SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Darcy Halsey: I am an actress living in LA for the past 8 yrs. All the stuff I have been in and worked on is on my website at DarcyHalsey.com Besides acting, I love reading all kinds of literature, traveling, and good horror films.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Night Surf?
Darcy Halsey: How I got involved with “NightSurf“? I sent my headshot in to be considered and I got called in for an audition. Peter Sullivan, the director, said part of the reason he called me in was because I wrote “Huge Stephen King fan” on a post it and stuck it to my picture.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Darcy Halsey: Like, I said, I had to audition for the part of Susie. It was written for me but I felt like it was meant for me. My audition went really well. They actually have our auditions on the DVD extra features.
SKSM: You worked with Peter Sullivan on this film, how was that?
Darcy Halsey: I loved working with Peter. He is very passionate about what he does and he worked hard. It was a challenging shoot but we had an amazing time. A lot of us crowded into a small house to shoot but the girls got the bed because… well, we’re girls. We had a lot of fun.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Darcy Halsey: There were a lot of funny moments… The ending actually got changed. it was supposed to be my boyfriend who kills the guy in the end. The actor Shon and I were lying in the hallway after we had been shot and the fight happened on the stairs and the gun was lying on the floor right near me. I knew my character didn’t die in the end but it was supposed to be that I just lay there until the end. I looked at Shon, who was supposed to be dead, and said “I would grab this gun and go shoot him. I wouldn’t just sit here.” Shon yelled to Peter, the director and said “Darcy has an idea.” I was embarrassed at first but told Peter and he loved that ending. So, I get to kill the bad guy in the end! Pretty cool.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Darcy Halsey: I am still in contact with some of the cast & crew. Mainly Peter and I keep in touch via e-mail and we occasionally run into each other at the local coffee shop. I also keep in touch with the producer Jason Charnick. That’s about it.
SKSM: What did you do after NightSurf?
Darcy Halsey: Gosh, “NightSurf” was really the beginning for me, my first legit thing. I have most recently done the new Wayans Brothers film “Behind the Smile” and the new Hilary Duff movie “Material Girls” which come out in August. I play Ted Ferguson’s girlfriend in the new BudLight campaign TedFerguson.com. I have worked on CSI and other TV shows and I act in a lot of theater productions here in LA.
SKSM: Night Surf is a prequel to The Stand. Have you read/seen The Stand and what do you think of it?
Darcy Halsey: Yes, I have read “The Stand” and it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I am honored to have done “Nightsurf” knowing King used it as a study for “The Stand“. I love stories like that, a band of people coming together to fight evil and save the world.
SKSM: Are you (or were you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Darcy Halsey: I am a huge fan of Stephen King’s work. I just re-read the entire “Dark Tower” series and I am consistently blown away by his storytelling ability. He is also from Maine and I grew up in New Hampshire and my Mom lives in Maine so all of his stories feel like they are taking place in the town over from mine.
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?
Darcy Halsey: What I would want to say to the fans that come to this site is, that every time I meet someone who is a fan of Stephen King I immediately feel a connection with them. I am so happy to be doing what I love and making a living at it. If I can continue to work on stories that inspire, move, or instigate me and the people who watch them then I will forever feel fulfilled. Thanks for caring about the work I do, Constant Readers. 🙂 Thanks, Bernd. Let me know if you need anything else.