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The multi-talented Alexis Kendra speaks with Ken

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Ken right here, with an interview of Alexis Kendra, author and star of THE CLEANING LADY.

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THE CLEANING LADY follows Alice (Alexis Kendra) as she goes about what appears to be her extraordinarily profitable life.  She’s received an important profession, is gorgeous, has cash, and a married boyfriend.  She’s obsessed and she or he is aware of it.  She seeks assist however all the time finally ends up answering his calls.  An incident occurs in her residence and the property supervisor sends up the aforementioned cleansing woman, Shelly. (Rachel Alig)  Over time, they develop into pleasant till every little thing takes a fallacious flip. 

 

This can be a fairly nice low-budget horror film.  Deeply written characters that have pure distress and a pair toss-in characters too!  For those who requested me to liken it to different motion pictures, i would say it is a somber TEETH, combined with a happier AUDITION.   You may see it now On Demand, Digital HD and DVD, now!  Get out of the bathtub and provides it a watch.

With out additional ado, the great Alexis Kendra.

Ken Lewis:  Hello Alexis, how are you doing at this time?

Alexis Kendra:  I’m good.  How are you doing?

KL:  I’m improbable, thanks.  To begin off, are you able to give me a quick synopsis of THE CLEANING LADY and your position in it?

AK:  The Cleansing Woman is a couple of woman named Shelly who’s horrifically burned.  She turns into more and more obsessive about the girl within the residence she cleans.

KL:  To start with, Alice (Alexis Kendra) comes off as a weaker character however on the finish of the movie she’s clearly a fighter.  I used to be questioning what your favourite facet of writing or taking part in Alice was?

AK:  Director Jon Knautz and I, we put our heads collectively.  We needed a feminine protagonist that was likeable and identifiable.  She’s enticing, has her personal residence, is nicely put collectively and she or he’s in love.  She has an important profession that pays for this life-style she has.  You then dig deeper.  You begin to know this lady and also you begin to see how unhappy she is.  You see she’s on this love affair with a married man.  She’s not simply in a love affair, she’s in a twelve-step program as a way to attempt to cease seeing him.  That’s how arduous it’s to cease for her.  As an actress moving into this position, I’ve to purchase into one thing that has a bit of little bit of meat to it.  I actually appreciated her flaws and I preferred that she was on this program.  I used to be capable of get pleasure from taking part in her as a result of she was multi-dimensional and I used to be capable of have lots of enjoyable with that.

KL:  Completely.  She stands in stark distinction to your customary, usually prosperous lady.  She has nice depth, as does Rachel Alig as Shelly.  They had been rather well written and felt plausible.  I feel you probably did rather well on this regard Alexis.

To play the alternative of my first query, what was the toughest a part of this shoot for you?

AK:  I wore so many hats by alternative.  I wrote the movie.  I produced.  I had a lead position and I used to be additionally manufacturing designing.  I had a extremely nice group of individuals to work with.  Sporting that many hats without delay made it actually arduous to compartmentalize issues.  One minute I’m performing, working for John and giving no matter I can as an actress.  Then the following second I’m overseeing folks ordering pizzas or ensuring the catering is arriving.  Then I’m telling my artwork director that every little thing she did within the bed room is wrong and we have to redo it instantly earlier than we movie.  In the meantime I’m nonetheless in costume, make-up working down my face, as a result of I used to be simply crying for a scene.  It was whole ADHD I feel.  It was loopy and thrilling however I don’t know if I’d put on so many hats on my subsequent undertaking, to be sincere. 

KL:  That was what I used to be going to ask you about subsequent.  You’ve such an eclectic portfolio.  You began In theater, you had been within the cleaning soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and right here you write/produce and star.  I like your daring nature.  Was that one thing you meant all alongside?  To be taught each nuance of movie or was it extra of a jack-of-all-trades deal the place you had been keen to work any job to get on set?

AK:  I didn’t intend any of it.  I needed to be an actress rising up.  I spent over a decade occurring auditions for roles that had been unfulfilling ultimately.  Nothing I used to be tremendous happy with.  John Knautz (director of THE CLEANING LADY) requested if I knew who Lena Dunham or Brit Marling had been and I admitted I didn’t.  He confirmed me their movies, beginning with TINY FURNITURE for Lena.  Then he confirmed me SOUND OF MY VOICE and ANOTHER EARTH by Brit.  He informed me how tiny these budgets had been, they had been actually made on a micro-budget.  I bear in mind having a dialog with John and he was saying “There’s actually no distinction.  In the event that they did it, you are able to do it.”  I by no means thought I might earlier than.  I didn’t assume I had the expertise, the arrogance, or skill.  As soon as I stepped into it and began writing screenplays and really doing it, I used to be capable of construct my confidence.  I noticed that I actually loved  it and now I’m a filmmaker. 

