SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Chelsea Goodwin: Wow! That is a loaded questions, that I have never really been good at answering… I’ll do my best. I’m a Actress, Writer, and a yoga instructor. I try really hard to see the world around me for what it is and do my best to bring light into my personal life events, good or bad.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?
Chelsea Goodwin: I’ve always loved movies… but never thought about becoming an Actress until Junior High School. You see, growing up I was extremely shy, and getting up in front of a group of people would be the last thing I ever wanted to do. At a young age I was diagnosed with ADHD and a Reading Disability, which made school extremely difficult and I would get picked on a lot. I’m lucky to have a Mom who advocated for me to get through all of that, but the whole reason I became an Actress is because of her. My Mom was transferring me into a different math class, but that meant I could not take an art class, and the only art credit that was available was theater. I remember saying “No, way.” She just looked at me and said “This is exactly what you need, it will be good for you.” My Mother was right. Many years later here I am still acting. Acting saved me, it gave me a voice, and has helped me overcome a lot of hard things in my life. The moment I realized I wanted to be an Actress was my Sophomore year of High School. I was in class rehearsing a monologue and my teacher told me I wasn’t really good and maybe I should think about doing other things, I think she was trying to be nice. But the truth is, that moment I knew she was wrong, and this is what I’m going to do… I’ve been Acting ever since.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?
Chelsea Goodwin: A friend was Helping Doose cast the film and I was asked to come in… I think horror movies are fun to shoot, so I did.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Chelsea Goodwin: Everyone has a story of unrequited love, they understand how it feels to have the person they love reject them. Although The Man in this film reacts uniquely to the situation, he draws you in because is a truly a sympathetic character.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Chelsea Goodwin: I auditioned for the part, Doose wanted everyone to come in with a prepared dramatic monologue. My Monologue was from Rachel Getting Married.
SKSM: You worked with Taylor Doose on this film, how was that?
Chelsea Goodwin: It was a lot of fun. The great thing about working with Doose is he has a plan in his head, he gets it shot the way he wants it, but once that happens, he goes “alright guys, lets play, any idea’s you want to try?” He is understands the film making is a collaborative art and it takes many people to create and film. I like that. I think its really refreshing in a Director.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Chelsea Goodwin: Spoiler Alert: The scene where The Man kills me, we basically had one shot to get it right. They wanted the blood to run down my face in a certain spot, regretfully we did not get the spot Doose envisioned, but we got something close. All I can say is after I die, I was absolutely covered in blood. Cleaning up was terrible. We were at a park and I had to use the restroom there to clean up. The blood was so sticky and red. All of my skin was dyed red and I had so much blood in my hair, I could not get it all out there. Lucky for me, my Husband came with me and we covered the back seat of the car with towels and my husband drove me home. Ironically, on the way home all the blood in my hair started going down my face, just the way Doose envisioned it. My Husband also made sure to obey all of the traffic laws because could you imagine what could of happened if he got pulled over with a bloody girl in the backseat?
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Chelsea Goodwin: Of course I do. Doose and I have collaborated on many projects and he is truly one of my best friends in the whole entire world. Robert (he played The Man) and I were best friends before the movie, he actually married my Husband and I. I couldn’t imagine life without Robert. Emma (Who is Abby in the movie) We have been friends many years before we shot The Man Who Loved Flowers. I stay in contact with all three of them. I’m extremely lucky to have gotten to work on a film with such amazing people. It was a blast getting to work with my friends.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Chelsea Goodwin: With the Pandemic happening work has gotten slow, so nothing at the moment. I am writing a short film, I won’t go into details, but hopefully I can get it made.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Chelsea Goodwin: I don’t really know if I’m a fan or not. I haven’t read any of his work. I have seen movies based on his work, but I always know the movies can never really compare to the actual book.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Chelsea Goodwin: Again another loaded question… So, I’ll go with a weird fact. I’m allergic to band-aids, like any kind or brand.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Chelsea Goodwin: I hope you enjoyed the film, a lot of love went into making it. Thanks for you support.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Chelsea Goodwin: Again with putting me on the spot… ahhh no.