How did you get involved in B-movies?
It goes like this: I got an agent who sent me to Playboy on an interview for their “news-stand specials,” and after I worked for them and was not as shocked about appearing nude in front of strangers as well as the fact that I had become a “Playboy Model.” Yada, yada, yada…Well, then I started auditioning for Playboy’s film and video projects, and got some parts. And then my agent started submitting me for “Nudity Required” roles, (i.e. mostly low budget, non union, gratuitous nudity driven films and videos) and I started booking some parts. Then I upgraded agents and got even more auditions and parts, and that is how it happened for me.

Did you study acting?
Yes, I studied at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, commercial workshops, Los Angeles Valley College, some private coaches, other workshops and classes–and by watching what the actors did on the set when I was working as an extra. The best and most stretching classes were the auditions–and crossing the line between reality and make-believe every time the director called action.

What’s it like being a starlet in the B-movie industry?
It is more like summer camp than being “A Star”. The B-Movie industry is more of a team effort than the major films. The “Star” does not usually get a fancy trailer, special order meals and Perrier water on demand. For one of my first starring roles I helped carry equipment up a cliff in Death Valley!

So, no one was afraid that their star would get hurt?
I don’t think they were worried, they just wanted to get the shots done.

What’s the best part of making these movies?
Actually being part of that team that carries equipment when needed! I enjoy participating in the whole process rather than sitting around bored out of my mind for days on end waiting for my 20 minutes in front of the camera.

What’s the downside?
It is mostly non-union which means low pay, long hours (although long hours are standard in the big films as well…at least you get paid well for your time…), no residuals, no pension, no health insurance and no major theater release parties.

What kind of films do you like?
I like all kinds of films but my favorites would be comedy and action adventure–I also like romantic comedy, some sci-fi, some horror and dark comedy.

Have you ever had someone pull out the casting couch during an audition?
Only in the fashion industry, although I have heard plenty of stories!

Who are your role models?
Goldie Hawn and Sandra Bullock have done a good job of creating their own production companies. Julie Strain has done well building her “Queen Of All Media” empire.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have studied spiritual healing for a few years and I am an advocate of natural healing. Although I am not “only pro alternative medicine”, but it did help me with depression that none of the medical doctors were able to help me with.

Things get juicy in part three of ASHLIE RHEY: SIREN OF SEDUCTION>>>

Posted on March 1, 2004 in Interviews by

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