04th Jan2018

Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Arian Thigpen talks ‘Blessed are the Children’

by Phil Wheat

Blessed are the Children is new thriller from co-writer and director Chris Moore, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask actress Arian Thigpen a few questions about how she became involved in the film, what makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre and her favorite scene to film.


What can we expect from the film Blessed are the Children?

Blessed are the Children is a fun thriller. It’s got plenty of moments to frighten you, lots of comedy, and a really fun score.

Can you tell me a little bit about your character?

Erin is a 26-year-old virgin who is a bit of a musical theatre nerd. She lives with her two best friends, who encourage her to get out of her shell. I love that her arc has her moving from being timid to making deliberate moves to get what she wants.

How did you become involved in the film?

I had just told myself that I wanted to get into acting more and – BAM! – the casting call just kind of appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. It took me way longer than necessary to submit my audition. I had doubts about whether or not I’d really be cast. But then I got the part!

What preparation did you do for the role?

Honestly, Erin is very close to myself. I have an introverted and slightly neurotic side, so I didn’t have to dig too deeply. One song that I listened to get fully into character is “When He Sees Me” from the Sara Bareilles musical The Waitress.

This is your first feature film, what was it like working on the set of Blessed are the Children?

I had really no idea what to expect coming onto the set, because, like you said, it was my first feature film. Blessed are the Children had a really relaxed atmosphere. Chris was really easy-going as a director; and the cast, although strangers, quickly became friends.

What do you think makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre?

I love that the characters don’t have to be overly sexy or in any kind of tropey box. The women in the story really have voices and character arcs. The audience gets to see their quirks and humanness. Also, the comedic bits are genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. That’s the best.

What was your favourite scene to film in the movie?

Even though it was really cold, I would have to go with the shower scene. It was the scene where I got to work with the most blood and effects.

Do you have any other projects which you are working on at the moment?

I just wrapped up Chris’s next film, Triggered – another hilarious thriller. I am about to go on tour around the United States in February as assistant stage manager with Mark E Swinton’s stage play Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get into acting?

Just do it. Find a local theatre, audition, take classes. You might not be the best at first, but get out there. It’s how you find out what areas you’re good at and what you need to work on. If it’s something you’re really passionate about, it will be apparent in how you work toward the finished product. And don’t be too proud to work backstage. There’s a lot to be learned in the background.

Blessed are the Children will be playing at the Horror-on-Sea Festival on Friday 19th January at 5:30pm. Check out our interview with director Chris Moore right here.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for the Horror-on-Sea please see the website for details: https://www.horror-on-sea.com

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