|What are your earliest
recollections of cinematic terror?
I think my earliest recollections of cinematic terror, as far as
images that caused a surge of heart in the little kid I was, are
concerned... are associated with the names of Bela Lugosi (Dracula)
and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein and The Mummy) -with special
'recrudescence of memory' linked to that of Lon Chaney, 'the man
of the 1,000 faces'. He triggers off my associative memory of the
genre big time.
Lon Chaney movies stand out for you?
Fan favorites, such as Phantom of The Opera', Quasimodo and The
Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Dracula vs. Frankenstein. The Mummy's Curse
still giving me a somewhat exotic flush of emotion today!!!
|As for films that freaked
me out, well being that I was a night owl and would watch movies
on TV really late I remember there was this film and I can't remember
the title. Anyway some guy comes back from a remote part of Africa
with a miniature (12") wooden tribesman souvenir for his wife.
The brown little figure is wearing a tribal war mask and is carrying
a shield and a spear. The wife looks at it with a disapproving "oh,
how nice..."expression. Puts it down on the table and proceeds
to take a nice relaxing bath or something. Of course, when she puts
it down she doesn't notice the necklace that falls off the miniature
that contains the ominous warning, "Do not remove necklace".
Of course that little puppy is now alive and sneaks around the house
jabbing at her with his little spear. Yeah, that kinda left an indelible
mark in my head.
Hmm... Can you tell us how you
first got into acting and your early career as a child?
Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood
is a fan favorite. What were your initial reactions to the project after
reading the script?
It all began
one day in the Park, New York City. My mom was wheeling me in
my Baby Cart. A man got out of his car, walked up to her, and
with an utterance to the effect: "you got a cute kid, gimme
call", & extended her his business-card. She thought
it was all part of some gag, and would have let it drop cum
grano salis had she not been so incurably 'artistically-inclined'.
So she rang him, and of course the man turned out to be a producer
of tv commercials, and within the month I was shooting my first
diaper-commercials. Now, my father opposed the clowning. And
lifted me out of the profession. Only, he wasn't counting with
the resourcefullness of a mother so artistically-bent that she
was not going to let her kiddy's flushing tendrils for the business
atrophy. What did she do? She very candidly put me - as one
kid among dozens of others - in various music, singing and dancing
classes. Till I crept back into the business that way. Soon,
I must admit, the virus was so much part of my system, that
I was rounding up members of the family, or friends from around
town, to shoot my own mock-tv shows! (laughs) I started on my
cinematic culture before the age of reason. My mom had a projector
at home and an eclectic taste in cinema. She was excellent at
getting cool obscure films that might have been difficult to
see on the big screen otherwise. She would have projection parties.
Well, I was so
happy, I wanted to shout it from the Chrysler building (like
King Kong)! Retroactively (if you can say that), I'd say Maddy
was a character with insides (no pun intended.) 3D characters
of her sort leave you with an experience when you bring them
to life. Hence, and like all experiences in one's life, she's
an important encounter for me.
Did you originally audition for the role of Maddy?
I can't remember if I auditioned for her at exactly inchoate
casting, but she was definitely it for me very early on.
What do you consider some of your
favorite horror films?
a fan of the previous Friday films?
I liked the Fridays, but it was really in consequence and through
the experience of bringing Maddy to life that I became a true
Friday-fan. Playing the role sort of boosted my affection for
the series. And gave them ultimate reality for me. I am a fan
of cinema. Net! All genres, countries and all dialects, that
is. I am myself of mixed origins (European, Latin and South-American)
and a true globe trotter. I have always pursued acting in different
countries and part of the thrill is to play characters in their
native languages. In fact, I proposed the producers of Friday
the 13th Part 7 to dub Maddy in the countries of the languages
I speak fluently. (I didn't want Maddy to be lost in translation.)
In the horror category, I'd cast my votes loud and clear for Murnau's
Nosferatu, Clouzot's Les Diaboliques, or Hitch's Psycho and The Birds.
were the working conditions like on the set for Friday The 13th
Part 7: The New Blood?
The working conditions were zemanakal. Great crew, fun cast,
cool director, casting director cinematographer, and producers
that made for congenial working conditions.
How much input do you put into the character of Maddy?
100% - coz everytime I act I get absorbed by my role to the
point of becoming the character.
was best friends with Robin, played by Elizabeth Kaitan. What
was your off-screen relationship like with Elizabeth?
We were friends, keeping in touch outside of the shoot.
Have you kept in touch with any of the other cast members of
Well, I travelled a lot; which means my relationships with them
got segmented by these travels, and gradually put into suspension.
But I'm sure if I'd run into them today, we'd hang out. There's
enough of Friday 7 left to keep souvenirs warm and ties alive.
|What was your
working experience like with Kane Hodder, whose first of many
appearances as Jason first started with part 7? Was he intimidating?
Kane was a cool and sweet guy.
Although I'm sure it was scripted this way... why do you think
Maddy went looking for David outside in those darned woods?
