Thursday, November 20, 2014

********Rebekah Kennedy Interview********
The New Scream Queen of Horror

Conducted by Anthony Servante

The Servante of Darkness Blog welcomes Rebekah Kennedy to talk about movies and her career in the business of entertainment. I first saw Rebekah in "Season of the Witch" (2011) and have followed her horror movies, old and new, since. But there was more to our guest than scary movies. She has a background in Theatre and Television, and early in her career, she performed in musicals. But let's hear from our guest star herself. Darkness readers, allow me to present Rebekah Kennedy.

Rebekah Kennedy is a Los Angeles based actress with Texas roots. She is blessed with a youthful look, which has landed her roles that play much younger than she actually is.

Rebekah has had a passion for acting since the age of 12, when she pleaded with her mother to enroll her in acting classes. Almost immediately, she auditioned regularly and landed roles in several musicals and plays. Through her theatre experience she developed her talent and by her junior year of high school was accepted into the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas Texas as a dance major. At the age of 17 she performed professionally in Casper: The Musical starring Chita Rivera.

Rebekah went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach Florida. She continued to excel on stage in college, landing roles in several productions. Her talent was so impressive she was selected from a field of thousands of applicants to attend NYU’s prestigious Collaborative Arts Project 21 (AKA CAP21) in New York, whose alumni include Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway and Kristen Bell among many others. Rebekah continued to perform in theatre productions throughout that experience.

In 2009, Rebekah turned her attention to TV/Film. She performed in many independent films and shorts. Then in 2011 Rebekah’s career launched to a whole new level. She booked roles on “Memphis Beat” starring Jason Lee, ”Ghost Breakers” TV series and “Season of the Witch” starring Nicolas Cage. Even deeper roles followed in “The Underneath” (playing the creature) starring Holt Boggs, “Creature” starring Mehcad Brooks and Serinda Swan, “I am Gabriel” starring Dean Cain and one of the female leads in “House Hunting” starring Marc Singer.

She just wrapped a pilot called "Street Level".


The Interview:

Anthony: When did you want to become an actress?
Rebekah: My mom took me to see my first play when I was 4, and after that I was hooked. It definitely sparked something inside of me I can’t really explain. Even being that young, I just knew I wanted to be on the stage acting.

Anthony: What did you do to make that happen?
Rebekah: Well, nothing at first haha. Since I was 4, my mom didn’t really take me seriously. But every once in a while, I would bring it up. And finally when I was 12 my mom put me in some local classes in Texas and I auditioned for my first musical. And then I just didn’t stop.

Anthony: Can you tell us about your early days in the business?
Rebekah: In my early days, I was performing in musicals and plays all the way through junior high and high school, until I went off to college where I majored in Musical Theater. I really loved it and I was auditioning and performing anytime I could.

Anthony: Can you tell us about your transition from theatre to movies?
Rebekah: I had a little bit of interest in film and tv growing up, but I never really pursued it. Even after college, I had planned to continue theater and maybe even move to New York. I moved back to Texas after I graduated to get my bearings and figure out exactly what my next move was. All of a sudden, I started to think more and more about film and how I could pursue that. Shortly after, I signed with an agent in Louisiana (Landrum Arts LA) that took a chance on me. I slowly started to audition for small parts in movies and tv shows. In the meantime, I continued to audition and perform in plays. Also during that time, I also signed with an agent (Linda McAlister) in Texas as well. I tried to gain as much experience in the film world as I could. I continued to do theater all the way up until I booked the psychological thriller “House Hunting.” And then I decided I had to put theatre aside for a while. I now live in Los Angeles fighting the good fight haha. I do miss theatre and I hope to do another show when the right one comes along.

Anthony: You seem to mainly do Horror films. Is there a reason for this?
Rebekah: It wasn’t a conscious decision to start off with mostly horror films. Honestly, that’s what I booked at the beginning haha. I’m not complaining though, because the movies were a blast and it was a pleasure working on them. Plus, I got to work with some incredible actors and I learned so much working on those sets.