KL:  You’re solely lacking one hat, that’s the director’s chair.  Do you could have any curiosity in that one? 

AK:  Positive.   Everybody needs to be a director.

KL:  It’s true, I admit I need to direct motion pictures too.  Director’s largely get the credit score ultimately.

That is my final query concerning THE CLEANING LADY.  To ensure that us the viewers to purchase into every little thing you’re promoting on the display you actually need us to consider in Alice and Shelly’s relationship.  It grows from a naïve innocence that clearly evolves into one thing a lot worse.  Did you develop into quick pals with Rachel Alig upon assembly?  I noticed you labored together with her first on GODDESS OF LOVE, was it merely you knew of her physique of labor and utilized her?

AK:  I like that you just simply made that connection.  You’re the one one which’s seen it.  While you discover a good actor, you strive to not allow them to go.  She was a kind of for me.  I auditioned her for GODDESS OF LOVE and it didn’t’ work out.  We ended up with a smaller position for her however she was so badly underused.  She’s amazingly gifted and I felt like I’m going to provide her this small position for one rattling day?  I needed her on my set although.  She blew us away throughout her audition.  I gave her the small position and she or he got here in for at some point and nailed it with an important perspective, completely happy to be there.  I simply checked out John and stated we have to use her in our subsequent movie and he agreed with me.  We didn’t know what our subsequent movie could be at the moment.  Then we created THE CLEANING LADY and she or he was the primary one who popped into my thoughts. We’re not tight pals off-set however on-set we giggle so much and get alongside.  She’s tremendous busy truthfully and it’s actually arduous to get collectively exterior of labor however she’s an absolute pleasure.

KL:  It’s performing.  You each bought the depth of relationship that’s wanted for us to purchase into what occurs subsequent. 

You had been in VALENTINE’S DAY, it’s a small half however there’s a ton of celebrities in it, directed by Garry Marshall.  I needed to know if there have been any good tales or distinctive experiences you’d prefer to share about being on that set?

AK:  I shot for 5 days, which was wonderful as a result of the residual checks are so excessive.  I used to be within the film for 3 seconds.  It goes to indicate how a lot will get edited out making a film.  My favourite story entails Garry Marshall.  I had a normal assembly with him and he was so actual and relatable.  I imply he’s one of the vital well-known film director’s I’ve ever met to today.  I’m such a fan of his work.  He expressed this thought the place it should be arduous to be an actress and working to auditions, attempting to make it.  He gave me this recommendation.  “He stated on daily basis, that is what I do.”  That is somebody who’s made it and is a multi-millionaire proper?  “Each single day I give myself permission to cry.  All of the failures, something that I needed to have-and I couldn’t get hold of.  I enable myself to cry over all of it.  I set a timer for ten minutes and on the finish I transfer on one of the best that I can.”  I used to be amazed Garry Marshall stated that to me and it was very comforting.  That’s my favourite story.

KL:  That’s great.  He actually confirmed you the way human he’s by sharing one thing like that with somebody new to the trade. 

You bought to behave alongside some huge names in Hollywood there.  You additionally received to behave alongside icons like Kane Hodder and Tony Todd in HATCHET II.  I used to be questioning if that has the identical form of influence for somebody that appreciates horror such as you do?

AK:  Tony Todd was actually cool.  I consider he’s a Shakespearean actor and I studied Shakespeare briefly at Oxford.  We had this actually cool fast connection.  I used to be a bit impressed.  He does Shakespeare and he’s in a number of the darkest horror motion pictures.  I feel when you act in Shakespeare you are able to do any materials you’re given.  To be sincere with you, I solely began watching horror about ten years in the past.  I’ve seen all of the common horror film everybody has seen. I noticed on the set I used to be surrounded by folks in horror.  On the finish of the day, like we talked about earlier, they’re simply human.  They eat Twizzlers and need to know the place you’re from.  All of it felt actually nice and regular.  Simply folks doing a job.

KL:  I simply interviewed Tony a couple of months again (right here)and he’s simply one of the vital likeable personalities I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing.  I’ve nothing however good issues to say about him.  Then once more, I’m a horror buff so I might have preferred him no matter something he needed to say.

