Hello Mel, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS.
UKHS – First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us how you become an actress and model?
MH – Alrighty then! I started modeling at 13 doing teen runway and catalog work. That got boring really fast, so I went freelance (without an agency) at 18 to do my own thing. One thing lead to another and I got into horror film and fell in love with the horror genre! I still model professionally for magazine features and sometimes on tours; Though my passion is doing film. I have expanded to fantasy and sci-fi films as well. I’ve done over 20 films to date. I also voice indie cartoons and video games.
UKHS – What’s your favourite Horror movie and what’s the scariest movie scene you ever saw?
MH – Wow! ummm… well I can think of one thing that stands out when I was a little girl watching “Tales From The Crypt” with my mom. I think the episode was called “Demon Night”? I remember hiding under the blanket asking my mom when a scene was over, though I was peeking through the crocheted fabric of the blanket. I think that is one of the reasons I wanted to do horror film since I was young. When my mom told me it was people pretending to get limbs ripped off I thought it was the coolest thing that no one actually got a leg ripped off. As for favorite horror movie now I’d have to say Zombie Strippers! I love the camp-value!
MH – It was my good friend Samantha WPG, who introduced me to John Shelton, who introduced me to Carlos Dunn. Crazy how things work I know… I Thought You Were A Nice Man looked like my kind of movie, so he and myself talked a little about it then he put me through to audition for a character. I got the role and then some artistic changes were made for me to play a bigger character in the sequel to I Thought You Were A Nice Man. I’ll be playing a sexy, evil, vampire named Catherine. I hope I didn’t give away too much…
UKHS – Can you tell us about some of your other current projects and how
do you choose which projects to work on?
MH – Current projects… There are about a dozen I’ve filmed and waiting to come out. Future filming for the year includes: The Box, Moonie and the Spider Queen episode 2 and 3, Frosty – the expanded universe (Comic book), the sequel to I Thought You Were A Nice Man, and a couple of other projects I don’t have liberty to talk about just yet. Once summer hits I’ll be super busy, but for now I’m looking at the immediate projects.
How I choose projects is a little different. I look at who’s working on it, what’s involved (Werewolves? Creatures? Fun and new things?) and if I’ll have fun. My career is based on doing what I love and loving what I do. I’ve always heard: “As long as you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life” and I like to think I’m living proof.
MH – Captain Gwenyth Quist! A fierce pirate captain who goes on a quest for her captured lover. That character was so dynamic and rounded. Though we only made the promo for the film and didn’t end up making the feature it was still an incredible character I got to play for a short time. It was my first time sword fighting and I felt like a true badass. I’d love to play more roles for strong women. It’s more true to myself than playing a victim.
UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?
MH – Boobs, blood and a badass creature.
UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?
MH – This is one I’ve never been asked actually! I think I would only need one thing. Daryl Dixon.
MH – 5 years from now I like to think I’ll still be doing movies on occasion, but not full-time like now. I’d like to give future starlets a chance to shine. I can see myself still doing a photoshoot from time to time with the photographers I’ve grown to know as good friends. I know I’ll still be attending conventions and signing copies of DVD’s (granted everything isn’t digital by then). Maybe if I’m lucky all the films I’ve done will be out by then too.
UKHS – Thank you for talking to us Mel and good luck with all your current projects.
Please check out Mel’s website here – http://melheflin.weebly.com/
Images Courtesy: Mel Heflin