*She’s tackled web-shows, television shows, and one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Now she’s coming for the horror film genre, specifically. Her name is Mikaela Hoover and she’s a quickly up-and-coming actress who is currently demanding attention in Hollywood. In my interview with this beautiful and talented woman, we discuss her first big breaks, television guest spots, her cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, and her upcoming appearances including horror titles “Zombie Basement” and Hide and Seek. Read it all below!
H: Your first big break came in the form of the WB’s 2008 web-series, “Sorority Forever.” I’m not familiar with it, but I heard its mysterious. What can you tell me about your experience with the series?
M: The series follows three sorority pledges who find out that their sorority is hiding a creepy secret. It was one of the best experiences of my life. We filmed on location and all of the cast and crew became like family. We actually got to film a lot in Spokane, Washington (where I’m from) which was pretty ironic.
H: As an actress, what was more important to you: building a family type network with one particular production or experiencing new opportunities like your guest spots on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and A Half Men,” and “The League?”
M: Both. Every experience I have had on any TV show or film has been really great. I have been very blessed with that.
H: I see that you were also in two episodes of “Anger Management.” Did you get to work face to face with the legendary wizard Charlie Sheen?
M: Yes, I did! :) Charlie was extremely professional and really kind. It was a fun experience.
H: I also have to ask you about Guardians of the Galaxy. How could I not? It’s the #1 movie in America and the #1 top grossing film of the year. What can you tell me about your role?
M: I have a teeny tiny cameo. I play Nova Prime’s (Glenn Close) assistant
H: How does it feel having been associated with Guardians of the Galaxy?
M: It’s pretty amazing. I am so proud of director James Gunn. He made such an incredible film!
H: Now, you’re tackling horror films. I’ve heard that you’re a huge fan of Wes Craven. When did your love for horror films begin?
M: When I was 13 I saw the movie Scream, it was the first horror film I had ever seen. I was immediately obsessed! I had never seen anything like it. I saw it in the theater 7 times! Scream was the film that introduced me to the horror genre. After Scream I watched every Wes Craven movie I could find. That is when my crazy scary movie obsession began.
H: This fall you’ll be returning to the world of the web with series, “Zombie Basement.” It’s produced by Reservoir Entertainment and stars Angela Kinley (“The Office”) and Ashley Fink (“Glee”). What’s this show about and what can you tell me about your character?
M: It’s a about two friends who survive the zombie apocalypse and create their own online web-series out of sheer boredom. My character Kim Kim is their next door neighbor who’s more concerned about saving her Louis Vuitton purses than saving her loved ones.
H: Do you think that “Zombie Basement” will bring something new to the zombie genre?
M: Zombie Basement brings an element of comedy to the zombie genre that hasn’t quite been introduced before.
H: Horror fans everywhere are about to be introduced to Hide & Seek. It’s produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring) and directed by Carles Torrens (Apartment 143). I haven’t heard anything about this short film yet. So, spill everything that you’re allowed to spill, please!
M: Hide and Seek will be playing at a couple big film festivals. I’m not allowed to say which ones yet. All I can say is that it’s a creepy horror short about a girl and her relationship with her step mother.
H: What’s in store for you for the rest of 2014 and beyond? Do you have any more gigs lined up?
M: There is a horror script I am currently reading as we speak! (That would be the dream) I also have a short comedy called Another Happy Anniversary that is circling the festivals right now.
*Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, Mikaela! I appreciate your time and wish you the best in all future endeavors!
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