SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Russ Andrade: My name is Russ Andrade, I am an artist involved in acting, painting, music and abstract electronic music composition. Custom furniture manufacturing is my main source of income.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Russ Andrade: About 10 years ago when someone asked if I wanted to make money doing commercials and sent me to a 2 week trial acting class. Never made a commercial but I fell in love with acting.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Into The Night Dollar Baby film?
Russ Andrade: Walter invited me. We acted together on stage in a play called “Picasso’s Women”. I guess he was impressed.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Russ Andrade: Everyone likes a well written scary story in general. I think the setting of a small rural town in the midst of a late night snowstorm adds to the sense of fear and dread in an element of severe adversity.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Russ Andrade: I think Walter just saw me as fitting the part. I did not audition.
SKSM: You worked with Walter Perez on this film, how was that?
Russ Andrade: Good job, Walter. He knew what he wanted out of the entire crew and drew it out of us. Good job, Walter.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Russ Andrade: Well, when we couldn’t find any snow in the middle of winter in Big Bear. What’s up with that, Mother Nature?
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Russ Andrade: Not yet but looking forward to a bust out reunion. Tacos and Patron, maybe?
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Russ Andrade: I am working on a series concept inspired by genealogical research of my surname. Mum’s the word. On my way to Europe 9/23/18 to do some on site visiting and research.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Russ Andrade: Particularly “The Shining”. Coincidentally snowbound.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Russ Andrade: What they don’t know.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Russ Andrade: “Hi!”
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Russ Andrade: “Hi, Mom.”