Horrorphilia’s Horror Hottie of the Month for Feb 2012: Actress Jessica Cameron
Happy Valentine’s Day from Horrorphilia! Our Horrorphilia Hottie segment is going to be an ongoing monthly segment featuring an interview and pictures of beautiful and talented females from the horror industry. I’m pleased to announce Jessica Cameron is the first ever Horrorphilia Hottie of 2012. Please check out the awesome interview, drool over her pics and make sure you visit the links and check out her work. She was a great sport and we like to thank her for her time, and we suggest you check out her work pronto!
Horrorphilia: For those who aren’t familiar with Jessica Cameron tell us a little bit about your background and past work?
Jessica Cameron: I was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Its a very small town. It gets very cold and everyone knows everyone. As a child I considered acting but brushed it off because I did not like my teeth. All the child actors that I knew had that in common – a wonderful smile. I did not know at that time that this was something that could be fixed. I always loved doing things that were creative since they were far more challenging then those things that were related to math or sciences. Throughout high school I dabbled in art, photography and fashion design which is what I chose to study in university. I actually had no interest in theater since the theater kids at my high school did not impress me and I did not appreciate their plays. It was not until I got “out into the real world” after graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in fashion design that I realized I needed something more. I took an acting class and was “bitten with the bug”, as they say. I have not stopped taking classes since : ) Thus far into my career I have been a part of more then 70 projects, most of which are indy films (both short and feature length) but I have also done web series, tv shows, hosting, commercials, industrials, and voice over work.
Jessica Cameron: It really depends on the web series I think. I have been a part of 4 thus far: Aidan 5, The Funny Man, 2 Doors Down, and Caught. Each was a totally different experience.
Aidan 5 was shot entirely on green screen and they shot 12-16 hour days, Sat and Sun for several weeks. Post production took a while since everything had to be animated. For this one my character in season 1 is a small one (she becomes more important in the second season). It is set in the future, in which we have clones, and a detective’s clones are being murdered. I loved my character since she is such a book smart braniac, and quite frankly I do not get to play those that often. This series was nominated for 9 awards at the yearly web series awards show, everyone involved was so talented. You can see more of this series here: http://www.aidan5.com
2 Doors Down was originally shot as a tv show and then reedited into a web series. This was one of my first acting roles and was so much fun. It was shot as a scripted improve show. This means that the stories were mapped out on paper and then the actors would get together with the director and producer and improvise the actual scene making sure to hit the points that were originally planned. The cast and crew were all so talented and it was a joy to work on this set. You can see the series here: http://www.twodoorsdowntv.com
Caught tells the story of a team of highly trained assassins who have been hired for an independent mission, and although they clash personally they learn how to work together. I got to learn some weapon skills for this role, and the other cast members were really great. Its getting ready to be released soon, keep an eye on my pages for all the details.
The Funny Man is a horror web series that centers around a very twisted young man. I played his mother, who contributed to his questionable mental state. This web series got over 700,000 views within the first few weeks. It was an incredibly talented team and one of the first projects that I shot when I moved to LA. You can watch all 10 episodes here: http://www.dailymotion.com/hub/x2g1_thefunnyman#videoId=xm40dj
The web series that I have worked on have really only been different in that the shooting schedules have been shorter then that of a feature film. I have been very blessed that the web series that I have been a part of are all professional quality. I have to admit that I too often see web series that have an amateurish look to them (sometimes on purpose) but for me I don’t enjoy those as much. My expectation for web series is the same as that for all other mediums. In my opinion just because the episodes are shorter in length there is no reason to decrease the over all quality.
Jessica Cameron: This is like asking a parent to name their favorite child.
Lets see – I love so many for so many different reasons. I just had a crazy fun time shooting the trailer for an upcoming film – THRILL KILL. In it I play a lesbian hooker serial killer (with a heart of gold ; ) ) in a post apocalyptic world. Its “The best Serial-Killing, Lesbian, Hooker VS. Cannibalistic, Demon-Conjuring, Teens movie ever made! Its just a fun, insane tale and everyone on set was so excited. It was a great experience. Turner Van Ryn directed it and Steve Romanko produced it, and by the way these guys kick some serious ass when in comes to film making! This is one of my all time favorite trailers – I can not wait till its released for you guys to check it out!
Jessica Cameron: As of late I would love to play the final girl, you know the girl in the horror film that makes it to the very end and kills the bad guy even though he is bigger, meaner, and more evil then she. I want to be the character that sees the light of day and gets way, as she struggles to deal with the death of all her close friends, of course ; ) Some of my fans have noticed that its not uncommon for me to die first, so I would love to make them happy and give them a film where I am in it the entire film. Sadly this often has more to do with finances then plot though….
Jessica Cameron: Well an areola is by definition part of a woman’s breast. Come to think of it I never asked why they named the Princess character that, I just figured it was boys being, well boys : ) Its a really fun and twisted tale that centers around a group of students who take these new drugs in hopes that they will be able to stay awake and study for their exams. But instead they each go on an adventure in a parallel universe. My character has lost her kingdom and when we meet her she is struggling to get it back. It was so much fun to shoot with this team of people, each so passionate and talented. You can buy a copy and watch the trailer here: http://www.potpourrimovie.com
Jessica Cameron: This was one of my favorite film experiences since the cast crew were all so talented and nice. It was a great example of many people just coming together to make a movie. This is a film made as an homage to the 80′s slasher flicks that I loved as a child. A killer has set his sights on a sorority house and one by one the girls get it! My character, Cindy, has a wonderful boyfriend and makes the mistake of breaking a classic horror film rule….never have sex in a horror film… The Sleeper is now available for sale. http://www.amazon.com/Sleeper-Brittany-Belland/dp/B006H3NO5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329235225&sr=8-1
Jessica Cameron: Wrong Turn 4. I know, I am as surprised as you that I am listed a sequel here! I know what you are thinking, not only it is a sequel but its a third sequel, really?!?! (Note – its technically a prequel). But seriously – check it out. Its a really fun film, and does not take itself too seriously. Its totally horrific and over the top – in a good way!
