LAMP Interview Series:
Cathy Washburn

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at or leave a comment below.

1. Cathy, I must admit, when we first met I did not have the impression, “This woman needs to be in a horror film.” However, after seeing your performance… I understand fully how dead-wrong I was. Do you have a history of working in the horror genre?

Not much! I played a Cheesman Park zombie ghost for the Travel Channel one time. I thought I was pretty scary that time, and I didn’t even get a credit. I would never have even seen it if my son hadn’t realized the show I had described was coming up as he was channel surfing & managed to record it.

2. Not everyone has the ability to be scary. I remember ducking behind a chair during your scene. In fact, I couldn’t really get far enough away. Even Christian, behind the camera couldn’t keep his composure. What’s your secret to being so frightening?

I guess it’s the same process as becoming a different character to fit any role for a play or a movie.  You get your mind and heart into what it would be like for that person to have to face the situation she finds herself in.  I’m pretty sure they call that acting.

3. Your character in Bouquet of Consequence, Ellen Thomas, is battling dementia. You seem to have a great sensibility towards this… how did you prepare for this role?

I spent some time with the husband of a friend who has Alzheimers, which helped me see how to be there without really being there, if you know what I mean.  Also, I had played a grandmother named Mattie who was developing Alzheimers in another movie a couple of summers ago.

4. When the audience leaves the theatre, how do you want them to remember Ellen?

I want them to see Ellen as a tragic figure who gets trapped inside her own mind.

5. In between scaring people, you are also performing currently at the Spark Theatre as Anfisa in Chekov’s, “The Three Sisters.” Can you talk a little bit about this project?

The joy of performing in a period piece at the Spark Theater is the close proximity of audience members.  You can almost sense what’s going on in their minds as they watch the story unfold just feet and inches from where they’re sitting, with the actors’ taffeta skirts swirling around their toes..  This particular version of the famous Chekov play is unique because it’s an all female cast.  The sisters remember pieces of the history and re-enact the roles of the male characters who had impacted their lives in a most engaging way.

5. What sort of roles excite you?

Roles that excite me are those that stretch my comfort zone and teach me something new about myself and the world.  I guess Ellen Thomas is teaching me that I had a hidden part of my psyche that I really hadn’t explored thoroughly.  I do feel respect and compassion for her, and I appreciate the opportunity to bring her to life, thanks to Bill and Travis.