KELLI SUMMERS: HOT PROPERTY

How’d you get involved with acting in B-movies?
I was working at a “Video Makers” trade show in NJ, and I met a director from Florida, who was just starting out, but knew a lot about the B-movie industry. I auditioned for his film via a videotaped audition, and got the part. From there, I just targeted independent horror production companies in NY and NJ and submitted my pictures and resume – it just kind of expanded from there.

What was your role in “Satan’s School For Lust”?
I played a news reporter, who goes to investigate the disappearances of several students at a girls school, and then I become the unwitting victim of headmistress Miss Beezle…

How did you like making that movie?
It was cool. You know it’s funny, I had some really intense, violent scenes in that movie, but in between takes we were laughing so much. And it is always great working with Terry West and Barbara Joyce too!

You also starred in “The Erotic Time Machine.” What were you up to in that one?
I played Miss Manners, a chick who is obsessed with “lust travel” in all its many forms, ha ha. I basically talked about my “addiction”, explaining the many exciting side effects of time travel… I also introduced sexy clips and highlights from various Seduction Cinema films.

What was it like working with Darian Caine and Misty Mundae?
They are both a blast to work with! Super nice and down to earth. They’re both really good actors and a lot of fun on the set.

What are the biggest misconceptions about you?
I don’t know that I’ve been acting long enough for anyone to cultivate misconceptions about me yet…hmm…let me answer that in a couple years…

What’s the best part of making low-budget movies?
One of the best things is that you get to sharpen your acting skills in a relatively low pressure, semi-laid back environment. I also really enjoy the opportunity I get to improv at times, and it helps build your confidence as an actor.

What’s the downside?
No gourmet meals on the set, no personal assistants to cater to my every need, ha ha. No, since the budget is smaller, there’s not as much time to rehearse, perfect scenes, utilize really cool special effects/makeup, lighting, etc. Obviously, low budget movies do not look as “polished” as one may want them to be.

Do you have any good stories about someone being jerky to you on a film set?
Honestly no, or I would walk! Ha ha. I did have this one scene where someone not involved in the production inadvertently stumbled onto the set, and insisted on watching as we filmed our scenes. It was a little distracting because he was pretty scary and creepy, but we actually caught some footage of him watching thru his binoculars and ended up including it in the movie – it turned out pretty funny.

What sort of films would you like to do in the future?
I love horror films in particular, and I would love to do more roles where I get to be the villain! It is just a blast to play an over the top, crazy character. I’d love to play a mental patient – a schizophrenic, something like that. Definitely more fun than being the victim!

What have you learned from being in the entertainment industry?
That it is exactly where I want to be. It is extremely challenging and competitive, but really rewarding and fun as well. If you work really hard and believe in yourself, you can accomplish what you want to.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That my all time favorite hobby is taxidermy.

What’s your message for America’s youth?
Live! Do what makes you genuinely happy. Take risks, experience life, try new things, do what you want so you never have any regrets or wonder “what if?” when you get old.




Posted on May 4, 2004 in Interviews by
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