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He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Detective Sal Deangelo.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Phil Idrissi: I am principally an actor, but have been doing a bit of writing as well. I’m a late-bloomer to the arts having spent the first 25 years of my career in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, mostly in the Insurance, Software and Packaging industries.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor? 

Phil Idrissi: I was almost 40.  I had been working on my first film in Seattle called “The Scratch” and we had just wrapped a gruling 9 hour shoot in the cold, pouring rain of February. I was exhausted, driving home from that shoot and just caught a glimmer of the sunrise over the horizen. I just knew, at that moment, this was what I was supposed to do with my life.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film? 

Phil Idrissi: I knew Mark Hensley and Peggy Lewis from a previous Project they wrote and directed. He reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in playing the role.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much? 

Phil Idrissi: Well, unfortunately it’s a pretty timeless portrayal of mental illness and the pain, both endured and inflicted by someone dealing with a devistating loss.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Phil Idrissi: I’m sure there were many people that Mark could have asked to do this, but I just got lucky.

SKSM: You worked with Mark Hensley on this film, how was that?

Phil Idrissi: Mark’s an amazing director.  It was a very organized and efficient shoot, despite the normal challanges of shooting in a dense urban setting.  It really couldn’t have gone any smoother.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about? 

Phil Idrissi: There was a debate about the amount of blood they should use to cover the corpse (played by Peggy). That was a humerous moment.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Phil Idrissi: I occasionally see Guy Picot in my Cold Reading Group, LA TUESDAYS @ 9. Also, Mark and Peggy are my neighbors so we see each other occasionally. Mostly though I keep up with folks on Social Media

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Phil Idrissi: Up until the COVID19 Pandemic, I was enjoying a busy Network TV Pilot Season here in Los Angeles.  Hopefully, it will resume after this condition passes through.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work? 

Phil Idrissi: I’ve read parts of several of his books and, sure you could say I’m a fan. Horror, in general is not a genre I seek out in particular, however.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Phil Idrissi: I’m terrified of needles which has saved me from both experimenting with IV drug use and getting tattoos.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Phil Idrissi: Thank you for watching our Little film. I hope you enjoyed it.

 

She played in Matthew Maio Mackay‘s Dollar Baby A Tale of the Laundry Game as Bobby’s Wife.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Stefanie Rossi: I am a professional actor/singer living in Adelaide, South Australia. I have an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) and have been working in the industry for the last 8 years both locally, nationally and internationally. I currently run my own theatre company (STARC Productions – check us out on Facebook!) as well as teach singing and acting and work with a number of the Universities around Adelaide helping conduct simulated patient-doctor scenarios for their training doctors. I am constantly involved in stage shows as well as film projects of varying sizes and work both in front of and behind the camera as a producer and 1st AD.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Stefanie Rossi: I loved performing/all things creative from a young age and naturally fell into Drama, Singing and Dance lessons, which I continued to do throughout my primary school and high school education. When I left high school I tried going to university but found that I wasn’t enjoying the work I was doing or really getting inspired. That’s when I decided to audition for the various acting institutions around Australia and make Acting my career. So I think I always inherently knew acting was my passion and what I wanted to do. It’s just a part of me. It’s in my blood. There really isn’t a choice for me.

SKSM: How did you become involved in A tale of the laundry game Dollar Baby film?

Stefanie Rossi: I had played a minor role in director Matthew Maio Mackey’s film smothered and he approached me about whether I would like to play a role in A Tale Of The Laundry Game, an invitation I of course accepted.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Stefanie Rossi: I think that all of the characters in A Tale Of The Laundry Game are very real people – raw, flawed and relatable in one way or another – and I think that is something that audience members crave and are drawn to, no matter how disturbing their actions or thought processes might be.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Stefanie Rossi: I didn’t have to audition for the part and I believe Matthew had me in mind for the part.

SKSM: You worked with Matthew Maio Mackay on this film, how was that?

Stefanie Rossi: Matthew is a director who really lets the actor play with their character and gives them freedom to experiment with their own ideas within each scene. He will then make little changes but he really lets you do your thing and trusts you, so that is great!

