SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Leigh Rose: I am 70 years old. I was born in Pidgeon Roost Holler, West Virginia. My father was a coal miner who went blind from the carbide in the mine-lamps and was sent to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland by the John L. Lewis Mine Worker’s Union for surgery. My family then moved to New Castle, Delaware and my mother got work as a parachute maker for the World War 11 , war effort. I was a homemaker for 33 years, I was married to a psychiatrist/lawyer who died in an airplane crash in 1992. I was a stay-at-home-mom and raised three daughters. In 1994 I decided to pursue my lifelong hidden desire to be an actor. I do a lot of commercials, TV, feature films, and stage plays. I’m happy to say my income is in the 6 figure range. I do volunteer work in my spare time.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Rainy Season?
Leigh Rose: My agent sent me on the audition for Rainy Season.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Leigh Rose: Although I had to sudition, I felt that the part had been written for me.
SKSM: You worked with Nick Wauters on this film, how was that?
Leigh Rose: Working with Nick was a breeze. He allowed the actors a lot of freedom. He is an actor’s dream director.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Leigh Rose: We filmed Rainy Season in a very remote location. If you know Los Angeles, you’ll wonder about that. I was miles from any inhabited areas. I think it was originally the old Columbia Ranch. And it was really eerie. Of course the whole frog think was hysterical. They used some live trained frogs and computer generated the rest. Yes, we laughed a lot.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Leigh Rose: Two of the leads, the husband & wife are from Canada and I’ve spoken on the phone to them. I got an e-mail from Nic just a few weeks ago. He is preparing to shoot a new movie.
SKSM: What did you do after Rainy Season?
Leigh Rose: My latest work has been on the tv shows, Monk, Entourage & ER. I’ve made 15 movies, shorts, etc. and I presently have a Coke commercial and a Verizon running. And I’ve done three stage shows.
SKSM: If you lived in a town like Willow, and you knew about the toads, would you stay?
Leigh Rose: Yes, I would stay in Willow if I knew about the frogs. I would build a house that could withstand the onslaught. And when I eventually “croak” no one would probably notice with all the croaking frogs. LOL
SKSM: Are you (or were you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Leigh Rose: I have been a fan of Stephen Kings for 25 years. And I love everything he’s ever done, except of course getting hit by that handicapped man in the van. That accident was so Stephen King. I mean like the guy who hit him eventually suicided. I tear up whenever I think of the pain he suffered from this negligent driver.
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?
Leigh Rose: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express myself.