Hi PJ, is it true that Phil Creager went to
extraordinary means to get you to appear in his
movie 'Death By Engagement'?
Hmmmm, I don't
know about "extraordinary means", but I
do recall him asking me if I would read the
script, and if I would consider playing
"Mrs. Starkington". It is always
exciting when someone just hands you a script and
tells you the part is yours if you want it. It
was also less shocking that it happened to be a
neighbor and friend who was gently letting me
know that it was time for me to be playing those
"quirky, mature women".
I believe I insisted that they please seriously
consider our close family friend John Corlis for
the musical composer, which was really like
offering them the most talent for the least
money. Since John was still in college getting
his music degree, it was a good match for both
sides. He really did an amazing job.
you to the character of Mrs. Starkington in 'Death
attracted to her strangeness, her odd behavior,
her surreal take on reality, and also in spite of
her creepiness, I identified with the fact that
she loved her son with all her heart.
Was it fun
being the creepy one for a change?
fun being the creepy one, and I was glad my
character was merely mentally out of whack.
What's your most vivid
memory of filming the horror classic 'Carrie'
vivid memory has to be just the incredible
bonding that took place with all of us young
actors. We really became like a family - we were
so close, including Sissy, who tried not to be
too friendly on the set during filming, but after
the day's end when we would all go to watch
"the dailies" (which was so rare that
director Brian dePalma encouraged us all to
attend) Sissy would become part of our group and
we laughed so hard at each other during all the
what stands out for you during the filming of the
prom chaos scene that fans may be interested to
one, and I've told this so many times, but the
force of the water coming out of the fire hose
broke my eardrum, and it was a painful 3
months.........but aside from that, the
individual "death scenes" were not
written in detail for specific characters in the
script - they were up to the director's
particular choice and design and not divulged
until the day of when the crew started setting
up, and Betty Buckley was so worried and stressed
about what type of scene Brian was going to plan
for her.........it was hilarious.
do you have a memory of filming the classic 'Halloween'
(1978) that you would like to
insert into a time capsule?
my scene upstairs in the bedroom is a
particularly vivid memory because John Carpenter
allowed me to help create it. When you are a
young actor it is so exciting to be given an
opportunity to choose what your character does in
a scene and to contribute to the creative flow of
the film. I remember being very aware that I
wanted to make "Lynda" sexy and cute,
yet not be a slut.
What did Rob
Zombie say to you that convinced you to do that
totally great cameo in 'The
I went to
a regular casting session along with a list of
other "notable 70's actors", and I
brought an 8x10 photo of me as my character Norma
in "CARRIE" for the casting director to
give to Rob, and I signed it: "To Rob Z.
Ready to scream for you! Totally, P.J.
Soles". I didn't hear anything for two
months, but then finally they booked me for that
one scene, and I met Rob the day of the shoot. At
lunch, he brought out all his photos and posters
and I signed more stuff for him - he was a
collector - it was funny at the time, and I
thought that I must have gotten the job because
he wanted me to sign some of his
What has been
the craziest and most challenging special effect
that you have been a part of in a movie?
think that I have ever done any "special
effects", but in "STRIPES" I had
to handle a machine gun and shoot Russians and
that was pretty outrageous for me.
I'm a big fan of
'Rock and Roll High' too and I
gotta ask are you really a big Ramones fan?
NOW I am
a very big fan - I especially like Joey Ramone's
last album written and recorded when he was very
ill, and I really love his rendition of
"What A Wonderful World". When I was
first handed the cassette (not CD, haha) of The
Ramones in 1978, it took awhile to adjust to that
unfamiliar sound, but as soon as I saw them play
live during the filming of our RRHS concert
scene, I thought they were very raw and amazing -
I love genuine talent and they were pure living
art. I appreciate their courage for being unique
at a time when The Eagles were the hot thing.
You must have
the most interesting horror fanbase. What is the
most unusual request a fan has ever made of you?
had any strange requests from horror fans - most
of the fans I meet are so gentle and shy, and
grateful to get a photo taken with me - they are
really great. But a few years ago, I had a foot
fetish guy who kept writing to me requesting a
photo of only my feet: bare, in stockings, in
heels, in ballet slippers - it was an odd
request, and he was quite upset that I was not
responding. I finally sent him my headshot and
said that this was what I normally sent out and I
have never had a photo session of just my
we're pulling the car into the PJ Soles Drive In.
What three horror flicks are on the triple bill
for tonight and what goodies are they going to be
serving up at the concession stand?
Engagement with P.J. Soles Death By Engagement II
starring P.J. Soles P.J. Soles Presents: Death By
Popcorn with blood-red melted
you in real life?
scares me is the idea that if two people can't
understand each other's points of view, how are
two countries ever going to compromise for
peace..........it is scary and terribly sad. I am
scared that our world is not working for peace
but for power.
What are you
the most grateful for in your life?
I am most
grateful for my two children: my son Sky and my
Thanks so much
for talking with me PJ, this has really been a
dream come true. I bet memorabilia I have of your
career rivals Rob Zombie's!