Elina Madison Interview
Elina Madison has amassed 85 credits since 1996. She’s appeared in titles as diverse as Mulholland Drive, Creepshow 3 and Someone’s Knocking At The Door, not to mention having delved into producing recently. Along with actresses like Tiffany Shepis and Danielle Harris, she’s part of a new wave of Scream Queens so, quite frankly, Sarah couldn’t wait to ask her some questions!
GOREPRESS: Hi Elina, thanks for taking the time to talk to Gorepress. So, you’re a pretty damn hard-working lady, with at least 12 credits to your name in the past 2 years alone. Where does this admirable work ethic come from and is it hard to maintain?
ELINA MADISON : Hi, thank you! I have always liked working. I had my first job when I was 11 years old and my mom use to tell me if she didn’t know where I was she could always find me at work!
GP: One of my favourite horror movies of the past few years is Someone’s Knocking At The Door in which you had a pivotal role as one of the antagonists. Most Scream Queens are the ones running away from the threat but you’re not afraid to play the villain. Do you think it’s important to want to do both types of role?
EM: SKATD was fun to work on. For me it’s important to be open to all types of roles. I love portraying all sorts of characters and like being open to the possibility of who I can become next.
GP: What was it like to work with Chad Ferrin and Trent Haaga, and again with Trent (behind the lens) on Chop?.
EM: Chad is such a creative person and really easy to work with. I loved working with Trent, he’s intense and such a pro. I thought he did a great job on CHOP and have a feeling we will all be seeing a lot more of his work.
GP: Do you have a favourite filming experience? What’s your most memorable ‘on set’ story?
EM: One of my favorite filming experiences was when I was on set and we were just about to shoot a scene and I looked over at the camera and the crew and the actors in the scene and I just thought ‘WOW! Here I am on set doing what I love and the possibilities are endless.’ It was a great feeling and I still walk around with the same love for the work. A memorable ‘on set’ story was working with Vernon Wells and Tony Todd on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Watching those two work was an incredible privilege and learning experience. I’ve been lucky to work with Vernon a couple of times. They are both solid actors!!
GP: A quick glance at your resume will make it obvious that you’ve earnt the moniker of Scream Queen. True Scream Queen’s seem few and far between these days though, a far cry from the glory days of VHS. Why do you think that is?
EM: I just think that as appetites for certain types of movie experiences change, so does Hollywood. I’m not saying that people don’t want to see horror films full of blood-curdling screams, but their tastes have developed and matured, and become more demanding – requiring varying plots and the acting to go with them. It also probably has something to do with the actors wanting to bring something different to the table, and directors having that vision as well. That said, I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of the true “scream queen” in the classic sense of the word.
We definitely have not seen the last in film parodies, such as “Scream” but I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a come back. For a filmmaker to bring back a truly great film that includes the elements of those classics, with a true “Scream Queen” as part of it, while still satisfying the tastes of today – that would be a major coup.
GP: You’ve made appearances at a number of conventions, do you have a favourite? And do you enjoy meeting your fans?
EM: The conventions are so fun! It’s great meeting fans. They have been so nice and excited about current and upcoming projects. They come out to support the films at the conventions and give great feedback. The fans are definitely a huge, important part of the genre!
GP: Creep Creepersin seems to be taking the torch from guys like David DeCoteau and Fred Olen Ray who were arguably responsible for introducing the world to the original scream queens of the 80′s. How does it feel to be a part of a new wave of scream queens?
EM: I think it’s such a compliment. Scream Queens go way back and I am glad to be a part of such a classic character and title. Creep Creepersin and I have become friends working on a few projects together. He is such a hard worker and definitely puts his blood, sweat and tears into the work. I have a lot of respect for him and what he’s accomplished!
GP: In addition to appearing in front of the camera, you’ve also turned your hand to producing. Is that something you’re hoping to do more of? Would you like to direct if the right project came along?
EM: I enjoyed producing Corporate Cut Throat Massacre. It was a really good learning experience. I have and will definitely produce again. As far as directing, I am not sure. I never say never though!
GP: How easy do you think it is to get roles outside of a specific genre once you become known for it?
EM: It definitely requires opportunities that you are given or create yourself. It can be done though. It’s tough for actors who work from job to job to have the luxury of either accepting or saying “no,” and whether they should say no. But if you have a solid plan for your career, and are willing to take risks, I think that’s when the diverse opportunities begin to show themselves. I have been fortunate that I have worked in many film genres and plan to continue to do so.
GP: How important is it to you that women in horror are represented well and given a voice?
EM : Women in horror portray such a wide range of characters, from super sexy to villainous crazed killer, with everything you can imagine in between, so its important to show that some of these crazy characters we play are not who we are in real life. Except for the super sexy — that’s all real!! [laughs]
GP: Finally, what’s your ultimate, all-time favourite horror movie?
EM: A few movies have recently beat out a couple of my favorites that I have had for years, but I still stand by The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs–although I have a film that I star in coming out in 2013 that I cannot say too much about (and when I can I will) that will be right up there in the scare factor!!
GP: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Elina, we look forward to your future projects and wish you the best of luck!