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AvPR Interview with Chelah Horsdal

We’ve just published a new AvP Requiem Interview, this time with actress Chelah Horsdal who plays the character of Darcy Benson in the movie. Here’s a little bit:

AvPGalaxy – What about the scenes that you hated filming? I mean, AvP2 was shot in Canada, the weather up there must have made for some horrible shoots?

Chelah Horsdal – It wasn’t so much the Canadian weather that was miserable…it was the film rain . We shot a great deal of this film at night under huge rain towers…far too many nights had us huddled together trying to stay warm despite being soaked through to the bone. Our wardrobe team worked especially hard to wrap us up with dry blankets & hot water bottles between takes…

Check out the full interview here. Props to Corporal Hicks for doing this one. Just a little note, the interview was actually done a few months ago but due to the powers that be, we couldn’t publish it until now. :wink:



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  1. pete
    Does anyone think she is the wife/mother of the hunters which would explain why she is never in a scene with them and also how she'd be considered a lead as her family are the first 'victims'?
  2. Optimus Virus
    The interview wasn't good! looks like some of the cast dont even know what the film is about! but maybe that's a good thing, keeps the actor's on there toe's.   Also the more we as an audience learn about the film, it may spoil the surprise when we go to the cinema 2 watch the film.  Rock on!
  3. Bio Mech Hunter
    SuicideSquad:  "that has to be the worst interview i ever read. not the interviewers fault, thou.   the summary is: "i have no idea of the movie but its going to be AWSOME and of course i'm an alien fanboy just like curiously everybody on the crew. and i thought avp was great and its story made perfect sense."  I was waiting for such a comment.   :D     ;)    Frankly, I thought it was rather good. She was honest, provided some nice insight, and from what she does know about the films, she really likes it. lol  Plus we finally got some news.   ;D  
  4. SuicideSquad
    that has to be the worst interview i ever read. not the interviewers fault, thou.   the summary is: "i have no idea of the movie but its going to be AWSOME and of course i'm an alien fanboy just like curiously everybody on the crew. and i thought avp was great and its story made perfect sense."
  5. SM
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    Fair enough...I'm not saying she needs to know about DNA reflux theories and the like...but the simple premise of never discovering the alien origin is at least something that should be known on her end...and I find it discouraging that she thinks AvP gave the aliens an origin story...but to each his own...

    I find most aspects of this flick discouraging.  But not this.  If she knows her character and her characters place in the story, then it should - in theory - help the film.  Her not knowing about Alien origins and such fan fodder is entirely irrelevant to her character and performance.  Sanaa Lathan didn't seem to know a great deal about the Aliens or Predators either, but it didn't hurt her performance in AvP.

    The script did most of the job for her, in that regard...
  6. Gates
    You're speaking of your own preference again.

    What you call personal preference, I call a logical conclusion to an end... ;)

    I don't disagree in pricipal with your stance on the matter.  I just don't see the big deal in this particular instance.

    Fair enough...I'm not saying she needs to know about DNA reflux theories and the like...but the simple premise of never discovering the alien origin is at least something that should be known on her end...and I find it discouraging that she thinks AvP gave the aliens an origin story...but to each his own...
  7. YutaniDitch
    Yes, because simulating fear from, say, a lion or from an Alien is somewhat different... ;)
    What're you getting at?

    What I mean is she needs to acknowledge that showing fear from some earth creature like a lion, for example, is very different from showing fear from something she does not understand, namely otherworldly creature with fangs she has never seen before... So she needs to accomodate those emotions, because facing a lion, you would be scared, but you would show you knew what you were seeing, or that you have seen a lion before... With a Xenomorph, it's very different...The horror in this movie goes from not knowing what is being hunting them, nor what that creature is, to being face to face with it and showing terror, not horror anymore... knowing your end is near... Like Gina Holden in that Predalien scene... Them seeing Jesse get impaled to a wall, that's horror...

    See the nuances an actor has to show while doing an horror movie...? They need to convey the emotions that are expected in the scenes, not look too neutral nor too detached...

    hence why actors often mention how difficult it is to show terror or horror emotions while facing a tennis ball, for instance...just like Chelah said, so she has in fact acted it out with the suited guy or guys (don't know whether she was with Ian or Tom or both) not just imagined them...

    So, I was adding to what you said, not counterarguing... I think... you'll be the judge of that... ;)
  8. YutaniDitch
    Hell, if I was casting the movie I'd levitate towards people with as little knowledge of the creatures to star. Helps the fear come out.

    Yes, because simulating fear from, say, a lion or from an Alien is somewhat different... ;)

    As for her not knowing who the actors played her husband and son, it is probably because their scene in the woods is all there was in the script, with no interaction between them and Chelah, which is not good per se, because it will feel a bit detached...It is far more involving some interaction between them and then they disappear than just seeing her afterwards and her discovering her family is all gone...

    Some interaction between them would enrich her character immensely and her emotional display...  ;)
  9. Uncanny Antman
    I thought I did here...
    [...] It's simple common sense for an actor to research source material in preparation for a role...
    You thought wrong.  That's simply a statement of opinion, with no backing whatsoever 'cept for the claim that it's 'simple common sense'.

