01st Mar2018

‘Death House’ Interview: Lauren Compton

by Philip Rogers

With the anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on March 2nd, I got a chance to ask actress Lauren Compton about how she became involved in the film, her character Dr. Logan and working with Harrison Smith…

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How did you first get into acting?

I was an extra on the set of Mark Whalberg’s movie Invincible (2006) when I was 18 years old. In a roundabout way, I guess you could say I snuck myself into a larger role. Not a much larger role, but I went from being an “extra” to a “featured extra”. My role was an ‘on field photographer’ and in the final cut of the movie I literally appear for a split second during the final football game. I worked on the set during the final few days of production and got to attend the wrap party in Dallas, TX where I met Mark and a couple of the EP’s. After that night of talking to the cast and crew, I felt inspired to pursue acting further and moved to Los Angeles, CA. The rest is history!

You are in the upcoming horror film Death House. Can you tell us what we can expect from the film?

I have not seen the film yet, but I have heard great things from everyone involved. It took a lot of hard work and long hours from all the cast and crew. I know at the very least you can expect a very bloody, gory, horrific film from the best of the best in “horror” genre of the movie industry.

How did you become involved in the film?

I auditioned for the film a year before it got put into production. Shortly after my audition, I was introduced to Harrison B. Smith and we talked about the film and he very much wanted me to have a role that I have never done before. Most of my roles are on the lighter funnier side- primarily comedy. So, for his film, he thought I was a great fit to play one of the scientists. In the end, it’s been one of the most fun and challenging characters I have ever played.

You play Dr. Logan Harrison in the film; can you tell me a bit about your characters role in Death House?

My character is manipulative, serious, unforgiving and unapologetic for all her actions. The exact opposite of me really… but that’s also what made it so fun!

Death House brings together some of the biggest names in horror. What was it like being involved in such a landmark project?

It’s an absolute honour! When I heard about the line-up of cast I was thrilled to be a part of it! This movie has a huge list of celebrities involved and that is a very humbling experience.

What was your favourite scene to film in Death House?

Like I said, I have not seen the film yet, so I’ll be biased and say mine!

In addition to Death House you have worked with Harrison Smith on his VR Horror short 360 Degrees of Hell and the upcoming comedy Garlic and Gunpowder. Is Harrison someone who you enjoy working with?

I absolutely love working with Harrison! He is a director with a mass amount of truth and honesty. He cares so much about the work he does and works hard on prep and post. The best thing is knowing that every project we work on will be executed to the very best of his ability. I hope I get to work with him on many more projects together.

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

I just started a production company called COMP10 PRODUCTIONS. At the moment I am very focused on getting deeper involved in the production side of films and television. I currently have a few deals being negotiated at multiple different studios.

If someone is looking to get into acting, what advice would you give them?

Do your research on photographers, get great headshots and start submitting yourself to all projects on L.A. Casting. If you have very little experience, start doing work for free and gain footage to show agents. Everyone starts somewhere.

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