Originally Posted on: January 27th, 2014
Charlie JJ Kruger sits down with actress-producer-director, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
H-P: Hey there! I’m so glad you could take the time for this interview with us. I really loved your film 'The Victim', so I think that might be our main focus today. Did you enjoy working on that film?
JBB: I loved working on 'The Victim'. It's like our baby as far as our company coming from it and I am so happy to hear you enojyed it!
H-P: I know that your husband (the totally badass personal actor-hero of mine), Michael Biehn, wrote/directed that one and he has been quite vocal about how the film came together. But I would love to hear your take as an insider. How did you see the planning stages unfold?
JBB: Well, he's is pretty right on... and by the way I agree he is totally badass (at home too, haha)! We had an offer for the original script/novella and when that wasn't really coming together, with the money they said they had while we were filming 'The Divide' with Xavier Gens, we started discussing some options and maybe producing it and Michael taking that original story and re-writing it.
So, from the minute we got back and investors said it was a go, it was me, Lorna Paul, Travis Romero, Lucien Flynn and Michael writing and prepping. The whole thing prepped, written and planned in 3 weeks and then shot in 11 and a half days.
H-P: At what point did you want to be/think you might/know you were going to be involved in the film?
JBB: I was pushing for us to take this from the very beginning. So, probably while still in Winnipeg working on 'The Divide'.
H-P: Did playing such a character alongside your husband feel strange at all?
JBB: No. He makes me feel safe and I trust him sooo much, but he is probably harder on me than others might be. Which is good. He pushed me to the next level and we have some pretty funny behind-the-scenes footage.
H-P: How was working on the film different (or similar) to/from your large amount of work on television?
JBB: Well... we were all so free and close so quick (which is not the different part), but it being on your shoulders and your own company... you calling the shots and hoping they are the right decisions is what IS different.
H-P: One thing that comes up whenever someone looks you up, is the amount of friendships you have built in this industry. Your IMDB page alone lists a few interesting actors/Hollywood minds that you have become close friends with. Do you think that inherent friendliness you have has helped you in your career?
JBB: I don't know. Probably being social is somewhat part of it and for sure it's amazing to me how many interesting people that I have been and continue to be blessed enough to work with through the years.
This last year alone... getting to work with Adam Ripp, Joe Lynch, Salma Hayek, Mr. Oizo aka Quentin Dupeux, Marilyn Manson, Mark Burnham, William Forsythe, Mark Gantt, Lony Ruhmann, Brianne Davis, Barbara Stepansky, Danica McKeller, Jon & Danielle Artgo, Hallie Jordan, Richard Gabai, Daisy McCrackin, Jon Huertas from The Castle and the fantastic Angus MacFadyen and so many more.
And then the awesmoe list of peeps that I have worked with the few years before that like: Travis Romero, Dana Daurey, Alyssa Lobit, Danielle Harris, Jenna Mattison, Brian Austin Green... and way too many more to name here.
H-P: You have a LARGE amount of project that are in post production/waiting to be released, are there any in particular that you are proud of? And why?
JBB: Yes, all of them are unique for different reasons.
As a hired actress: I am super excited for everly directed by Joe Lynch and that's where I met a new and dear actress / now friend, the Fabulous Gabriella Wright, who has some fab films comig up and we hope she will come to work on one of ours.
As far as Blanc-Biehn Productiosn goes: 'She Rises', very excited for all you to see this film! Angus MacFadyen stars next to me, Michael and Daisy and is a force of passion. I feel I have learned so much so far by working with him. This film is going to trip, I'm loving it so far.
'Altered Perception', collaborating with one of Michael's best friends, Jon Huertas was really fun for me. The film is looking great! Again, this one is an original sotry/idea I came up with while emailing with our investor/partner, Lony Ruhmann, when I was in Cannes last year. So, I am proud that Travis and Jon came in with Kate and made it happen.
'The Girl' and 'The Night Visitor', I directed those and I think you all will have to tell me what you think of my directing.
...and 'Hidden in the Woods', our next baby that we aquired the Rights from Patricio and Evelyn at Fantasia to make a remake/American version. It's gonna be intense. I am proud.
H-P: 'The Victim' was a bit of a hit, and was loved by most that saw it, are you and Michael planning a follow up film together? Not so much a sequel as much as another horror outing?
JBB: We may do so. When Michael showed it to Jim Cameron as his friend, just checking it out while in post production, they discussed sequel ideas.
It was cool to have him take it over to Jim since I did 'Dark Angel' with him. But in this we agree not so much a sequel but something to keep those fans happy.
H-P: Freddy Vs Jason, who really should win?
JBB: Hmmm... Freddy! Very sharp hands/fingers... but I love you Kane (Hodder).
H-P: Is there anything else you would like to add?
JBB: Just check us out online for updates! Each one of our films has a Facebook page so 'Like' those.
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