It’s been a while since I’ve done an online interview with a beguiling talent and OLIVIA HENRY happens to be an actress/singer who can drive you wild. Her devilishly sexy eyes are certain to have an hypnotizing effect and she has the desirable looks that would dazzle in a role of any era. So without further ado, I’ll let her enthrall as she talks about starring in “Werewolf In a Girls Sorority” screening on October 15th and how she prefers to essay dark roles as an actress.
1. Give us a little insight about your role in “Werewolf in a Girls Sorority” and what was it like working on the film.
Donna Sommers was Andy’s “clumsy girl” of the film. I think he likes watching me fall and make a fool out of myself. Ha. I’m pretty good at it. Working on the film I would liken to having a BBQ pool party with a bunch of awesome people while having great conversations over drinks. It was so much fun! Never feels like work.
2. How stoked are you that “Werewolf in a Girls Sorority” is screening at the Twin Cities Film Fest 2012? Will you be dazzling up the red carpet?
I’m so stoked! That’s actually just the word I would use too… It’s fantastic! I’m so thrilled to be a part of what Andy is creating! His ideas and execution of his work is so different then anything that I have worked on in the past, or anything that’s being done today for that matter. I wish that I could be there for the red carpet, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make this one. Maybe next year if I’m so lucky.
3. What would be your dream role?
That’s a hard one to answer, I have so many dream roles! But the first thing that comes to my head is I’ve not yet seen an amazing biopic on the incomparable Maria Callas. I spent many years training as a classical vocalist and it would be my dream to pay homage to one of my biggest idols. It’s said she died of a broken heart.
4. Who is the one actor you can’t wait to star with and why?
I know so many people say this but its obvious why, Jim Carrey. He’s fucking brilliant. But if we are going to go a little bit of a less transparent route I’d say Vera Farmiga. Her subtleties on screen make my head spin. I love her, I love everything she does.
5. Your focus has shifted to music recently. Can you tell us more about life as a singer?
I actually started as a singer. It was my first love and closest to my heart. People often ask me which I would rather do, and my answer is always both. It all stems from the same place, performance is performance. For me though it is much scarier singing my songs then acting in anything. You put your soul on the line when you write your own music, and there is a rush you get when you perform those songs in front of a live audience. I’ve become addicted to it. I’m also going to be releasing my first E.P. by the end of this year! I’m super excited and terrified of course.
6. I read that you’re a gamer and did some voice-over for 3D games. What’s the most fun aspect of that experience?
I am! Voice over is a blast, and one of my favorite things to do. I worked on a project by Square ENIX a bit ago called “Front Mission Evolved”. I played Adela, Wizard and Gloria for voice over and I did the motion capture for those characters as well. I can’t tell you enough how much fun it was. You get paid to make up crazy voices for different characters in my case, and play “make believe” with little glowing balls covering your body. What’s better then that?!
7. Actors regularly live out the different facets of a character. What are the type of roles that get you excited?
Dark. Twisted. I like to dig deep for roles, playing characters that are very different then myself. Villains for example. These characters tend to be more multifaceted, so that gives me a lot of room to play and plenty for a director to mold with. I’m also a big fan of period pieces, dialects are my forte and my look tends to lend itself well to the past.
8. Any juicy updates on your future projects?
Well, I’m excited to say that my album is nearly complete, which means performances and a possible tour. A film noir piece is in the works with KJ Downes as well as a beautiful, heart breaking Indie called “The Fifth Season” by up and coming writer David Trisko. Sandra McCoy and I (who is also in Werewolf) are also going to be in a new Web Series together. I don’t think I can say the name quite yet, but it is in the works.
9. If given the choice, which is the one country besides the US you would want to spend time filming a feature?
Italy. Hands down. I unfortunately have not been over seas yet, but from my own studies and friends stories, I think it might be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I want to go there.
10. Finally, is there anything you would like to tell your fans and admirers out there?
Thank you so much! I’m unbelievable grateful and humbled by your support and I’ll keep putting stuff out there for your viewing and listening pleasure! And please check out my music and like me on the OLIVIA HENRY FACEBOOK PAGE. Thank you again!