The Smooth Talking Horror Icon: Aaron Dalla Villa by Greg Tiderington

Aaron is a man with many talents in which he studied music and dance training at Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia in which he had a career with classic ballet.
Later on he moved to New York to pursue a career as an actor by doing film, TV and of course live theatre.
He was in various types of genres but is a familiar face in today's horror genre in which is was best known in his role as Max in 'Pledge'
He is getting more work in the horror industry including parts in 'Trick', 'Hayride to Hell', 'The Wrath of Becky', 'Alice the Vampire Queen' and some upcoming one's.
When not performing, he produces for NYC indie film production company, Stag Pictures, and currently has several projects in development.
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  At what age did you see yourself as an entertainer?

I was singing and dancing when I came out of the womb with a full head of hair. I was destined to be an entertainer since birth. 

Did you see yourself acting in horror films?

I never imagined I would be acting in horror films, but I thoroughly enjoy it. The genre allows you to make bolder choices; I'm always game for that.

What was your first horror flick?

Besides short films, my first horror feature was PLEDGE, and luckily, it was a great one to work on and probably some of my favorite acting work so far in my career. 

What was the experience like working in the horror short Goodbye Old Friend?

Rafael De Leon Jr. is a director to watch, and sharing the screen with friend Corrie Legge is always a pleasure. It was a delightfully easy one-day shoot for me. 

You played Max in the horror feature Pledge. Do tell us what you did in the flick.

Max is a waspy, 'Skull and Bones' type figure who is hellbent on following a strict plan that's meant to demoralize nerds and ultimately humiliate them into nothing before killing them in order to achieve top status within the elite club he's trying to join. He's a really nasty person, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to do things in the film that I'd never be able to do in life (without going to jail). You'll have to watch the film to see those things. 

What memorable experiences did you have in the flick?

The entire cast and crew became a family. Most of them are my closest friends today and are still working in the entertainment industry. Pledge was a major benchmark in my life that has sparked many fruitful things. Don't sleep on self-submitting on Casting Networks. You never know how it may change your life. 

What was the most challenging scene you had to do?

I didn't find any of the scenes that challenging. The fight scenes involved choreography, but coming from a dancer background, I was used to learning movement quickly. However, I did find adjusting my schedule to the night shoots challenging. It was my first time doing an extended row of those types, so that required a whole reset of my biological clock. 

Did you get feedback from fans of the film?

Tons. They absolutely loved it, and I'm so grateful that they did. People are still following the Facebook page and sliding into my DMs after they watch it. I think time will eventually turn it into a cult classic.

You played Smooth Johnny in your next horror flick, Trick. I'd love to hear about what you did in this one, as well as the many experiences working on it.

I don't like to talk about what my characters do as I don't want to spoil it for the viewer. I will say that Smooth Johnny is so smooth that my music alter ego, rapper DALLA VILLA, made a whole song as him. I reveal a lot in that song, so I encourage you to check it out ;)

Was this a Halloween flick?


You worked with a solid cast in this one. Did it feel great to be billed in this flick?

It was definitely a nice job for the ego. Working with name actors boosted my confidence and reassured me that I belonged in the film. 

I hear Hayride to Hell has been getting raves. What do you do in that one?

I play Truckee, the son of Kane Hodder, the local sheriff. He's a nasty punk who thinks he can get away with anything due to his status in the community. However, he gets his just desserts; a very nice kill by director Dan Lantz, I must say. 

What kinds of stories would you like to share with us on that one?

Shooting Hayride to Hell was the first time I got to work on the other side of the camera as 2nd AD. It made me appreciate the crew so much more as I got to see "how sausage is made." It was a tough shoot, but the toughest ones teach you the most. 

Now you worked with horror celebrities in this one, like Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder. Did this help you gain a reputation in horror films, as I think it's the best genre?

To the horror world, they are literal icons. To me, they are great actors and cool dudes. I like to keep it focused on the work and let the rest of the business, like reputation and all, work itself out naturally.

This went to theatres I understand. What kind of feeling was it like to hit the big screen?

A lot of films never get finished, so having a film go to theaters is a big deal for me. This is how movies are meant to be seen, so I always get really excited when this happens. It's a privilege. 

You were a DJ in the action horror The Wrath of Becky. Tell us what you do in this one.

Haha. I know you probably hate this, but I don't like to spoil it for the viewer. I will say that DJ was one of my favorites to play in a movie so far, and I loved every bit of that production. 

What memorable experiences do you have in this one you'd like to share with the readers?

We shot in a retro diner that had one of those claw machines. Winning five prizes is the highlight of my career so far. 

Another film that played in theatres that you had a role in as Kiernan in Alice and the Vampire Queen. What was it like to work on this one? Do tell us from start to finish.

This was my 4th collaboration with Dan Lantz. I'm always impressed with how he's able to make a movie work with such limited resources. He's a testament to indie filmmaking, and I consult him frequently on my personal projects. Playing a creepy vampire is as fun as it sounds. I mean, who wouldn't want to do that? I'm truly blessed. 

Did you see its theatrical release?

I was on set shooting another film, so I was unable to see it, but I heard that the movie was well received and that another screening is coming up soon. I'm trying to get time off from my current project to go and see it, and if not, I'll definitely check it out when it's out on streaming. 

Have you gotten feedback from horror fans on this one?

A few people have said that Kieran was super hot and that they loved his "vibe." I don't get it. He's a creep. Humans fascinate me. 

You will be in some upcoming horror films The Plastic Men and Sucks 2 Suck. What will you be doing in these ones? Give us the nitty-gritty details.

The Plastic Men is going to be awesome. Samuel Gonzalez Jr. is a director to watch. I got to play my most transformational role yet, and I did my job if people didn't recognize me. Sucks 2 Suck is still in production. Again, I'm sorry, but I don't like to reveal the nitty-gritty details of my characters in interviews because I want the viewer to watch and enjoy the film starting with a blank canvas. 

When will they be out, and will they hit the big screen or film festivals?

No idea. Once I finish a project, I'm on to the next one. Getting news that they are heading to theaters or film festivals is icing on the cake and always a delightful surprise. I'm just happy that I get to make a living doing what I love. 

Now some fun stuff: What are your favourite horror films?

When I piss my girlfriend off. When I'm late for work. When I don't know the lines. Life can be a horror film. But seriously, though, I really enjoyed "Get Out" and "Silence of the Lambs."

What show were you in that you cherish the most?

Duels. That was my first big lead in a TV show. That taught me the most about how to be a professional on set and what it takes to lead a project. The connections and relationships I formed will stay with me forever. 

Which one were you not proud of and would like to change?

Every project I've done has moments I'd like to alter or change, but I can't. That's the beauty of it all. You take from a project what you've learned and apply it to the next one. Every project is a prep for the next one. 

If you were a horror film actor for a day, who would you be?

Jamie Lee Curtis. It would be nice to have an Oscar. 

What are your ambitions in life?

I have a lot of ambitions. The career ones are: to win EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), break generational poverty (become a billionaire), and star in, direct, and produce (via my production company One Man Army) groundbreaking work that pushes the boundaries of storytelling (whether in film, tv, theater or whatever medium that manifests in). The lifestyle ones are: being in a lasting and successful relationship, forming deep and personal relationships with others, starting a family, being a great dad, and traveling the world. The icing on the cake: being President of the US. Running a country would be really exciting.