A new year always brings on new challenges… A new diet, a new idea, a new victim. Who am I kidding? I am always looking for new victims… “New” doesn’t always mean better or fresh. It can also mean “a different outlook,” “a particular challenge” or “already existing, but seen for the first time”… What are your NEW Year’s resolutions? Tweet me @QueenMalvolia and tell me what you have planned for this year! Mine? Sure, I’ll have new victims, but I also plan to have new faces visit the Lair, new stories to share, and of course, gallons of blood to make the year flow better….
Speaking of “new”… I have a new madame to introduce you to, although you may have seen her before. A veteran in the horror world, this woman is someone you never want to mess with. With a career spanning over 3 decades, I believe she has played every kind of character dead and alive, with some somewhere in between. Please welcome my January 2018 Madame of the Month – Felissa Rose!
My Coldest Regards,
Current City: I live in sunny LA! Love it here!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in NY and my heart will always remain in that city! The energy is fierce and my family is still there!
How did you get into acting/directing/producing?
Acting started from the time I began walking. My mom got me into singing and dancing at a local school and I met a manager in my town. She started getting me auditions for film and TV. I’ve never directed and probably never will. (laughs) I feel like I haven’t studied that craft and I wouldn’t want to just wing it. Producing was a dream of mine! Once I started having babies, I drifted from acting thoughts into producing. Maybe I felt like producing was similar to motherhood where you take care of every little thing and multi task in the craziest of ways! I told my husband that I wanted to produce films, so he bought me three books and I started talking with everyone I knew. Soon people were calling and asking for actors and locations, and before I knew it, I was producing. I take it very seriously and I love every aspect of that job!
Who and/or what inspires you?
My inspiration on a daily basis comes from my children. I watch them and I learn and grow through their eyes. Other inspirations come from my mom, my husband and other artists like Glenn Close, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, and soooo many more!
What does horror mean to you?
Escape. Adrenaline. Excitement. A place where you can check your thoughts and emotions at the front door and enjoy a crazy ride. Similar to a roller coaster but more intense internally. It’s so fun to jump on any ride and be unsure of where it will take you and a fantastic horror film does just that. Your senses become touched in so many ways. Very cathartic.
What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
I’d have to say any time I’m wearing my producer hat because at any given moment, something insane might happen. Producing the Slayer videos was very exciting and incredibly challenging. We had a small window of time to get things prepared and we were dealing with weather issues and all sorts of new terrain since it was a music video but almost as big as making a film. It was intense and very thrilling.
If you had to choose, which is your favorite: acting on film or on stage?
I think I’d have to say film acting! I love the stage but film is really amazing and the collaboration with the cast and crew is incredible!!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d love to have a slate of passion projects where I produce and occasionally act with amazing friends who I love working with!
What’s one accomplishment you’ve conquered thus far?
I think being a part of the Hatchet franchise has been something I’m still pinching myself over. Working with Adam Green was a dream come true and I love those films! I’m thrilled with the movie and it was one of the best experiences of my life!!
What does being a “horror icon” mean to you?
Wow, I don’t know that I can really process that but it’s truly amazing whenever I work with those who are icons. Death House is a project I worked on with all the major icons and I got so silly and giddy being around those sensational actors! I’m a fan girl and I completely appreciate being in this genre. Working with them is truly an honor. I remember being called a scream queen like 15 years ago and that felt like an honor so maybe I can answer this one better in another 15 years. That title is very highly regarded and I’m honored to be asked the question. Thank you!
What is your favorite female driven horror story or film?
(Laughs) I’d say Misery! I just love Kathy Bates and the character is so devilish and twisted that it’s a character I can watch over and over. Also, Tina in Friday the 13th Part 7 is amazingly badass in that! I love Lar!
Sleepaway Camp being your first film – were you prepared at what you had to do in the film at such a young age? Did you think being a part of this franchise would have set your career off to where it has gone?
I didn’t have a clue other than being apart of a fun camp film! (Laughs) I never knew that this film or the role would have given me the entire life that bit has! I have a career and a husband because of this movie! Such a fun little slasher that has become my whole world. Very thankful that it happened!
Any phobias about camping now?
(Laughs) No, I actually enjoy camping! I have kids, so it has a different meaning. I never look over my shoulder for a masked person. (Laughs)
Who is your favorite person that you’ve worked with so far?
I’ve worked with so many great actors and directors, that’s a tough one. Anyone who has heart and the gift to share when working is an inspiration and is amazing in my book! People who come to mind are James Duval, Dee Wallace, Parry Shen, Kane Hodder, Chris Coppola, Caroline Williams, and the list goes on and on! Rick Finkelstein is an amazing producer who has taught me so much! Very thankful for him! Harrison Smith and Adam Green helped change me as an actress and gave me roles that I adore!
What did you learn from them?
They’ve all taught me how to relax and enjoy the moment!
Favorite memorable moment on set?
Again, Hatchet 4 has an incredible cast! Laura Ortiz, Krystal Brown, Tiffany Shepis, Brian Quinn, Dave Sheridan, and Parry Shen were a blast to be around in the swamp! We had a wonderful time filming and I’m so excited about that film!
You are extremely giving to your fans. Explain how they are important to you?
I’m so lucky to have them! Without their love and support, I wouldn’t be doing what I love, so for that, I am truly grateful! I love each and every one and I love the friendships we’ve created!!
If you could work with one female actress/artist/director, who would it be?
I’d love to work with the Soska Twins. I love their work and I’m amazed by their talent and their beautiful hearts!
Would you rather: Pennywise or Captain Spaulding?
(Laughs) I’ll say Captain Spaulding! I love him!
If you could meet any horror icon (dead, alive, vixen, or monster), who would it be and why?
I love Elvira! She’s the best!
Any up coming horror projects you’d like to talk about?
Amazing films coming! Death House, Ugly Sweater Party, Lilith, Lake of Shadows, and a new one I will film from Harrison Smith called Poser.
If you could have a special skill or special power, what would it be and why?
A magic wand to spread positivity and happiness everywhere! I know I’m sappy, but that’s how I feel. I’m at my best when I can hug everyone and show gratitude!
Favorite kill scene from a movie or book:
There’s a special kill in Hatchet 4! You’ll know it when you see it! (Laughs) It won Best Kill at Toronto After Dark!!!
Favorite Horror Quote: Eat your fuckin’ slop! (Laughs)
How can people find you?
IMDb: Felissa Rose
Facebook:felissa rose Esposito miller
If you could tell your 10-year-old self something, what would it be?
This will be a fun and wild ride! Enjoy and have fun!!