|What are your
earliest recollections of the horror genre?
Well I have to say I love scary movies and I always go back
to Hitchcock! I love Psycho... The early Jamie
Lee films. Carrie (and no, I did not pattern Tina after Carrie
- Carrie was really messed up - Tina was just...confused!!!) I
personally liked the first Friday.
you initially get involved in acting?
I have always known that I would be an actress. I had three major
goals in my life by the third grade. I'm always surprised that
children today don't have clear-cut goals like that. They
seem to "flounder " and I believe that is due to the extreme
amount of information we have today. I believe they think there
are so many choices, that they don't have to make any. Anyways...
off my soapbox. HA!!! I wanted to act, I wanted to teach (although
not in a school) and I wanted to write. I kept written goals all
of my life and that is how I believe I've achieved them all.
were in House 2: The Second Story, which featured such a great cast
including Arye Gross, Amy Yasbeck, Jonathan Stark, John Ratzenberger,
and even... Bill Maher. What do you remember about working on that
Dying my hair! No really, why do we go to so much trouble to stay
blonde and then we are dyed brown!? HA!!! I had seen and loved
House! So I was excited to be in Part 2! On the way to the
final audition, my $300.00 car broke down, of course! And
I am never late!!! So I called my manager and he came to get
me, I dropped him back at the office and he let me drive his JAG
to the audition! I really pretended to be a star!!!
nearly lost the job after starting because I had a tear on my eye
and had to miss some days of filming. So, I was almost recast.
Luckily, I recovered and that
was good. The sets were fun, the big old house, the scenes
with Amy... she's really cool and of course, that cutie pie Arye!!
Why do you think your character Kate ran off with that darned Bill
The script said I had to!!! I dont know... don't the bad guys always
have to leave together!?
were your initial reactions to the script "Birthday Bash"
(aka Friday The 13th Part 7)? Was Tina the role you were always
Yes she was, I came in late to the casting process, largely because
my agents weren't too excited about me doing more horror. Friday
7 looked like a fun film to work on.
were your working experiences like with the rest of the cast &
crew? Were you able to keep in touch with anyone from the
I didn't really keep in touch. I ran into a few of the actresses
at the salon!!! Of course, since then I have now met
Jason 6 C.J. whom I wouldn't mind running into more often!
I was just trying to keep getting booked and worked all the time,
overworking on any project is my Achilles heel - which I actually
pulled during a marathon 2 years ago! I was in a wheel chair and
4 casts for the past 2 years! Life has its ways....
|You had to fight
Kane Hodder's version of Jason for a good portion at the end of
the film. What were your experiences together like?
I was tired. I used to have severe migraines and all the crying
and indoor scenes with smoke gave me a lot of headaches. Tina's
intensity was needed and I just wanted her to appear "real"
and not "like a "Carrie" character.
||The fire in the
basement toward the end of Friday 7 seemed like a close call &
you'd said previously that you were nervous working so close to
fire. What were working on the stunts like for Friday 7?
Well, I learned a lot! I learned not to insist on trying a stunt!!!
The fire scene did scare me personally, and I don't recommend falling
from a run onto a pier if you have Boobs!!! God Bless the real stunt
Overall, what were the working conditions like on the set for
Friday the 13th Part 7? Was it a rushed production or did
everything run fairly smoothly?
It did not seem rushed to me. John worked with me very graciously
and never yelled or embarrassed me. I do wish I had a mass gas clause
in that contract because Tina was so tense. I really ached
||Friday 7 sported
probably the creepiest looking version of Jason out of all the Friday
films. What'd you think when initially seeing Kane in full
This guy needs a facial!!
Did you have any idea how well received the film would be among
fans while making it?
Yes, I knew it was a solid story and that John was trying to make
the story "stand alone". But no, I didn't realize
the full impact until I saw it in a theater and thought no one would
recognize me- I was chased by a group of fans afterwards.
was it like for you to see 'Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood'
on the big screen for the first time with friends and family?
