Interview – Paula Lindberg

Indulgently Horrific was at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con and had the chance to meet the amazing Paula Lindberg during the panel of the upcoming movie “American Mary” by Twisted Twins Productions. Paula plays the role of “Ruby RealGirl” in the movie which is yet to be scheduled for release. There will be a special screening of “American Mary” at the FILM4 FrightFest on August 27th.

Vancouver native Paula Lindberg knew from an early age she had a passion for performance. A dancer from the age of three, this versatile talent discovered her love of theater in high school, taking part in numerous plays, musicals and even professional co-productions. After receiving her diploma in theatre Paula expanded her love of the craft, by taking part in the Canadian National Voice Intensive, as well as traveling to London, England to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and immerse herself in her love of Shakespeare.

Returning home Paula has been pursuing a career in film/TV, with roles on such shows as Supernatural (CW), Fringe (FOX), Eureka (NBC), Doomsday Scrolls (SYFY), and Hunt for the I-5 Killer (Lifetime). She has also made a name for herself in the voice over industry, working on cartoons with companies such as Marvel Comics and InterPacific Productions, not to mention lending her voice to numerous commercials.

1. It was lovely seeing you at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, was this your first time?

It was great to meet you as well and yes it was my first Comic Con! I’ve only recently made the move to Southern California, so previously it would have been a bit more of a trip:)

2. How was your experience overall? What was your best and worst parts of Comic Con?

I had a blast! The whole place has such a great energy because everyone is so excited to be there. I felt like my head was a swivel the whole time! Visual stimulus overload! Not to mention the fact that it was great to get such a wonderful turnout for our panel, and meet people who are as excited for American Mary as we are.  As for the worst parts, I could do without the $4 bottles of water & crazy line-ups.

3. Out of all the costumes at Comic Con, which one grabbed your attention the most? And Why?

Wow that’s too hard.  I love seeing the costumes where people have obviously crafted them themselves with this amazing attention to detail, and I also love the kick ass anime chicks.  Partly because I’ve voiced anime & partly because I’d love to be in a movie with a short skirt with a big gun 😉

4. There were quite a few horror-genre related activities (panels, signings, and photo sessions), would you like to see more or less in the future?

More obviously 😉

5. From your personal interaction with both the fans and the organizers, do you expect further penetration by the genre into future Comic Cons?

I think that Comic Con responds to what the public demands and if that demand is there & they get the crowds responding to it, it will keep growing.  Horror fans are so incredibly loyal and passionate, I can definitely see them pushing that expansion.

6. Would you like to see something of this magnitude that is solely focused on the horror/thriller genre?

How amazing would that be?! A whole convention center of people dressed up as killers & their victims! There would definitely be a fake blood shortage after that convention!

7. Moving on to your newest project, American Mary, how was it working with the Twisted Twins (Jen and Sylvia Soska)?

Amazing.  The twins continue to inspire me with their drive and creativity.  They’re not waiting around for someone to give them a career; they’re making it happen for themselves.  And they’re not just regurgitating the same old stories, they’re creating highly original work, and it’s exciting to be a part of that.

As an actor they are also wonderful to work for because they give you the perimeters of the character, but then imbue you with so much trust and freedom to create something truly unique within their vision.  In what other film am I going to get a play an underground surgery obsessed Barbie wanna be??

8. The “American Mary” panel promised that this movie will be like no other horror movie. Some critics will jump and label the movie as exploitative. What do you have to say about that?

I think there will always be people who cry ‘exploitative’, but exploitative in what way? To women?  It’s written & directed by women for women, where women have roles other then victim #4.  Of violence? Violence exists in the human psyche, and horror provides a safe place to purge these thoughts and images.

9. Was there a question you wish the audience would have asked during the “American Mary” panel? If so, what would it be and how would you answer it?

I think it’ll be interesting after the film is released to see what types of questions we get then.  People haven’t even seen the movie yet & put forward thoughtful questions on the genre.  I suppose I would like more questions about character development & what motivates individuals in to this lifestyle but that will come after the film is released.  And I don’t want to answer now! I might give too much away:)

10. What was the most difficult thing you had to endure while shooting “American Mary”?

The prosthetics were a blessing and a curse.  They informed so much of who Ruby is, but it is hard on the skin & not the most comfortable thing after a few hours.

11. What are you currently working on? Any projects of interest?

I just recently moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver so at the moment it’s really about restarting my career in a different city.  Meeting all the new casting directors and going to as many auditions as possible!  I have a couple of indie features that may be coming down the pipe within the next year.  Fingers crossed!

12. Is there an area, in or out of the movie industry, that you want to break into?

As an actor I think one of the reasons you get into this career is for variety.  You never know what the next day or audition will bring. I want to work on as many different styles of films, genres, etc.  That what keeps you feeling creative, and excited.

13. Was there ever a role or a movie you worked on that you are not proud of? If so, can you shed some light?

I constantly watch myself back in things and think ‘oh I would change that’ or ‘I would do that differently’, but I try to look at it like that’s just part of growing as an artist.  That being said there are definitely some low budget indies or shorts I hope will never surface! LOL

14. Is there someone you aspire to work with in the future? If so, who is it?

Do you have a of couple pages for the answer??;) I feel like I’m just getting going in my career & I’m learning all the time & finding inspiration from so many places.  I think working with up and coming directors & actors can be just as interesting as working with people who’ve established themselves.

15. On a lighter note, what is your favorite horror movie of all time?

I think I have to say The Shining.  It was one of the first horror movies I ever saw as a kid & it still wigs me out!  And I have to admit I like zombie stuff:)

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© Indulgently Horrific 2012

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