Housebound is a great movie, i was recently allowed to review the film for Its U.S. release, which you can read right HERE. Now I've had a chance to talk to the talented Morgana O'Reilly, who who played the lead in the film. She had a lot of great things to say so let's get into it.
Can you tell us what it was like making this movie and being on set?
Housebound wasn't an easy film to make. It was super long days at a super low budget, spread out over 2 and half years. So it wasn't exactly glamorous. The cast and crew were amazing though, there were lots of laughs to ease the cold. Gerard is a total perfectionist, so we did a lot of takes to get it just right. There were times that was tedious, but you can't help but trust him to get something great out of you.
Is this your first venture into horror films as an actor?
Yeah! I guess it is! To be honest, I didn't think much about the fact that its horror while we shot. I just focused on Kylie and what was going on for her, now, watching the film, I see that yeah! Of course! Horror! Cool.
What was it like getting into character and how different is your personality from the characters?
Gerard and I worked hard in the beginning stages to find the character of Kylie. There's a specifically rural, kiwi accent that I wanted her to have, so we had to lock that down. She's also totally and unreasonably pissed off most of the time, so at first she was hard to handle, her personality would seep into mine and turn me very dark. But I got used to playing her, and in the end we became friends, I think. Her energy is incredibly powerful, it's like driving a huge SUV you find hard to parallel park, but once you understand the dimensions its outrageously satisfying.
Did you make any new friendships while filming housebound.
Yes! I didn't know Rima before we started shooting and now I consider a very dear friend of mine. I'd worked with Cameron and GP before, but not as intensely as this, so we're definitely tighter because of it. Working briefly with people like my bestie David Van Horn was a treat. Bruce Hopkins, was a part of my mothers legendary dance company 'Limbs' in the 70s, so it was an honor to work with him.
Would you like to work more in horror?
It's a great genre. Getting to play complete terror is really cool, it doesn't happen a lot.
What was your favorite part of doing this film?
I had the most fun filming the stuff outside trying to get into the neighbours house. I loved running around and playing sneaky buggers. I also really loved doing my own stunts. I had a great stunt co-ordinator (Steve McQuillan) who made it possible for me to jump through walls, fall through ceilings and fight off dudes. Fuck yeah!
What was the biggest challenge in playing this role?
The time it took to finish it, the dead cold of NZ winter on your freezing bones, the uncertainty at the beginning, the zero money and lack of resources. But apart from that.... it was a dream....
The film is great and has been getting great reviews, do you think this will open up a lot of new opportunities?
Here's hoping. Nothing like being in a really good movie to make people take you a bit more seriously.
Is there anything else you would like to say to readers or that you want them to know?
If you're too freaked out to see it because its a horror, I want you to know, the comedy is genuine and plenty. Don't be fooled by the genre. Go see it for laughs and frights alike.
Make sure You look for Housebound, It's already on VOD and itunes, this is one you wont want to miss.