Tucky, why don't you start us off with a visual
and describe the room or place where you are
answering these questions?
crossed-legged on my living room floor, wearing
pajamas. There's a big screen TV showing The
Office on mute. I'm halfway through a Vitamin
Water. Dwight Schrute is my hero.
Tucky is such
an unusual name. Is it a nickname or a family
name? How did it come about?
complicated. It has to do with Tennessee
Williams, a significant chunk of my family living
in Toronto, and me being the only grandchild on
made quite a splash on the horror scene with your
work as the bad-ass zombie killer Vix in "Dead Moon Rising". How
did you being cast in that role come about?
an open casting call. I got up early one Saturday
morning and drove to Louisville. That was the
first time I met Jason Crowe. He was doing the
same thing I was, showing up to do a cold read.
There was this crazy actress there who refused to
audition and was making a big stink about it. And
it was like, why was she there then? She was
trying to talk me out of auditioning, too. She
ended up leaving without doing anything. It was
totally weird, because there I was trying to
focus, and this chick was having a meltdown. Then
I went in and read. I walked in like I was the
baddest bitch in the universe, and let's just say
that was an effective strategy. A few days later
the director called and offered me the part.
If you could
tuck one memory of making that film into a time
capsule to preserve what would it be?
surrounded by 2,000 extras on a street in
downtown Louisville. There were five of us actors
in the middle of them, and all eyes where on us.
It was crazy being at the center of that
tremendous amount of attention and energy.
What was the
best and the worst thing about the shoot?
was having the opportunity to play my dream role
- Vix, an action star and a porn star swirled
into one demonic Ubermench. The worst was the
heat. It was especially hard on me, because I had
full hair and makeup, including fake eyelashes,
and after about two hours I would literally start
to melt. Then I'd have to wash it all off and
reapply it, which was a major hassle.
What is your
favorite way to kill a zombie?
make it clear that killing a zombie is an act of
compassion. I don't believe they feel pain. So I
don't think there's anything wrong with killing
them in an especially gruesome way. That said,
I'd have to go with either beheading or a shotgun
to the face. You can also throw in some
dismemberment for shits and gigs. I've killed
hundreds of people in my film career. The first
one was a zombie I shot in the face, blowing him
backward down a flight of concrete stairs. I felt
terrible about it. I was apologizing to the actor
between takes. But by the time I finished DMR,
the killing became second nature. I could chop up
a horde of zombies without batting an eyelash.
So how is Lexington as
a location for shooting? Were people cooperative
because filming a movie is a relative rarity or
did that also make it tough at times?
you film something in Kentucky, the biggest
reaction you get is confusion. It's surprising
how little most people know about the industry.
You can tell someone you\rquote re making a movie
and they just won't understand. I guess that
makes it easier. Nobody is aware enough to cause
with that, do you see yourself heading for
LA/Hollywood in the future?
I'm never going to be one of those people who
hates on Hollywood. It is what it is, take it or
leave it. But honestly, I just loving living in
Kentucky. My mom is here and can't leave her. The
only reason I'd consider spending significant
time in LA is to further my yoga career, and LA
is the best place on earth for that.
what I have heard you say about sex and violence
and the rating system for films? I agree totally.
Why do you think two women kissing (as in 'Dead
Moon Rising') is such a big deal
and some of the violence we see merits no more
than a shrug?
way to control someone's mind is to control their
sexuality - look at organized religion, the
Nazis, the terrorists. Historically, ideologies
that have been able to control large groups of
people have had very strict rules regarding
sexual behavior. Taking it a step further, one
could look at violence as repressed sexual urges.
America has its own weird rules regarding
sexuality. We see violence in films, and we think
it's okay, because it's depicting sexual
frustration, so it's maintaining the status quo.
The violence is pacifying, because it affirms
that innate sexual urges can be successfully
throw in two women kissing, and everybody freaks.
It sends the message that sexuality is determined
by the individual, not the collective. This is a
terrifying thought to most, even those who
consider themselves open-minded and sexual
way to be a radical is not to be a bondage freak,
or a homo, or any other externalized behavior;
the most radical thing to do is allow yourself to
exist as you are.
now the sequel is happening? Tell me about
'Dead Moon Rising 2'.
ve put that on hold indefinitely. I'm sad about
it. Vix is not a character I wanted to give up.
But she lives on as a tulpa in the hearts of the
fans. Had there been a sequel, I know she
would've kept doing the same thing: killing
zombies, protecting the weak, sleeping around,
and never learning a goddamned thing.
Do you have
any other projects lined up you would like to let
the racksandrazors.com readers know about?
very excited about my new webseries, 'Girl/Girl
Scene'. Once 'The L Word' was cancelled, it left
this huge hole in the market. We're filling that
need, and them some. 'Girl/Girl Scene' is
raunchier, grittier, and sexier. I wanted to see
a show that depicted what life was like for me
and my friends - queers who have thrown
heteronormativity out the window and never looked
back. Go to girlgirlscene.com to watch. The first
episode is coming soon!
What was the
first movie you saw that scared the crap out of
when I was three years old. I saw five minutes
and was majorly traumatized. I had had a
relatively happy toddler-hood up until that
point. Even now, I'm getting uncomfortable
thinking about it.
Do you have a
horror movie dream role?
my dream role. Other than that, it'd be nice to
play a vampire. I don't want to jinx anything,
but it looks like that may be happening soon.
I'll keep you posted...
Okay, we're pulling
into the Tucky Williams 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?
secret about me is that I don't like horror
films. I haven't seen any of the classics. No, I
take that back. I recently watched 'Friday the
13th' because I was on one of the DVD features on
the re-release, so I figured I had a
responsibility to at least watch the movie. I
liked it. Based of the few horror films I've
seen, my top three would have to be: 'Scream',
'Aliens', and 'The Lost Boys'. I can eat way more
than most humans, so I'd have my own giant bucket
of popcorn with lots of butter and salt. And I
would totally get the refill.
If you could
perform identity theft on anyone, whose identity
would you steal and why?
Tegan or Sara, from the band Tegan and Sara. I
realize they're two very different people, but
they're equally wonderful and talented, so I
could never choose. Why? Because they're
rockstars! They're also worldly, compassionate,
well-read, and funny as hell. I'd love to be able
to play the guitar like that. Then there's the
awesome hair and the tattoos that I want but am
too chicken-shit to get. And I would never take
advantage of the groupie situation, because
that's gross, but it's always nice knowing you
you in real life?
Torture. Violence. Police brutality. The crimes
committed in the names of supernatural deities.
The Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda. That the
Taliban practiced gender apartheid in Afghanistan
for a decade and no one intervened. That Amadou
Diallo was shot 41 times. That America is the
wealthiest country on earth and we don't take
care of our sick and dying. How quickly these
things are shrugged off and forgotten.
never believe in that humanity is inherently bad
or evil. My faith rests in the goodness of