Interview With Amber Benson

 
 

AE: I heard you’re going to star in a Dutch movie. Are you excited about shooting in the Netherlands? And have you ever been there before?
AB:
I have been to the Netherlands once before, and I loved it. Right now, we are just waiting for them to finish a rewrite on the script, but I am totally excited about the prospect of going to work in the Netherlands in the future.

AE: Strictly Sexual has had some of its promotional materials filtering through the web at large. Could you talk about the characters and the movie?
AB:
It’s a fun sex romp about two couples that are desperately trying to make their relationships work in Los Angeles. I think it’s a really funny movie, and I get to play a complete ball-buster, so it was a lot of fun for me as an actor. Plus, the cast and crew were totally fun to work with — a good group.

AE: If you weren’t acting, do you think you would still be in entertainment or outside of it?
AB:
I would move to Tahiti and start a reggae band — me on timpani!

AE: What music are you listening to right now?
AB:
I love Belle and Sebastian, Tegan and Sara, Of Montreal. And I have a total obsession with Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum. It’s beauteous.

AE: As a writer, what is your favorite genre to write for?
AB:
I like supernatural chick lit. It’s fun to mix sex and monsters!

AE: How many Ghosts of Albion novels do you have planned with Christopher Golden?
AB:
Right now, we only have the two published novels with no plans for another book in the near future. Chris and I would love to get back into the GOA world, but we’re really at the mercy of our publisher. It’s up to them how many more we end up doing.

AE: Do you have any other comic book projects in the works like Shadowplay?
AB:
No comics on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never write them again. I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself.

AE: Will you ever publish copies of the plays you have written?
AB:
Not in the near future, but that’s definitely a possibility.

AE: What’s the most important thing for a young writer in Hollywood: a great pitch, a strong drive or good connections?
AB:
I think all three are extremely important. You have to have the presence of mind to be aware of an opportunity, the balls to take the opportunity that is presented, and the talent to back up the balls when the opportunity bears fruit.

AE: What brought about your desire to be a filmmaker and tell the story that you did in the film Chance?
AB:
I knew lots of girls like Chance that had this mistaken idea that they had to be like men in order to compete in the romantic arena. It was so ironic because they’d go sleep with some random guy or girl, then be totally upset when said random guy or girl wouldn’t call them the next day. I just found the dichotomy interesting and really wanted to write a character that was dealing with those issues.

AE: Between Chance and Lovers, Liars and Lunatics, which was your favorite film to wear several hats for?
AB:
I loved making LLL, but you never forget your first. Chance popped my movie cherry, so it will always be number one. During the making of Chance, I have a very distinct memory of walking my dog way early in the morning before we started shooting for the day, and thinking that this was the best time I’d had in my whole life. And it was true.

AE: What’s next on your plate?
AB:
I’m working on a novel called Death’s Daughter, working on another script that I might try and direct, and waiting for a few independent films I’ve done to come out.

AE: How do you choose the projects that you do?
AB:
Whatever pays me the most — just kidding. Basically, if I read something and it tickles my fancy then I’m down for it, no matter if I make $100 a day or a million.

AE: Do you plan on attending any more fan conventions in the future?
AB:
I think I’m gonna be in the U.K. in September, so keep your eyes peeled.

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