Interview by: John Ginder
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CREDITS-Slices of Life† , Cut , The Lashman , Disciples and more
John Ginder-Was there a moment in time that you were hit that doing movies was what you wanted to do ?
Kaylee Williams-Iíve talked about this in other interviews and honestly when I was younger, acting was something that I NEVER thought that I would be doing with my life. Not in a million years. I actually recently ran into my 6th grade teacher and he asked me how I had been and what I was doing these days. When I told him I was an actress and that I do a lot of traveling, his eyes nearly popped out of his head, haha. He was shocked, which is understandable. If you had told 6th grade me that I would be an actress, I would have laughed at you and said, ďYeah, when pigs fly and hell freezes over.Ē Growing up, I was extremely shy and introverted and being in the spotlight was not something that interested me in the least. I always preferred to be invisible. Until high school, that is. Seeing how shy I was, several of my friends dared me to try out for the school play. I told them no way, not going to happen. But they kept pushing me to do it so I finally caved. I remember being terrified while I was sitting in the theater waiting for my name to be called to go up on stage. But when I finally got on stage, instead of feeling scared and nervous I felt calm all of a sudden. I felt like I belonged there. It was a bizarre and completely unexpected feeling. And that was the moment that I realized that maybe that IS where I belonged. I didnít start auditioning for films until several years later, and I fell in love with the camera as quickly as I fell in love with the stage. I just love being a performer and I have my friends from way back when to thank for helping me discover that passion that I never knew was there.
JG-I know you have done modeling also , which came first?
KW-I did a little theater before I started doing photo shoots with local photographers. I actually started to do a little modeling right about the same time that I started doing films. Photo shoots to me were always for fun. Iíve never wanted to be a model and I have never considered myself one. Iíve done some photo shoots and fashion shows, but Iím an actress. I still only do photo shoots in between film shoots and the main reason I do them is so that I can have updated professional pictures of myself to put out there for people to see. Candid photos are fun and I have a lot of those on my Facebook page, but I like to have professional pictures to show people as well. So thatís my main reason for doing photo shoots nowadays. That and, like I said, I enjoy being in front of the camera and I love expressing myself in artistic and creative ways.
JG- Movie† wise- was there a film that grabbed you so tight , that† you knew that you would act in film if you were asked?† What horror film do you have memories of that still today is the One that scares the hell out of you?
KW-Honestly, ďThe Lord of the RingsĒ was what first blew me away and made me start thinking about doing films. I didnít act on those thoughts for several years, but that was the first film that just wowed me to the point where I thought to myself, ďIf I ever get the chance to work on something so beautiful and so epic, that would be a dream come true.Ē I left that theater thinking that one day I would like to take part in something that made audiences go, ďWow.Ē
As for what horror movies still scare me? There arenít any, haha. When I was a kid, ďPet SemataryĒ and ďItĒ scared me. But now that Iím an adult, those films donít bother me any more. I still think the kid from ďPet SemataryĒ and the clown from ďItĒ are totally creepy but they donít scare me. Working at a haunted house and working primarily in the horror film genre, Iíve become pretty desensitized to everything. It takes a LOT to creep me out and itís impossible for a film to actually scare me. I just donít get scared that easily, especially by films.
JG-Where are you from originally? What was it like growing up there?
KW -Iím from the suburbs of Chicago and I actually still live there. Iím not a city person AT ALL, so I enjoyed growing up just outside the city. I was close enough to enjoy Chicago when there was something fun going on out there, but I liked being able to go back to the quiet suburbs to sleep and to live my day to day life. I will always prefer the suburbs over big cities.
JG- In horror in general- a lot of folks think the actors and directors must be crazy- or really morbid and out there- with that thought- how does your family feel about you in the realm of horror films?
KW -My family always has been supportive of me and I know they always will be supportive of me. Thatís just the type of family dynamic we have. We are always there for one another and we are always supportive of one another. Iím very grateful to have such an amazing family. My mom and sister are really the only ones who have seen the majority of my films. My extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) have only seen one or two smaller things and thatís mainly because I feel like a lot of the horror films I do have elements in them that are inappropriate for my family to see. My extended family trusts me to tell them which films they can watch and which they should stay away from, haha! But even though they donít watch the horror films I do, they still always ask me about how filming is going and they love to hear about my experiences on set. They support me in whatever way they can and I really appreciate that.
