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Interview With Sierra McCormick Star Of Some Kind Of Hate
By James Whittington, Saturday 29th August 2015

Sierra McCormickSierra McCormick has been acting for a long time and is only 17 years of age! Her latest role is in the gripping shocker Some Kind Of Hate. We chatted to Sierra about her career to date and what it was like creating possibly the next big horror icon.

HC: Are you a big horror movie fan?

SM: Yes, I have always been a big horror fan from a young age. Ever since I saw Poltergeist when I was 10 years old. Some of my favourites include: The Orphanage, Eraserhead, Ringu, Cannibal Holocaust and The Shining.

HC: What did you think of the script for Some Kind Of Hate when you read it for the first time and did you have to audition for the role?

SM: When I first read SKOH I was very impressed with the effortless bend of emotional intensity and blood shed. I really enjoyed the fact that the characters were complex and multi-faceted and that the film focuses just as much on the emotional relationships between them as they do the scares and the deaths. I did not have a traditional audition for the role. Instead, I had a very long, very interesting chat with our director, Adam Egypt Mortimer and our producer, Amanda Mortimer.

HC: Moira is a million miles away from the characters we’re used to see you play; did anyone try and talk you out of the role or question why you were taking it?

SM: While that may seem true, I actually got a small taste of playing a horror villain when I guest started as Lilith on Supernatural. It was actually one of my first scripted acting roles. No one tried to talk me out of playing Moira. One because I was so excited about the prospect of playing her and also because I thought it was a great opportunity to test my range as an actress and do something completely different from what I had been doing.

HC: You give a stunningly emotional, heartfelt and unsettling performance that is mesmerizing, how long did it take for you to get the character of Moira so right?

SM: Wow! Thank you! Actually, I was cast two days before shooting started. However, when preparing for Moira I wanted to focus mostly on who she was and what she felt when she was alive, because that is what motivates her and explains who she is in death. Also, Adam and I agreed early on that we did not see Moira being played as a sort of ghost-y horror cliché. That’s what makes her character so intriguing and special. Plus Moira and I are close in age so it wasn't too much of a stretch to summon the emotional intensity of most teenagers.

HC: I feel it has a lot to say about society, how it treats and forgets some of those that are shunned, ignored or even bullied, do you agree with this?

SM: Yes, I agree with this. I think that modern society tends to have certain categorizations for people, especially in social settings, and when someone doesn’t fall into those categories or exists outside of those set standards, they are either shunned, ignored, or in worst cases, bullied or mistreated. When Moira was alive, she was constantly seeking validation or friendship from her peers, but because she sometimes missed the mark on how to dress or act, was bullied mercilessly until she saw no way to escape it other than ending her life. Unfortunately, this part of Moira’s story is true for people all over the world, and hopefully if anyone who has experienced any sort of bullying or who feels like an outsider can watch the film and feel like they aren’t alone. Granted, Moira’s methods are not by any means the route to take, but I feel that the more stories about bullying are told, the less it becomes stigmatized and allows for people to talk about it instead of internalizing it and harming themselves or others.

HC: What was the atmosphere like on set? Did people ignore you or treat you differently?

SM: Actually despite the dark subject matter of Some Kind Of Hate, everyone got along really well and had a fantastic time filming it. Despite the nature of my character and Moira’s relationship with the rest of the characters, I never felt mistreated or shunned at all. In fact, it was one of the best experiences I have had on a set.

HC: Did you enjoy getting bloodied up for the role?

SM: Yes! I really enjoyed the special effects makeup and I think it helped me get into character. Also, I learned that there are about a thousand different kinds of fake blood, ranging in pigment and viscosity. There is blood for wardrobe, there is blood for your mouth, there is blood for splattering, there is blood for dripping, and given the bloody nature of my character, I got to work with all of them! However, I must say the cleanup was certainly a drag! It was a bloody nightmare!!

HC: Would you like to bring Moira back to the big screen if given the chance?

SM: Hell yeah!! Like I said, working on SKOH was some of the best fun I have had. And if presented with the opportunity to work with the cast and crew again, I would jump at the chance. I believe Moira is a complex character who's complete story is yet to be told.

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

SM: I’m actually working on a project now, which is why I am not able to be attend the Fright Fest UK premier. But I will be there in spirit!!

HC: Sierra McCormick, thank you very much.


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