Interview with Molly C. Quinn

Molly C. Quinn is know for her role of Alexis on ABC’s “Castle”. With Season four around the corner, Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Molly about working on the show as well as her numerous other upcoming projects.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about how your character Alexis in “Castle” has changed since season one?
Molly C. Quinn: The great thing about the Alexis character is that she is growing and changing each season just as I am. In the first season Alexis and her dad have all these systems such as the one that they use when he ends up in jail and Alexis has to bail him out. When Alexis’s grandmother comes into the picture Alexi’s starts to see things differently and her and her Grandmother start to work together to help her father. There also starts to be more pressures from school and boyfriends start to become an option. Alexis is also seeing that her dad’s infatuation with the police and Beckett are beginning to become more dangerous than helpful. Even I don’t know how she is going to respond to all these things in season 4. I think it’s going to be extremely interesting to watch Alexis grow from this vantage point.

MG: Can you tell us what it’s like working with Nathan Fillion and Susan Sullivan?
MQ: Working with both Nathan and Susan is a real pleasure and we all get along really well. It’s great that we can all help each other bring more satisfaction to our acting! Susan is such a professional. Nathan is the same way but he also likes to bring the fun! I just try and keep up.

MG: One thing I love is the family relationship that is displayed between you all and how your discussions always leads to clues for the cases, what do you like most about playing Alexis?
MQ: I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you that Alexis knows exactly what’s going on but is letting her dad piece things together by giving him just enough information to find out the answer on his own.(Laughs) I like Alexis because she’s a real teen. As an actor its fun playing a versatile person that is capable of doing so many different things. I also like that the writers have had the courage to keep Alexis true and good! As we know there are a lot of girls like that in the world and they are often very under represented on screen. I feel very fortunate to be the person to represent these girls.

MG: In second to last episode of “Castle” this season, we find out that your character is planning on going to school outside of New York, what can you tell us about that?
MQ: Alexis is thinking about following her boyfriend to college but, I don’t really know what will happen now especially after what unfolded last season with the murders. Me personally I don’t really see her going anywhere.

MG: Tell us about your role in Nickelodeon’s “Winx Club” playing Bloom?
MQ: “Winx Club” rocks! I love being on there and kicking trolls butts.(laughs) Bloom is a girl that finds out she is a fairy and goes away to a special school to develop her fairy skills. While there she meets a friend and together they decide to start a club dedicated to fighting evil. The show really promotes teamwork.

MG: You also have done quite a bit of voice over work. Can you tell us about that?
MQ: I did an audio book titled “City of Fallen Angels”. Being a huge fan of that series I had read all the books and developed voices in my head for each character prior to the project. Getting to use all those voices was a dream come true! I think I cried at the end of it because I was just so happy. “The 3rd Birthday” was a video game I did that was just awesome. We converted the game from Japanese to English using some really sophisticated equipment. The hardest part was getting the dialogue to match up with the characters mouth movements. The animation is beautiful and the story line is super intense. I can’t wait for it to come out. For “A Christmas Carol” a lot of people think that was animation and we did the sound in a booth but, it really was motion capture. Motion Capture is very different and extreme. You wear a special suit and that’s really it. There is no makeup or props and the performance really has to come from each actor’s imagination. I really treasure getting to work with Robert Zemeckis, Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman on that project.

MG: What can you tell us about your role in “Finding Hope”?
MQ: “Finding Hope” is an ongoing project that started out of a short called “The Sacrifice” when I was 13. It really is to bring awareness to teen homelessness and runaways. We have been able to do a longer sequel to the short where my character has made it out of her bad family situation only to find herself in a worse situation. Hopefully this Christmas we will be able to turn the story into a full length feature. This project has really woken me up to the real world.

Interview with Ashley C. Williams

Ashley C. Williams is one of the stars of the horror film “The Human Centipede”. Movie Mikes had a chance to chat with Ashley about working on that film as well as what is has planned next.

Mike Gencarelli: What did you think when you first read the script for “The Human Centipede”?
Ashley C. Williams: I was shocked but I was pretending not to be since I knew that wasn’t what they wanted to see. There wasn’t really script though when I first went in. It was more like a premise, but was also very interesting to me.

MG: At what point did you get to read the script then?
AW: In one of my call backs, I think it was the third. They had a breakdown of each scene and what each scene would consist of. At that point is when I really found out more in detail what the film was going to be about.


MG: Was it uncomfortable for you staying in that position throughout shooting?
AW: It definitely was uncomfortable for me to be in that position to shoot scenes. It was difficult at first and I wasn’t sure how I was going to have to approach it from an acting perspective. I figured I would just wing it, especially for those insane moments, like anyone would. Overall though, it was exhausting and definitely mentally and physically intense.

MG: What was the longest duration you were in that position?
AW: Actually we were never in that position for longer than five minutes. We would go in shoot a scene and then we were able to get out of it very easily. Whenever they would yell cut they would then throw blankets on us. It wasn’t that difficult in that sense. Althoughafter five minutes our knees would start hurting, our backs would get strained from being pulled forward by Aki. Whenever he would walk Ashylee and my back would be pulled forward. That part was a bit harsh on us.

MG: How was it working with Dieter Laser, was he really as creepy in real life?
AW: On the set we never got to know him because he kept to himself and stood in character the whole time. Until the last day on the set we had a cast party. He was all smiles and wanted to get to know us and we just asking “Who is this man?” He was amazing to work with and gave us so much to feed off of. Even when he wasn’t on the set he would be there behind the camera for us to see to work off. That was great. He was really great to work with.

MG: Tell us about the film, “Empty” which you also star in?
AW: It is about the worldwide gas crisis. It focuses on a couple who come out from a camping trip for a week and find that the roads are deserted and there is this major gas issue. Then from there try have to survive. It resolves around their relationship and how work with each other. It is a thriller/sci-fi/drama. It comes out on DVD, July 26, 2011.

MG: You will also be starring in “Hallow Pointe”, are you excited to be working on this film with such a great genre cast?
AW: I am honored to be working with all of those people. We haven’t started shooting yet and we are currently in pre-production. I am really excited. It is a werewolf film and I have never been a part of that type of film before. It is going to be really fun. I had met Thomas Churchhill at a convention, the director, and we met he said offered me a part of his film. So I am really excited.

MG: What are you currently working on?
AW: I am currently shooting a drama/comedy/coming of age film called “Leaving Circadia”, in which I have a supporting role. We are shooting that right now in New York City. It has a really great cast. Christian Coulson, who played Tom Riddle in “Harry Potter” series. Also Michael Cerveris is in it…he is a Tony award winner. So I am really glad to be apart of it.