Your new movie Theresa
& Allison - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you
tell us about your character in it?
movie is essentially about Theresaís journey into a new depraved
world that she unintentionally has found herself in while naively
being led by my character, Allison, who is morally deficient, but
hides it well.
What did you draw upon
to bring your character to life, and how much Sarah Schoofs can we
actually find in Allison? And how does one prepare for playing a vampire
is definitely some of me in every role I play.
I would venture to guess that this role was probably inspired
by me single & savagely dating in my 30ís, where I was old enough
to know what I wanted & have lived long enough to not tolerate
other people's bullshit.
In playing a vampire, I just imagined blood was as good as
How did you get involved with the project in the
done several horror features prior to Theresa
& Allison, I had known of &
had been wanting to work with director Jeremiah Kipp [Jeremiah
Kipp interview - click here] for a while.
When I realized that they were having auditions for this film,
Iím not sure I have ever walked into an audition room more fully
It was absolutely worth it because I am incredibly proud of
this movie & honored to be a part of this stupid talented cast
& Allison contains quite a bit of nudity - was this at all an
issue for you, and how do you handle such scenes?
think I am more desensitized to nudity than most actors.
I work full time as a nude model for artists in addition to
working on Naked Holidays for 5 years in the city which involves
fully nude scenes on stage (I was a naked limbo stick).
This particular movie was probably the *most* nude I have been,
but knowing that Jeremiah & cinematographer Christopher Bye were behind the camera
made me comfortable & confident to jump into every scene without
hesitation or concern.
I donít necessarily think I would have been as free with
other directors/cinematographers without that level of trust &
can you tell us about Theresa
& Allison's director Jeremiah Kipp [Jeremiah
Kipp interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
have worked with Jeremiah a few times since & it has always been
an amazing experience.
As I have said before, he is truly an actorís director, but
he also is professional as hell & gets shit done efficiently AND
the final product is always good.
He has a great reputation for a reason.
I tell actors if they get a chance to work with him, JUMP on
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere?
Every exterior was shot when the temps dropped to subzero
The scenes on the playground were really difficult because it
was in the 20ís & we were playing on a frozen metal playground,
constantly holding for train passing every 5 minutes on an elevated
subway track. The interiors were ridiculous & full of laughter - especially the sex scenes... SO many brilliant
women on one film set.
Any future projects you'd like to
has some exciting updates coming soon in NYC
short film Bookworm is a part of an anthology that will be
screening on January 12th in Jersey City
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?
sucked at everything in high school.
I struggled to find my place until a young couple moved into my
small hometown & introduced a theater program to the community.
I went from my first small role of ĎHarriet the laughing
ladyí to drama club president, thespian society, Shakespeare
competitions & I have not stopped since.
Most of my training has been on the job training, learning from
some of the best actors & crew in NYC.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Theresa
was lucky to have been a part of the feature Gut, which was an
official selection of 20+ international film festivals. That
jumpstarted my journey into the horror world which also includes Phobia &
Ayla (all available on iTunes/Amazon),
Road & Infernum & I Waited For You, which was
Indieworks audience choice! I also have a feature, Meme, which was best feature at the
Art of Brooklyn FF, & a
sci-fi feature in post called Edge of Oblivion.
How would you describe yourself as an
actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
use a lot of broken relationships, desires & passions to drive the
decisions & often poor choices the characters I play make
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
am inspired by Cate Blanchett,Tilda Swinton & Daniel Day Lewis.
love Labyrinth!!! I also really love Moulin Rouge &
Shakespeare in Love. Iím a sap :)
... and of course, films you really deplore?
have never been able to get into Lord if the Rings - probably
because the first time I saw one of the films was on a really bad
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Nope! Your interview was very thorough :) :) :)
for the interview!
THANK YOU!!! I very much appreciate you shining a light on this