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Stefanie Rossi: In one of my scenes I was required to look like I was taking some pills, which is harder to fake than it may sound haha! They kept falling out of my hands and then when we had to do retakes, got sticky due to touching the water I was ‘taking’ them with etc So there were definitely a few bloopers there!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Stefanie Rossi: Absolutely! I still have contact with everyone from Matthew to Rebecca the DOP and all of the actors.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Stefanie Rossi: These days my focus is spread across a number of projects but the main focus for me at the moment is my theatre company STARC Productions with whom I present 3 plays a year as well as with a medieval/fantasy film series I am involved in producing/acting in called WARPATH –Chronicle– (again, check it out on Facebook), a, 11 episode film series that we finished filming mid last year. We are currently in post-production on that and will be releasing a trailer for it very soon.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Stefanie Rossi: I had never really looked much into Stephen King’s work before doing this film but I had always respected him as a writer and a creative in general. I don’t handle watching horror/scary films very well but I’m always ok to act in them…go figure!

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Stefanie Rossi: I think people would be surprised to know that I am 100% Italian. People often look at me in shock when I tell them that and say “but you’re so fair!” I also think they wouldn’t suspect that I’m a qualified personal trainer and am a strict vegan and have been for 12 years – the reaction I get when I tell people that is “but you look so healthy” haha!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Stefanie Rossi: No worries at all! Thanks for the interview. To the fans, I’d just like to say thanks for taking the time to check out the film! Enjoy and keep supporting the independent work of us artists out there!

 

He played in Warren Ray‘s Maxwell Edison. The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film as Tulip.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Demi Demaree: My name is Demi Demaree, and I’m an artist from Louisville, Ky.

I say artist, because I like to be involved in anything that is creative. My main focus has been music for a long time, but I have had the opportunity to do some acting here and there.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Demi Demaree: I wouldn’t call myself an actor per say. I’ve been a part of numerous skits from comedy to music videos etc, but have only had actual roles in a few films. This being one of them, and more recently I played a detective in One Must Fall by Antonio Pantoja.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Maxwell Edison. The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?

Demi Demaree: Warren actually reached out to me to see if I’d be interested. I think he just figured I’d be a good fit for the part.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Demi Demaree: The deeper the love, the deeper the hate they say. The vulnerability of the film draws people in I think.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Demi Demaree: No. He asked, and I showed up.

SKSM: You worked with Warren Ray on this film, how was that?

Demi Demaree: Warren is great. He’s a creative guy like myself, so it was an all around good time. Very natural.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Demi Demaree: Well, just like the other skits and films I’ve done, it seems like I’m never truly acting. It’s just more of  Demi if I was a flower guy. Or Demi if I was a detective haha!

This is why It’s hard for me to consider myself an actor. Props to the ones who can actually become different personalities and make it believable.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Demi Demaree: I was just talking to Warren today actually. I try and keep in touch with most people that I’ve worked with. Social media makes that pretty easy.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Demi Demaree: These days I‘ve been focused on my solo music project called Ipcus Pinecone. It’s  alternative hip hop. Last year I released an album series called Memoirs & Metaphors Part One and Two. I can be found on all social media outlets as well as my website www.ipcuspinecone.com You should check it out!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Demi Demaree: Of course! Can’t say I know anyone who isn’t on some level.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Demi Demaree: Surprised? That’s hard to say. I’m pretty much an open book, but a lot of people seem to be surprised that I am a cancer survivor. In 2001, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Luckily, I’ve been in remission since 2001 as well.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Demi Demaree: First, thank you for reaching out to me! If anyone wants to look into my other projects, just go to my youtube page Demi Demaree or find me on social media! I’m always creating something!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Demi Demaree: Yes. We are in some very strange times right now. I hope that you and everyone else reading this remains safe through all of it. This too shall pass.

-Demi

 

He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Detective Dave.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Guy Picot: I’m Guy Picot, a British actor/writer.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Guy Picot: Very late. I was working as a stage manager when I first saw the rehearsal process and thought I could do this.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?