I first saw the posters popping up around LA and that was cool.
Then I saw the trailer in the theatre while going to see other
movies. It was really exciting!
had admitted to being a huge Friday fan before working on Part 7
& actually saw all the movies that preceded yours. Have you
kept up with the series since?
No I haven't. What the heck happened to the story line!?!
You recently showed Friday 7 to your kids. What'd they think of Tina kicking
Jason's ass? Do you ever instill some psychic fear into them?
||Well, we don't say ass in our house!!! But they had friends starting
to see it. I had the poster in my office for a long time and my
youngest made me take it down because it scared him ...but after
he saw the movie, which they do not see often, he said I could
put the poster back up!! Mostly they said things like "Mom,
why would you run up the stairs??" Like I was an idiot!!
They had fun with it. I suspect someone had shown them parts
of it before!!!
recently took part in the 'Friday The 13th' reunion at the Fangoria
Weekend of Horrors convention in NY; one of your first convention
appearances. What was the convention experience like for
you, and what was it like meeting all of your fans?
Aside from still being on a cane from my injury, I just loved
it! I was so happy to meet fans and share stories!!!
had once mentioned that you had written your own sequel to Friday
7. Can you PLEASE tell us a bit about the story you wrote
and how you would've followed up the series?
OK - I am waiting to still pitch the film. It can still work and
actually bring the series together. We have a large adult audience
that I believe would like to "relieve" that first
film. I wrote this script where Tina would come back with her
telekinetic gorgeous daughter.The audience would feel the
terror from both the teenager's side and their own immortality.
The babes would be hotter. The guys would have brains and the
series would get the respect it deserved!!
At the Fango con, I had tried
to convince you that Kane Hodder had in fact worked on House 2 also.
Do you believe me yet!?
I will if I go check the
You've done a lot of work in television. Most notably in Knot's
Landing. How different was it for you working in television as opposed
I like TV the best. The daily work is there, not too many all-nighters
and you get to see it sooner!!
||You fought Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th Part 7 and won!
What do you remember about your work on Freddy's Nightmares?
THAT was so great!! I was offered the role and made it my own personal
'twilight zone!' There is a scene when I am running in slow
motion- I ran in slow mo- and they filmed it normal that was interesting!
And doing the scenes without the effects there was fun! I like the
|How did you start
you current business? What can you tell us about it?
I have always had businesses. I had an invention company that
helped to get great inventions on the shopping channels! I still
do that so fans, send me your inventions- every one knows someone
with a great idea! You know those great chairs that fold up into
a bag and fit over your shoulder? I brought those to the channels
and the states- they are everywhere!
Start is a coaching company I have to help beginners get started
in the Biz or seasoned actors/ models to reinvent themselves coach
and teach and do the marketing plans!! I'm a guest host on the QVC
channel for 14 years, talking live without a teleprompter, cue card
or director can be scarier that looking at Jason!!
Ohh LA LAR productions is my new production company- I have recently
produced a video to teach others how to get started, not scammed.
Rumor has it you'd like to return to acting. Any prospects
on the horizon?
I am out there trying!!!! "Making a comeback when you
haven't gone anywhere is tough!" Ha!!
I'm looking at a
few independent films that are good- and next week I'm in New York for
the beginning of a publicity tour for my books, I have several in editing!
else you'd like to share with our Icons Of Fright audience?
Mostly I must say to all the people who have kept me going... no
one person ever does it all. We need so many people to help the
"stars" shine!! I'm so grateful to those that have helped
me, especially after the death of my husband. I will never charge
a fan for an autograph-I will sign whatever you bring. I only charge
for pictures that I have printed and incurred cost for.
||Lar, thank you for being such a sweetheart. You were one of the
first people we knew we wanted to interview when we first started
this site. Robg. from Icons is a HUGE fan.
Thank you & all the fans so much for all the support. Now...
I must go have an iced tea and play "Mom!"