Emmanuelle: "I think there is definitely more character driven roles being written for women in this genre".
Conducted by Phil
October 31st, 2005
This Halloween all my dreams came
true, not only did James Wan tell me he 'digs the horror asylum' but I
finally managed to interview one of my favourite actresses as well.
Emmanuelle Vaugier has made a name for herself by
managing to star in an impressive number of horror movies and most
recently Saw II.
With appearances in Smallville, Charmed and a whole
host of other popular genre shows behind her and lead roles in a number of
forthcoming horror movies such as House of the Dead 2 to look forward to,
Emmanuelle is set to become one of the genre's most popular stars.
After desperately trying to interview her for the past
year we finally managed to hook up via the wonders of technology as
Emmanuelle took a break from filming Matthew Leutwyler's Unearthed.
Read on to see what Emmanuelle thought of Saw II and to
hear what we can expect from House of the Dead 2 when it is released next
Special thanks goes to Lesley for setting this
When did you first become
interested in acting and how did you break into the world of films and
I got my first taste of acting on stage in 2nd grade. I played an
Angel/Narrator in a Christmas production. I didn't start acting
professionally until I was 19 years old.
Throughout your career, you
have starred in a number of horror movies; do you enjoy working in the
Yeah, I turned down a movie with Al Pacino so I could do "House of the
Dead 2". Kidding! In all seriousness, I love to work, and it just so
happens that a lot of the opportunities that have come my way have been in
the horror genre.
Would you agree that the genre
now provides women with the chance to take on strong character roles which
drive forward the story, as opposed to just running around showing flesh
and being carved up?
I think there is definitely more character driven roles being written for
women in this genre, but I believe it's a result of our audiences becoming
savvier and expecting to see something new and creative.
"The shoots were not
grueling at all".
Audiences will soon see you on
the big screen in SAW II. How did you land the part of
I was in Australia at the time visiting some friends, and I got a call
asking me to have a look at the role of Addison in Saw II. After the
success of the original, obviously I was curious. After having a read of
the first draft I was pretty convinced. The characters were well drawn
out, and the storyline was disturbing as all hell!
Were the shoots pretty
The shoots were not grueling at all. We had a great cast and crew, and
things went pretty smoothly. All my stuff was done on stage,
so it was pretty painless......no weather conditions or night shoots to
How did you find Darren
Bousman as a director?
Darren was a pleasure to work with. It was his first time directing a
full length feature film......and it was a challenging film for
anyone.....he had his plate full, and he did an amazing job.
Were you nervous about the
fact that the film has a huge reputation to uphold with genre
You know, part of me thinks that, but then, all you can really do is your
best....the rest is out of your control. You can't beat yourself up about
Can you tell us much about the
plot or how your character fits into the story?
What was the most challenging
aspect of your character for you?
Not allowed to talk about it.
" I feel lucky to be a part of it".
Genre fans will also see you
in House of the Dead 2. Were you aware of the first film's reputation
when you signed on for the sequel?
Ummm, yeah....I tried to block that out of my head. They are treating it
as a completely separate film. This one actually has a plot........and a
Can you let us horror fans
know if the sequel will be a very different kind of film?
Most definitely.....VERY different.....I think they can look forward to
this one.....and hopefully it will make them forget the first one!
You recently started work on
Unearthed for Matthew Leutwyler, how is that going?
I am actually writing this in my trailer while waiting for the next set
up. We've really been lucky on this film. We have some amazingly
talented people working with us. I feel lucky to be a part of it.
Have you seen Dead & Breakfast
yet and if so, what did you think of his first horror
I am waiting until this weekend to see it. I want to make sure I give it
my full attention! I heard it's a lot of fun....silly, goofy, over the
top.....and that's FUN if you ask me....so I'm looking forward to it.
One of my favourite movies
which you starred in was Ripper. Was it an enjoyable movie to make?
I had an awesome time on that film. I was working with a bunch of friends
that I'd known from previous projects, and that's always great.
You already have a connection and a bond with them, so you know you're
going to have some fun no matter what.
You had worked with some of
the cast before, do you enjoy working with actors more than once or do you
Like I said, I love working with people I know. But working with new
people and forming new friendships is also good.
Do you have any more plans to
appear in the horror genre in the coming months?
Not at the moment.
Would you have any objections
to fans calling you a Scream Queen?
Whatever makes the fans happy...that's why I'm here.
Where else can we expect to
see you in the near future?
Look for PAINKILLER JANE on the sci-fi channel.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the