Interview with Tommie Vegas

The Horror Club is pleased to speak to actress, Tommie Vegas, who has worked on wide range of projects within the horror genre such as Manscaping, Nite Nite,  The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (photo above), for which she picked up the Pollygrind Best Actress Award (2014). Upcoming projects include The Bread of Wickedness, The Virus of the Dead and Inverted, among others.

To start off, would you like to introduce yourself?

Welp, in not so many words – my name is Tommie, I love making films and I’m obsessed with The Wizard of Oz! 🙂

What interests you about the horror genre?

I feel like horror reveals so many truths society tries to hide; and it’s the one genre that tells the truth and allows for so much creative and artistic freedom that the possibilities are truly endless.

We’ve seen you in Nite Nite, and loved it. The story is the classic babysitter and the monster tale that many horror fans grew up watching. What was it like to actually be in it?

Nite Nite was a lot of fun to work on. Mostly because of the awesome Brady Bond. That kid is fantastic on set or off set and behind the scenes. He’s so freaking vibrant and full of life and working with him made it so amazing. Being able to tell such a classic tale was pretty
awesome, as well. Usually you’ll find me doing something a bit darker, bloodier and crazier but this was just so perfectly simple and honest that it made it a blast to work on.

Can you tell me about Party Night?

Party Night is an awesome love letter to 80’s slasher flicks that will FINALLY be available this fall through Wild Eye. I remember seeing the casting notice for it and thinking I HAD to be a part of it. Luckily, Troy Escamilla and his team agreed with me. There’s definitely a lot of love in the making of the film and if you’re a fan of 80’s slasher flicks then this will be right up your alley!

What is The Bread of the Wickedness?

The Bread of Wickedness is a feature film about socialite cannibals led by the most prominent doctor in town. It’s more of a psychological thriller than a slasher or a gorefest. But it’s deep; it’s extremely dark and I feel it will make quite a few people uncomfortable. The trailer for our

Indiegogo is being finished right now and will be released to help bring in funds as we continue to film it this year.

Can you tell me about the film Manscaping?

Manscaping is an awesome film I got to do a few years ago!! Mike Lenzini (director) approached me one day to be a part of it, and with the story, I couldn’t say no! It was originally made to compete in The ABC’s of Death … M is for Manscaping. And boy! Did we manscape, alright! ha ha. We didn’t make it in to the ABC’s of Death, as awesome as it was, but we are episode no.5 on Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death web series!

You have a role in the anthology film, Virus of the Dead. What interested you in the zombie genre?

I think I’ve just always been a fan of the zombie genre. In fact, of all things in horror, Zombies are probably the one thing to really freak me out. I remember being really young watching “Night of The Living Dead” and thinking how freaking terrifying it would be if that were to really happen. Often times I’d find myself sitting outside late at night with my imagination running wild, thinking a zombie would come around the corner ha ha. Shane (Ryan) and I had been friends since we worked on “The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper” and when this opportunity came up to collaborate and work with him, it was a no brainer.

Scream Queens can be seen as strong and heroic. Who is your favourite? What made them stand out?

Jamie Lee Curtis will always be my number 1! She is QUEEN! She has always been the ultimate scream queen in my eyes and always will. She has managed to dominate that category for years on end and is still at it. There’s been a few before her and plenty thereafter, but no one as true and original as her. When I think of horror flicks and the actresses and actors involved, my mind always immediately goes to Jamie – and with good reason. Her flicks are timeless, her acting is on point and there’s no one out there that I feel could have replaced her in any of her films.

What is the difference in starring in a short film and feature film?

I think the primary difference that is extremely noticeable is time. Feature films can take days, weeks and months to film depending on the size of the script, the cast, the locations needed and so many other things. Short films can seriously take only 1 day to film (film length dependent, of course) and then you’re done. Again, a lot of factors can come in to play and some shorts can take just as long as a feature, but usually shorts are done much more quickly.

You’ve just been cast in Inverted. Is there anything you can tell us about the role?

Oh, Inverted!! How ecstatic I am for this film!! Well, I will be playing Nancy, a prostitute and druggie who is seen as an easy target because it would appear she is so far from God. It’s a cult-horror film and definitely goes deep. It’s extremely crazy and out-there and might test some people’s tolerance, but it’s SO amazing. The script is extremely well written and thought provoking. There’s something very special about it.

I’m happy to be working with Destinie (Orndoff) again, as we worked together on “Party Night”, and I’m thrilled to be under the direction of Tristan Clay. Tristan and Destinie are the best team around right now with having so much love and passion behind them. They are absolutely fantastic! I’m also extremely ecstatic to be working alongside Maria Olsen. She has been cast as the Woman in White and she is an amazing actor with so much work behind her. I’m just so thrilled and lucky to be a part of such a strong film.

Besides Inverted, what’re your upcoming plans for 2018?

Well, I just gave birth to the spawn of Satan. His name is PsychoSexual. His videos will be dropping in the next month or two so keep an eye out for that! I’ve also recently just booked a role in a Christmas-Horror anthology that I get to work on in April. I’m not sure just yet how much I can say about that, so we’ll just leave it there. I’ve also had a lot of people reaching out to me recently in regards to being a part of their projects. A lot of it is still in the works so definitely just keep an eye out for my social media, as I always announce projects there and interact with everyone daily.

To to keep up with Tommie, you can find her on

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tommie.vegas.

Twitter: @TommieLeeVegas

Instagram: @TommieVegas

 

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