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An Interview with Vanessa Esperanza, Star of Love Me Not

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2019

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Your new movie Love Me Not - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character?

 

To me, Love Me Not is a story about LOVE, but NOT a love story. (I think I just stole that from 500 Days of Summer).  The film gives a voice to everyone who was left wondering why? Why did they stop texting? Why did they stop calling? Why don't they want to see me anymore?

Jenny is clearly confused and quite frankly had enough of the modern societal norm of "ghosting". If only you could disappear and all of your problems will go away... but as we know, 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction', and Jenny is a force to be reckoned with! 

 

With Love Me Not being about a very (well, more than) awkward St. Valentine's Day date, to what extent could you identify with that aspect of the movie, and without wanting to get too personal, any really bad dates of yours you'd like to talk about?

 

Ha ha! I've only been ghosted once. The guy came back months later surprised that I wanted nothing to do with him. I'm pretty straightforward when it comes to dating. I'm not big into playing game and I'm very open about the evolution of the relationship. I even dated one guy that said I was the "MAN" in the relationship???

As far as BAD Dates... yikes! I've had so many but the worst was the "SPANKER". Apparently I said something he didn't like and he bent me over onto this knee and spanked me... like I was a child... super awkward and NOT OK.

 

What did you actually draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Vanessa Esperanza can we find in Jenny?

 

I love this question! 100% of Vanessa is in Jenny. Let me explain, before I bring the fear of God into everyone who is reading this. I brought all of my life experiences to this character. Jenny just has a little more, such as kidnapping and murder. I believe all characters, good and bad, feel like they are GOOD. To me Jenny is the hero, if I didn't think that way then she would just be an over the top villain. Anyone is capable of doing ANYTHING in life... even good people. As long as the WHY is strong enough.

 

Now how did you get involved with the project in the first place, and to what extent could you identify with Love Me Not's horror content?

 

I was approached by Michael Coulombe [Michael Coulombe interview - click here] after he saw my role as Beth Wallace in the film Shattered directed by Mark Schaefer. Beth deals with the pain of the loss of her son in a very disturbing way: https://youtu.be/chqk4VR-_7A - I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 48hr Film Festival for the role. When Michael saw it, he said "That's our Jenny."

 

Do talk about Love Me Not's director Michael Coulombe, and what was your collaboration like?

 

I love Michael! We were on the same page about Jenny's character immediately! Empowerment! Jenny as the hero! Strong! Not a victim.

Because of the style of writing, a four page monologue, we did a walk through of the whole dinner scene. Then we shot the scene from beginning to end. Michael would say something and I just knew what he meant. One time he even said, "Give me the opposite of what you are doing" and it was perfect! 

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Magical... is that too cheesy for a horror film? Everyone and I mean EVERYONE was beyond amazing to work with. I love projects where everyone is so excited about the film. People are more focused, positive and really happy to be on set working.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I have a romantic comedy coming out called Once Upon a Text, directed by Lupe Valdez. Basically the happy ending that Jenny was alway looking for.

 

What got you into acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Warning: This is DARK.

I started acting in high school because it was a form of escapism. I never wanted to go home and I wanted a break from being me... When I started, ACTING was something I needed. Now, ACTING is something I love.

I studied Theater at Illinois State University and got a B.A. in acting before moving to LA. In Los Angeles, I've taken tons of on-camera classes, auditioning classes and improv classes.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Love Me Not?

 

I'm kind of an indie film queen. Working mostly on comedies, I've recently transitioned into the thriller and horror genre. I'm even producing a thriller called A Cold in the Eye, written by Jonathan Rogers based on a short story by Candice Callins and myself.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

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I like to stay in the moment as much as possible. A lot of actors draw on the death of someone or traumatic past experience to enhance their performance... That method is not only damaging but it takes you out of the scene. For me, it's all about the other person, the one you're acting with. Be present.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Ruth Gordon, Charlie Chaplin, Tina Fey, Bill Hader - I'm currently obsessed with the show Barry! Quite a mix, I know.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Harold and Maude is hands down my favorite movie! I love dark comedy... It's my all-time favorite genre.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Pretty in Pink... Dear God what are we teaching our children?

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Website: www.vanessaesperanza.me

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanessa.esperanza - Vanessa Esperanza

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sassperanza/ - @sassperanza

TikTok: @sassperanza

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I think that's it! Thanks for having me and have a great week :)

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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