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1. First things first, I hear you’re not a horror fan. How did you end up with the lead of a horror film?
I am definitely not a horror fan, only because I always get too involved in what’s going on and I feel like I am actually experiencing it. I have seen “Scream” about a million times and I still jump. I think that my family and my friends love to watch horror films with me because they get more amusement seeing me than actually watching the film.
2. What inspiration can you bring to the role of Rachel in “Bouquet of Consequence?” What drew you to this part?
Playing Rachel has been super challenging for me. I definitely have to go to the dark side of myself in order to really search how I would feel if I were to lose my own child. I have had to dig to the deepest parts of me to understand how it would feel to have nothing left to live for.
For this role, I have drawn from one specific personal moment of mine. I have attended numerous funerals in my lifetime. One of the most memorable funerals was for a dear friend’s baby. He was born premature and died after 13 days. With an open casket in front of us, I sat next to two mothers who both lost their own children. One died in a car accident at age 19 and the other lost her son at age 20 in a hunting accident. While reading this script, I was instantly drawn back to this moment, sitting next to these women, watching as their grief consumed their entire being.
3. How is “Bouquet of Consequence” unique from a typical horror film?
To me, “Bouquet of Consequences” is more of a thriller. It’s not your typical psycho killer or violent crime. It is a heart wrenching film about the trials, tribulations and nightmares that a devastated mother goes through after losing her child. It’s about the haunting revelations that lead to her ultimate demise.
4. What personal challenges do you face with this character and how do plan on overcoming them? How do you prepare for such a role?
I am not yet a mother, but I love children and I plan on having my own some day. It is very difficult to imagine losing your child, but if I were to, I think that it has to be one of the most difficult experiences that anyone has to go through.
Understanding Rachel is the first step to becoming Rachel. Rachel felt so alone, so alienated and completely haunted by the memory of her child. Her husband no longer understood her and was suffering from his own pain.
I imagine that a mother who has lost her child would experience an incredible amount of guilt and anger, almost a sense of “Why not me?… Why my baby?…” It would be something that would always haunt you, never escaping your mind. Those precious, magical moments are forever gone in an instant, fleeting and indescribable.
The grief would adhere to you, making it difficult to live without it. As guilt consumes you, you begin to fear forgetting about your child and wondering if the death was somehow your fault. Your life becomes a feeling of abandonment, alienation and a sense that no one could possibly understand what it is you are going through… often wondering, how you’re going to make it from one day to the next without your child.
Rachel is the most challenging role that I have had to play to-date. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed finding my own inner voice and serving Rachel’s legacy.
5. This is your first movie with LA Motion Pix. What has your experience been like thus far?
I have never worked with such a wonderful, like-minded group that is so passionate about what they do. I think that what makes them different is their true dedication and determination to make this project a success. They believe whole-heartedly in not only this project, but in each individual who makes up this ambitious team. I have never had a director who has put so much time and effort into his talent. Even though this can be a very sad film, they love to keep it light on set. We always have a lot of fun until it’s time to get into character.
I can truly say that I feel very blessed to be apart of such a wonderful group and I look forward to continuing to build our relationship together.
6. You are surrounded by some seasoned actors. Can you talk about working Peter Yellen and Daniel Langhoff?
Three words: THEY AMAZE ME.
Outside of acting, Peter is a very talented musician. When Travis and Bill first saw Peter read for the psychologist, they knew that he nailed it. This role has Peter written all over it. I have to laugh when Peter and I start talking about our characters, because he starts to sound like he is counseling me. Peter is a natural Psychologist.
Daniel, my husband in the film, is a remarkable actor in everyway. His intensity and vulnerability makes everything real and come to life. Besides being extremely talented, he has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with.
Truly, It has been an honor to work with both of them.