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I’m originally from Boston, but have been living in LA for the last ten years, pursuing an acting career, which has been really wonderful and scary and exciting all at the same time! I’ve been acting since I was a kid, but really started to take is seriously and develop career goals in high school. When I’m not pounding the pavement in pursuit of my next job, I love being active either hiking outdoors or taking a new, trendy fitness class. I also love to write and am currently working on a few projects of my own.
Krampus Unleashed was on my actor’s bucket list. I’ve always wanted to do a horror film, mainly because I’m completely terrified of them and I thought being in one would help me get over that fear (it didn’t). The film takes the classic Krampus folklore and twists it into something a little more gory and also, a little more humorous. I think that’s my favorite part about the film, that layer of humor underneath all the blood and guts.
I auditioned for the project with a self-tape actually. The casting director (Tami LaRovere – who is AWESOME!) was in Arizona and I was in LA, so they sent me the audition sides and I made my roommate put me on tape and I sent it off. A few weeks later, Robert called to offer me the role!
She was written that way and that’s what really sold me on the part. Growing up, my role models were Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Pink Power Ranger. I love characters that embrace a woman’s femininity and sexuality and then give her a weapon and let her save the day. It’s really empowering and I’m so grateful for writers and directors like Robert who are willing to stray from the cliches and write a strong female character like Bonnie.
I’m afraid of EVERYTHING and for the first few days EVERYTHING scared me on set! I couldn’t even sit next to Travis in the Krampus costume for the first couple of days, it took a lot of getting used to. In fact, it wasn’t until I saw him drinking a bottle of Pedialite with a straw, dressed in full Krampus, that I started to warm up to it and calm down a little. Cat Bernier-Sowell and Marcus Koch are responsible for making Krampus and I think they did an incredible job!
SO COOL! That wasn’t written in the script, but Robert and I were talking right before we started shooting the scene and we realized that if there was a ever a time to do the classic scream, that was it.
I felt pretty badass with that shotgun! I’m not a gun girl, but Robert was really patient with me and made me so comfortable with the weapon, and I think it plays really well in the movie. I love that one minute, Bonnie is taking her top off and the next she’s charging at Krampus with a shotgun!
Robert is one of the kindest directors I’ve ever worked with. He also works his butt off! He had so much to do during filming, but was always the first to check in with everyone and make sure we were all okay. He’s also super funny, so even at 4am in the middle of a desert, work was always fun!
Thank you for saying that! Acting has always been my number one. I love what I do and yes, it can be really hard and really draining and really unstable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I have some really exciting stuff coming up . . . but I’m not allowed to talk about any of it! I will say, I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has in store!
Oh gosh! So many come to mind! There’s a movie called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain (my favorite actress/role model, right now) and James McAvoy, and there’s a scene between the two of them that every time I think about or try to talk about it, I start crying (like, I’m crying right now because I’m thinking about it). Explaining it won’t do it justice, you just gotta see the movie. But, my favorite movie of all time is Gone With The Wind, mainly because Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses are incredible, and also because of that line Rhett says when he’s about to storm out on Scarlett because she’s pissed him off for the 100th time, “and put on plenty of rouge, I want you to look your part”. Every time I watch that I’m like, “Ohhhhhh burrrnnnnn!”. I love it!