Originally Posted on: February 28th, 2014
Charlie JJ Kruger sits down with Leesa Rowland, the actress who plays Phyllis Adjani in the film 'Slaughter Daughter'.
H-P: Thank you for taking the time to sit down and have a chat with us here at Horror-Punks.com! I wanna start off my saying I thought you were great fun in 'Slaughter Daughter'. How did you end up in that film?
LEESA: Thank you! The woman originally cast as Phyllis dropped out at the last moment and Troma's Lloyd Kaufman and my friend Nicola Fiore both asked if I would be interested in the role. I spoke with the director Travis Campbell, he sent me the script and I loved it!
H-P: What was it like playing such a grim and twisted role in 'Slaughter Daughter'?
LEESA: I consider myself a character actor and love portraying people who have much different backgrounds and personalities than I do in real life.
I adore Nicola and she is a dear friend of mine so it was fun creating a different dynamic with her. Slaughter Daughter is a bit of a campy horror film and that is fun also.
H-P: On a similar note, how much of yourself did you bring into that role?
LEESA: I do tend to use method acting techniques in my character portrayals but other than drawing upon past experiences and such, my personality and the way I carry myself as well as interacting with others is much different from Phyllis.
H-P: I also wanna say that I did a little bit of reading about you before this interview and I saw that you're a vegan. I think thats pretty awesome, I’ve been a vegan for years now myself. Every now and then people will ask me how I deal with all the gore and violence in the movies I love, while maintaining a vegan diet... so I guess its only fair that I ask you the same question.
LEESA: Yes! I do live a vegan lifestyle and I am happy to hear you do as well! I have been an animal advocate and activist since the late 1980's. During the mid 1990's I took a hiatus from acting to devote more of my time to animal advocacy as well as hands on animal rescue. It is very emotionally draining although very rewarding at the same time. I founded a New York non-profit called Animal Ashram in 2012 but personally have taken a hiatus from actual "in the trenches" work I have done in the past and focus more on advocacy work now. I need to start with a clear mind when preparing for acting roles and like I said, animal work can be very physically and emotionally draining.
I love the horror film genre and I enjoy both working in it as well as watching it. Nobody is actually harmed or tortured in the movies we make. They are solely portrayals of horrific experiences and stories. To me, the real horror is happening every day to millions of animals in factory farming and vivisection (experimenting on live animals) as well as kill shelters and on fur farms, etc. The horror these animals endure is real!
H-P: You have done a bunch of work with Troma, how has that been for you? Do you enjoy the style/schedule of Troma productions?
LEESA: I do enjoy Troma's madcap style and their films generally have an underlying message. You could say there is a method to their madness.
Troma Productions are fun and for the most part the people on set become more like one big dysfunctional family. Dysfunction can be wildly fun with the right group of people!
H-P: Your upcoming film 'After Birth' sounds really interesting... is there anything about that film that you can share with us?
LEESA: We have been busy with recasting a couple of roles and working with their schedules as well as working on the sets to make them extremely realistic! We have moved production up to October of 2014. I am excited about After Birth as it will be a really fun and gory thrill ride!
H-P: Who should really win... Freddy or Jason?
H-P: Other than 'After Birth', are you working on any other horror films that we may be interested in?
LEESA: Nicola Fiore, Travis Campbell and I have something new up our sleeves to shoot later this year. As soon as we finalize details, you will be the first to know!
H-P: Is there anything else you would like to add?
LEESA: I just want to say that horror fans are the best! They really are and I am one myself.
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