Wicked Channel Interview with Ashley C Williams (Human Centipede and Julia)

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1.     What was the first film or television show that made you want to pursuit acting? Also, growing up were you a fan of the horror genre? If so, what films were you a fan of? 

I think it was one of the first “adult” movies I ever saw. Gone With The Wind. I remember watching Vivien Leigh’s performance and just being in awe of how amazing and naturally talented she was. I was very affected by that film on so many levels. It was incredible to watch someone portray a character so believably and it made me think about how I want to live my own life. I wanted to be able to do that for others. Make people think and feel and inspire them. Growing up I liked being scared in the cinema. It was so fun to experience that with my friends. The Shining and Poltergeist were my two horror favs. 

2.    If acting did not work out for you, was there a backup plan? 

I will just give you a simple NO. Cause it’s the truth. I honestly don’t think there is any other option for me. This is what I live for. It’s who I am. No one has ever told me to stop, and I don’t plan on it. If a life circumstance forced me to put it on hold for a bit than that’s ok. I know I will always find a way back to it. 

3.    Let’s be honest, when most people say your name, you know the film they want to know the most about. The Human Centipede. How was working with Tom Six and the crew? 

Haha yeah I guess. Tom Six was great! So fun to work with. I don’t remember him ever really being stressed on set. He was smiling and having a good time and would say “rock n role!” Instead of “action!” I liked that. It was a small crew so we all got to know everyone very well. They were all super professional and made us feel very comfortable in all our dire circumstances. 

4.    Looking back some 6 to 7 years now, are you proud of the final product? Also, what did you think about the other two films? 

I think it’s only been 5 years! Yeah very proud of the finished product. I think it’s a well-made movie and I’m glad I was a part of the iconic first sequence. The second and third films were interesting to say the least. I wasn’t surprised that Tom would go in the direction he chose, but I almost feel like it’s all for his own amusement too. He really likes pushing the boundaries. Which is great, cause I mean you make a film that you would want to see right? 

5.    From there, we go to Hallows Eve. In the horror genre you are working on this film with some legends like a Danielle Harris and Tiffany Shepis? Are working with these kinds of names stressful for someone like you? Do they make you feel at ease? 

Stressful? No. I’ve actually never met either of them, but I’m sure if I were on set with them we’d all have a great time. I hear they are cool women to work with. 

6.     We go from up and coming young actress to not only actress but producer. What made you want to pursuit producing? Also, is directing maybe in the cards? 

I kind of fell into producing because I co-founded a production company to write/produce plays for my friends and I to give ourselves acting work. So producing just kind of comes along with generating your own work. It’s a super stressful, business minded kind of job, which I don’t know if I’m very good at. But I’d certainly consider that position more often if it’s for a passion project of mine. As far as directing is concerned. Yeah maybe one day in the future I’d love to take that challenge. But right now I’m focusing on acting. 

7.     What was it about the character Julia that attracted you to the role? Are you in your comfort zone in horror films or do you feel the need to branch out? 

When I read the script for Julia I was in awe of how similar we both were. And also how different. The character inspired me. I wanted to go on her journey and transform with her. So I was attracted to the challenge and to the juiciness of the role. In regards to my comfort zone in horror films, I actually have never considered myself a horror actress and feel most comfortable in other genres. Those opportunities will present themselves when they do. But until then, right now I’m excited for Julia’s release and to see what other doors it will open for me. 

8.     What was the last film you went to the movie theater and paid money to see? Also, are you able to sit in the theater as a fan or do you nitpick the film? 

I saw Sicario in theaters last. The film was good. I liked how it made me feel very confused and stressed out with not knowing wtf was going on. Just like the lead female character was feeling. I believe that was the filmmaker’s intention. I do love to sit in the theater and let the film take me where it will. The only time I will nitpick a film is if it’s so slow that I just can’t bear to continue with it, or if the acting is so bad that It takes me out of the world. 

9.    Where would you like to see yourself in say 5 years from now? Do you see yourself getting more mainstream roles? Dating Charlie Sheen? 

In 5 years I see myself as a goat hoarder.