Every single week that we talk to another stunningly sexy actress for The Hottie Stop I find myself gushing over the talent. And this week, I have to add another amazingly beautiful actress to the list. Lacey Chabert was only a young girl when she first found television success on the hit series ďParty of Five.Ē Over the years however, this terrific actress has appeared in a few horror flicks including BLACK CHRISTMAS and SCARECROW. And she has been very busy doing voiceover work for animation for a number of projects including ďThe Wild ThornberrysĒ as well as ďTransformers: Rescue BotsĒ and ďYoung Justice.Ē
While we spoke on the phone, we talked about her upcoming horror thriller THE LOST TREE. In the film, she stars opposite Thomas Ian Nicholas (AMERICAN PIE franchise, as well as ďParty of FiveĒ) and Michael Madsen. When it comes to horror, we spoke about working in the genre and about how annoying the constant screaming can be. We also chatted about skydiving, cool flicks that she loves and some of the stunning ladies that sheís had the opportunity to work with. She even told me a story about some Hollywood type told her she had a terrible voice when she was only fourteen! What a jerk!
Lacey Chabert is absolutely lovely and has officially become one of my favorite people! I dare you not to fall madly in love with the gorgeous Ms. Chabert! Come on Pixar, give Lacey a call Ė read on and youíll see what Iím talking about.
How are you?
I am good. Iím getting over a really bad cold, so, Iím sorry if I keep coughing. I apologize. Iíve had it for, like, a week. Weíve been shooting out in Vancouver and its freezing and raining. So, I donít think thatís helping my cough.
Yesterday was snowing and I was soaking wet from the rain and it was just freezing and I thought, ďGreat. Now weíre moving on to pneumonia.Ē
What are you working on out there?
Iím working on a horror film, but itís actually really fun. It is cold and Iím just not used to it. Being from California for so long, you just kind of forget, but the people here are comfortable in 30 or 40 degree weather and my little California body is freezing.
Well, with The Lost Tree, what attracted you to that project?
Well, Thomas Ian Nicholas is someone that I worked with on ďParty of FiveĒ years ago and heís been a friend ever since. He called to let me know about the project and he let me know that he was starring in it and producing it and I love when I get the opportunity to support and collaborate with my friends, so I was happy to reunite with him. Itís a really interesting story and a great script and I havenít seen anything from the film yet, but when we were shooting, I had a feeling that it would end up a really good film.
Well, you know thereís a fun little trailer and intro to it on YouTube.
I honestly have not seen that.
Youíre getting thrown around on the floor and some horrible stuff is happening.
Is that fun? I mean, obviously in real life, you donít usually want that to happen because that would be bad, but do you enjoy playing these kinds of roles, kind of like BLACK CHRISTMAS, to be in terror, but knowing that youíll be safe in a couple of hours?
Yeah. You know, I always wondered before I did a scary movie if it would actually be scary during filming, in the moment when youíre running from something, and itís really not, obviously. Everythingís so technical and youíre trying to hit your mark and remember your lines and pace yourself through the film so that youíre not the same level of fear and intensity the whole, entire time, because then, it would just get boring with a whole bunch of crying and screaming the whole time.
Well, I was doing a little research on you and I was watching you on Marie Osmond. It seems that this year has been your time to overcome your fears, I take it?
Yeah, actually. It really was. It started last September on my birthday. I was turning 30 and I really wanted to celebrate and do something exciting, so I went skydiving. To me thatís incredible, because heights absolutely terrify me.
What was it like?
Itís really hard to describe what itís like, actually. I was terrified and by terrified...I could not breathe, thought-I-was-going-to-faint terrified. Itís something I always wanted to do, but I never thought Iíd actually work up enough courage to go through with it and I decided I was going to and I wasnít gonna look back and the next thing I knew, my toes are hanging off the edge of the plane and Iím looking down 14,000 feet and I just thought to myself in that moment, ďIf I actually overcome this fear and pry my fingers from the door of this plane and jump with this instructor, I wonít have to worry about the day to day stuff in my life ever again.Ē
Thatís a good point.
It was the most exhilarating experience. Thereís such trust in the instructor thatís strapped to you and I just felt so free. I mean, youíre falling through the clouds. Itís definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I donít think I need to do it again, but Iím so glad I did.
Thatís so cool. It also seems like a great way to re-evaluate where you are in life, but 30, youíre still so young.
(Laughs) Let me tell you about my thirties. My twenties were great, Iíve had a great life, but I think in my thirties, I think especially with women, you start to feel a little more comfortable in your own skin, with who you are and you make peace with yourself.
