Interview with Kristina Klebe

Kristina Klebe is most known for her role in Rob Zombie’s Halloween playing the role of Lynda made originally played by P.J. Soles. Kristina recently was featured on an episode of “CSI: Miami”. Kristina currently has six movies either completed or in production, one called “BreadCrumbs” in which she is producing as well. Movie Mikes had the chance to ask Kristina a few questions about her career.

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Mike Gencarelli: You speak four languages: English, German, French and Italian, how did you acquire that skill?
Kristina Klebe: My family is European – so I grew up with many languages around me. Then I decided to learn them in school as well and do exchanges that my college provided to help me learn them better =)

Mike Gencarelli: Can you tell me about your on-line interview series “Acting In Horror”?
Kristina Klebe: My friend and fellow actress Claire Winters and I re-connected about half a year ago – she was started a website called Brains of Minerva and I wanted to write an article for her about acting in horror because I felt horror is underrated among up and coming actors in the sense of how beneficial it can be to break into the industry… However, I have a background in documentary work and she and I decided it would actually be more fun to do a video piece and interview all these really cool people… So far we’ve interviewed Katt Shea, Paul Solet and Dileep Rao. A lot of actors and directors start in horror movies and prove themselves to the industry that way and then move on – and some don’t move on – we’re trying to show all the paths out there and how horror is a common denominator in them.

Mike Gencarelli: How was it working on the remake of “Halloween”, did you feel any pressure about remake such a classic film?
Kristina Klebe: I loved working on Halloween – it was one of my best experiences in the business to date… So many talented people. But truly working with Rob was the biggest gift. I didn’t feel any pressure because I had no idea about the original Halloween series (yes, you can hate me, call me stupid, ignorant etc) =) But I never watched horror movies and had no idea about this incredible underground fan base that exists for the genre. I’m glad, however, that I didn’t know about it because I just did what I thought was right for the character and what I would have done on any other job: figure out who my character is, what her role in the piece is, what music she listens to (slayer of course!) and be in the moment.

MG: How was it working with Rob Zombie? Do you keep in touch with any of the cast?
KK: I loved working with Rob – he’s a very smart guy who weighs his words, which makes him enigmatic and therefore interesting =) he’s also a great director who knows what he wants but also let’s his actors play, which is genius… to find that balance. I saw Malcolm recently on the set of CSI:Miami and Scout at a convention in Germany… and I keep in touch with Ken Foree because we worked on another film together.

MG: What have been the most difficult production you have worked on?
KK: There was only one production (a play in NYC) in my entire career that was slightly difficult because the director was a complete jerk and would constantly berate me and pick on me in front of the cast. That was the one and only bad experience I’ve ever had doing what I love… And I have stuck to my guns about never working with that director again even though I was asked to… He can go #$(*# himself 😉

MG: How was it working with Spike Lee in “She Hate Me”? Did you get to meet the late Ossie Davis?
KK: I got to meet Spike and hug Spike and say a few words to him — but other than that, I wouldn’t say it was much of a “working” experience. She Hate Me was the first movie I was ever cast in and the part was pretty small and eventually ended up on the cutting room floor. And although I was in the scene where Ossie Davis played the judge, I never got to meet him. I do remember he was an incredible actor to watch though. And that was years before knowing he played Jack/JFK in Bubba Hotep. Actually the best part of working on that film was meeting and hanging with Anthony Mackie and QTip on set.

MG: We recently just interviewed Michael Berryman and he mentioned about “Stingy Jack”, tell me about the film and what it was like working we so many famous actors?
KK: Hmmm.. we haven’t shot the film yet so I didn’t get to work with anyone yet! I’m attached to it though and excited to get going =)

MG: Tell me about what else you have planned for the future?
KK: I just shot an awesome film – it’s difficult to explain because it’s a secret for now — you’ll know when it comes out though, believe me… it’s gonna be ridiculous… one hint: I play a historical character … and it’s slapstick comedy

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