Guy Picot: Mark Hensley asked me.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Guy Picot: Obsession is always compelling.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Guy Picot: I didn’t have to audition. It’s a small part so I wouldn’t claim it was written for me.

SKSM: You worked with Mark Hensley on this film, how was that?

Guy Picot: I like working with Mark, this was my third Project with him and we have worked together again since.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Guy Picot: It was, for me, a one-day shoot and was pretty smooth.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Guy Picot: I knew Phil Idrissi from a writers group and we are FB Friends.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Guy Picot: A play I wrote is being filmed, but we are currently in a holding pattern.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Guy Picot: Yes.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Guy Picot: I can’t drive.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Guy Picot:

 

He played in David Toms‘ Dollar Baby Bike as Richard Sifkitz.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Stephen Hope Wynne: I am Stephen Hope-Wynne a British born and based screen actor, writer and producer working across all media and entertainment platforms including games, advertising, etc

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Stephen Hope Wynne: I was born into a musician and actor family professionally established in theatre, opera and classical music. Growing up in theatres, sleeping in orchestra pits and generally living and breathing  as a child and teenager with music and theatre, classical music, mythology and constant literary influences made me a communicator without my choice.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Bike Dollar Baby film?

Stephen Hope Wynne: With out fully recalling how it came to be I was asked, I think, do an online Skype audition while the production team were actually based in China which was quite astonishing at the time. Vaguely, for my audition piece, I recall doing a dialogue excerpt from MOON which I adapted into a schizophrenic MONOLOGUE of the two person dialogue between established character SAM BELL and his newly arrived and harrowingly conflicting person-double SAM BELL. Gladly, the guys liked it and selected me to  participate in the Production.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Stephen Hope Wynne: The tooth an dnail teetering unpredictability of which way the story is about to turn and the tipping point of anyone’s paranoia, which, at some point in everyone’s lives we have all seen and can have found ourselves surprisingly victims to.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Stephen Hope Wynne: As explained I remote-auditioned for the part.

SKSM: You worked with David Toms on this film, how was that?

Stephen Hope Wynne: It was fun. The whole team were one of the most professionally prepared and diligent that I have experienced.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Yes, lots! We had a gas. In a confined space framing in bedroom scene the only way t get the shot with the lenses we had was for Cinematographer Rebecca Pittam to straddle on top of me holding the camera me as I laid in the bed which led to a lot of friendly banter and surprisingly interesting frames!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Occasionally I have sent clients to Rebecca for camera teams but I think everyone has been so busy coping with economic and other pressures.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Quite a lot. I am fronting a music act called SkyQuaker having written about 50 titles and the same in development we are about to release 2nd single via Aurora Eclipse Productions / Records.

SkyQuaker’s first single featured my late friend, famous Soviet Dissident and Human Rights campaigner Vladimir Buchovsky who died amid the recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du-Blky2OYA

https://www.auroraeclipseproductions.com/skyquaker

https://www.auroraeclipseproductions.com/news/category/SkyQuaker

Have 3 screenplays in the laboratory and commercials etc to shoot plus having just played Lord Richard Croft (Laura Croft’s dad) in Shadow of the Tombraider game gone world release last year there seems t one a lot of gaming  stuff too get on with in 3D etc.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Yes. I like the idea that he drove ice-cream vans and did otter lives while building his career and totally love that the Dollar Babies initiative was established by Stephen King.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Apart form being signed to WEA Records working with SHAM 69 and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, I have led a dual life in the British Army and Royal Navy working as a Detachment Commander of Satellite, Radio and information Systems, serving in High Readiness Reserve Forces to support special units in Counter Terrorist Response Operations and Surface Intelligence processing in the Royal Navy Reserve.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Thank you to Stephen King and everyone who maintains the Dollar Babies initiative.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Stephen Hope Wynne: Thank you David Toms and Team. Keep on working together after the projects and refer one another to other projects. We all need to keep the team spirit going to make a living and maintain levels of inspiration.

