Thursday, 3 November 2011

An Interview With Indie Star: Melanie Robel

Q1: How did you get into acting?

Well, I never really wanted to be an actress, but I grew up acting out movies with my sisters. We all went into music and I did state competition in Alabama on the Bassoon, life was good.

Then dad got a new job and we moved to Florida, with a lesser band program. I punched an annoying red headed boy and made my band director cry. As punishment I was put in drama class. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I also became part of a semi-professional dance company and was being trained as a soloist with the Central Florida Ballet Company. My drama teacher wanted me to become a "triple threat". However, during the opening performance of Dracula, my debut as a soloist, I was dropped by my partner during a lift. As a result of the injury, classical ballet was no longer an option.

So, I went to a local acting open call, got a management contract, studied and went to LA. Between the red hair and miss-marketing, I decided that enough was enough. So, I came home, graduated from the Paul Mitchell The School and worked with the Hair Design Team at several Premier Beauty Show Conventions. I then decided to give acting one more try. Did a short film, Grieve, then another, For Nicole's Sake, which led to acting classes, more projects, I rediscovered my love of acting and here I am.

Q2: You've done your fair share of indie films, what's it like?

Indie films are a lot fun. You do the hard work in acting class and when you are on set you use everything you learned. They are a great place to learn and to develop a really good work ethic. Also, you have to understand that every production has its ups and downs. You just have to learn to deal with it and do your job, in a very positive and very professional manner. I feel that also means you should be polite to everyone you work with, be it cast or crew. We are there to do our job, to make a movie.

Q3: What would be your dream film to star in?

On a project that will get on netflix. Seriously though, I would love to be in more science fiction films, a World War II film, and even a Victorian piece. 

Q4: What is your view on the Horror scene nowadays? 

Well, here's a thought, "If you tell a lie long enough, it will become a truth." I believe there are so many actresses out there, who take pictures of themselves and say they are Scream Queens. I think it's a joke. I can honestly say, that I have never called myself a Scream Queen. I believe the viewers want to see a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. There are a lot of projects out there that don't do that. There are just a bunch of topless girls, who are running around and getting gruesomely killed. I want to see more of a strong storyline, with good quality and good acting. Of course I do understand that violence and sex sell, but give us a story too. Its great that people want to make movies. But there are some out there shouldn't be made. I started out in Horror, have a lot of respect for the field and I can honestly say that it is a lot of fun to do.

Q5: Who are your favourite actors/actresses? 

These are my favorites and I would love to work with any of them at some point. Robert LaSardo, Tom Waits, Robin Williams, Angelica Houston, Dean Winters, Mariska Hargitay, Keli Giddish, and Kyra Sedgwick

Q6: Your upcoming film, "Disciples" is set to star Horror favourites such as Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Bill Moseley, Ed Neal, Debbie Rochon, Kaylee Williams, Rachel Grubb & more, that's some casting!!!! Are you excited? 

I am so excited about it, you can't even imagine. It's a real honor that I am part of this production and I can't wait to work with these wonderful actors. Joe Hollow does awesome work and being able to work with him is amazing.  

Q7: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Honestly, I really don't want to be anyone's role model, but I would say take acting classes if you want to be a serious actor. You need training to be good, to learn how to focus. Your doctor has training, it's the same thing. Also, remember that the line between, gossip, rumor and slander, is very fine. Always be aware of your surroundings, you never know who might be listening, or what they heard. Finally, figure out what you are willing to do and what you won't do when it comes to film. Which means, read the whole script before you commit, that way there are no surprise scenes that you are uncomfortable doing.

Q8: Do you have any last words for anyone reading this?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I am very thankful for everyones support when it comes to my acting career. As of yesterday, 1 November, I have been doing acting for three years. I have been very lucky and I have learned a lot.

Please check out my IMDB page here

Raz, thank you so much for being there since the beginning. I won't forget it.


  1. Great interview. i have to be honest i never heard of her before reading this but after reading it, she seems like a really nice person and i liked what she said about the current state of horror also, because its all true, i'm going to have to check out her movies.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the interview, I suggest Alien Vengance.