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    I don't know...call me crazy but if I was asked to be involved in a film that has a combined 28 years of history to it and I know very little about it...I would seek out and soak up every bit of information on the subject that I can to totally immerse myself in the role...
    You're speaking of your own preference again.  Still no actual reason given.

    I don't disagree in pricipal with your stance on the matter.  I just don't see the big deal in this particular instance.

    And while we're on it, since when does a knowledge of what has come before have anythingthing to do with the quality of the final product?  One Mr Anderson knows a lot of Alien history (but not as much as he thinks he does) and look how that turned out.  Same goes for Whedon...although he didn't tinkle on established facts the way Paul did.
  10. Gates
    Not really.  You've yet to explain why Chelah, or any of her co-stars need to know anything at all about A&P that they can't get from the script.

    I thought I did here...

    [...] It's simple common sense for an actor to research source material in preparation for a role...

    I don't know...call me crazy but if I was asked to be involved in a film that has a combined 28 years of history to it and I know very little about it...I would seek out and soak up every bit of information on the subject that I can to totally immerse myself in the role...that should be a given...that principle applies to any job/profession that one would invest in...I don't see the difference here...
  11. Uncanny Antman
    Notice the emoticon immediately following the supposed charge, ergo; implying a joke or passing sarcasm...I thought it was quite clear...

    Fair enough.  I'm not sure what the topic at hand had to do with semantics, but no harm, no foul.

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    I feel I've made my point fairly obvious...

    Not really.  You've yet to explain why Chelah, or any of her co-stars need to know anything at all about A&P that they can't get from the script.
  12. Gates
    Could someone make it clear rather than stating their incredulousness and scoffing?

    No...it's my nature...also...I feel I've made my point fairly obvious...no need for regurgitation...

    I also fail to see why I'm being charged with arguing semantics.

    Notice the emoticon immediately following the supposed charge, ergo; implying a joke or passing sarcasm...I thought it was quite clear...

    damn you cry about everything

    Yes...tears are shedding...the people on the otherside of the computer disagree with me...what a tragedy...
  13. gases
    jesus christ!
    Do you need background to be scared shitless of aliens? pretty sure you dont..
    Don't compare starwars, completely different roles they had to play
    damn you cry about everything

    ahh sorry but i had to say it
  14. Gates
    Why does an actor have to do research? [...]

    Are you serious? Are we going to argue semantics now? ;) It's simple common sense for an actor to research source material in preparation for a role...it's like saying that Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen didn't research for their roles in the Star Wars trilogy because sh!t, "it technically didn't happen yet in my time-line, so I don't want to know about it"...but whatever, you're entitled to your opinion, and I still hold mine...
  15. Uncanny Antman
    Why does an actor have to do research?  If the character was required to have special knowledge, maybe...but she's supposed to be clueless about Aliens and Predators, so what difference does it make if the actress herself knows nuthin'?
  16. Gates
    Before she did Aliens, there was only one film prior to it...in which she stared in...I'm sorry but at this stage there are seven films collectively (if we count AvP which we have too), of which Ms. Horsdal has appeared in not one...sorry every a$$hole actor knows that you have to research your source material before you prepare for a part and in this case Alien and Aliens is not the only source material...
  17. Gates
    Oh man...you're too funny....http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63

    I don't think it's funny...it's actually pretty fu<king sad...are you people blind!? She thinks that AvP explained the origin of the aliens <-------- this makes sense how...?
  18. Xenomorphine
    Why I am not convinced? She told that she is a fan of Alien and Aliens and then she said that AvP was amazeing??? I just don`t get it.

    I'd mostly agree with her comments. That doesn't meant to say I'm not a fan. The film did come up with an inventive and refreshing way of crossing the franchises over. It had hits and misses, in terms of how it executed those ideas, but that's something else.

    It had things I wished it hadn't done, but I could say the same about some of the other films, too. Still doesn't detract me or her from being fans.

    Hmm, I didn't realise those two out hunting were connected to Chelah's character.

    From the looks of it, neither did she. :)

    I think it was interesting, though, that she came up with a sort of back-story for her own character. It shows she was invested in the role. Also, the film's fake production name was relased, back when they were trying to hide what production it was. 'Colorado Nights'.
  19. PRAETORIAN MONSTER
    What I'm finding very more interesting is the secrecy about the movie. Chelah only read about 60% of the script.

    I like the secrecy, it allows me to not actually spoil the movie for myself like I did Transformers, Spider-man 3 etc, etc.

    yep, i stopped watching the trailers.   i want it to be fresh when i'm watching in the theater.   although some images are impossible to get out of my mind.  like those 2 dudes getting thier heads blasted off in that store by the wolf.
  20. Demonio Cazador
    What in the seven hells is this woman talking about!? It's good to know they are putting an actor in a franchise cross-over movie, that doesn't know sh!t about the original franchises...very encouraging... :-\
    Oh man...you're too funny....http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvision.pl%2Fforum%2Fstyle_emoticons%2Fnvision%2Frotfl.gif&hash=7bfe55cb60eb7b25dfbe797def9e5d63
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