 

She played in Robert Anthony Padilla‘s Graduation Afternoon Dollar Baby Film as Holly Hope.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Diane Sargent: My name is Diane Sargent. I am an actress in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to acting, I have a doctorate in Chinese medicine. I had my own practice and also published a successful magazine about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. About 9 years ago I sold my company and have since devoted myself to acting full time along with other creative endeavors including writing a children’s book and writing/producing my own projects. I am originally from South Africa and sailed from Africa to the United States – on a boat that my family built – when I was ten. I moved to San Diego where I worked on my family’s ostrich ranch, entertaining tourists as an ostrich jockey. My unconventional childhood has left me with a great love of travel and adventure. I live in San Diego with my husband, two children and our Devon Rex Cats.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Diane Sargent: I distinctly remember falling in love with the stage at 6 years old when I won a talent show that was being held at a beach in Durban, South Africa. I remember my parents clapping and laughing when I won.  If I went to therapy, I am sure that they would say something about the validation I felt from my parents approval. LOL

SKSM: How did you become involved in Graduation Afternoon Dollar Baby film?

Diane Sargent: The director, Robert Anthony Padilla contacted me about the role. We had never worked together but were familiar with each other through mutual friends in the San Diego, California acting community. I play an affluent and over-protective parent in Graduation Afternoon – it’s a role that I am very well suited for.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Diane Sargent: Of all of Stephen King’s shorts, it does an amazing job of showing how trivial our everyday problems are in the big scheme of things. While there are no monsters or demons, the idea behind Graduation Afternoon is the stuff of nightmares – that everything we hold dear can go in an instant.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Diane Sargent: I sent in a tape because even if the director knows your work, it is important for everyone involved in casting to see how you will create the character. When you commit to a project, you want to make sure that you are all on the same page in terms of the role.

SKSM: You worked with Robert Anthony Padilla on this film, how was that?

Diane Sargent: I really hope to work with Rob Anthony again. He has vision and knows exactly what he wants. He also has patience and the ability to communicate his ideas to the cast and crew. It makes things go so much smoother. There have been times when I’ve been on a set and it’s been so hectic… he and the team operate in this smooth way that just kept everybody calm.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Diane Sargent: There is one scene where I smack my son’s friend on the butt as he passes by. It wasn’t originally in the script, but Rob Anthony liked it and I had to smack this poor kid on the butt over and over again for multiple takes.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Diane Sargent: One of the best things about film making is the lasting friendships that you make. I keep in contact with everyone. Noor and I even take an acting class together. Jade has started a successful podcast that I always listen to. I have especially loved getting to know the writer of Graduation Afternoon, Marie Jones.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Diane Sargent: It is a very busy time for me right now. In Los Angeles it is pilot season and I’ve been out for a lot of new shows that are being filmed and tested for new series. I have 3 films that are currently doing the film festival circuit. Two that I acted in and one that I directed. I just won Best Actress at the World Music and Independent Film Festival and Best Acting Duo in the Los Angeles Independent Shorts Film Festival. This weekend I have another screening at the Idlewild Film Festival. Next month I begin shooting a web series where I play a producer. In two week I am filming a family friendly movie about a dog where I play the mom. I have some TV roles in the works too that I will hopefully be able to announce soon!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Diane Sargent: I am such a huge fan of Stephen King (and his Corgi, aka ‘the thing of evil’). I spend a lot of time in my car. Most of which is spent listening to Stephen King books. I just finished The Institute and before that, The Talisman. It’s come to the point where I’m running out of Stephen King books! I’m going to have to start rereading my favorites. I also just finished watching The Outsider on HBO. They did an amazing job of bringing that book to life! So, so good.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Diane Sargent: I am an avid journaler. I have kept a journal since I was 9 years old and I have kept every one of them.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Diane Sargent: I started acting professionally when I was 36 years old. Whatever fires you up, do it! It is never too late.

 

He played in Seth Friedman’s All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby Film as Motel Clerk.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

George Long: My name is George Long I am a 20 year old sophomore theatre and performance student at Emerson College.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

George Long: I always had a passion for acting but it wasn’t until middle school when I started acting in plays and musicals that I realized I wanted to do acting as a career.

SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?

