I recently got the chance to talk to Kate Korbel about her role in ‘Piggy’. Here, Kate talks about what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set and how she got into acting in the first place…
Hey Kate. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about your new film, ‘Piggy’.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
The film is about revenge and justice. Joe’s beloved bother was killed and Joe, (with the help of his brother’s best friend Piggy) look for the people responsible for his death. However, before he is aware of it, Joe becomes part of this dark and violent circle and his life collapses around him.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
My role is a cameo so there is no a big story behind my character. I am playing the girlfriend of Anthony. He was one of the bad guys who was responsible for the death of Joe’s brother. As there is no back story to my character I cannot say what our relationship was, however based on the scenes we had together I can say Anthony is a controlling and possessive boyfriend.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
This is quite a funny story. I met Johnny Lynch during the filming of ‘Rough & Ready’ in London, where I was playing Johnny’s character girlfriend Tosha. He mentioned to me that the director of ‘Piggy’ is looking for a girlfriend for Josh Herdman’s character Anthony. Johnny put me forward for the role and after couple of weeks he let me know that I got the part. It was quite funny as I was trying to meet Johnny for some time and we had exchanged a couple of emails but we never had a chance to meet. I never knew that Johnny is also doing acting besides casting. Thus, it was surprise for me to find him on the set of ‘Rough & Ready’ as one of the cast members.
How would you say this film is different and unique?
It is a very twisted story. Usually movies that are about revenge are quite straight forward but this one will make you guess what is going to happened from the beginning till the end. Martin Compston and Paul Anderson portrayed their characters beautifully.
The film stars Paul Anderson, Martin Compston, Josh Herdman, Neil Maskell, Louise Dylan, Jumayn Hunter, Roland Manookian and Ebony Gilbert – with Kieron Hawkes onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set? Any good anecdotes?
The only actors I worked with during my time of filming on the ‘Piggy’ set were Martin Compston, Josh Herdman and Louise Dylan. Mainly I was with Josh Herdman and my whole experience on the set was brilliant. Kieron as a director did a brilliant job. He showed his professionalism during filming in busy locations e.g. Camden Market in the middle of the afternoon. All the cast and crew needed lots of patience and energy to go through the day. Despite that hectic day, everybody was in a great mood and in the end we managed to accomplished what we wanted.
Let’s talk a bit about you Kate. What made you want to get into the industry in the first place?
I am originally from Eastern Europe and came to London six years ago. I decided to act as I love to perform and the idea of leaving behind a legacy and inspiring people made me want to pursue acting on a more professional level. Obviously my first steps were by taking courses at different schools, moreover I did a couple of unpaid job to get experience. Now I have an agent and enough experience to work in film industry as a professional actress. To find out more about me please go to http://www.katekorbel.com or http://www.imdb.me/katarinakorbelova.
You’ve had a number of roles in different films and TV series – which actors have been your favourites to work with so far and why? Any good stories?
This question is very difficult to reply to. On each set I’ve found somebody that I’ve enjoyed working with but each of those actors has different qualities that make them unique. So I cannot really name anybody in particular. I loved my time in Isle of Man when I was filming ‘File Box’ and I met some great people. Also on the set of ‘Secrets’ I had an opportunity to work with outstanding crew and cast.
If you could have dinner with three guests – (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
I would love to have dinner with Sandra Bullock, Lucy Lawless, Chris Hemsworth and I have to also add Charlize Theron. They are all brilliant actors/actresses which work I admire. Sandra Bullock and Lucy Lawless’s work for charity is something to be proud of, and I respect that they find the time in their busy schedule to help other people in need.
What is your favorite holiday destination and why?
My favourite destinations are New Zealand and Australia. I would love to one day to travel there and experience their culture. Especially New Zealand’s countryside. Also, Maori traditions are something I am very interested in.
What is your favourite word?
I don’t really have any favorite word. But I do have a tattoo of eagle on my wrist that represents ‘freedom’. Another word that has meaning for me is Astraea: Goddess of justice and purity.
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
Many things are happening at the moment. I am producing my first feature film ‘Break A Leg’, directed by Martyn Pick and written by Adrian Scott – (www.breakalegfilm.co.uk) which hopefully should get into production this year. At the same time I am working on another two feature films as a producer and actress as well. One is very low-budget action movie – ‘The Sting Of Scorpion’ and the other one is mid budget thriller - ‘Who Killed Kate’ - (www.challengingproduction.com). I know that the title of the movie is very interesting since my name is Kate. The idea of the movie came up during one meeting. I was not paying lots of consideration to what was going on around me and one of the producers wanted to get my attention and yelled this title – (‘Who Killed Kate’). Afterwards we started to talk about it more and that’s how we got the idea for this movie.
Furthermore, recently I played another cameo role in ‘Zombie Resurrection’. The production team behind this movie needed to get five mins cut of the film ready for Cannes festival. Also I played the female lead in the trailer for the movie ‘Isolated’, directed by Murray Gough and produced by Andy Birmingham.
Thanks for the interview!