definitely different. As the director sometimes I (badly over) act out the part for the actor so they can see my view of it. But I believe to be director you need a lot of knowledge behind the scenes in the technical and photography end. Especially editing so you can imagine the finished scene in you head. With out all that technical stuff sure you could still direct the actors but you have to be on the same page as the DOP. If you don’t know what your doing with the camera or scene structure the DOP will probably get annoyed. What could happen would be the director telling actors to perform and block the movements of a scene a certain way and the Camera man would be like, “This isn’t gonna work” in his head. Or I see a great shot and your not using it. So he would have to take over to get it right and there would be a big fight! haha. Going from “actor to Director” I don’t think works…But what do I know?? It’s best to be well rounded in low budget productions. You need to wear a lot of hats. Your project can look extremely low budget or extremely artistic if you know your camera, lighting, composition etc.
10-What is your favorite aspect about acting?
It’s more fun and less stressful then working behind the camera. Until you see yourself and your like ..eewwww. haha..
11-What are your upcoming projects? Some of the films that came out recently?
Of course “Trakked” will be hitting the market soon hopefully on all or most available platforms. I do have a web series with a Transformation theme called “The Gift”. Part III is very close to being completed. These movies have been popular for Siren Tales throughout the years. Other than that, I haven’t decided on my next move. This stuff is So much time and work that before you commit to something you want to be sure it is what you want to do.
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