George Long: Well Seth Friedman, who directed the film, went to school with me and we have worked on films before so he just approached me and asked if I’d be willing to act in the film.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

George Long: I think people are attracted to it by how well it’s written, as well as how it makes us appreciate the small details in everyday life.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

George Long: The part was written for me.

SKSM: You worked with Seth Friedman on this film, how was that?

George Long: It was fun. I had known Seth for a few years at the time and we were, and still are friends, so it made the whole experience a lot more fun as I knew what to expect going into it.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

George Long: I remember on the first day of filming a bunch of us were late because the clocks had been set back, but no one had thought about it so instead of arriving on set at 8 we all ended up there around 9.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

George Long: I still talk to Seth and Robert, who did the sound for the film, as they were my friends in middle and high school.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

George Long: Recently I acted in a film called The Spectacular Smack-man. It’s not finished yet, however I am excited for it to come out as what’s been done so far looks great, and I had a great time on set.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

George Long: I love Stephen Kings work. I think he is great at writing dark and scary stories, and I also love seeing how they get adapted to film.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

George Long: Well besides acting I also did set design on the film, and I’ve done it on a few other projects as well.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

George Long: Just that I would recommend following your passions no matter what.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

George Long: If you liked this film please check out other  Dollar Baby Movies. They all are unique and interesting and showcase some talented people.

 

She played in Bryan Higby‘s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Charlie.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Harper Higby: My name is Harper Higby. I’m eight but I was seven when I was in Here There Be Tygers. I’m in third grade.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here there be tygers?

Harper Higby: My dad decided to direct and produce the film and he wanted to cast me as Charlie. I think Charlie was a boy in the Stephen King story, but dad wanted to make it a girl. My cousin Sophia played the bully Jenny and dad’s friend David played my teacher, Mr. Byrd.

SKSM: Your father is the filmmaker on this film, how was work with him?

Harper Higby: I loved how we acted and how there were a lot of other kids in the film. My favorite scene was in the bathroom when David grabbed me shouted at me. I also liked how dad let me actually wash my hands in the bathroom when we filmed that bit. Dad was a really nice director. He let me take my time to remember my lines.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Harper Higby: I liked the other kids reactions to us in the classroom. Rhiannon gave a really good nasty look and Sophia was really believable with being a bully.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Harper Higby: Well the director was my dad and we live together so I see him everyday. My cousin Sophia lives close by and I see her all the time. I see David sometimes we go to Lowville and visit my grandmother.

SKSM: What did you do after Here there be tygers?

Harper Higby: I haven’t been in another movie yet, but I am in the new movie Public Access to the Cosmos that my dad is directing this summer with David Wilder. I play another kid named Charlie LOL! It’s a scary movie.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Harper Higby: I have been a dancer for six year. I go to World of Dance in Colonie NY. I compete professionally.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Harper Higby: I really like a lot of Stephen King’s movies. I want to thank Stephen King for allowing us to do this film, because we had a lot of fun. Stephen King inspired my dad to become a writer.

 

She played in Mark Zimmerman’s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Ellen.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Sontaan Hopson: My name is Sontaan. I’m an Australian actress based in Sydney.

Who am I? Very complex question (laughs) … at my core I’m a ball of energy filled with love 🙂

I also work at children’s hospitals entertaining the kids & families to help ease their difficult time in hospital, & I write kids meditations and guided stories for my site Little Zen Monsters.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Sontaan Hopson: I was always fascinated with movies & theatre when I was younger, particularly old movies. I remember watching Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream at Sydney Theatre Company when I was in high school & I was blown away seeing these actors bring this story to life. The ability to help me understand a language that seemed so foreign & sweep me away into another realm was mind boggling… I was hooked.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Sontaan Hopson: I’ve worked with Director Mark Zimmerman before. We have a lovely working relationship so when we approached me to do this, it was a no brainer.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Sontaan Hopson: I think everyone can relate. We all have a dark and a light side. People are fascinated by human behaviour.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Sontaan Hopson: It definitely wasn’t written for me since Stephen King wrote it and Mark adapted it, but that would be great!

