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By James Whittington, Thursday 20th November 2008
Victoria Aitken is a star on the rise and one of the many fresh faces you’ll see in the Zone Horror mobile movie, When Evil Calls. Here in this exclusive interview, Victoria reveals how she got involved with this exciting project, her many thoughts on the production itself and her busy plans for the future.
Zone Horror: Victoria, you studied acting at New York’s Lee Strasburg Institute, did you decide from an early age that acting was for you?
Victoria Aitken: Well while I was at University (Georgetown) I started to write a novel and through that process I realized that I was playing all the characters in the book, doing their voices while I was writing them out, that it was really the same as acting. So I took drama classes while at Georgetown and Bada (Rada’s Shakespeare Course) and then onto Lee Strasberg which I did not like, and promptly left to go to Black Nexxus. Black Nexxus is the modern Lee Strasberg founded by Susan Batson.
ZH: What were your first acting roles?
VA: Rosalind from As You Like It.
ZH: So how were you approached to be part of When Evil Calls?
VA: I met the producer Ben Grass in Cannes and he emailed me the script and I auditioned for the role of Jane (which was much bigger in the first script…)
ZH: What were your initial thoughts on the story?
VA: I thought it was sooo funny! I was laughing as I was reading, and I thought how fun! I would love to be in this!
ZH: How different is it acting for a movie that’s being made for mobile phones rather than a normal TV or cinema movie?
VA: Well, I have only done student films but I was in Uptown Girls with Brittany Murphy and that was a big huge set with lots of people running around, so I guess it was the same sort of thing but on a smaller scale.
ZH: In a similar way is it more difficult to act in a two-minute piece rather than something that lasts longer?
VA: Yes, because right was you are getting into the character the scene ends so you have to be very prepared and be “on” right away.
ZH: Did the blood, sex and gore content surprise you?
VA: No, I thought it was funny.
ZH: Are you anything like your character, Jane in real life?
VA: I hope not! I don’t think I am nerdy but I could empathize with what she went through being the unpopular girl. But I did put on weight to play her… (No hard thing I was eating lots of cakes of the summer, which was fun…)
ZH: Was it a difficult shoot then?
VA: No, it was a fun shoot
ZH: What was the atmosphere on set like?
VA: Fun, I am now great friends with Virginie Picot, and Louis (Winstone) is very funny.
ZH: Do you find clowns creepy in real life?
VA: Now?… Yes.
ZH: Can you see this form of entertainment taking off?
VA: Yes as we live with our cell phones nowadays.
ZH: What does it feel like to be part of something very unique?
VA: An honour.
ZH: Were you aware that such a series had never been made for mobile phones?
VA: No, I had no idea! How fantastic.
ZH: Would you do another series for mobile phones?
VA: Only if the script was good.
ZH: So what’s going to be your next role?
VA: I am playing the role Amy in Playing With Fire, a feature film directed by Maeve Murphy (who has directed two other films) starring Jared Harris, Kara Simmons and others. It’s a dramatic love story and I play one of the main character’s love interests.
ZH: When can we expect to see your first album in the shops?
VA: I hope soon!
ZH: Victoria Aitken, thank you very much
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