Actress Ambyr Childers is quickly making a name for herself in different genres on television and in movies. Since taking her first job in the BBC comedy series "S Club 7 in L.A.," she's moved on to bigger opportunities like a role in the popular long-running American soap "All My Children" and supporting characters in "The Master," "Gangster Squad," "2 Guns," and several others. With "Vice," Childers re-enters the world of science fiction she first dabbled with in the award-winning 2011 independent film "Love."
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Childers about her work on "Vice." She shared her experiences working with Bruce Willis and tells readers what to expect from the movie. Childers also expands on her role of Kelly the "Artificial" and takes us behind the scenes of the making of the film.
How did you get involved in “Vice?”
Kelly, my character, pulls a machine gun on Bruce Willis! How cool is that? The opportunity to sprint, fight, and dodge bullets is something you don’t pass up. And I get to do it in tight black leather pants, with knee-high boots. When you get the chance to run in slow-mo dressed like that, with explosions going off all around -- you say, “I’m in.”
Give us a brief synopsis of “Vice.”
It’s set in the near future, where Kelly is an “Artificial.” She’s a machine, genetically cloned to look and act like a human who is used by a resort called Vice where clients live out their illicit fantasies. After being killed in a violent attack, the company reboots her, but something goes wrong: Kelly becomes self-aware and seeks revenge.
Describe your character in “Vice.”
Kelly is model 6126, a feisty pleasure “Artificial” who is programmed to want adventure and freedom from her job as a bartender at the Vice Resort. She also wants to find love. This makes her particularly vulnerable as a target of Vice clients who feel threatened by her independence and strong will. After numerous reboots, she begins to dream and have memories she doesn’t understand. Kelly’s Vice coding is the very thing that makes her run when she has the chance. She’s brave and she’s a survivor even though she doesn’t know she isn’t human. I love that Kelly discovers her humanity in a world that is corrupt and broken.
Tell us a little bit about your experience making “Vice.”
Kelly is very physical. She’s a fighter, so I had to be fit. Even though I’m a petit person, I’m athletic. Choreographed fights with bullets flying around your head, requires concentration and focus. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. We filmed “Vice” in Mobile, Alabama. Great locations and the people there are super nice. The cast and crew were great. It was tons of fun.
What sort of message (if any) do you think “Vice” is trying to deliver to audiences?
I don’t see “Vice” as a message film. But, through Kelly’s experience, I think “Vice” does ask the question: “What makes us human?” I also like the idea of technology becoming self-aware and how will we use Artificial Intelligence in the future? Technology is changing reality and that affects human behavior. “Vice” has interesting themes that are addressed and played out in a way that only science fiction can do.
If you were in line at the movies and someone was trying to choose between “Vice” and the other latest ones, how would you convince them to see it?
I’d say, “How do you know you’re really human and not a cloned cyborg?”
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