What were you like as a youngster?
As a youngster, I went through many stages, but I always maintained an interest for the arts. I was raised, along with my two sisters, by our single-mother. Our father was not around and when he was, he was drunk. Our mother on the other hand, suffered from various psychological disorders, making it impossible for her to work. She did a hell of a job considering her condition. Music and art was my escape. I loved to watch MTV, sing, dance, write songs and I am a very talented drawer and painter. Because of my dad’s abuse toward women, I also loved to preach to students at school the importance of a woman. I even led a women’s liberation march in second grade. I had a lot of tough times as I went through the process of learning who I was. I have experienced things a kid should never have to face. Needless to say, I grew up way too quick, fortunately it has made me tough, street smart and very wise.

How’d you get into acting?
I got into acting actually about two years ago. I have always dreamed of performing, but my life has been in the way. Even as a kid, I attended a couple of auditions. But no transportation, aside from the bus, became an issue and made it too difficult. So, once I grew up a little and got serious, I decided it won’t hurt to pursue my dream on the side of motherhood, working and school. After all, it is burning in the depth of my soul and I am the type of person who doesn’t want to miss out on anything in life. Therefore, I attended simple acting classes, got my headshots, did my research and picked up a few agents, it was on from there.

How did you get the part in the film “Filthy”?
It was rather ironic actually how I got the part in “Filthy”. Due to my mother’s psychological disorders, I have a great interest in abnormal psychology and care deeply for people who are generally rejected by society. I was working in a schizophrenic unit at the time and was that ever interesting! I was hired as the overnight mental health tech, meaning the shit job. I worked overnight, alone, no security, in the ghetto in an unlocked unit. Meaning the patients were free to roam. I had 16 severely ill clients to care for, all with criminal records including sexual assault and aggravated stalking, etc. Anyway, I attended the audition (my first film audition), my character was actually a product of incest; she suffered from schizophrenic-like psychosis. Let’s say I had that baby in the bag!

What can you tell me about the film?
The film is SCARY. The writer/director Andrew Lalino has one HELL of an imagination. It takes place on Devil’s night, a night of looting and crime; the city is in an uproar. I don’t want to give away too much, but the protagonist played by Sheri Lawrence will shock and scare the shit out of you. I am her daughter, the product of incest and in love with my brother. It is an insane family on a mission. You’ll have to check out the movie, coming out November 30th. Its gonna kick ass!!

What was your character like?
I played Pussey (that’s pronounced puss–ie). I am the young Daisy Duke, sexy daughter with a child-like personality, and I am psycho!

What were the biggest challenges you faced in doing the movie?
I think the biggest challenge was walking in four-inch heels 10 to 13 hours at a time. And getting abused, I don’t want to say what happened to me, but lets just say the bomb squad was crazy and cool! I also actually got my real eyelid poked (an accident) with an eyehole puncher. It was memorable!

What are you like in real life?
I am funny and a very, very hard worker and I am intelligent. Oh yeah, I don’t take any shit.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
My love for mental patients, my understanding of people, and my ability to read them like a book, or shall I say script?

What kinds of films do you like to watch?
Action, psychological thrillers.

What’d be your ideal film project?
To deliver a strong message–I love psychology and social work. My goal in film is to make a sad person laugh, to make a happy person smile more, to change the mind of an ignorant person, to bring issues to light. I also LOVE action. So if I can do all of the above and get a good fight scene in there utilizing my kickboxing skills, now that’s my ideal film project!

What are your goals in showbiz?
ALL THE WAY, BABY! I want to be recognized for my true talent and intelligence. I also want to make enough money to take care of my mom and sisters and family!

What’s your message for America’s youth?

The quote: “Do what you love and the rest will follow.” ALWAYS be your own person and remember as I have stated on my site: “There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.”

Get more of Krista at her official website.

Posted on April 1, 2004 in Interviews by

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