1. Looking back, what was your favorite part about making TEN?
Working on writing the script with Michael and Sophia was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writing. Working with everyone over those ten days to bring the thing to life was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Everyone brought everything they had, and were utterly selfless in their work. It was amazing to see everyone believe in this impossible project. The community we created was really spectacular and one of a kind. It felt new and it felt important.
2. What was the most difficult part about making TEN?
Working nine consecutive twenty-hour days (sometimes twenty-two). This was physically the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. By the end, I was literally hallucinating. The last scene I shot, I had to do about five times just to get the words in an order that was actually a sentence. My brain was shutting down.
3. Did you expect the movie to turn out like it did?
Yes and no. It tells the story I was expecting, but I couldn’t have envisioned what it would look like. Honestly, I loved everyone’s performances so much. They really brought life to the characters we had envisioned. I loved the characters even more when I saw the film.
|Jade Sylvan as the renegade (surrounded by pigs!)|
4. What is your favorite scene?
My character’s interaction with Molly Devon‘s character when we’re tied up in the basement. It was great to work with her and really play off of the characters we’d built up the whole film to do this really fun back-and-forth. The interrogation scene right before was fun and terrifying to shoot as well. Also, I got to spit out a tooth. That’s one of my favorite scenes to watch.
5. What do you think about TEN receiving national distribution?
I’m amazed. This seemed like such a distant dream when we first started working on the project. Of course, if anyone could do it, it would be Sophia and Michael. It is a little scary. Our community in Boston is so supportive, it’ll be interesting to see how those in the larger world receive this weirdo art film. Fortunately I’m doing pretty well on my New Year’s Resolution of giving no fucks.
6. Tell us about what you’ve been doing since we shot TEN back in December 2012.
I released and toured with my book, Kissing Oscar Wilde (buy it!), published a bunch of essays in places like The Toast and BuzzFeed, wrote some weird sci-fi (forthcoming in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet), got published in the Washington Post, produced and performed in a CRAP LOAD of shows at Oberon and elsewhere, and wrote the apocalyptic lesbian sci-fi horror burlesque musical of the century, Spider Cult: the Musical.
7. Where can we keep up with what you’re doing?
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/cYEJQ
We’ll have more TEN interviews coming up over the next few days. Until then, you can see TEN!