Actress Q&A Ellie Church
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
To begin, When/How did your love and enjoyment for acting start?
I'm not sure how soon it started, but when I was little and my parents would have company, or a party, I would rally a bunch of kids and start organizing plays.
And then we would make our parents, who probably just needed a fun night out and didn't feel like watching kids do a shitty play, watch them. A few years later, my dad bought a video camera, and once he trusted me enough to use it on my own, my friends and I did funny skits with it.
I loved SNL and Kids in the Hall, so everything we did was comedy, we had characters, did impressions, etc. I wish I still had those, a lot of those were super funny.
To you as an actress and as a fan of movies, what are some all time favorite films (of any genre) and/or film acting performances that have stuck with you for a long time?
Whenever anyone asks this, I like to give them my most recent favorites. Because if not, I'll say the same 3 movies every time, and that gets boring I think (FYI: Those movies are Pet Semetary, The Shining, and Fright Night).
When Black Birds Fly - This was just so different from anything I had ever seen. It's animated beautifully, and in such a way that everything is moving, and bending. It's a gift for your eyeballs.
Splash - I just recently re-watched this movie. It was my absolute favorite as a child, and oh man, did the feelings come back. Not only that, but Tom Hanks is amazing, and this movie is a girl's dream.
Misery - Just watched this again for the first time since I was a kid, and if I were to write a 4 word review for it , it would be "Kathy Bates and Tension". It's awesome, and she's awesome.
Who or what inspires you?
Anyone who does what they love , and keeps improving.
Out of all the horror films you've starred in, which role was the most challenging for you, and why?
Probably Time to Kill. It was my first real starring role, and I was still very inexperienced. Once I had done Time to Kill, I feel like I improved on every film after; because I knew better what a lead role involved. I learned to be prepared.
You're starring in a new horror short called Born Again which comes out in September! Which I'm beyond excited for! Can you tell us what it's about and what it was about the script or film that compelled you to partake in its production?
Born Again is about a group of very sloppy satanists. I don't want to give too much away, but I can say it's hilarious. I've wanted to work with Jason Tostevin for some time now, and I'm always up for doing anything comedic. It was a great experience, and I really hope to work with this crew again.
What is it about horror movies that you respond to most?
I like it that horror has such a range, it can be very dark, it can be funny, sad, theatrical. It can really be anything you want it to be and it makes all kinds of horror fans.
Born Again aside, can you tell us about any other upcoming projects you may be working on for the near future?
Yes. Plank Face, from Bandit Motion Pictures is premiering at the Gateway Film Center August 27th. I had a role in this, as well as doing costuming and makeup work on it.
I also have a very cool role in the upcoming 'High on the Hog' Starring Sid Haig and directed by Tony Wash.
As far as upcoming projects, those are all up in the air, but I hope to be working with a couple of very talented directors on very exciting projects in the near future.