I recently got the chance to talk to Georgia Goodrick about her role in ‘The Human Centipede: Full Sequence’. Here, Georgia talks about how she got involved in the project and about her on-set experiences…
Hey Georgia. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about… ‘The Human Centipede: (Full Sequence)‘. Obviously, given it’s horrific nature, anyone under 18 should stop reading now. Or anyone who was genuinely creeped out by the last one.
What’s the general plotline surrounding this instalment?
It’s about a guy named Martin, who becomes obsessed with the DVD of the first ‘Human Centipede’. He watches it on repeat where he works at a London Parking Garage. He lives at home with his mother who is completely cuckoo and wants to kill them both! He has been sexually abused by his father and his mother thinks that it is his fault that his father is in prison. Martin doesn’t speak throughout the film, and compiles images and drawings of the first film in a scrap-book that he keeps under his bed. He becomes obsessed about creating his own human centipede and begins to abduct people from the parking garage that he works at.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…I dare ask this, are you one of the centipede bits?
I play Valerie who, after a night of clubbing returns to the garage to collect her car with her best friend, but can’t find it, and this is when she sees Martin in his booth pleasuring himself with sand paper over the ‘Human Centipede’ DVD! They have a worried giggle and decide to get outta there! Next thing you know were all tied up in a nasty warehouse somewhere!! And YES I am a centi- segment! Number 9 I think, 1 before the end piece.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place? More to the point, why did you want to even get involved?
My agent sent me over some links and said the director would like to audition me for it. She said it was a bit “out there” but that they were inviting a few of us to attend a screening of the first film. Basically if we were still there at the end of the film, we were invited to come back the next day to audition! I actually found a lot of the film quite funny, and found myself not exactly enjoying it (cos that would be weird) but appreciating it for the film that it was. There was hardly any gore and I was impressed at the quality of the film. The idea was so original and weirdly enough I couldn’t wait to be auditioned!
How would you say this instalment is different and unique? I’ve heard it goes beyond the limits of the original…
This film is SO different to the first (apart from the mouth to anus bit of course lol!) The first film was shot in sterile conditions in a doctor’s house, ‘Part Two’ is down right dirty. It’s all in the title really, 100% medically IN-accurate. Martin has no idea what he is doing, but you can tell that he is very passionate about his centipede, and gets very emotional when one of his segments dies. It also plays up to everyone’s worst nightmares! A horror film coming true!
The film stars Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black, Kandace Caine and Dominic Borelli – with Tom Six onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set? How was the production of the film for you?
I’m not gonna lie and say it was a really fun experience on set! I mean it was but it was pretty intense at the same time! It was cold, wet, we were covered in blood and mud and the floor of the warehouse wasn’t a set, it was a REAL warehouse floor, splinters and all! There was also oil on the floor as I think it was once used as a garage, so every night I would go home with the front half of my body completely black, and it didn’t wash off either! The cast and crew were all lovely which definitely helped. The SFX team were also amazing and they all worked together making sure we were as comfortable as possible, getting us little padding squares to put under our knees and hands when we were in between takes – it was a love hate relationship as they would get us all muddy and bloody, then be nice and get us our robes to keep warm. Tom Six is a cool cat! We all loved working with him and Illona. For someone who came up with the idea of this film, he really is just a normal guy with a great imagination! Laurence was amazing, It was quite hard to not be afraid of him on set, but you knew he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He is destined for big things – who else can carry a whole feature without speaking one word? By the end of filming it was very surreal, I felt I almost needed therapy, as you go to such deep and dark places as an actor. I’ve heard a few reviews or comments by people saying no real actor would do something like that, but i’m proud of this film and the depths I went to while filming, It was tough, but now that I have done that, butt naked, up somebody’s arse, in beyond uncomfortable circumstances, I feel I can do just about anything now. (this is not a cue for offers in porno movies or anything though ha ha!)
Obviously, there’s been huge problems with the films distribution, particularly in the U.K – (where it was banned by the BBFC – but was recently given a 18 rating after 32 compulsory cuts were made) – what are your thoughts on that? I’ve heard Tom defend the film, stating how – “It is all make-believe – it’s art’…
Didn’t they say that NO amount of cuts would give this film a rating? Well, um, it has one now – what happened there? Did they contradict themselves again? I have no idea, I thought it was offending to our audience…assuming that someone watching our film might go out and try the same thing. What about all the violence, sex and drugs I see on the TV everyday! Or sexed up advertising campaigns on buses or buildings showing half-naked 14 yr olds. This is all thrust in our face, our audience have a CHOICE to watch this or not. (Well they do now, but taking that choice away they only did us a favour, publicity!) So I would like to thank the BBFC! At the end of the day, it is a film, if you like horror and you want to be grossed out, go see it, I would be worried if anyone did see it and came out saying “Yeah, that was a really good movie, I really enjoyed it!” You’re supposed to find it disgusting and horrific, that is the point. It is a horror movie, if you don’t like horror movies, don’t watch it, simple as that! And don’t try this at home! Ha ha!
Let’s talk a bit about you Georgia. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
I have been acting since I was young, I went to saturday classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and I remember my first ever audition was for Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, the casting director came into our class and picked me out, I went for what seemed like loads of auditions and was auditioned by Steven Spielberg, I had NO idea who he was at the time, but its pretty cool now. I loved it, and did bits and bobs of TV and commercials while at school. I have always known since I was young that I wanted to be an actress. Nothing has ever inspired me as much as what I do now.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the industry?
It is a tough industry. There is no sugar-coating, imagine going to that job interview over and over again, that is what you are doing constantly, auditioning for that new job. That is if you even get seen for auditions, there is the climb to even being at the point of auditioning. If you are serious, get out there and audition for some drama schools… I enrolled at the Bridge Theatre Training Company in Camden and am now on a 1 year Post Grad course which I am absolutely loving, I am learning new skills everyday, which will equip me with all the tools I need to get back out there in July and be an even stronger actress than I was before I started training. I would definitely recommend drama school to people wanting to get into the industry as you will be with people who are on the same path and the school will be your support network and teach you everything you need to know about the industry.
What is currently on your I-Pod right now?
Adele, gotta love her, If there was one quality I could steal from her and use it as an actress it would be her truth. She sings from her soul.
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
Thailand. I have been going there since I was a few months old and if I hadn’t gone back there in my gap year, I would never have had the most important person in my life – my son – he is half Thai!
If you could have three historical guests to dinner – (living or dead), who would they be and why?
I am rubbish at history! Ok I would have Lady Anne, and ask her to help me with my audition speech, Shakespeare to give me the inside scoop on all of his plays and Princess Diana, just because we love a bit of Di!
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
Well I am at drama school right now, so I have kinda cut myself off from civilisation, but I am preparing to come back in the summer, and am on the lookout for exciting projects for when I graduate…
Thanks for the interview!