JG- If I were to go and ďpick a dayĒ to peep in on you at a casual moment- what would I catch you doing? Reading? Listening to music? Watching a movie? What would these answers be?
KW -Honestly, I spend every single day of my life doing something career related. Whether itís networking with filmmakers, working on interviews, shooting audition tapes, answering emails, uploading pictures from the sets of my latest projects, doing photo shoots, searching for auditions,reading scripts, memorizing scripts, promoting my films, etc. Youíll more than likely find me on the computer doing things to help further my career. Itís what I spend the majority of my time doing. Iím not one of those people who sits around and waits for opportunities to fall into her lap. I work my butt off to be able to do what I love and to be able to create opportunities for myself. When I do take a couple hours off from doing all that stuff, youíll probably find me reading a James Patterson novel or watching TV.
JG- Now a biggie- if you were asked to be in a Horror Porn film , as in one where you would meet a very grisly graphic demise- and your total role after being captured would be complete nude-† how would you feel about that? If the scene fitís the type of film- and would not make it al gratuitous- would you do it? Why so or why not? The reason I ask this is† this- so many gals would do† nudity regardless of the film ,gratuitous or not, and some simply wont at all . I think a lot of folks are kinda torn about their feelings on this issue- granted- who doesnít like seeing a beautiful gal (or if a lady, a man) naked- or seeing boobs- but- is it necessary in certain cases?
KW -Iím not a fan of gratuitous nudity in films. I feel like a lot of the times it takes away from the storyline. However, that doesnít mean I wonít do it. Honestly though, you will never see me fully nude in a film. The only type of nudity I will do is topless. I never show the bottom half of me. Even if it werenít gratuitous, youíre not going to see me fully nude in a film. Thatís just not a role that I think I would ever feel comfortable enough to take on. However, I have no problem showing my boobs and doing topless scenes Ė gratuitous or not. Thatís no big deal to me and doesnít faze me at all.
JG- Now an easy one- you have a choice- a major choice- this is utmost important- do you like pie or cake better ? Why and what kind?
KW -Oooh, I canít choose! Iím a junk food junkie and I love both. So Iíll take a pumpkin pie with whipped cream and some confetti cake. Actually, make that a confetti cupcake with light and fluffy whipped vanilla frosting and sprinkles. Cupcakes are so much better than cake. Yummmm. Iíve actually got some pumpkin pie in my fridge so I may need to go grab some of that after I finish this interview. You know what else is really good? Those birthday cake pops from Starbucks. Those cake pops are so moist and delicious. Iím addicted.
JG- Favorite color ? Favorite number?
KW -Well even though black isnít technically a color, itís still my favorite. That and red. Purple is also a nice color. Hmm, my favorite numbersÖ.2 and 23.
JG- Any exciting films on the horizion for you ? Going to any Horror Cons that fans could see you at?
KW -Well coming up next I will be flying out to Florida to work on ďDISCIPLES,Ē which is a huge film that I will be acting in as well as being an Associate Producer on. Then after that I will be driving to Indiana to work on the controversial religious themed film ďGodís Right Hand.Ē Weíve got a lot of great people on board both ďDISCIPLESĒ and ďGodís Right HandĒ so Iím really excited and grateful to be a part of theseprojects. I think people are REALLY going to dig both these films. Iíve got some other great films lined up for next year already but these are the two that I will be working on before the end of this year.
In regards to any horror convention appearances, unfortunately I donít have anything lined up at this time. But if that changes, I will be sure to make an announcement on my Facebook page! Fans can feel free to request me as a guest at any convention that they would like to see me at and hopefully the folks in charge of the convention will send an invite my way! Iíd love to be able to go to more conventions and meet more people† :-)
JG- One last one- what would be a dream role? Other then horror and something unlike you have ever done before!
KW -My dream role would be any role that was created by Joss Whedon. Iím a HUGE fan of Joss Whedon and working with him is in the top 5 things on my list of things to do before I die. So playing any character that he creates would be a dream role for me. Iíd also love to play a character similar to Christian Kaneís character on the TV show ďLeverage.Ē His character basically spends every episode kicking ass and beating up bad guys. To me, that would be a blast. I would love to play a really great action role someday. The title character of ďNikitaĒ has a similar type of role. Sheís a trained assassin so she spends a lot of time on the show doing action sequences and fight scenes. Action roles are the types of roles that Iím really interested in at this point in my career. I havenít really gotten a chance to do anything like that yet, so thatís the kind of role Iím keeping my eyes open for.