SKSM: You worked with Mark Zimmerman on this film, how was that?

Sontaan Hopson: I’ve worked with him a few times now & it’s always nice to work with someone who you have a great working relationship with. It flows easily and it’s fun. We seem to have great respect for each other & our work.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Sontaan Hopson: Well there were a few times when we were filming on location and the lights kept getting shut down, not by any of the cast or crew… it ended up being a running joke.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Sontaan Hopson: Yes for sure! Actually most of them. We all send random messages now and then. It was a beautiful cast and crew I’m very fortunate to work with such great people.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sontaan Hopson: I’m actually going to be touring Henry V in a few months around various parts of Australia, then I’ll be filming Equivocal Resolve straight after that, which is the sequel to Equivocal Redemption we shot at the end of last year.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Sontaan Hopson: Absolutely, I love how I will always be surprised with Stephen King. You think you know where the story is headed and then bam you’re totally somewhere else.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Sontaan Hopson: I’m also a stilt walker 🙂

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Sontaan Hopson: Just make sure you do something you love in life… then you know you’re on the right track.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Sontaan Hopson: Thanks for the interview! 🙂

He played in Bryan Higby‘s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Mr. Bird.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

David Wilder: Well my name is David Wilder. I’m a 47 year old father of a 19 year old son. Currently I work as a cleaner and caretaker in a retirement home type of place. Of course that’s just my 9 to 5 job as they say. My real passion is acting!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

David Wilder: Well I’ve kinda been “acting” since I was a kid. When most kids were playing “cowboys and Indians” or whatever me and my close friends were acting out our favorite movies. But, then in the early to mid 90’s I became close friends with Bryan Higby and Rick Snyder. They opened my mind up to the idea of acting as a real career one day!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here there be tygers Dollar Baby film?

David Wilder: Well as I said after becoming friends with Bryan him and I started working on projects together. We have wrote together and worked on a few short films. He really likes my style of acting. So when he got the chance to do a Dollar Baby project he wrote the Mr. Bird character with me in mind!

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

David Wilder: Well it boils down to be about bullying! Which has always been a issue with many people for years. And it’s a story of a kid getting revenge against their bullies. Which i think appeals to just about anyone with a history of being a victim of a bully!

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

David Wilder: Kinda answered this already. But yes Bryan wrote the part with me in mind!

SKSM: You worked with Bryan Higby on this film, how was that?

David Wilder: Working with Bryan is always a joy! We are more like brothers at this point. We get each other! And we know how to communicate to get a job done! I always take his direction well. And if I have any ideas he is always open to them. And if he agrees it will make it better we go for it. And if not we won’t. With zero resentment!

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

David Wilder: Well the kids really got a big kick out of my teeth. I used this make-up stuff that made my teeth looked like I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day… lol. And I have to say the kids were awesome to work with! Especially the two main ones. His daughter Harper and her cousin Sophia. What they did on the day of the shoot was just great stuff!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

David Wilder: Well of course Bryan and I always keep in touch. We are currently working on another project. And sometimes I see Harper if the whole family comes up to visit. Or I go down there. We live quite a few miles from one another!

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

David Wilder: Like I said we are currently working on another project set up for this summer that’s gonna be connected to older projects. It’s gonna tie a bunch of smaller things together into one big piece!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

David Wilder: Ohhh yess! I’ve been reading King since the mid 80’s!! My first was Pet Sematary. And am a huge fan of his Dark Tower books!

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

David Wilder: That I am a fan of all kinds of movies. I have a lot of Star Wars stuff in my house and King books on my shelves. But, I’m also a fan of comedies and action even some romantic comedies! I try to keep my mind open!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

David Wilder: Just that if you get a chance to see our movie or any of these Dollar Baby movies go for it! We had a festival of a bunch of them in our hometown.  And a lot of them were very entertaining!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

David Wilder: Only that to be honest at first I wasn’t sure this was all legit. Lol. But, Bryan assured me it was all cool and to go for it… so here I am going for it! I hope that I have given you all you need. Bryan is the better writer and seller of himself. Lol. I just like to try and help him bring his visions to life! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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