Youíre from Mississippi, correct? You were a child actor and you came out here really young, I mean, you were in Les Miserables for Godís sake!
Yeah, thatís where I started.
Well, I gotta say, Iíve met and interviewed a lot of people whoíve grown up in the business and there is sometimes a sense of entitlement. I donít get that from you.
Oh, thank you. I donít feel that. I think since Iíve been in the business for so long, that just seems like too much. There are always ups and downs in a career and life in general and Iím just so thankful that Iím still working. A lot of people donít get that opportunity, especially from being a child actor to introducing yourself into the world as an adult. Thereís definitely some struggle and hurtles to go through when people have seen you grow up. Iím just so thankful to be working and I love my job so much that I...Iím sorry. Iím rambling.
No, I love it.
Iím just grateful. I started out in theatre and then I was doing a soap opera and commercials during the day and I think while thatís a lot for someone to handle, it gave me a great work ethic and Iím grateful that my parents were always very protective over me and tried to teach me how to balance things in my life. Iím just so happy that Iím still working.
Now, you donít seem like the club type. Are you that type or would you rather just hang at home and watch a movie.
Iím more of the type to hang at home, have a nice dinner, watch a movie kind of girl, but for my 30th birthday, we all went to Vegas. I let my hair down and we partied all night. There might have been some dancing on a table.
(Laughs) That sounds fun!
Yeah. You know, going out to a club with some girlfriends every now and then is great, but ordering in, hanging out and watching a movie and staying comfortable is great.
Well, speaking of movies, youíve definitely done some cool ones, but what are some of your favorites?
Oh, my goodness. You know people ask me that all the time and that is a hard question. Thereís so many movies that I love. You know, I grew up loving movies like THE GOONIES, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is one of my favorites. I love GOOD WILL HUNTING, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE. Romantic comedies and dramas are great. I donít know. I love movies. I just appreciate good storytelling. This year, I loved PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.
So fantastic, right?
Yeah, itís a great story and it has something that everyone can relate to.
I agree. Now, I have to say, one thing I did notice right away watching some of your interviews Ė and speaking to you now - is that you have a terrific voice, which makes sense because you have a really impressive ďvoice actingĒ resume. I was just blown away.
Thank you! You know, Iíll never forget; I was fourteen years old and I was in a meeting with someone in the business who I will not name because I am a lady.
Good for you.
I was going through puberty and my voice was incredibly high pitched and, not that I have a little husky voice now, but, back then it was very high pitched and this person asked me, ďGosh, is that your real voice? Itís just awful. You have such a high pitched voice. Itís just awful!Ē and that quickly ended the meeting.
You were fourteen? That is horrible.
I left the room in tears and I just could not believe that someone could be so cruel and about two weeks after that, I landed THE WILD THORNBERRIES and I thought, ďThank God for this horrible, annoying, high pitched voice.Ē It got me a lot of jobs and a lot of money.
Iíll tell you right now, there is nothing annoying about your voice.
Youíre very sweet. It probably was very annoying. I was going through a change, though. Everyoneís voice changes through their teenage years, but that was such a good life lesson. I didnít like my voice at the time and it was something that I was very self-conscious about until I realized that I could use that voice, whether people liked it or not, in what I did and thatís when I started doing a lot of voice over work in animation and right now Iím doing RESCUE BOX for HUB. I love animation. Itís such a fun craft. You can literally do anything and your range is so much larger when you donít have to consider your body.
Oh, cool. Well, recently, in film, animated movies have been so awesome. Look at PIXAR and all these great movies.
Oh, I would love to do a voice in a PIXAR movie. Thatís a dream of mine.
Letís make it happen! The beauty of this column is that we get to talk to beautiful actresses like yourself, but who are some other beautiful actresses that youíre inspired by?
Good question. I mean, Iíve worked with Neve Campbell for six years during PARTY OF FIVE.
Sheís absolutely beautiful inside and out.
I can imagine. I get that from her.
Sheís a very grounded, lovely person. Sometimes, in our relationship, months will go by where we donít speak, but it doesnít matter. Weíre like sisters. Sheíll always be family to me. I got to work with Gena Rowlands. That was such an amazing moment for me and sheís such an elegant, beautiful woman. Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams, for sure.
They seem like such cool people.
I also got to work with Jennifer Garner in GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDíS PAST and she is such a beautiful person.
Oh, yeah, sheís cool.
Sheís so normal and down to earth and I just loved her, and I loved working with Mark Waters, I got to work with him on MEAN GIRLS and GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDíS PAST and heís such a talented comedic director. Heís wonderful.