31st Jan2018

Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Jennie Russo on ‘She Kills’

by Philip Rogers

She Kills is a new exploitation from writer and director Ron Bonk, which played at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask actress Jennie Russo a few questions about what we can expect, what attracted her to the role and her favourite scene.

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What can we expect from the film She Kills?

You can expect a lot of laughs and a lot of gore. Men seem especially uncomfortable watching this movie due to how Sadie gets her revenge on their naughty bits.

She Kills is an unusual homage to the exploitation/grindhouse genre, what attracted you to the film when you first read the script?

I really liked the fact that Sadie gets her revenge. She doesn’t play into the victim role she has been forced into.

Can you tell me a little bit about your character?

Sadie starts out very innocent, but after enduring the worst of the worst she turns into a bad ass and gets her revenge in the most creative ways.

What sort of preparation did you do for the role?

Mostly I tried to get into better shape. I was still working on getting rid of my extra baby weight after the birth of my first daughter and I needed to be able to get through the fight scenes without huffing and puffing.

Are there any elements of your character Sadie which reflect some of your own personality?

Like Sadie, I will stand up for myself and others if I feel there has been an injustice.

What was it like working in the set of She Kills?

Thankfully everyone working on the film got along very well so we were able to work long, exhausting hours and still have fun together.

What was one of your favourite scenes to film?

My favourite scene was when I get my revenge while wearing the makeup reminiscent of the movie “The Crow”. I don’t want to give it away, but that scene was very powerful and cathartic for me.

Do you have any new projects which you are working on?

I recently finished filming Fang, directed by Adam Steigert. That film should be out at the end of October 2018. I am also signed on to play one of the lead roles in Steigert’s film, T.H.E.M-The Horrific Evil Monsters, filming in 2019.

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

Start by taking classes if you have no formal acting education. I studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I believe you never stop learning and training.

She Kills had its UK premier at Horror-on-Sea Festival on Sunday 21st January.
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For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for further films at Horror-on-Sea please see the website for details:  https://www.horror-on-sea.com

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