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?
My character in
is actually the only cousin/niece
to the rest of the cast. "Schuylar", who is notorious for being late
and snobby, is the daughter of Cheyenne.
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 can't remember any family gatherings
gone awry, but I will have to say that at Easter, my dad and my cousin
have this never ending vendetta about stealing each other's Easter eggs
and the money inside! It's quite comical to see a 50 year old chasing a 20
year old around the yard for $10.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Schuylar Craig can we find in Schuylar, actually?
you can find a lot of the real Schuylar in the character, Schuylar. Except
being late. I'm not allllways late ;)
but I'm pretty sassy. On set though, I'm a comic and like to giggle with
the cast - something that my character would never do. She may seem like a
bitter young lady, but I find that she has this hidden empathy that you
see come out later in the film.
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,
Director Dustin Ferguson [Dustin
Ferguson interview - click here] approached me about doing
Amityville Legacy after we finished Night of the Clown (written and
directed by Dustin), and of course I said yes. Horror has definitely been
my favorite to film. It's the adrenaline rush that makes it fun.
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?
Dustin is a dream. He's so comfortable to film around. Dustin really takes
his work seriously - so on set you're like "Okay, I'm going to come
in 100% on this", and then behind the scenes, we're telling jokes and
laughing. This is the first film I've exclusively worked with Mike, but he
is so talented. I mean, this guy just knows his shit. It was
impressive to see the collaboration between two incredible directors and
Amityville Legacy came to life.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
being on set. I talk about it all the time on Twitter and Facebook. I'm
Snapchatting if I'm not acting. It provides an inside peek and my
family/friends/fans eat it up. The atmosphere on set ranges from crazy
intense to laid back. Filming The
Amityville Legacy had a ton of both.
There was one day in particular where the weather was insane. It was 50
degrees, sunny and snowing all at once. It was wild, the crew were wiping
windows like madmen while the cast ran around like children.
future projects you'd like to share?
Indeed. Later this
summer, I'll be filming Blood Model written and directed by
Mathew Kister. I've also had some hints thrown my way about Dustin's
film, The Dummy 2, which I can't wait to read. Dolls are
creepy - and he tends to cast me in roles that get me all worked up.
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
Acting has always been a huge part of my life. As
a kid, I did children's theater, community theater, high school
drama, I took college acting/theater courses - but being on film has been
a crazy alternative. Live theater is slow work and you have one
chance to not screw up. Filming is more free but it's entirely more
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 met on
Facebook because I saw he was casting for a music video. I messaged
him and asked to audition. The first thing he asked me was, "Can
you rollerblade?" and I replied, "Doubt it", and
he said "Okay, what shoe size are you? Be here at 4 to try on your
skates." It was hilarious. He had so much confidence in me from the
beginning. We've done about 7 films together. Every single movie
we've done has been a blast.
Any other previous
films of yours you'd like to talk about?
If you haven't
seen Shockumentary, you need to. Also, shout out to Doug Mill for
trusting me to throw an ax at him like 5 times during Camp Blood
Besides movies, you have also done your fair
share of stage acting, including musicals - so do talk about your on-stage
experiences for a bit, and how does performing on stage compare to acting
in front of a camera?
Musicals are so much fun. In high
school, I was a dancer and also in choir - so for most of the musicals, I
was in charge of choreography with fellow dancers. It was a great
experience to see my work come to life by 100 kids on stage. My only big
on-stage role I had was when I was 12 years old in a musical called Kilroy Was Here. I got to be this sassy detective who had a
ton of witty oneliners. I swear my mom hates talking about it to this day
because I'd force her to run lines with me a million times so I wouldn't
bomb on stage.
You're also working as a model, right?
So what can you tell us about that aspect of your career, and how does it
influence your acting (and vice versa)?
Correct. I was
signed by Career Images Modeling and Talent almost a year ago and it's a
completely different realm. Modeling is posing your body and acting
with your face for a split second while the camera clicks. Film is acting
with your entire soul for minutes at a time. Both acting and modeling kind
of piggyback off each other, though. You learn things from each and apply
it to the other. It's made me a stronger model and actress all around.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I try to apply my natural
feelings to my characters. If I find a situation to be genuine to me, my
acting ends up being more genuine. However, I've never actually been
murdered or killed anyone in real life (haha), but you take the feeling of
something you actually endure in real life and apply that feeling to what
your character is feeling. For instance, in Shockumentary, we were held hostage and were terrified. The
entire time we did that scene, I thought about how my husband Christopher feels
when he sees a spider. It worked. I started crying because he would
probably start crying.
Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?
Horror? Jamie Lee Curtis. She is my go-to when I study leading ladies
in horror. I am also a huge fan of Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies).
Something about how he can bop around to any genre just gets my heart
Your favourite movies?
Darko. The original version of The Ring, Ringu
(1998) the Japanese version. You won't sleep for a week, I swear. I love
movies I can be scared by. I'm also a huge fan of comedies. Superbad will always be a favorite. My soft spot resides in
My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.
Hayao Miyazaki is so talented it hurts.
and of course, films you really deplore?
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The links below
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I'll probably get
beat up for this, but Guardians of the Galaxy
was the worst
movie I've ever seen.
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
My Twitter - @thenightschuy
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sky.craig.5
Instagram - @pocahontassky
Snapchat - threeblackbird
I also have an IMDb:
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
people don't know, but I'm a pageant queen! When I'm not getting bloody,
I'm primping! I'm competing for a national title in July and my platform
is "Support the Veterans". I spend a lot of time working with vets and
student veterans, because my husband is one and because I've seen
the struggle. Being able to help out the community is something I wake up
every morning for!
for the interview!
Thanks Michael, always a pleasure!