One of the best performers in the flick, other than Blood Widow herself, is actress Kelly Kilgore, and The Basement scored a chance to interview her via email. Now we share that conversation with you just in time for the movie's home release.
Jason: Kelly, tell us a bit about your character in Blood Widow. Who is Harmony and how does she fit into the story?
Kelly: Harmony is a free spirit. She’s Laurie’s oldest friend and joins the gang when Laurie’s boyfriend Hugh throws a housewarming party. She also has a huge crush on Kenneth, one of Hugh’s friends. In terms of storytelling, Harmony brings some innocence to the group dynamic.
Jason: What kind of research did you have to do to play Harmony?
Kelly: Harmony has a major scene in which she is in a slightly altered state … I did a lot of research (on YouTube!) to try and get it right.
Jason: Not to give too much away, but Harmony has a run in with Blood Widow. Was Blood Widow as creepy and intimidating a creation on set as she ends up in the movie?
Kelly: Yes! I think the creepiest part is that you can’t see the eyes behind the mask, so you don’t know what the Blood Widow is thinking -- or what move she will make next. You get distracted by that doll-like exterior and don't immediately realize what a broken soul is lurking underneath. Ian and Chad really did a great job expanding on Jeremy's character concept, and Gabbie (who is an amazing, sweet girl in real life) was super scary.
Jason: This is a pretty straight up slasher movie. Are you a fan of this type of film? Do you like horror movies?
Kelly: To tell you the truth, I’m terrified of horror movies! I freaked out while watching Blood Widow even though I knew what happened. I think that may be one reason I chose to play Harmony as such an innocent. I wanted her to be a light in the darkness. You rarely find that in slashers.
Jason: What got you into acting? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
Kelly: After a stunning debut in my 5th grade Christmas play... I went on to get my undergrad and graduate degrees in acting. I’ve done a lot of theatre in my life, and I just recently started getting opportunities in film and Web, as well. I love acting because it allows me to have so many complex and interesting experiences through the lives of my characters. I’m extremely fortunate that it is my career.
Jason: I noticed this is your first feature film credit. How did you enjoy acting in a movie and what other projects have you got lined up?
Kelly: I had a great experience on Blood Widow. The cast and crew were awesome, and working with Jeremy was fantastic. As a director he was more than open to letting me explore, play, and find my character. I have a deep love of theatre, but this experience really helped me fall in love with film, as well. I’ve got a couple of other projects airing this summer: The Aegeans airs June 16 (of Ulysses fame), and the pilot for Spaceship Florida will be online in mid-July. Meanwhile, I’ll be in Massachusetts playing Lady Percy and Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Parts I & II for Shakespeare & Company.
Blood Widow hits DVD, VOD and Blu-ray tomorrow. You can learn more about Kelly via her official website.