Amy Weber Interview by Brian Kirst

Peoria born actress Amy Weber is certainly no stranger to horror. Just this year she played Lynn Starks in gore-fest 'The Pumpkin Karver' (2006) and even served as the associate producer on the project. Lovely Amy started out in films on a terrorific note as The Evil Queen in 'Dangerous Seductress' in 1992 with Tanya Lawson and in between has starred as Kyra in the 1999 horror flick 'Kolobos'. In addition to her horror credentials Amy has also appeared in a number of other shows and films like '7th Heaven', 'Mike Hammer, Private Eye', 'L.A. Heat', 'Port Charles', 'Sheena', 'Joe Dirt', 'Portrait of Eve', 'Pacific Blue', 'Saved By The Bell', 'Scarlet Mirror', 'Pauly Shore is Dead', 'Starforce', 'Melrose Place', various W.W.E. projects, 'Howard Stern', 'The Tonight Show', etc. That's quite a resume and Amy is quite a woman. The stunning actress even has a 2007 calendar out which can be purchased through her site at www.amyweber.net ! She was also cool enough to spare a bit of her time for this exclusive racks and razors interview.

  Brian: Since I am based in the Midwest, I am curious as to how long you lived in Illinois. Did you spend most of your youth in Peoria or were you just born there?

Amy: I lived in Illinois until I was 14, then my parents moved us to Florida. I was born in Peoria but raised in a small farming community of Mapleton.

Brian: Was a career as a performer an early dream for you or something that you arrived at later in life?

Amy: I wanted to entertain people ever since I was 5 or 6. I just didn’t think it was a viable option for me so I focused on school. I finally realized that I would not be happy doing anything else and I found the courage to pursue it.

Brian: In your second film, Forbidden Games, which appears to have been filmed when you were 22 or 23, you play a dominatrix-agency head-murderess. I thought you did a brilliant job. You were totally in control, domineering and seductive. Was this a hard “energy” to cultivate and maintain at such a young age and so early into your professional career?

Amy: I don’t really like talking about that movie.. it wasn’t what I signed up for and I was strong armed into doing things that I wasn’t comfortable with. I was told that my career would be ruined if I didn’t do what they said and I was too na´ve to know that was utter crap.

Brian: In Kolobos – which I really enjoyed, it was interesting, twisted and twisty, well acted and gory – you play a shy, emotionally disturbed artist. Was that a hard persona to get into? (And what a great contrast to your work in Forbidden Games! Talk about being an eclectic actress!)

Amy: I loved making that movie. We had no money and it was so cold, but the directors were really great “actor’s” directors and they really took their time discovering the characters and letting us try anything we wanted.

Brian: In Kolobos you share a brief scene with amazing Scream Queen extraordinaire Linnea Quigley. Do you have any specific memories about working with her?

Amy: Linnea was great. I had no idea who she was but she was really easy to work with.

Brian: Do you recall the mechanics or what was used - black paneling, metal…? – when you and the rest of the group were sealed into the house in Kolobos? It was really effective. I’m sure sound effects, added in later, also, might have added to the overall suspense. Also, what was used for the gore effects for Promise LaMarco’s stomach in the kitchen scene? Poor Tina. Nasty!!

Amy: I don’t remember what was used. When we filmed those scenes, someone just made a noise as if they were slamming down.. when I saw the finished product it scared the crap out of me! They had a great special effects guy that created a duplicate of Tinas’s stomach made out of rubber and they put the intestines inside of it.. gross.. totally gross!

Brian: In The Contract I think that you have the best scene! The final scene with Jeff Fahey, whom has made a career out of genre films, makes the whole movie worth it, I believe. Do you have any interesting stories about working with him? (It, also, appears that you are working on him on a current project.)

Amy: Jeff really likes to improv which is great.. You never know what he is going to say or do, so it makes you really listen and pay attention.

Brian: The Contract credits a couple of Coppola’s with co-screen writing credits. Are you aware if they were from the Francis Ford-Sophia dynasty of Coppola’s?

Amy: I’m not sure.. they were two twin boys that wrote it. It is funny how much lack of attention I paid to details back then. Now, you can’t get me off of set even when I am not working.

Brian: What was your experience on Port Charles like? I loved the show – especially when they entered “Vampire-ville”- but they seemed to have never quite found a rhythm or flow.

Amy: I really liked being on Port Charles. I wish my story line would have evolved more. I wasn’t around when they did the Vampire Ville storyline but it sounds interesting.

Brian: How much of your work on Son of the Beach involves –or involved- improv? Or is the show heavily scripted?

Amy: The show is very heavily scripted. You do table reads to make sure that the flow and jokes are working. A lot got changed between the table read and first day of shooting.

Brian: Your upcoming horror film, The Pumpkin Carver, sounds like a blast! Is there any information about that project that you would like to share with us?

Amy: This film is incredible. I am so proud of it. They are trying to get a website up to give people more info on it. I just saw the title sequences and I wanted to cry.. they are so good. It is not your typical scary movie.. it is very intelligent..

Brian: StarForce, filmed in 2000, is finally available on DVD – in fact I just ordered a copy the other day! Was it frustrating to wait so long for it to come out? Also, Michael Bergin has such controversy surrounding him. He seems like a pretty down to earth guy in interviews, though. What were your impressions, if you don’t mind, of filming with him?

Amy: StarForce had to get the funds to re due a few of the special effects. Working with Michael was great.. very sweet guy.. As far as what he did recently… no comment.. sorry… my Mother taught me good manners..

Brian: Finally, are there any other upcoming projects that you would like to tell us about before we wrap this up?

Amy: I am attached to a film entitled “Diablita.” I don’t know when we will start shooting. My website is new and is a great place to keep up with what’s new with me, just go to www.amyweber.net to check it out.