You’ve written and starred in two function movies, GODDESS OF LOVE and THE CLEANING LADY.  I used to be questioning which hat you most popular, writing or performing?

AK:  Venus (GODDESS OF LOVE) was my dream position.  John and I all the time say we make movies for different folks and that’s true.  That being stated, I wrote Venus for me.  An actress on the time, I had by no means achieved something behind the digital camera or led a movie.  Venus is written for the viewers.  She’s completely psychotic.  I had by no means had a lot enjoyable in my life taking part in a job than that one.  I might die and I’d be like, test that field.  I knew I might by no means be solid in that position.  I imply, who’s going at hand me that position?  Uh, nobody.  So I wrote it myself.  Brit Marling and Lena Dunham had been large inspirations for me to look exterior my field and try one thing like that. 

KL:  It jogs my memory of Sylvester Stallone in some methods.  That’s how he broke into movies, although he did begin with a mushy core porn film I consider.  I’m considering that’s not the trail you had been in search of.  (Laughs)  He wrote ROCKY and refused to promote it except he received the position.

AK:  Properly, I’m fairly certain that received much more consideration than GODDESS OF LOVE (laughs) however I don’t care.  I completely have already got had my dream position.  I’m thrilled and really grateful I used to be in a position to do this.

KL:  You come throughout very accessible and humble, I actually respect that.

What’s your favourite horror movie or movies and why?

AK:  OK, I’ll have to call a couple of.  Does anybody simply title one? 

KL:  There’s a couple of nevertheless it’s admittedly extraordinarily uncommon.  Largely I get a run of three to 4 good ones.

AK:  I might say TALE OF TWO SISTERS, AUDITION, MARTYRS, and ROSEMARY’S BABY could be my high 4. 

KL:  WOW!  I like the eclectic nature of these shout-outs.  You’re the first individual I’ve interviewed who even talked about MARTYRS.  I suppose, as a result of it’s a brutal movie however I adore it to demise.  I all the time carry up INSIDE to folks wanting to start out dabbling into present international horror movies.

AK:  The French know the best way to do horror rather well.  INSIDE was superior however completely brutal.  They most likely might have pulled again a bit of bit, I feel  however I’m nonetheless a fan. 

KL:  It’s utterly brutal, particularly that ending.  To me although, MARTYRS is worse.  If I’m providing up a international horror movie to take a look at, I often begin with INSIDE and in the event that they like that then we will delve as deep as they like.  (Laughs)

I learn that you’ve got a couple of orphanages in India.  Free plug time.  I used to be questioning when you might clarify what received you into that particular charity work?

AK:  Truthfully, you’re probably the most thorough interviewer I’ve ever had.  I can’t consider you discovered that out about me.  Nobody has ever requested me that.  You’re improbable!  Please interview me any time. 

KL:  You’re superior, thanks for that.

AK:  Yeah, I went to India in my early twenties and I noticed a bunch of dying, malnourished youngsters.  I used to be like, I’m not going to simply return to L.A. and do Pilates, proper?  I couldn’t.  It fucked up my world.  I used to be sitting there with a serviette and a pen determining how a lot it prices for considered one of this stuff.  What number of children can I get in a single?  Lengthy story brief, I now have had two for over ten years.  It’s loopy.  There’s solely room for five youngsters in every, so it looks like dwelling.  That’s all we might afford to finance.  That’s principally it.

KL:  It’s stunning.  It reveals the depths of your horror loving coronary heart. (Laughs)

I liked interviewing you at this time Alexis, when you ever do need one other interview it might be my absolute pleasure.  I’ll save this final query to allow you to inform our readers what to look out for subsequent from Alexis Kendra.

AK:  I imply, we’re purchasing scripts.  It’s the worst reply ever.  We’re within the worst half.  We’ve all these scripts, we store them, after which we make one other one.  That’s the place we’re at.  Making an attempt to get financing proper now.  I’m sorry, as an unbiased filmmaker that is the position.  It’s how it’s.  Tons of labor, then you could have all this free time, then you definitely’re making one other film earlier than you realize it.  You’ll see one thing from us once more quickly, I’m certain.

KL:    Good luck in every little thing Alexis.  I hope you could have an important one!

AK:  Thanks, you too!

 

Til subsequent time Youngsters

Ken Lewis (AKA:  Freddy Beans)

See all me writings:  www.freddybeans.com

Contact me:  freddybeans@gmail.com


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