Blythe’s Spirit Talking With Blythe Metz by Owen Keehnen

Chicago area native Blythe Metz is a multi-talented artist. This gorgeous actress, painter, dancer and choreographer has wandered her way into the horror genre. She made a big impression as the sexual liberated “dark side” in Rolfe Kanefsky’s ‘Jacqueline Hyde’, a take-off on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Director Kanefsky was so impressed with her performance that he’s tagged Blythe for another leading role (alongside Tiffany Shepis) in his next film ‘Nightmare Man’. And it looks like the horror door will be creaking open a bit wider with several genre offers coming in. To date Blythe has appeared in such non-fright features as ‘Faceless’, ‘Bred in the Bone’, ‘Screaming Metal’, and ‘Don’t Be Afraid’. She’s a wonderful spirit and she was also kind enough to take the time to answer a few racksandrazors questions.



Owen: Hello Blythe, I suppose first of all I would like to hear about how you were cast in 'Jacqueline Hyde'?

Blythe: The casting process for Jacqueline Hyde was pretty straightforward.  I don't remember how I learned of the project.  I didn't have any of the material when I went in for a first read, I don't remember why.  That's very rare to not have the material.  So I went in blind, but after reading the sides the first time; I knew I could have a lot of fun with Jacqueline.  I was called back and then offered the role.

Owen: Was it challenging, fun, or disturbing to play the sexually aggressive, dark, femme fatale side of the title character?

Blythe: Most Fun Owen, most fun.  A little disturbing as well, particularly after shooting the scene in the bedroom with the pizza boy character where I break his wrist.  To really step into the place where I'm strangling someone while I'm having sex with them violently...yah...I was disturbed for a day or two.  I learned something there about detachment...allowing myself the true experience to tell a story, and the importance of then releasing it. 

Owen: Besides being a twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' would you give me a brief synopsis of the film?

Blythe: The film is about the character Jackie, a shy girl who doesn't seem to fit in, and her discovery of a drug her grandfather invented that gives her the power to get anything she wants.  She takes it to the limit as she struggles between what she knows is right and what this alter ego she creates, Jacqueline, has the power to take.

Owen: Tell me about 'Nightmare Man', your second film with 'Jacqueline Hyde' director Rolfe Kanefsky, and costarring Tiffany Shepis.

Blythe: I'm really excited about 'Nightmare Man.'  Rolfe writes fantastic female characters.  He's so talented.  It's hard to describe the movie or my role without telling too much of the story.  It's a very suspenseful thriller, quite brilliantly written.  It's very fun, as well as scary.  Tiffany Shepis with be fantastic as the sassy, but you love her character, Mia.

Owen: Have you appeared in any other genre films?  'Bred in the Bone' sounds promising but I am unfamiliar with it.

Blythe: 'Bred in the Bones' is an action/gangster film written and directed by Stan Harrington.  The film will be screening this weekend at the Action On Film Festival in Long Beach.  The film has two nominations BEST SCREENPLAY, and I've been nominated for a BEST ACTRESS award.  We're really proud of this film, totally shot gorilla style. To answer the first part of your question, No, I haven't done any other horror genre films. 

Owen: Tell me about your role in James Archer's 'Screaming Metal'.

Blythe: Screaming Metal, originally entitled, Leather and Iron, was shot in Arizona in 2001.  Screaming Metal is a Biker Cult film.  It's a story about an outlaw biker gang, a major pharmaceutical company, and the Asian mafia, all after the same Package.  I play Misty who is also after the package, but nobody knows it and I have a good plan.  It was my first feature film and I had a great time. James Archer was great to work with. 

Owen: You are also an established dancer and choreographer as well as artist.  Your paintings are getting a great deal of attention.  Does the creative instinct and drive for painting, dancing, and acting come from the same place, are there similarities, are they completely different? 

Blythe: There's one source.  It can and does take many forms.  I use my work, all of my work; dancing, painting, acting, as a platform to show me myself.  I often times will paint something and it only means something to me in terms of color or composition when I paint it, but later I will understand a far greater truth has been expressed.

Owen: So which do you find the most frightening - vampires, aliens, maniacs, zombies, creatures, or werewolves and why?

Blythe: I'd be scared of them all.  Let me tell you, filming Nightmare Man  will really be a nightmare for me, I will be terrified.  You should see the Nightmare Man, he's horrific looking. Woo!  Let me make the exception of werewolves.  I feel I have an affinity with wild life.  Also, Aliens are cool.  I'm sure they are far too intelligent to bother with anything of a low vibration like terrorizing.

Owen: What projects do you have lined up in the future?

Blythe: I will be working on Stan Harrington's next film.  I will play a very dark but lovable girl trying to find the love in life.  I also hope to be living a vampire’s life very soon, for a short period of time of course.  I'll speak more about it when things are locked down.

Owen: What scares you in real life?

Blythe: There's only one thing that really scares me...and I dare not speak of it.