Deadly Beauty: Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Jessica Sonneborn
She grew up in Connecticut, always on an adventure outdoors, and with numerous pets, which included: horses, ducks, chickens, parrots, mice, rabbits and her favorite: a trained goat named Whinchombe.
Feature Film credits include: Alice D (writer/director and actress), The House Across The Street (lead), Rabid Love (lead), Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (supporting), Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (lead), A Lure (writer/ producer/lead), Money Shot (writer/producer/lead), American Girls (ex producer/lead), Never Open The Door (lead), Spring Breakdown (day player/ stunts), Pain Is Beautiful (supporting), Weapons (day player), Repo (day player and stunts), Camp Slaughter (lead), School of Horror, and Detour into Madness Anthology 1.
TV credits include: The United States of Tara, Him and Us, Witches of Oz (mini-series on Encore now), and Love Squared (lead).”*
Location: Los Angeles
1. How did you get into the industry?
I was a first year teacher in Boston when I started auditioning and acting in local indie film projects. I caught the bug, and decided to move to Los Angeles… I haven’t looked back.
2. What Scream Queen inspired you most?
I am not partial to one Screen Queen in particular, but if I had to say one influential actress, I would say Janet Leigh. I grew up with a film historian dad, so I’ve always been inspired by Hitchcock and Psycho is one of my favorites. She was a strong feminine character, with flaws and a terrific scream.
3. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I have worked on some awesome projects lately: I shot a thriller: The House Across the Street (directed by Arthur Luhn/produced by Bill McAdams, and with Eric Roberts, Ethan Embry, Courtney Gains, Alex Rocco and Josh Hammond) last summer and it will be going to festivals in the next few months. It looks really good and I got to play an awesome, complex character surrounded by a terrific cast. Another film I shot last summer, Rabid Love just got distribution and is out on a theatrical tour with the B Movie Tour. Filmmakers Paul Porter and Hayley Derryberry did a terrific job… it’s a fun ’80s horror and we shot in Kansas. I directed my first feature in January with the amazing Kane Hodder and Al Snow, with my producing partners Chris Maltauro and Kristina Page. It’s weeks away from completion and is coming out really well. I also just saw the first episode of Red Sleep, a thriller series by Andre Welsh. I got to play a femme Nikita and the series looks fantastic. I just wrapped a small role in the comedy series by Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies… which will air this fall on HBO. I have a part on episode 7. Also, horror fav Bloody Bloody Bible Camp is out and generating a lot of love … It’s about to come out in Europe. The same team behind BBBC also has Never Open the Door, which I’m in, coming soon and director Vito Trabucco cast me in his next movie; Psycho a Go-Go, a horror musical that takes place in the 60s.
Click here to read a previous interview with The Dedman: Talking With the Dead: 13 Questions with Jessica Sonneborn