I got to read Pearry Teo’s latest script Bedlam Stories and it is one of the best scripts I have ever read. Its totally dark and twisted in the most beautiful of ways. The story is an extreme tale mixing historical fact with fairy tales and it does so brilliantly. Knowing Pearry it will not be for the faint of heart, but it will be one hell of a ride! I can not wait to see this film! I am also eager to see what Declan O’brien does next…I enjoyed his last one so much!
Horrorphilia: If your friend or an acquaintance had an ugly baby that you saw for the first time. Do you lie and say “what a beautiful baby” or something to that affect, or do you go with the default saying “aww (she or he) is so precious”?
Jessica Cameron: I try never to lie, since quite frankly I can’t stomach it. So I would find something honest and truthful to say about the baby. Maybe the baby has a great personality, or sparkling eyes…I would try to not have to resort to a generalized compliment. And no I do not think that all baby’s are beautiful, but they are all special in their own way : )
Jessica Cameron: When actors try to present extra work as though they had a large part in the film (either on their resume or in social media). So often I see actors do this and it makes them look foolish. We all know, you are not fooling anyone!
As of late I am really annoyed by people trying to take a short cut to get what they want. Hard work and dedication in my experience is the key to success, and it is sad when people spend excess time trying to prevent having to do either of those.
And people that don’t stop/pull off to the side of the road, etc when there is a siren coming at them. I have seen this happen more and more where cars just keep driving and cause the emergency vehicle to have to slow down and in some cases wait. Are they nuts? Someone could be hurt or dying and yet they insist on making that left hand turn… Not cool people. Not cool.
Jessica Cameron: I prefer sports live and in person. This year the super bowl was the same day as some of my gal pals took me out for a mimosa heavy brunch to celebrate my recent birthday. After which we went to a friends party to “watch the game”. However at this party there was a stripper pole and a hot tub, so I didn’t pay any attention to the game what so ever. It was days later when I even thought to ask who won….
Horrorphilia: Since you are Canadian did you grow up drinking milk from a bag?
Jessica Cameron: I did : ) Just to clarify you drink it in a cup, but you buy it in a bag from the store then put it in a container (they make them just for the bagged milk). My grandmother would wash the bags after the milk was gone and reuse them, in fact she still does : )
Horrorphilia: Are you a fan of poutine? If so, what is your favorite kind, or from what place?
Jessica Cameron: I have never met a Canadian who wasn’t : ) And I mean whats not to love about taking french fries and covering them with beef gravy and cheese curds – YUM! The is this amazing little shack at Sauble Beach (up in Ontario, Canada) that sells awesome poutine, their fries are freshly cut and you can taste the difference. I forget the name but its a tiny yellow shack and looks right out to the water. Some fast food places will offer it and try to cut corners like using shaved cheese instead of cheese curds and its just not the same!
Jessica Cameron: I have just completed a small role in the indy film “American Girls” directed by Eric Pereira and also starring Devanny Pinn, Tawny Amber Young, Brandon Slagle, Carlos Ramirez and more. Its based on true events and is a “dark, nihilistic tale about the abduction, rape and murder of two high school girls and the fallout that nearly decimates a small mid-western town.” In this film I play the bitchy high school senior who thinks that the world revolves around her.
“Where Were You When The Lights Went Out In Rio ” is a great ghost story, that connects an urban legend to modern day story telling and takes the audience on a ride as they see the horrifying events that occurred and then the after math with the trial regarding those events. Its going to be shot in Rio this summer, since I have always wanted to travel to Brazil I could not be more excited to shoot on location : )
Becoming Red is a new interpretation of the classic little red riding hood tale. But much darker : ) This is directed and created by one of my favorite female directors Joy Love – she has such a unique vision and puts her entire heart and soul into creating it! We just shot the trailer for it in Jan in Ohio and are premiering it in Columbus, Ohio in March at the Horror Hound convention. For more info please go here: www.horrorhound.com
“Shadow” is a modern update on the classic horror films we all loved back in the 80′s, except with a girl (moi) in the lead role. The character arch is dark and gritty and I have already been warned by director Dave Reda that most days on set for me will involve me being soaking wet and filthy – which I can not wait to do!
Intrusive Behavior is going to be my first film of 2013. Here’s the synopsis: After 10 year old Heidi is committed to an institution for behavioral problems, Her family moves on with their lives. When they are told Heidi has committed suicide they feel they can finally break free of the guilt of abandoning their child 15 years earlier. But all is not what it seems as the family is stalked by an intruder who has a debt to settle. Its going to be directed by the talented Brian Troxell and filmed in Florida.
Of course I have a website : )
Here is my Facebook fan page where all updates are posted daily (my main page is full – sorry)
My twitter is: jessicacameron_
My Reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDq-8gNrDJI
My IMDb Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2781723/