Reprinted from Movie Times
by Eugene Stryker, Movies Today
MT: In your newest movie you took a big departure from the dramatic roles of the past to play an outrageously funny character, Chel Caminetti. Tell us about her.
LRS: Chel’s a real ball buster. A big personality, blunt, irreverent and I use Boston (the film’s hero) for my own gains. Although I have a thing for him I’m not afraid to shoot him a couple of times to figure out what his game is. I like to think that Chel is the heart of Long Term Parking.
MT: You do shoot him, more than a couple times. But somehow he keeps coming back for more. What was it like to work with Tony Bottorff, who plays Boston Nightly in the film?
LRS: I LOVED working with Tony! From the very first day when I met him I knew we were going to get along great. Tony was easy going, open and funny — great things for an actress who also needs to kiss her leading man after just meeting him. I also loved working with everyone else, Joel Lane Hudgins, David Young, the entire cast. It was wonderful to see how everyone’s character evolved from what I read in the script to the actual actor performances.
MT: We got a sneak peak of the film at Movies Today, and it’s terrific! The director, Paul Bright, was right on target with the casting.
LRS: I don’t often audition or portray characters like Chel, and it was a real privilege to be cast as someone who’s her own woman AND a sexpot too. The script was funny, and some of my lines are my favorite from the films I’ve been in so far. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together. The more irreverent the better!
MT: Mike Kearby’s novel that was adapted for film has got a devoted following, I think probably because it’s so irreverent.
LRS: I am so looking forward to meeting the fans of Mike’s book. It’s great when there’s such a cult following with people who know the characters just as well as the actors do.
MT: What was it like to shoot the movie?
LRS: So we filmed over two weeks in December. Being in Texas our falls are pretty mild. Well, the first week was so hot. I mean it felt like summer really. But I thought at least we’re not freezing. Well, I spoke way too soon. That second week of filming felt like we were up north. I’ll never forget my last day of filming when we were at the storage facility. I was wearing this beautiful mink coat that Mary (Farrar) let me borrow and when Paul yelled “action” I’d take it off real quick, throw it to Mary, and film the scene.
MT: You’re kidding? You filmed those scenes wearing a skimpy blouse during a Blue Norther?
LRS: Paul would yell “cut” and I’d put the coat back on, and we’d all jump into the car to warm up before we had to get out and film again. We all took our turns getting sick. Within those two weeks I got sick, Tony got sick, so did Paul and Patrick (Henderson – sound recordist). Not the easiest thing to work when you’re sick AND have to do it when the weather wasn’t great. But we all soldiered on and finished our movie.
MT: Watching the film I guessed you were all joking around a lot. You had to be for you to play the part so naturally.
LRS: I needed to be comfortable being a loud personality, and showing off my body more than I’m used to. I let “Chel” lead me throughout filming, but I definitely took advantage of wearing fitted clothes. The longer I was on set the more I felt comfortable with both aspects of my character.
MT: Are you familiar with the song “June is Bustin’ Out All Over?” Your costume fit, ahem, very well. It sounds like a great shoot.
LRS: Being on set for this film was amazing. Paul and Tony were so inviting which makes any working situation a pleasure to be a part of. I hated leaving set at the end of each day, and couldn’t wait to get to work the next day. That’s when you know you love what you’re doing.
MT: And we love what you’re doing, too.
Long Term Parking premieres at Houston’s ComicPalooza on Saturday, May 23rd at 8:00pm.