I recently got the chance to talk to Noree Victoria about her role in ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal’. Here, Noree talks about what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set and about how she got into acting in the first place…
Hey Noree. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me – ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal’ has just had it’s DVD premiere in the UK on 15th August 2011.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
‘Quarantine 2’ picks up from where part one leaves off, and runs with it! A mix of very interesting passengers are trapped aboard a domestic flight with a deadly virus. They not only have to fight to survive the virus and it’s effects, but they also have to survive the source, all while trapped in an airport terminal.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
Shilah is an Army Medic. I loved Shilah as soon as I read the character breakdown because she was so brave and fearless. She takes nooo crap, but has a very big heart, and she sacrifices a lot for the good of her fellow passengers. She’s a character with a great range, something you don’t get to see all that often in horror. I really appreciate how she was written! I truly appreciate the diversity of the cast as well.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
My agent called me in to audition for the film on tape. The director/writer and producers reviewed dozens of auditions, and I was called in again for a one-on-one with John Pogue. We had a great session, chatting about the script and his former projects. I auditioned for him in person again, just as I had on tape, and the rest is history! I found out I booked the role several weeks later. Can you say ecstatic??
I’ve seen the trailer – how would you say this film is different to other horror films? Obviously, it’s set on a plane….
I honestly feel like the characters are much more developed than you normally see in horror. They’re much more than “slash fodder”. They’re real people with real emotional lives that care about real things, and we get attached to them. We don’t just wait to see how they’re going to die. We get a glimpse into how they’re living and that pulls us in, even when they’re confined to somewhere small as an airplane.
The film stars Mercedes Masohn, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak and Bre Blair – with John Pogue onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew? I imagine it must have been pretty confined in places…
Yes, it was very confined. Most of our film takes place in one location. We were in a warehouse (with our plane inside of THAT location) in a small town for the summer. It was really hot, but the people I worked with made it absolutely amazing. We became like a family. It was really fun to be reunited with everyone one year later for the screenings in LA.
Let’s talk a bit about you Noree. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
Well, I tried other things, but couldn’t sit still long enough, and wasn’t very thrilled with trying to do so. I have undergraduate degrees in Biology and Creative Writing and a Masters Degree in Information Technology, and somehow, my imagination won out of all of those things. Acting is the ONE field that satisfies my intense curiosity about ALL aspects of life. I can hop in and out of anything, experience EVERYTHING, and live to tell about it! I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love this. My heart is anchored in creativity. It’ll bleed out if it doesn’t have an outlet.
What movies and actors/actresses have inspired you as an artist?
Johnny Depp, hands down. He loses himself in EVERY single character. You can never look at his work and say, “Oh that’s just Johnny.” You don’t see him. You see all these otherworldly spawns of imagination. He’s genius. Pure genius. As far as movies, my favorite movies are ‘Almost Famous’ and ‘Sense And Sensibility’. They may seem completely different from one another, but in each, you see the women tossing the “status quo” aside for their own happiness, each in their own way. There’s a lot of me in those films.
You’ve been in a few shorts and indie based projects – how important do you think the indie industry is right now?
Indie is ESSENTIAL. I would say essential to the survival of the art even. It always has been, and always will remain, the platform and voice for those without direct access to “Hollywood”; and for those who simply don’t care to wait on that access. It’s the uncensored ground-zero of filmmaking. Imagery still largely untainted by executive decisions.
If I gave you a room to decorate, what colour would you paint it and why?
RED! Very deep reds with splashes of earth tones, but most definitely red. That’s my dominant bedroom color now. Red is passion and mischief, and whirlwind love. Red is ‘go after what you want’.
What does a Noree Victoria day usually consist of?
Oh it’s never the same! That’s why I love what I do. When I’m not on set filming, most days, depending on the season, are full of auditions. Acting is the only profession where you have to reapply for your position EVERY day, LOL. Other days are dedicated solely to training my vocal, physical, and emotional muscles. That’s the trinity of acting, and you can never let any one of those fade away. There’s so much work involved in this field to stay on top of your craft. But I do believe in working hard AND playing hard, and when I play, I like to go completely missing. I could pop up anywhere in the world! The first question most people ask when they call is “Hey, what continent are you on?” The next adventure I’m planning is an amateur archeological dig. I’ve always been fascinated with geology and anthropology.
What is coming up for you in 2011?
I’ve been doing a lot of television this year, U.S. shows: ‘Necessary Roughness’ (USA Network), ‘Locked Up Abroad’ (National Geographic Network), ‘Army Wives’ (Lifetime Television), and ‘Single Ladies’ (VH1). I have my own script in development at the moment actually, an action thriller and my biggest project to date. I’m extremely excited about how well it’s been received from test audiences thus far. Stay tuned!
Thanks for the interview!