Tell us how you got started in the business. What made you want to choose a career in acting? That must have been quite a great experience working with all of those celebrities. What was it like working on the series? Not only did I perform in 7 episodes I also worked as a stand in behind the scenes.
Larry Hagman used to sing: This was my first glimpse into Hollywood. What was the audition process like? The two went back-and-forth until Danny won. What do you think you did differently than her to win your role? That was one of the first things the casting agent mentioned when I came in. He was really good looking and appealing. Since you were shown in all your glory, should John had been shown in all of his?
After all, fair is fair! So much is going on, cuts and retakes, move this arm, tilt your head this way. Far too restrictive for chemistry; besides we kissed so much my lips and jaw hurt.
I have had some tough times because of that decision, such as being judged unfairly and not being allowed to teach one of my passions in high school.
I taught British Literature, English, grammar, and journalism in high school for four years. Two school boards exiled me because of it. At one school, some boys got a hold of the tit shots from the film and text messaged them around the school.
I still went to graduation and sat in the stands with the public. When the public was allowed to go down to congratulate the kids, I held my head high and tried to find as many of my seniors as possible to congratulate them.
That was hurtful, but after only four years I have so many students who have let me know I have made a difference for them.
I have so many e-mails and letters that warm my heart. Several of my kids signed a petition on my behalf, wrote letters, and spoke with the principal on my behalf—even several months after there was no hope of my returning. One of my boys gave me a huge hug at graduation and told me how sorry he was. I do not regret the times in my life that have made me who I am.
So, absolutely, no regrets. Would you have done the film if you had known it was a sequel to another Friday The 13th? So, of course, yes I would have. More importantly, would you do the same role today if given the chance? Most of it had ended up on the cutting room floor.
Do you have any resentment for Danny shooting the scene so long and with such a gratuitous amount of sex? Rarely, do they speak of truth. No the sex scene with John was not shot in a graphic way. It was all make-believe. Danny is a fabulous man—always kind, considerate and always careful that I was covered as well as possible. He always saw me as more than boobs and legs.
What was the makeup process like for you? The makeup took forever. The hardest part was when I could no longer see and had to be lead around on set. The fake blood burned my eyes. Any wild and crazy stories? What was the particular basis of that on set argument, if you care to divulge that particular information, and are there any hard feelings there that you can remember? I just remember that everyone was fun to hang out with on set.
I liked Dominick, though. Now I do keep up with a couple cast members on Face book. It was really nice to see them. Everyone has grown into neat individuals. What was that experience like for you? Did you get to meet Hugh Hefner during this time? We walked into the club as the girl next door and when we donned the tail and ears we became celebrities. Yes, I met Hugh and went to his L.
What was it that finally made you walk away from it? I graduated at the top of my class with a journalism degree. I figure I have six more lives to kill. Do you find yourself more creative freedom to write, or does acting allow you to express yourself more? I have a passion for words. It had an encyclopedia-size British Oxford Dictionary set—probably 12 large books in the volume.
I sooooo wanted to sit down and just play in the books. Ultimately, I am a big nerd. Tell us a little about these projects and how they came to fruition. Nothing like teaching misplaced modifiers while your tits are being texted messaged around the class.
Yes, I kept my cool. The fictional assassin in Memoirs of a Hit Man is a composite character created from three former assassins I have interviewed as a journalist. Do any of your students recognize you from your acting days? If so, how do you handle it when they bring up your role in Friday The 13th part 5?
It became a huge scandal in both towns. I was the girl with the Scarlett Letter. Two school boards kicked me out because of a film that happened almost 30 years ago. It goes back to judging others without really knowing them. Give us some background on the story and how it came about.
While studying his works, I fell so in love with his language that I knew I wanted to write something where I could play with his language and the language of the Elizabethan era.
Before long I created Billy, a modern reimaging of what the Bard would be like in modern times. For the script I have woven historical facts and events from his plays to create the modern Billy Shakespeare. This comedy of errors asks: What if Shakespeare never lived in the s? What if he were here today in Hollywood peddling his screenplays? Will we be seeing any cameos from you?
Yes, I do plan on making two cameo appearances. I plan on disguising myself and seeing which of my fans can find me. You must be working very hard to get everything finished in time. As a director I get to make all the final creative decisions. I get to work with artists of all types: All get knocked around. Anger eats away at the one who is angry, not at the enemy. It is a real honor to hear from you!
We wish you the best of success in your current and future endeavors!