How did you break into the world of acting?
It was pretty much what I always wanted to do. I majored in Musical Theatre because I also had training as a dancer and singer so at various time during my career I have worked in Film/TV, theatre, musical theatre, opera, etc. After college I began auditioning and started the migratory life… going where the work took me.
Describe how you landed the role in Psycho IV
I auditioned in Florida. I had an immediate callback the same day but almost missed the 2nd call back because my name got left off of some list (I guess). My agent called and told me to get over to the studio ASAP and it all worked out. This was how I earned my SAG card.
What was it like working with Director Mick Garris?
He was great, very sweet and helpful. It was my first time in a principal role but he always made me feel like a part of the team and explained things without making me feel like an idiot for not knowing!
How was it working with Henry Thomas?
It was exciting for me to work with someone with such a history. He took his work very seriously but was not standoffish in the least.
Describe your on the set experience - special effects stuff – etc
The blood pack!…it didn't want to break as easily as everyone thought it would so I had to get pounded pretty hard during the stabbing! That was pretty surreal. My favorite story is going back to my trailer, after the stabbing scene, to wash off the “blood”. I'm getting cleaned up so I can drive home so I'm showering in my trailer at night and realize that (while being completely alone in this strange place) I'm watching blood swirl down the drain. It totally freaked me out.
Did you see the other Psycho films before starring in the fourth installment?
Yes, I think I had seen all 3.
Did you ever meet Anthony Perkins?
YES. Too exciting!! I didn't get to talk to him much but was on set with him.
What was your overall experience like?
Very positive. It was an exciting time for me. It certainly felt like I was getting my “break” and I was thrilled to be part of such a well known project. All of the actors, director and producers were all wonderful.
When you saw the completed film, what was your opinion?
I thought it was pretty good and was very glad to be a part of it! It was an amazing experience to become a part of such a legacy!
What are you up to now?
I've taken some time off from film work to have and raise my 2 ½ year old son. I married a German man that I met while touring in Europe in West Side Story as Maria (I also did the National Tour in the U.S. ) and he is finishing his medical residency. I'm doing a lot of singing and have done some industrials, commercials, and operas. When my son starts school I will start accepting film work again.
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