Anthony: Tell us about "Season of the Witch" (2011). Give us an insider tale or two.
Rebekah: Season of the Witch was incredible to work on. All of the actors, including Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, were extremely kind. And the crew just made it an easy and comfortable place to be. It was a wild ride though, because I auditioned on a Friday afternoon and the next day I found out I got the role, and they needed me in Shreveport for a fitting. So it was a bit of a whirlwind, and I didn’t really get a chance to take in what had happened. But it was well worth the craziness.

Anthony: Since you play characters younger than yourself, because you look younger to the camera, you are cast as teens, right? I’ve seen this with many actors (actresses) especially in Horror film (Molly Ephraim from Paranormal Activity 2 comes to mind); how has this been a boon and a hindrance to your career?
Rebekah: You are correct; I’m playing mostly teens. I haven’t played over 19 in a few years now haha. It’s often great, because most films and tv shows want over 18 or legal 18 to play younger. Sometimes it’s hard when they want true to age or sometimes there are roles I love, but I just don’t quite look old enough haha. But I know one day I will age, and those roles will more available to me. I don’t mind playing younger, because I started in the film world later in life, and I get to go back and play the roles I wouldn't have gotten a chance to play. And I’ve been fortunate enough to play teens with real depth and issues. And things they are trying to overcome. Those are the kinds of teen roles I’m attracted to.

Anthony: Can you tell us about some of the other Horror films you’ve been in?
Rebekah: Some other horror films I’ve been are, “House Hunting” – it’s a psychological thriller with Marc Singer and Art LaFleur. It’s about two families that go to an open house and then they can’t leave. I play 15-year-old Hanna, who is a mysterious girl. It’s available on Netflix and DVD. I’ve also been in a horror film called “Creature.” It’s a throwback to the old creature features and it’s a lot of fun. I play 14-year-old Caroline, who’s very innocent. That is also available on DVD and Netflix. And I just wrapped a horror film called “Bastard.” It’s about 5 strangers that become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town. I play 16-year-old Betty, who with her brother, runs away from home to find a better life. That will hopefully be out next year sometime.

Anthony: What are your favorite classic Horror films and which ones would you like to be cast in if they were remake? (The Exorcist, maybe?).
Rebekah: Some of my favorite horror movies are, The Sixth Sense, The Shinning, The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Conjuring to name a few. I would love to do a remake of the Exorcist haha. That would be a crazy fun part to play. Although, it would be hard to do justice with a remake. The first film was so brilliant.

Anthony: Tell us what’s on the horizon for you.
Rebekah: Well, my episode of the series “Match” will be airing December 11th. It’s called ‘Tonight’ and you can find it on I play 16-year-old Emily who gets into an adult relationship she’s not quite ready for, and how it affects her. It's a different role for me and I'm both nervous and excited for people to see it. But I am looking forward to people's reactions to the pilot. I had a blast working with the amazing cast and crew. And it was a great challenging role and I'm thrilled I got to bring her to life. I also just wrapped a pilot called “Street Level” written and directed by Sons of Anarchy’s David Labrava. It also has Mark Boone Junior, Charisma Carpenter, Danny Trejo, Robert Patrick, Drea de Matteo…to name a few of the fabulous cast. It was an amazing collaborative effort, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I can’t wait to share more information on it.

Anthony: Could you give a few words of advice to young actors looking for their break?
Rebekah: If you’re not in an acting class, get in a class! Haha. Ask questions. Use your resources. But above all else, don’t give up. It’s an extremely tough business, but if you love it, keep trekking. Don’t let no stop you. Never back down. Dreams are way too important to be given up on.


Thank you, readers, for sharing this time with Rebekah Kennedy. Be sure to watch her movies and TV shows and say hello to her on Facebook. 

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