At what age did you see yourself as
I wanted to be an actress
ever since my first summer at sleep away camp! I
was nine years old and I hated camp so much that
I threatened to stop eating and to runaway. I
tortured my parents by mailing home long tear
stained letters that itemized each detail of why
I hated the bunk, the people, the activities,
etc. (My Mom still has a box full of these
letters which at the time upset her greatly but
are now a source of laughter for both of us) On
visiting day the camp director told my parents
that I was the most dramatic child she'd ever
encountered and that she was certain I was
destined to be an actress. Then she told the
three of us that I wouldn't be invited back for
the coming summer! (Who knew then that sleep away
camp would play such a vital role in my life in
Did you ever
see yourself acting in horror films?
of accepting my academy award like many actors
dream of, but I never thought about acting in
horror films. I just wanted to act!
What was your
very first acting gig?
I was a
bunny rabbit in the first grade play 'Smokey the
Forest Ranger'. I wore a white body suit, white
gloves and a furry hat that had ears made out of
hangers and pink tissue paper.
How did you
hear about the audition for 'Sleepaway
time I had a manager.
How old were
you when the movie was filmed?
seventeen when 'Sleepaway Camp' was filmed
What was the
experience like working on the set?
I had a great time
working on the set. Robert had an aura about him
that made me comfortable and uninhibited. I
remember the cast and crew being surprised that
such a quiet, shy teenager, (me) could actually
be so confidently bitchy.
character Judy ever remind you of a bully in
school at all?
her own unique and special bitch, so I'd have to
say that, no, she didn't remind me of any
specific bully that I'd ever met. However, I
would have loved to have seen the reaction of the
bullies in my high school towards my performance
as Judy. I'd like to imagine that they'd have
been scared of both Judy and me!
How did you
relate to the part?
anything I related to Judy's insecurities more
than any of her other traits. The difference
between us being that she swaggers, gives dirty
looks and curses in order to cover up her
weaknesses, while I don't. (well... maybe the
cursing part... but only sometimes... and in
defense of us both it has been scientifically
proven that using foul language actually relieves
stress much more effectively than regular vocab
What scene did
you most enjoy doing?
flat as a board/fuck off scene was my favorite
(even though I got slapped in the face!!) because
the bitchiness just went on and on!!
What was it
like when you and Katherine Kamhi's characters
were taunting Felissa Rose's character about not
going into the water?
a very sweet and easygoing person and I had a fun
time harassing Angela with her.
Now it wasn't
shown how you were murdered by the hair curling
iron. What happened there?
still alive so I really can't go into explicit
details about the curling iron and where it went
or what the damage was. I think she deserves a
bit of privacy after all that she's endured!
Did you find that scene
disturbing to do?
recall being disturbed by the curling iron scene.
Perhaps embarrassed ... but not disturbed.
What was the
most difficult scene you did throughout the film?
that would be the kiss with Mike (Tom VanDell).
Tom and I hadn't spoken more than a few words to
one another and there we were kissing on command
with the camera crew only a few feet away. We
weren't even sure when we were supposed to stop
kissing, so we just kept our lips together and
our tongues in one another's mouth until Robert
said cut. Quite awkward!
Once you saw
the premiere of this film how did you feel about
yourself while watching you play this bully
character on screen?
don't think I registered myself as a bully. I was
more like oh my G-d my hair is too long, oh my
G-d I hate that bathing suit... self- conscious
teen stuff like that.
Were you ever
approached by other directors for independent
films after the release of this film asking you
to be in their flicks due to your part as Judy?
Judy film clips out to casting people but at the
time the horror genre didn't have as much clout
as it does today and they didn't help to further
Did you keep
in touch with anyone shortly after the release of
Kathy at several auditions but beyond that I lost
touch with everyone.
What did you
do after the release of the movie?
I went to
Syracuse University to study in their drama
What made you
acting when I got married and moved to Chicago. I
did some radio voiceovers there but once my
daughters were born it was just too difficult to
run off to auditions.
How did you
like the Fangoria Convention on the
'Sleepaway Camp' reunion? Were
you aware that you had fans?
The convention was
more incredible than I could have imagined! I
hadn't seen Robert, Michelle, Jonathan, Paul or
Frank since filming, so seeing them after all of
these years was like being in a time warp. I had
never met Desiree before, and Jeff Hayes and I
had been e-mailing one another but I had never
met him either. And of course the most amazingly
surprising part of the weekend was meeting the
fans. I had no clue that I even had any fans! I
was blown away by how many people loved Judy and
could quote all of her lines. The Sleepaway Camp
tattoos on several arms and legs were
outrageously awesome, and the posters, original
art work and cd and tape boxes that we were asked
to autograph made it clear that 'Sleepaway Camp'
fans are dedicated fans!! The whole weekend was
you want to take another stab at acting. Have you
gotten any luck with shows? Any horror films?
love to go back to acting but I haven't been
pursuing it. (If anyone reading this wants to
cast me in their next film just let me know!!! I
don't even have to play the bitch, although it is
definitely a specialty of mine!)
Judy wasn't proven dead and a sequel called 'Sleepaway
Camp: Reunion' is being
discussed. Do you think you will return as Judy?
is definitely NOT dead, and Yes, we will be both
be back to seek her revenge if and when the
'Reunion' movie is filmed.
Did you ever
check out the sequels by Michael A. Simpson at
all since you recently heard of them and noticed
Valerie Hartman's character as Ally in part 2
similar to your role? What were your feelings on
seen part two or three but as several people have
asked me my opinion of them I just ordered both
and am looking forward to watching them. (I don't
have high expectations because as you know Robert
didn't write them, and he's the mind behind the
success of 'Sleepaway' and 'Return'.)
some fun stuff: What are your favorite horror
really begun to appreciate the horror genre but
I'm still way behind on the stack I'd like to
watch. Out of the films I have seen 'Hostel' is
by far the most disturbing and Jack Nicholson in
the 'Shining' and Anthony Perkins in 'Psycho'
both have the eeriest smiles so far. I also love
If you were a
scream queen for a day whether she was alive or
not who would she be?
actresses have started off as "Scream
Queens" and then gone on to have huge
careers. While I'd love to have the
opportunities, experiences, and power that they
have, there's no one in particular that I would
like to be for a day. I'd like to be me and just
have what they have!
If there was a
show you were in that you'd like to change what
would it be?
to say that as far as any of the shows I've been
in I'm not hanging onto any regrets. I'm sure if
I thought about it though, I could come up with
several auditions that I would have liked to
What are your
my most important ambition is to raise my two
daughters to become strong, empathic and self-
sufficient women. I spent the past three years
passionately, or maybe obsessively, writing a
book that I'm no longer sure I want to try and
get published, then out of nowhere 'Sleepaway
Camp' resurfaced. This whole phenomenon has made
me aware that life has incredible gifts that I
hadn't even thought to ask for! So, other than
raising my daughters I just want to stay positive
and open to whatever creative opportunities are
coming my way!
What is your
idea of perfect happiness?
of perfect happiness is to be so into what I'm
doing that my mind is in that one experience and
each moment feels as if it's the only moment that
exists. (I'm also very happy when my sixteen year
old reaches out to hold my hand, when my twelve
year old and I sing together, and when the three
of us are together eating tasti D lite ice cream
with lots of sprinkles! Oh, and I almost
forgot... I'm happy when I listen to Five For