Robin McLeavy Talks "The Loved Ones"
Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:47:45
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In The Loved Ones, love really does hurt—a whole hell of a lot.
The main proprietor of that pain is Lola "Princess" Stone [Robin McLeavy]. She's not overly happy when Brent [Xavier Samuel] turns her down for the prom, and she exacts revenge by hosting quite the evening for her would-be king. There's a power drill, a lot of nails, knives, syringes, and everything else you can imagine on the bloody buffet. Most importantly, there are a whole lot of laughs buried under all that gore…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, the film's star Robin McLeavy discusses making murder funny, her playlist, and so much more.
You'll get the chance to see it in six theaters tonight Friday June 1, 2012 as part of special Tugg midnight screenings. Cities include Austin, Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. You can buy tickets here! You can also request a screening in your town from that link.
Do you feel like the film's humorous aspects enhance the horror?
At the time, I didn't realize how funny it would turn out. I think we've made a black comedy in a way. When we were shooting, John Brumpton [Daddy] and I would break into fits of laughter and think, "Wow, these characters are really getting to us if we're finding this as hilarious as we are!" In terms of the way I prepared for the role, I wanted to make it as fun as possible. I was terrified at the prospect of playing someone as mentally deranged as Lola even though it was only for five weeks I was concerned for my mental health [Laughs]. I thought if I approached it in a way that was creative and fantastical I'd save myself a lot of pain. We bring Brent home for own special version of the prom. I wanted to think of that as a birthday party where we perform a series of magic tricks. I wanted to have a joyful time instead of one that was too dark. That's how we got there.
The mix of the genres remains seamless too.
Sean Byrne's knowledge of the genre is pretty remarkable. His dad was a film critic so he grew up watching a lot of films. He knows it inside out. On the other hand, I'm an absolute wimp when it comes to horror films. I need to watch them at noon with all of the lights on [Laughs]. I wanted to have as much fun as possible while still exploring the rejection and loneliness Lola feels.
What resonated with you about Lola?
I liked the idea of a teenage girl who was frustrated by her circumstances. I appreciated her spontaneity. It was a creative exercise. It tapped into things I experienced, but I had to magnify them three-thousand fold.
What music were you listening to while making The Loved Ones?
I was listening to a lot of The Rolling Stones. The song that really stuck with me was "Monkey Man" from Let It Bleed. There was something about that song—the idea of human beings as "less than". We are all animals at the end of the day. Our desires are primal. We're all a little unhinged and damaged. I liked that idea. To counteract that, I was listening to Britney Spears's "I'm a Slave 4 U" to balance that out. A lot of my preparation is music-oriented. It helps me get to where I need to be mentally and emotionally in a very short period of time. I'll often have my iPod on the set with me before I go into a scene. There was a little Radiohead in there as well.
Who's usually on your playlist?
I listen to a lot of soul music. I love James Brown, Etta James, and Charles Bradley. I'm up in Calgary shooting Hell on Wheels, and he's playing. I'm excited to see him. I think he's phenomenal. That's my field of music.
Will you be seeing the film? Check The Loved Ones site for ticket info on June 1 Midnight showings!
See our interview with Xavier Samuel here!