Sierra Wooldridge and Joanne Jansen star in a brand new thriller movie entitled Deadly House Call, which premiered January 8 on Lifetime. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Sierra Wooldridge, who plays Rebecca, about her experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out full interview below!
What’s the main element in Rebecca’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Deadly House Call?
I love that Rebecca is unafraid to take control, she’s quick on her feet, is protective of her brother, and doesn’t take anybody’s shit, haha! What drew me to Deadly House Call the most was that there’s a strong familial element rooted at the foundation of the story, which resonates with me strongly.
Where are you and Rebecca most similar and where most different as human beings?
I’m similar to Rebecca in that we’re both heavily determined to see our aspirations through to the very end. How we differ is that I don’t find myself fixating much on the idea of or feel compelled to engage in actions of vengeance when I feel I’ve been wronged. I know my energy is best spent moving forward and that feeding more negativity into an already unfortunate situation or encounter never turns out positively for, nor benefits, anyone.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you in portraying Rebecca?
The biggest challenge in portraying Rebecca was ensuring that, although she’s a villainous protagonist in this case, she could still translate to viewers as someone likeable enough to hang on to throughout the entirety of the film, without the feeling that they’re rooting for the greater evil of the story while everything unfolds.
To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe Deadly House Call in just 3 words?
A. Wild. Ride !!!!!!!
What can you tease about Rebecca’s journey throughout the movie?
Her actions stem from deep hurt more-so than they do genuine malice. And she doesn’t know who she’s up against!
Talking about the environment on set. How would you describe your experience while filming Deadly House Call? Do you have any fun anecdotes to share?
We shot the film where I grew up, Ottawa Canada, in just a couple of weeks. The DOP on the film is a dear and incredibly supportive friend whom I met about a decade ago – I had been on one movie set as background at the time in which we met, and he was in the military. I can recall us having many conversations of our intentions to pursue each of our careers in film back then, so it was a surreal experience getting to shoot a movie in our hometown together all these years later!
If you could choose any other character from Deadly House Call, apart from Rebecca, that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?
Hmmm… I think I’d play either Jesse or Emmett! I’m keen on getting to engage in fight choreography and weaponry, and have big plans in 2023 to cultivate this aspect of my acting as a strong skillset. I would have loved to’ve gotten to engage in more choreographed physical altercations!
Did you take anything from set, any prop or piece of costume, to remember your experience as Rebecca?
The lovely Sarah Carroll from wardrobe gifted me some clothing items and we all snapped plenty photos for memories!
Throwing back to the origins of your career, how did the passion for acting come about in your life?
I was somewhat recluse as a young child and enjoyed playing alone equally as much as I did with others. I was beaming off creating scenarios for my Barbies to have them dramatically act out. And could run around on my own pretending I was a centaur for hours! I decided filmmaking in particular was for me after watching Titanic for the first time with my mum and sisters when I was seven. My grandad was an English skipper and I thought Kate Winslet and her dresses were stunning, so I felt to get to pretend all of what was happening to her in the movie was happening around me too would’ve been unbelievably fascinating at the time, haha!
Among all the roles you’ve had the chance to play throughout your career, is there any particular role you’re most fond of?
I’ll always have a soft spot for Rebecca as she was my first experience leading a cast. I also really loved playing time-travelling guardian Lucinda in the sci-fi/action series 12 Monkeys. I favour characters of an either fantastical or super sensitive nature most!
If you had to give some advice to people who want to pursue an acting career, which kind of advice would you give them?
I think in regard to the pursuit of a career in film/TV specifically, if you’re as in love with the process of film-making holistically as you are your own individual acting process, and collaborating/connecting with other creative individuals is of high value to you overall, you’ll have a lot of fun and experience an immense amount of gratitude often on your journey. x
Deadly House Call, starring Sierra Wooldridge, premiered Jan 8 on Lifetime and is available to stream on the network. Here’s a preview!
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