Exclusive Interview: Actress Debbie Rochon Talks Psychic Experiment and More!
On Tuesday, December 6th, Lionsgate is set to release writer/director Mel House's latest genre offering, Psychic Experiment, which features an all-star cast including Katie Featherston, Debbie Rochon, Adrienne King, Reggie Bannister, Glenn Morshower, Kathy Lamkin and Shannon Lark just to name a few.
Psychic Experiment is centered around an idyllic, small, self-sufficient community which seems like the perfect neighborhood on the surface. After all, everything you could possibly need is within walking distance. But eventually the pastoral exterior conceals a dark past and an even darker secret, and as a group of individuals - each with their own ties and agendas with the town and each other - converge on the enclave, strange things begin to happen. Very strange things. Strange enough to test - and then break - the very fabric of reality itself.
In honor of Psychic Experiment's upcoming home release bow, Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with the insanely busy Rochon (just check out her IMDB profile and see the staggering amount of projects genre fans have yet to enjoy her work in) to talk about her experiences working on Psychic Experiment, what the actress looks for when considering roles and what we can expect from a few of Rochon's upcoming projects.
Dread Central: Talk a little bit about how you got involved with Psychic Experiment and what your first impressions of the script were.
Debbie Rochon: Mel House approached me about playing Maria a few months before filming began. When he sent the script, I immediately started reading it and couldn't put it down. It was so original and fresh, something that's pretty rare with lower budget movies. I read it in one sitting and knew right away I wanted to be in the film. I saw what he was doing with the story, and it really blew me away. I was hooked! It was complex and layered and very engaging. So well-written.
Dread Central: I love that you have such a diverse slate of projects lately- what do you look for when you're considering a project?
Rochon: I look for films where I can play a character I have never played before. I try and do different things, although I will always relish being a bad guy! Who is making the film matters; it's important to work with people who are really there to serve the film and are interested in trying new things. Creativity is very important because I have made good movies and bad ones. The bad ones were never from a lack of trying, but funny enough, I feel the last slate of films I have made all have something really great about them, and for that I am happy.