Actress Emily Atack stars in “The Hoarder,” Directed by Matt Winn and also starring Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Valerie Kane, Charlotte Salt, Andrew Buckley. Emily spoke with Horrornews.net for an exclusive.
How did you prepare to portray Molly in “The Hoarder?”
Emily: It was nice actually because it is my first American role so I had some dialect coaches but I’ve never had to prepare like that before. I’ve always wanted to play an American and the character is such a fun character, she is ballsy and quite feisty. She’s kind of been around the block. I loved her to bits. That was kind of preparation that I never had to do before. So that was fun.
What was it like for you working with your cast?
Emily: It was great, we had a great time doing it. It was great for me to because I got to go to New York and I’ve never done that before. I’ve never been to New York. Mischa and I had a couple nights there which was really fun.
“The Hoarders” has a well-done creep factor to it and feels almost claustrophobic at times, how did you feel about the claustrophobic aspect?
Emily: There was a scene we had to do in this really, really… it was pretty much underground and dusty and scary. It was so creepy down there. We had to go really, really underground and it becomes like a sewage place. It was really creepy but I kind of like being scared which is kind of strange. I get a bit of an adrenaline rush out of it.
What was it like working with director Matt Winn?
Emily: The great thing about him is he is very passionate about each character. He took time with each of us to discuss the possible history about the character. He told us why he made each character the way that they were. The thing that I liked about my character is you wonder how she knows how to pick a lock? We kind of came up with ideas that maybe she had a tough upbringing. That is really great for an actor to really be able to put your heads together and come up with a possible history. It creates something great to watch.
What projects are you working on next?
Emily: I’ve just done my first stage role. I’m playing the Audrey Hepburn role of Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I think my first show is the second of May. I am working on that. It is very exciting.
What would you like to say to the people who will be seeing “The Hoarder?”
Emily: I would like to say that it’s a great horror movie but it is not just a horror movie. It’s got a lot of originality. People that watch horror films say they can be quite predictable at times. It’s got an original idea. It’s fun and yeah it’s scary, it’s great. I like it. I hope everybody else does.
What advice would you offer to fellow actors who would like have a long term career?
Emily: I would say that you should always have fun with it along with being professional and being very serious about what you’re doing. It is so important to always have fun. It can be a very tough industry if you let it get to you. It is always so important to just remember you are doing what you love. Always have fun with it, always enjoy it and allow it to make you happy.