Interview With Natalie Burn Star Of Nymph
By James Whittington, Sunday 24th August 2014

Natalie BurnOne of the more inventive and original creature features to play at FrightFest this year is Nymph, a movie that gives mermaids a darker, murderous side. We chatted to one of its stars, Natalie Burn about this and the plans she has for the future.

HC: How did you get your first big break into the world of acting?

NB: From an honest opinion, I don't think I've gotten my big break yet. I consider my first movie where I was noticed in is In the Name of the King 2 opposite Dolph Lundgren. Overall I'm very attracted to play characters that are complex, versatile and unique in its own way. I'm looking for something that appeals to my inner emotions, showcases my talents and shows the multifaceted nature to my roles in which I have yet to be noticed and admired for.

HC: What did you think of the script for Nymph when you first read it?

NB: After reading the script Nymph which was originally called Mamula, I feel in love with it the very first time I read it. It was an easy positive decision to make for three reasons: 1.The concept of a killer mermaid hasn't been done in this way before. 2. The prison Mamula was a real unbelievable place that wasn't created from props but already existed in the middle of the dark Sea in Montenegro, so it made it feel like you were not acting but creating your own real adventure inside this scary place on the small Island that had definitely some other spirits present around us like "ghosts". 3. The nature, the scenery, and the small town where we were staying made it more real than even the script itself. Playing my character Lucy was a fun, easy going experience as I was not acting but I was literally living in the moment of an action story that we were creating and giving life to on a daily basis as our journey was expressed during our stay in Montenegro.

HC: How did you approach the role of Lucy?

NB: As an actress, I read the script many times, each time I catch something that I missed the last read. I write down the similarities and the differences of Lucy to myself. After that, I lock down the similarities and work on differences. Additionally, I create a history for the part that helps me navigate the character's psyche. On the set, I'm always looking at what motivates Lucy to act or react in each scene through my partners. It's a lot of work but I'm a very disciplined person who likes the challenge and I enjoy doing this important work on my roles. I believe the more time you spend preparing and bringing your character alive the better you will be on set especially when something goes wrong you will be prepared for anything.

HC: Was it a tough shoot?

NB: Frankly, the shoot had long hours and sometimes difficult conditions. But our team became like a family and we enjoyed every moment of it. In my experience, every set has some unforeseen problems that just happen. In our case, we had forces of nature, technical issues, and some uncomfortable scenes. There was hard rain and crazy storms that caused problems on set. The electricity went out for hours at times. I had spent a lot of time in the cold water at night during the shooting of my scenes. However despite all those facts, i enjoyed the process of filmmaking, I'm very happy to have worked with an amazing crew and such talented cast and I can't wait to do it all over again. Recently I’ve been invited to go back to Belgrade to shoot another movie called Wrath of the Dead with the same director Milan Todorovic, and without any hesitations I said "Yes". The shooting is due to start at the end of this year and I can't wait to be reconnected and work again with some of the people from Mamula.

HC: Are you a fan of the horror genre?

NB: Yes. I've always loved horror films since I was a little girl. I've always liked the thrills, the anticipations, and the unrealistic situations that don't happen in real life. Films like that give me chills but actually I get a lot more scared from drama documentaries based on real events than horror movies itself. I love acting in anything whether it's horror, comedy, or drama. To me a performer and a real actor has to be versatile in all their work. I'm very attracted to action films where I can showcase my strengths as an athlete and ex ballerina, do all the stunts myself, and still give heart and emotional sides to my characters.

HC: You’re a woman of many talents, not only an actress but a producer and choreographer. Which do you like doing the most?

NB: Anything I set my mind on, I do because I enjoy it. My main priority in life is to be happy and be content with my work. I don't have a preference on what I prefer more, either producing, choreographing, acting, or dancing, I enjoy doing it all. When I have time I spend it learning even more new things, like recently I discovered I have a good range of a voice and I decided to record a cover song for my new upcoming movie Awaken produced by myself and my company 7Heaven Productions which comes out in September. Life is given to us to learn as much as we can and I think one should never stop exploring their abilities, cause we can do a lot more than we know. All we have to do is create the opportunities for ourselves. Therefore while I wait for my acting roles, I like to experiment with what life brings me, extend the possibilities and make use of my other talents.

HC: So what are you working on at the moment?

NB: Right now I'm working on a couple of new projects. At the moment I'm shooting a movie called The Second Coming of Christ opposite Tom Sizemore, Quinton Arron, Jason London and Sally Kirkland who was my first acting teacher. I play a reporter named Sonya who watches the world face a world-wide extinction before her very eyes. My character sees how the end can bring out the best in people and sometimes the worst. Not only that, but how someone keeps their faith in humanity as society begins losing theirs?! My company 7Heaven Productions and I are producing it and the movie should be ready by the end of this year. The second film I'm working on is the Devil's Hope. Devil's Hope is about a troubled cop named Frank, who goes after a disturbing drug ring. Frank and my character Divinity, try to unravel this world of black magic, criminals, chain of deaths and drug abuse. The film questions the line to which others deceive us or whether we really deceive ourselves. Does the devil win because he is strong or because we are weak? The film goes into production this October on the dark and magnifying locations of Louisiana. My life quite: "Reach for the top and you’ll end up not far from it!"

HC: Natalie Burn, thank you very much.

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HC: Have you always been a horror fan?

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KG: It took quite a while because I was working 50 to 60 hours a week at a video production facility while raising a 2-year old and 8-year old, along with my wife, who was also working. I would write at night between 9 and 11pm, and maybe a little more ...

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