An Interview With Grainne McDermott by Gary Hindley
I have been lucky enough to catch up with Grainne McDermott, to talk about her latest film, ‘I Know You’re In There’.
UKHS: Firstly, welcome to the UK Horror Scene and congratulations on ‘I Know You’re in There’. It’s a fantastic film, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. How are you doing today?
Grainne McDermott: Hi! I’m doing great, thank you!
UKHS: Since it’s release, there has been a lot of buzz around ‘I know you’re in there’. Here at ‘UK Horror Scene’, we absolutely love it. What has life been like since making the film?
Grainne McDermott: Thank you, that’s so nice to hear!! Life has been pretty cool since the film has been released. I’ve had such a nice response from people online about the film, I love to hear that I’ve creep’d them out!
UKHS: For your character ‘Chloe’, I know you’re doing a lot of sitting still, but did you have to do any research into how to portray the condition (Catatonic Schizophrenia) that she has?
Grainne McDermott: I did, yes. I looked into Chloe’s diagnosis in prep for my audition to get an idea of how to move or not move. When I got the role, I talked with Robert Gordon (our writer/director) about Chloe and how he wanted her diagnosis portrayed and we collaborated on how to make her the most unsettling.
UKHS: What was it like having to sit so completely still, for such long periods of time?
Grainne McDermott: The sitting still wasn’t so bad. The not blinking on the other hand…. Anyone up for a staring contest?
UKHS: I can imagine, that there would have been times, when the director would have wanted to do multiple takes of certain scenes. What was that experience like, and was it hard to stay in character?
Grainne McDermott: The only scenes I dreaded multiple takes of were the feeding scenes. I HATED those scenes but I really like playing creepy, so staying in character wasn’t a problem. Occasionally, I would blink and then blink blink blink and we would have to do another take. I tried really hard not to, but after 4 or 5 takes of not blinking, sometimes it just couldn’t be helped.
UKHS: You, and your co-star Will Hurst (who in the film, portrays the character of your brother Tom), were in close proximity for long periods of the movie. What was it like working with Will?
Grainne McDermott: Will is great! We very quickly developed a brother/sister relationship and had a lot of fun in between takes.We lived in the house that we filmed in during production. We had a small cast and crew so it was very much a family unit for those three weeks.
UKHS: Is the horror genre something you’ve enjoyed working in, and would look to do more of?
Grainne McDermott: I absolutely love the horror genre! My dad introduced me to the 1930’s and 40’s Universal monster movies, and the Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Hammer Horror Dracula movies of the 60’s. The first film I worked on (Bloody Homecoming), was a throwback to 80’s slashers, so the horror genre holds a special place in my heart. I have to say, I adore being a creep fest! I would definitely work in the genre again and again.
UKHS: What can we look forward to catching you in next?
Grainne McDermott: I play the younger version of Chloe Dykstra’s character in the movie “Diminuendo” directed by Bryn Pryor. I’ll also appear in an episode of the horror anthology “DARK/WEB”. Both projects are expected to be out this year!
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. It really sounds like you’re having a lot of fun, and really enjoying working in the horror genre. I’d really like to wish you all the best for the future, and in your upcoming projects, and hopefully speak to you again soon.