Exclusive Interview: Shelby Young Talks A Haunting in Cawdor!

Shelby Young Head ImageShelby Young joins us today to talk about her new film A Haunting in Cawdor in which she start opposite the one and only Cary Elwes. Read on to learn more about her role in this Macbeth influenced horror, Shelby’s role within it, how her experiences in TV and film differ from one another and much more….

Could you begin by telling us a little about the film and your role within it?

Of course! A Haunting in Cawdor is about a group of kids at a work release theatre camp. The story follows my character, Vivian, and her journey at the camp. Vivian is a very troubled young woman and after getting the lead role of Lady Macbeth, strange things start to happen to and around her. You, as an audience, will wonder if what’s happening is real or all in Vivian’s mind.

What was it which interested you about this project when you first heard about it?

I really enjoyed the script and when my representation told me that Cary Elwes was signed on I jumped on board immediately!

How did you prepare for the role of Vivian, was there much time spent in rehearsals with the rest of the crew?

I really didn’t have much time to prepare, I was offered the role the night before hopping on a plane to go film in Michigan. Luckily I’m a fan of films with troubled lead characters (Girl, Interrupted, Donnie Darko, Thirteen, Black Swan) so I kind of pulled from my memory of those movies to help shape the character of Vivian.

You’re making something of a name for yourself, particularly so in the horror genre. Is that a genre you’re particularly passionate about?

I love horror, but I wouldn’t say I’m passionate about one genre more than another. I’ve found myself on this great horror streak and I credit a lot of that to my role on American Horror Story. Making a scary movie is SO much fun, I enjoy screaming and the adrenaline rush of filming spooky scenes.

What kind of role have you yet to play, both within the horror genre and outside of it, which you would really like to tackle?

As far as in the horror genre, I have yet to be the killer! I would love that. A twist like Emma Roberts’ character in Scream 4 where you don’t see it coming. Outside of horror, I’d love to lead an action film. Stunts and fight choreography are an absolute blast. I would also love to be in a rom-com, voice a Disney princess, and much, much more.

Shelby Young FullYou’ve got a fair bit of TV work under your belt alongside your films, how does it differ working in the two mediums? Do they offer up their own unique challenges?

I’ve been really lucky to experience many different types of television shoots and movie sets, from sitcom’s, to hour-long drama’s, to a soap opera, to indie films and big studio films. Each set is completely different from the last and has its benefits and challenges. On indie film sets you have a smaller crew and you become a family unit in a lot of ways whereas on a bigger studio set you can still bond with some cast and crew but there are so many people coming in and out daily it’s a completely different experience. When it comes to TV it’s just a faster turnaround. Unless you’re a series regular, you shoot an episode in anywhere from five days to 10 days and then you’re out of there. I really enjoy both mediums!

I know that you’ve also worked on stage, with voice over and motion capture, are you looking to continue working across such a breadth of mediums or focus on film for now?

Yes I am! Theatre is kind of on the back burner for now, but film and television definitely. And then voice over is absolutely the most fun to me right now. A huge dream of mine is to voice the lead of an animated show and, through practising a lot, my range has really expanded! I can voice anyone from a four year old girl to a twelve year old boy to a thirty year old woman and beyond.  Getting into a booth and recording is always an amazingly fun time. And then motion capture is it’s own beast and I love it too! I’ve only experienced one mo-cap shoot (Dead Rising 3) but it was such a memorable and exciting experience.

And what else have you got coming up which we should keep our eyes open for?

Well there’s not much I’m allowed to talk about yet, but I can say that I’m attached to star in an awesome sci-fi thriller later this year. Other than that, make sure to check out my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and V/O website for updates!


A Haunting in Cawdor is now open in American cinemas, will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comment box below!

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