|How did you get
involved with DEADTIME STORIES?
I sent in a headshot to an ad I saw in BACKSTAGE magazine for
a different film that Jeff was doing. I didnt hear anything
back. Then months later, I saw an ad for DEADTIME STORIES and
submitted my headshot again. Well it ends out that Jeff still
had my headshot from the first submission but lost the contact
info. He held onto the photo and was showing it to people saying,
This is who I want to play Goldi-Lox! So when he got
the second submission, he called me up right away.
||What were your
first thoughts (on playing GOLDI LOX) after reading the
I thought it was wacky and fun. I always find myself attracted
to stuff that is different than the Norm, material thats
outside the box.
|Tell us what making
the movie was like for you?
It was Fun! I love the character because shes so zany. A
Psycho, psychic killer. I love the fact that I could movie bodies
around and be dominating over my dead men (laughs). It
was a lot of fun. And Jeff let me really play and get creative
like in that scene you pointed out (in an earlier conversation)
where I was sharing my drink with a skeleton and pouring this
bright orange soda into his skull, well that was something I just
thought of in that moment.
||What was your
favorite scene in the movie and why?
I had a lot of fun when we went to the pizza parlor
the waitress was mean to me and so I kill her. That was a lot
of fun. We were all just like this weird family. See, I come from
a really weird family
growing up in Brooklyn
was always so embarrassed, I mean we were like the Munsters. You
had my mother who is from Russia and is really eccentric and wore
these really wacky clothes. She had her own point of view about
like health food
she called everything
junk food and poison.
And then you had my father (whos not alive anymore), he
was this really nerdy guy, and then my brothers were these hyperactive
one of them being my brother Ivan who was the drummer
for WHITE ZOMBIE. So we were just like this crazy family. And I was
kinda like the blonde in the Munsters, seemingly more normal. But every
time wed go out to eat it would be like- OH GOD, Dont Look
At Us!! Wed be so loud and people would be so annoyed with us.
So I totally related to that scene because we went in as this eccentric
family, THE BEARS, and I felt very at home (laughs).
it like working with Director Jeff Delman?
Jeff is great.
Hes very open and makes you feel very relaxed. He was
open to my ideas. He likes to collaborate. He isnt like
somebody that would say alright, this is how its
gonna go and thats it. Thats whats so
cool about the movie we did recently (RANDOM SHOOTING IN
LA), he even wanted me to help write it. It meant a lot
to me that he trusted me as an inexperienced writer at the time.
He sees beyond the goofy, wacky, even ditzy characters Ive
played. He sees my intelligence and creativity. To me the best
actors are always the ones who bring something to the party.
When I direct, thats the kind of actors I like to work
with. When Ive written a character in a certain way and
somebody comes along and brings even more to it, theres
||What about The
guy who played BABY? He was a pretty hilarious character!
Oh my god, I wonder what has ever happened to him! He was hysterical.
I dont know how they found him. He was like Herman Munster.
He was perfect.
What are some of your favorite movies?
One is FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE, its a Chinese movie. Its a
story about an opera company in China and its just so passionate
and wild. Youre transported to this whole other world. I adore
that movie. Another one is AVALON. Barry Levinson directed that. Its
a very personal story about a kid growing up in Baltimore and his family
and how things change over the years.
|I love a story where
you get the sense that somebody has really put their personal
life into it. Another film is MYSTERY TRAIN by one of my very
favorite directors, Jim Jarmusch. It has such unusual characters
nd gorgeous cinematography. All these movies Im talking
about have unusual characters. I grew up in Brooklyn in a rooming
house. On the upper two floors we would rent out the rooms to
bizarre, interesting people from all over the world. Some of them
were half insane! So I grew up just mesmerized by strange characters.
||So then a lot
of your acting inspirations were actually these people who came
in and out of your life, more than say an actor from a movie?
