Deadly Beauty: Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Monique Parent
Monique Parent has been making movies for 25 years and in that time she has done almost every genre imaginable. She is probably best known for her roles in numerous adult thrillers such as ‘Midnight Confessions’ , ‘Ladykiller’ , ‘Dance of Desire’ , ‘Masseuse’ , ‘Sunset After Dark’ , and ‘Dangerous Touch’. She’s also appeared in several “sort-of” horror movies like ‘Mirror Mirror III: The Voyeur’ , with David Naughton and Mark Ruffalo, ‘Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh’ , ‘Bloodthirsty’ with Julie Strain, ‘Blood Scarab’ with Brinke Stevens, ‘Voodoo Dollz’ , and the upcoming ‘Breath of Hate’. Along the way Ms. Parent has played an array of characters with fun and campy names like Tiffany Carter, Blu, Dr. Nyet, Charise, Amber Dextrous, Cassandra, Gina, Miss Dambahla, Taimie, Lacey, Shandra, Becca, Baroness Irina, J.J., Misty Autumn, and Demonica Toffet. Among the lovely native Californian’s many many additional credits are ‘Dead Boyz Don’t Scream’ , ‘Sweetheart Murders’ , ‘Alien Escape’ , ‘James Dean: Race With Destiny’ , ‘Maximum Revenge’ , ‘Lebensborn’ , ‘Dark Secrets’ , ‘Vicious Kiss’ with Margaux Hemingway, and ‘ Jurassic City’. She’s not only lovely and articulate as well as talented, but also a true font of wisdom about the working aspect of show biz…
Monique also has a blog dedicated to clean and healthy living, SortaHealthy.com and can be contacted at Mo@SortaHealthy.com *
Location: I’m a California girl currently living in Phoenix, Arizona.
1. How did you get into the industry?
No other marketable skills! I tried owning my own business and was a complete failure! Which made me realize that I was failing because I didn’t want it enough. So what did I want? I wanted to act. I moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and spent a year just studying my craft. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to study with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
I began my professional acting career in 1991 and sorta evolved into Horror. I was drawn to Horror because the fans are so dedicated! I wanted to make movies for people who love them. And horror seems to offer more varied roles for women as we age. There is little call for wrinkled old crones in erotica and I do intend to be acting until I am a wrinkled old crone. Horror offers more opportunity for really juicy parts. Stuff you can really sink your teeth into…
2. What Scream Queen inspired you most?
I love the classics. Hitchcock’s ladies. So cool and efficient on the surface. All that turmoil bubbling underneath…Jamie Lee Curtis, of course. Sissy Spacek.
3. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I play Scarlett in Sean Cain’s film Jurassic City which was just released and we have another film that we did together called Breath of Hate that should be out soon. Axeman 2 Overkill should be coming up right after that. I’m currently shooting a web series about Whitey Bulger (http://whiteywebseries.com) and David DeCoteau and I are collaborating on a series with an erotic/horror theme.
I’m currently writing a book for actors and directors on The Secrets of Sex in Cinema. (Or Nudity on Film. Or something else. I’ve yet to decide on the exact title) You can bet I’ll be hyping the shit out of it as soon as I finish!
* Bio Info Courtesy of Monique Parent