SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Sylvia Hutson: My name is Sylvia D. Hutson, I originate from Ireland and came to America in
1985, I have lived in Germany, England, Puerto Rico and love to travel. I have two kids, Jon who is 26 and Jessica who is 18. I am now running a talent agency in Virginia where I live, and absolutely love it. I have a website www.hutsontalentagency.com. Check it out.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The Road Virus Heads North?
Sylvia Hutson: There is a showbusiness magazine called Backstage and I read about the audition in there.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Sylvia Hutson: The audition was in New York, so I sent in my headshot and resume and the producer called me on the Tuesday and asked if I could be in New York on the Friday for the audition. I had never been to New York, but said sure. I got a friend of mine to go with me and we made it a road trip. So off we went and I did the audition on the Friday and they called me that evening and asked if I could do a callback. Then on the Sunday I came back to Virginia and about three weeks later they called me and said I had the part.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Sylvia Hutson: The entire process was Special. When I flew to Athens where we shot the movie, the first evening was probably the funniest, they dyed my hair black and put highlights in it and we spilled some on the floor at the hotel, so we had to quickly try to get the dye off the carpet. Then they put long red fake nails on me and had me try on the costumes, which were loud colors, big funky jewelry and very funny.
SKSM: You worked with Dave Brock on this film, how was that?
Sylvia Hutson: Dave Brock was an amazing director, he knew exactly what he wanted, gave wonderful directions and treated the entire cast with so much respect, I would work with him again in a heart beat.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Sylvia Hutson: Yes I still hear from Dave now and again and Vicente who was the producer.
SKSM: What did you do after The Road Virus Heads North?
Sylvia Hutson: I came home to Virginia and continued on the acting path. One of the local television stations did a special interview with me about my experience.
SKSM: Are you (or were you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Sylvia Hutson: Yes I have always been a huge fan of Stephen King I have all his books and when there is a movie on of his I either buy it or tape it. That is the reason I replied to the audition notice because it was Stephen King.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Sylvia Hutson: If you are in the movie business keep working hard, strive for the best, never ever give up your dreams, if you put your mind and soul to what you dream off, it can be achieved. Live Well, Laugh Much, Love Often.
And lastly my motto which I live by from Robert Hughes is;
The Greater the Artist,
The Greater the Doubt
Perfect confidence is granted to the
less talented as a consolation prize
Sylvia D. Hutson