Exactly! I mean I definitely have some actors who have inspired
me like Meryl Streep, shes just the acting god. And Lucille
Ball is another Favorite. Id just die laughing watching
her. Before I even understood what acting was I wanted to be LUCY.
I wanted to be funny and make people laugh. Lilly Tomlin is another
inspiration. But really I got most of my inspiration from characters
in New York.
|What does Cathryn
de Prume share with Goldi Lox?
My Family. Thats where it really makes sense when I look
back on it. Being part of a lunatic family. They werent
murderers or anything- they were just whackos! And instead of
bodies in the basement, we had crazy tenants upstairs.
Where did you see the finished movie for the first time and
what were your thoughts on it?
Ya know, I really dont remember. I believe in was in
a theater. I definitely know I was thinking it was a wacky movie
and I was proud of it. And being so young, it was exciting.
||Tell us what you
are doing these days and some of your goals.
I want to be directing, writing, creating my stuff
film and television. Id love to act in great films that
move people in some way. Make them laugh and cry. Shake up peoples
perceptions of things. I really love working with people who are
creative and bold. I love good stories. I tend to bit a little
old fashioned in that way. I can be wild and crazy but then I
love a good story with a beginning, middle, and end. I love a
hero going through something and then coming out the other side
where they learn something about themselves.
In recent years you seem to have gotten more into writing. Was
that something that evolved after your move to California?
I think it came out of me because of the frustration of being an actress.
It came out of reading all these scripts and saying, You know
what- I could write this better! or reading a script for something
Id be auditioning for and saying to myself, Wow, thats
the best part they could come up with for a woman? Why does the woman
get that part yet the guy gets THAT part! So its partially my
dis-satisfaction with scripts. Writing lets me get out what I want to
say. As an actress I can put my heart into something and bring out what
the writer intended
but I really have a lot that I want to say
and I can do a lot more of it as a director and as a writer than being
just an actress. Sometimes the challenge in being an actress is being
able to put my heart into someone elses words... then again that
process can cause you to find something about yourself that you never
knew you had in you. Thats what is so exciting about acting. You
grow so much as a person. You can take on a role and then find out,
WOW- I didnt know I had that inside of me!
||What types of
movies have appealed to you most in recent years?
I like movies where there is a female lead. Like this whole
TOMB RAIDER thing going on with Angelina Jolie. Its really
cool and shes really believable as this fun action hero.
You know, I have to admit, Nothing against female leads but seeing
TOMB RAIDER just makes me want Spielberg to hurry up and make
the 4th INDIANA JONES movie!
Oh yeah, I love INDIANA JONES! Those are some of the best
|Well maybe you
can try out for the female lead in the 4th one that theyre
supposed to start shooting next summer! Let's see if INDY can
Really? Theyre doing a new one? I didnt know about
that. Wow- well that would definitely be fun! You know, if you
study the films made in the 40s, there were so many woman
characters that were strong, intelligent, professional, and sexy
that were leads. Kathryn Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck
often the women leads are victims, usually weak, or just sex objects.
Women back then were portrayed as strong and had the whole package.
Now a lot of that seems to be gone.
||We have to bring
that back. I know that the audience of a movie tends to be a young
male market. I went to see the new MATRIX when it opened and like
80% of the line was men. More males go to the movies. But we gotta
get the women out.
Then youre gonna have to make a good love story! (joking)
Yeah, theres Love stories, but then theres stuff
like LIFETIME and Im not crazy about that channel. I think
that channel gives women in movies a bad rap. Who wants to see
women sitting around and worrying about things. I want to see
women HOT AND SEXY and fired up and passionate- fighting for something!
I dont want to see them just fighting to improve the PTA
Thats a good one! Well, hey, theres always movies like
Yes! And that was a great movie! And Men went to see that!! But
men arent gonna want to watch Lifetime movies!!
Well, time for you to show the world your stuff and break the mold!
Absolutely indeed! Much Thanks to the aimiable and enthusistic Cathryn
for revisiting this interesting chapter of her life and filling
us in on the new chapters to come!