Hells Bells, it's the law of the darn genre! (But between you
and me, Maddy had bats up her bellfry, and it was just her clear
duty to brave the ultimate mystery and follow David into the blackness
of these woods!)
How'd you enjoy seeing 'Friday 7: The
New Blood' for the first time on the big screen with friends?
It was just spazmatical! It happened in Hollywood's Mann's Chinese,
which is a haunted house, you know? I mean, what with the atmospherics
and the jumble of mixed exclamations that convulses it on a good night:
the sighs of relief... the indignant cries from the audience: "No!
Don't go into the cabin!" And of course, the whole cast and crew
What's your favorite scene or 'kill' from Friday 7?
Mine. I love to die in films, and a good writer to xenacate my character.
|You also worked
on 'She's Out Of Control'. Ya got any good Tony Danza stories?
Oh, come on. Good Danza stories? Tony's adorable, real fun - what
more you want? And built like a horse!
In 'My Mom's A Werewolf', you're
reading a copy of Gorezone magazine that features Friday 7 on
the front cover. Where'd that idea come from to have you reading
It was an inside joke, 'twixt me and a happy few'; good company
to put me in.
||What else can
you tell us about your experiences on 'My Mom's A Werewolf'?
That's a whole other interview!
You've appeared in a lot of television work as well as film, including
an episode of 'Freddy's Nightmares'. How different is it working
in television as opposed to film? Do you have any stories from
the set 'Freddy's Nightmares'?
In the Jurassic days, films were manufactured in a boxlike barn
were the essential pieces of equipment were the movie-camera,
microphones and a considerable lighting hook-up. For years, the
industry didn't pass out of that. And well it seems to me, decades
later, a lot of tv's still stuck in this primitive phase, where
you work in a cube.
Boxlike barn, you say?
was tons of fun, especially preparing my death scene. As for
the nithmare On Elm Street films, well to me, it was a case
of the pepsi-cola syndrom. It epitomized the problem of the
portrayal of purely fictitious characters on film, whereby a
production wants to be assured there is no selling out to the
competition that would tend to associate a project audiences
are already acquainted with, with a new one. In other words:
I came very close to Freddy's Film, only the producers got scared
I might be identified as a Friday icon!
Ahh. You worked on 'Ford Fairlane' as one of the sorority girls.
What was working with director Renny Harlin like?
Great! Renny's a great guy.
Fantastic sense of humor. I really respect him.
You're fluent in 5 different
languages. How'd you come to be educated in so many different
That's a big one. I mean, I wonder myself - considering I'm
the only one in the family tree (though its story knots together
the four corners of the world; well, 3 actually: America,
both North and South; plus Europe) exhibiting that trait.
My passion for languages makes for my speaking so many and
my still wanting to learn others. By the way, it doesn't come
recorded a few singles and have a pretty extensive experience
with singing. Can you tell us about your music training and
how you got involved in all these music projects?
Like a dime-a-dozen New York kid, I went through a routine of
piano, dancing and singing classes. The rest is a lotta perserverence,
patience, hard work and uh... a little bit of chance?
Can you tell us about your current work on a musical project
about the life of Frida Kahlo?
It was a question of participating in the showcase of a musical
on the life of Frida Kahlo for a group of financiers that when
the moment comes are still gonna sign us a blank check.
When did you
first become familiar with her artwork?
You can't live in LA and not know Frida Kahlo. She haunts Hollywood's
artsy stores. Don't you have a Frida Kahlo coffee mug?
Err... no. New Yorker here. I have a Van Gogh mug, if that counts?
I was however, even before LA aware of Frida's work. I grew
to love surrealism. I also got to dig the old Mexican school
for its naive portraits, unpretentious yet invested with an
uncanny satirical penumbra. I was in Paris when they auctioned
off part of the André Breton collection. I was happy
to see he was also big on that Mexican school.
some music and your own albums. What kinds of music do you personally
like and draw from as influences?
I can't Iive without music. I like all kinds all styles. It's
gotta be good: Axe, bossa nova, flamenco, samba reggae, punk rock,
rock & roll, alternative, classical, techno, dance, musical
theatre, house, rap, zouk, and other styles that might escape
me at this moment in time.
|You've acted in
so many different mediums your whole life; Do you have a preference
to theater or films? What are some of the biggest differences
between working on the two?
I love both! Hard to say which one I like better. Theatre, for
an actor is the noble art and there's nothing quite like it: being
on stage playing to a live audience and experiencing thier reactions
each night. However I also truly cherish film. Of course you miss
out on the audience and the hours are longer, but hey, you're
not required to learn a 120 pages plus of dialog in one shot,
and if you make a mistake you can correct it! Which makes for
a neat ending. (Not to mention that years after you can still
watch it. There's something about live theatre that gets lost
in video translation so if you weren't in the theatre for the
live performance, forget it. You missed out!!!)
Darned. I always miss out. Thanks for talking to us, Diana!