Your new movie The
Amityville Legacy - in a few words, what is it about, and what can
you tell us about your character in it?
is about a cursed item from the original DeFeo home being
given to our Dad at a family gathering for his birthday where we all meet at
home to spend some rather crazy time together. My character
is the middle daughter who has a bit of wild side and a definite drinking
problem, but still for the most part a Daddy’s girl.
Amityville Legacy being about a family get-together gone horribly
wrong - is that a situation you can at all identify with (apart from the
murders I hope)?
I identify a bit with it in the sense
that my own family likes to get together for big meals and share a bottle
of wine but we tend to get along rather well J
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Jennii Caroline can we find in Jennii, actually?
didn’t play much of myself in this role because I have been going
through some changes in life where I don’t drink much anymore and had
actually struggled with quitting drinking and getting my life together for
about 6 months before we started filming. So instead of the usual getting
drunk, I usually drank water. Until you put me in a situation where I am
so frozen I feel that I need a bit of alcohol to warm up!! Other than that
the character I formed based off the history on the Dad, and that I was
quite a bit like he was in his youth. We both had drinking issues and
tattoos and out of all the siblings I was the most like him.
How did you get
involved with the project in the first place? And also in regards to your
filmography so far, is horror at all a genre you're also fond of,
I’ve been a fan of all the Amityville films
and was just asked if I wanted to be a part of it by Dustin Ferguson [Dustin
Ferguson interview - click here]. I am
generally more into sci-fi films and comedy but I seem to be placed in
more horror movies because of where I live and what seems to be the
popular film to make here. I don’t really know many old horror movies
but I have heard of them because my friends all seem to love this genre!
can you tell us about your directors Dustin Ferguson [Dustin
Ferguson interview - click here] and Mike Johnson, and
what was your collaboration with them like?
always a pleasure to work with and I have been working with him for
several years in many films and music videos. I enjoy how smart and
creative he is as well as how fun he is to be around. Mike Johnson was
also great to work with and I would love to work on more future projects.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
there was a buzz about the room because many of us had been talking online
and snapchat getting acquainted and excited to meet up and make this film
together. I had talked to Tony [Tony
Brown interview - click here] and Jade [Jade
Michael LaFont interview - click here] quite a bit online and found we
had a lot in common with music and our love of dogs.
future projects you'd like to share?
At this time I am
working on preproduction of a comedy web series with my fellow
actress and friend Karis Yanike (Wake the Witch, Bloodrites) as well as
more projects with local filmmakers that are not yet in the making.
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
I come from a very musical and theatrical family,
my grandfather was an opera singer who also toured and acted in La Bohème
playing a lead and many other operas and musicals. I started singing
professionally in a children’s choir and touring in 2nd
grade. I sang opera for several years in many languages and loved the
intensity of it. I did musical theater throughout school and then started
acting in music videos in California before moving back to Nebraska and
meeting film people here.
Let's talk some more about The
Amityville Legacy's director Dustin Ferguson [Dustin
Ferguson interview - click here] - you have worked with him
before quite a bit, so do talk about your earlier collaborations, and how
did the two of you first meet, even?
Dustin and I went to
the same high school where I did theater but for some reason we didn’t
know each other! I was rather quiet and shy back then if you can imagine.
We met through mutual friends here in Lincoln several years back and have
always been good friends. Dustin’s super funny and always fun to hang
out with. We have been together on many movie sets and some super fun
music videos for Velvet Acid Christ and Lords of Acid.
Any other previous
films of yours you'd like to talk about?
films I would mention taking a view of would definitely be Die Sister,
Die! And Gloved Murderess. Really proud of how those films turned out, as
well as Night of the Clown which makes me laugh every time I see it. Also,
if you like rock bands, Dustin was cool enough to help me do a trippy,
crazy looking video for the band Failure called “The Focus”. I love
it. Also worth a mention, the film It Snows All The Time - I had the
pleasure of being in a bar scene and working with actress Taryn Manning
from my favorite show Orange Is The New Black and the movie 8 Mile. I’m
excited to see this movie because its subject matter is about a family in
Omaha going through the turmoil of having a parent suffering from
Alzheimer’s disease on a very real level by Omaha actor Erich Hover (Moneyball).
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
That’s a tough question. I
think I relate well to many people and situations because I have traveled
a lot and been through it all. I like acting because I get to deal with
sometimes crazy situations and come out ok (in real life) even if I die on
screen. I really enjoyed getting some angst out playing Julia in Gloved
Murderess because sometimes you wish you could just go nuts and chop
someone’s arm off without going to jail. Lol. I would love to play a
female serial killer or stalker in a film I think I could really take the
character to an intense level.
Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?
I have never been a big movie buff but I do enjoy Julia Roberts, Audrey
Tautou, Ryan Gosling, Julie Deply, and Taryn Manning.
Your favourite movies?
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absolutely love the movie Event Horizon, a sci-fi thriller. Always scared
me to watch it at night but I love sci-fi. I also frequently re-watch Amelie,
2 Days In Paris, all Indiana Jones movies and the Russian sci-fi
Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I could never get
into Frozen. I tried. Just, no.
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
Jennii Caroline –Actress– too many
strangers try to add me on Facebook and I only use it really for family and
am not really into social media so there is this version of it where
people can follow for updates! I use my phone for
taking pictures not Facebook. I was probably the last person to even sign
up! I am all about Instagram though… J
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
that I can think of! J
for the interview!