Comicpalooza will be opening it’s doors May 27th-May 29th in Houston Texas to ravenous fans of comic books, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy and everything in between; this year Comicpalooza will be offering an abundance of special guests that include artist Arthur Suydam, Battlestar Galactica actor Edward James Olmos, Green Lantern actors Deke Anderson and Nick Jones, actor and the Candyman himself Tony Todd, actress and scream queen Linnea Quigley..just to name a few.
At this year’s Comicpalooza convention Comic Book Divas will be debuting their comic book “Goldilocks In Zombie Land” #1 with two Comicpalooza variant covers; there will be a limited edition color variant cover that will be limited to 25 copies that will be available at the Comic Book Divas table and even more limited black and white edition cover that will be limited to 15 copies that will only be available to the first 15 people at the convention.
To mark the debut of “Goldilocks In Zombie Land” #1; Comic Booked’s own Jeff Hughes sits down with actress, model, scream queen Sarah French who portrays the zombie killing heroine herself “Goldilocks”.
Sarah, for those of us who may not be familiar with you and your acting career can you tells us something about yourself?
I’m an actress and model from Minnesota; I got my start modeling when I was discovered at a metal concert, ( My favorite music); later came my modeling career under the name Scarlet Salem.
The opportunity arose later and I would get the chance to act; with my first love of the horror genre it was natural that I gravitated towards those projects, thus far you can see me in over thirty films and many modeling and commercial projects.
As you know I am a big horror fan; so you may have seen me in some well known b-movie horror movies such as “Strip Club Slasher”, “Killer Biker Chicks”, “In Harm’s Way”, and “Terror Overload”; outside of horror you can also find me as Russian assassin in the martial arts film “Opposite Blood” and a Ghostbuster in the online series “Ghostbustin 911″, which is a mix of Ghostbusters, Reno 911 and Cops.
My modeling career has also kept me busy and I have made many magazine appearances in such magazines as like “Gorezone” and “Girls and Corpses“; in addition I also write a scream queen column for Shock Horror Magazine.
I’m currently in pre-production of “Hallow Pointe“:, directed by Thomas Churchill and written by Joe Knetter. “Hallow Pointe” is a chilling story about love, life and what lengths you go through to try and save someone; all told within the classic horror staple, a creature feature. The film is centered around Madeline’s Closet, a quaint bed and breakfast hidden away from the world on a hidden dirt road in the woods.
Henry and Jane are hoping a weekend there will help rekindle their love for each other. Staying there, along with a few other guests, everything seems to be going as planned until the sun sets and the full moon lights up the sky. Instead of trying to save their marriage they must now work together to try and save their lives.
This film will be my biggest project to date. We’re looking to film it summer 2011. I’m very excited to be a part of this and cannot wait to get started!
What future projects are you currently working on?
Besides “Hallow Pointe”, I have a ton of conventions/appearances lined up for this year that include Days Of The Dead, Flashback Weekend, Horror Realm, and Crypticon, I’m really looking forward to attending these shows and meeting fans and talking about all my projects including “Hallow Pointe” and “Goldilocks In Zombie Land”.
What characters and roles do you most identify with and why do you feel a connection with these roles and characters?
I can identify with all the roles I’m given. I don’t have a specific type, but Its feeling the part out that I’m given and transforming into that given character; to me that’s what acting is, stepping out of your boundaries to become something you’re not and being able to pull it off naturally.
With the increasing variety of roles I’m given, the easier it becomes over time.
Some of us know you both as an actress and model which do you prefer and which of the two is more demanding?
They both can be demanding in their own ways, but acting is number one; because you have to immerse yourself in an acting role and become the character and sometimes take on someone that can drain you mentally and physically.
In modeling people think you just stand there and look pretty in front of the camera, but that is not the case, like filming it can take a toll holding a pose for hours and maintain a certain attitude or facial expression which can be extremely difficult in very cold and warm weather.
What interested you in being the lead role in the “Goldilocks In Zombie Land” comic book?
When I was approached by Jeff Hughes and he told me about the character and what he wanted to do with it, I couldn’t turn it down. I really liked the concept of combing horror and a classic fairy tale character like “Goldilocks” but she is kicking zombie butt and still looks good doing it.
There is also a nice cast around me and my character like actress Bianca Barnett as “Bo Peep”, actress and model Tara Cardinal as “Jacqueline Bean”, actress and writer Dai Green as “Queen Rapunzel”, Michelle Fatale as “May Lamb”, actress Asa Hope as “Dingy The Pixie” and actor, author, screen writer and my boyfriend Joe Knetter as “The Woodsman”!
I am very happy to be a part of something so unique and fun.
Have you appeared in other comic book projects other than “Goldilocks In Zombie Land”?
I actually have been in a few online comic books. The difference was I modeled in front of a camera, with a green screen, and they digitally converted it over into a comic and added me into back rounds, etc. It was defiantly interesting and I had a lot of fun with it.
Growing up did you read comic books, if so what comic did you used to read?
I actually didn’t really get into comic books as a kid. When I was a teen, I did get into a few here and there. One that I can remember was X-Men. I got into a few of those but that’s about it.
Do you collect comics or other memorabilia?
I was a huge Xena and Hercules fan and I collected a ton of memorabilia from that. I had all the magazines, toys, books, posters, dvds/vhs, trading cards. You name it, I had it!! As a matter of fact, I think I still have most of that stuff, haha!
Where can we learn more about you and find out more about your projects?