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Interview with Vincent Van Horn, star of Blinders
By James Whittington, Monday 31st August 2020
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The tense psychological movie Blinders is showing on the Horror Channel Screen at FrightFest today so we chatted to one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn about the movie and his character, Andy.

HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor?

VH: I can't say there was one person in particular but more of a love for movies in general as a kid. Charlie Chaplin and Peter Sellers were definitely early influences with their physical comedy.

HC: When did you get your acting break?

VH: Hmm have I gotten it already? Ha ha. This is by far the biggest role I've had to date so maybe this is it? But as far as my first time acting in anything at all was when I was asked to be in a good friend's short film (Petting Sharks) around 2009. That went on to win a jury award at SXSW and we made a feature together shortly after that.

HC: Did you have to audition for the role of Andy?

VH: I did not. Thank God! ha ha. Luckily and gratefully I was offered the part during the writing process as they already had me and Joplin in mind for our parts.

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

VH: I loved it. I had already been told the main story and what kind of character I was going to be playing but it was cool and exciting to see it on the page and the start to have ideas of what it could look like once we put it in motion.

HC: How do you prepare yourself for such a demanding role as Andy really does go through the mill doesn't he?

VH: Ha ha. He definitely goes through the mill a bit. Aside from character choices and backstory work I definitely did a lot of physical and healthy diet training going into production as shooting days can be long and exhausting for anyone working on set. It could be easy to get overwhelmed with the big picture but just staying focused on one scene at a time helped me stay present with the role in general. You have to forget all the work you've put into the character and trust that it will show up on it's own.

HC: You, Christine Ko who plays Sam and Michael Lee Joplin who plays Roger seem very natural in your roles, did you have much rehearsal time?

VH: Well thank you for saying. Seeming very natural is a great compliment to hear for any actor. As far as rehearsals, we did a couple table reads and then a few rehearsals on some key scenes but like most low budget film making it was a lot of run and gun style which I enjoyed the process of.

HC: Without giving too much away, which scene was the hardest to shoot?

VH: The warehouse scene at the end by far. It took us 2 days. It was a big scene for the story and was literally big in page count in the script. It was during a week of shooting over nights so there was an added layer of weird sleep schedule delirium to it for everyone. But that being said, it's one I'm also most proud of personally and to be a part of a crew that knocked it out under the circumstances.

HC: Blinders is very much a psychological thriller, are you a fan of this genre?

VH: Most definitely. A good psychological thriller starts with a good story and great writing to get you fully engaged, in which I'm proud to say we had with Dash and Tyler's writing. It takes a lot of work to get inside the heads of characters and then hopefully inside the head of the audience. It's a fun genre to be a part of on both sides of the screen.

HC: How attached did you become to the dog who plays Juice Box?

VH: Ha ha, well even more than I already was to begin with. Even though he might only have loved me for the hundreds of treats I eventually gave him. How do you not love that pup's smile? Juice Box steals the show for sure.

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

VH: Well what a time to be working on anything! Definitely grateful for good health for my family and friends at the moment and to even have the privilege to answer this question. That being said, every day is a new one in these days of the unknown and some are more "productive" than others. Creatively I'm always writing music whether it amounts to anything or just enjoying the process in and of itself. I'm hoping to release a series of music videos sometime down the line so stay tuned!

HC: Vincent Van Horn, thank you very much.

VH: Thanks for having me!


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