Today we are excited to welcome actress Jennifer Laporte to the site to chat about her leading role in the new horror comedy Clinger! In the interview below we find out what drew her to the project, how her theatre background has helped her prepare for film roles and much more! Read on for our interview below…
Hi Jennifer, thanks for taking some time out of your day to talk with us. Hope you are doing well!
I’m doing awesome, thanks so much for having me!
So, let’s start by talking your involvement with horror-comedy Clinger. Tell us what it was like filming your first feature film role. What kind of a difference was there, if any, in preparing for this character compared to the part you had in 2011’s Write Your Way Out (a short)?
It was so cool to be cast as the lead for my first feature, but definitely a little intimidating at first! Write Your Way Out was an awesome short, but it was comprised of supporting characters, and we shot it in a day. We shot over the course of a month in Houston, Texas, and I had much more time to go over the script with Michael Steves, our director, before shooting to talk through character stuff.
Your character, Fern Petersen — she’s quite the motivated high school student being both academically minded and a talented track runner. Personality-wise, what’s Fern like?
Fern really starts out in the film being very “type A”, organized, wanting everything (including her first relationship) to really be perfect. as the film progresses, she breaks out of that from necessity, and she really starts to go with the flow!
What was it that stood out to you about this project that made you want to get involved? (I’ll go ahead and say it, as soon as I saw the official poster I knew I had to see this thing. . .)
The poster is awesome, right? As soon as I read the script and laughed out loud at how funny it was, I knew I wanted to be involved in whatever way I could! Plus, I really wanted to work with the filmmakers, because they are a kickass trio.
As I saw it, Clinger comments on the nature of commitment in relationships. As one of its stars, how do you view its themes and objectives?
It definitely comments on commitment, and It also comments on how having an idea of what a perfect relationship should look like can be really damaging! Another cool aspect of the film is Fern’s realization that even though Robert was a nice guy in the relationship, she doesn’t owe him anything, especially after he is trying to kill her!
You enter into a relationship with Robert Klingher (played by Vincent Martella). Now, this might seem an odd question, and I guess it is, but have you ever had a relationship like the one you share with him? Were you drawing on any past experiences?
Thankfully, nothing to the extreme of Robert and Fern, but when I was in preschool, there was a little boy who would always follow me around the playground and freak out whenever I looked at him. My brother teased me for years about that, and I always found it really embarrassing!
Any particular memories of working on this project?
One morning after one of our all night shoots, I was covered in fake blood and went through the drive thru to grab breakfast on the way home, and they didn’t ask any questions. My shower was so red with all the fake blood after Clinger wrapped!
You’ve had experience in theatrical renditions of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible. How have those experiences helped set the stage, so to speak, for where you find yourself now?
It definitely has! I’m currently in NYC finishing up my training at Atlantic Acting Conservatory, which has been wonderful. I have a deep love for theater as well as film, and I’ve been really lucky to have been able to continue to work on and train in both areas!
So, looking to the future... are you able to give us any hints as to what we might expect out of the upcoming horror-western, West of Hell?
I don’t want to give anything away, because it has many, many fun twists and turns, but it was an absolute blast to work with Tony Todd and Michael Eklund! It has classic western elements, like quite a few shoot outs, but there might also be some supernatural elements as well…you’ll have to stay tuned!
Clinger opened in cinemas and on demand on October 23rd so you can get your hands on it now! Let us know if you plan on seeing the horror comedy by dropping your thoughts off in the comment box below!