She was called "London's Prettiest Potty-Mouth" by UK newspaper The Independent in 2006, but that characteristic certainly wasn't evident when I spoke to Sophia Myles a few weeks ago. The actress, who made her presence known to most of the world with her turn as the vampire Erika in 2003's UNDERWORLD, was nothing but sweet, if succinct, during our chat about her latest film, the supernatural thriller THE DAMNED, which sees Myles play a mild-mannered woman who, along with her new husband and assorted others, battle an evil presence in a grim, out-of-the-way region of Columbia.
Here Ms. Myles and I talk about The Damned shoot, as well as her time on the set of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (surprisingly, her favorite film experience thus far), her psychic abilities, her COMING TO AMERICA love, and her "potty mouth."
Was this a spooky movie to make?No, actually it was a very fun movie to make, we all laughed a lot, that's my recollection. It was funny rather than scary.
It looks like a wet and dirty movie to make, that's for sure.[Laughs] Yeah, it was. Agua is my least favorite word in the Spanish vocabulary.
The location looks very cool, that was a real house you filmed in?
It was, a beautiful house in the middle of a small village in Columbia. It was really beautiful and had a lot of character. Obviously, the art department did a brilliant job at making it even more scary than it was, but it had the right energy about it for sure.
What was it like filming in Bogota?
I loved it, I had the most wonderful time. Columbia is one of my most favorite countries in the whole world, I think it's completely misrepresented by the media. It's exquisitely beautiful, the people are lovely, the food is delicious. I'll definitely go back.
Did you and your co-stars get to spend a lot of time together out and about?
Yeah, we did. We all lived together at the same hotel. We were in a remote area while we were shooting, so we ate together every night. There was a real family-feel about it, we all got on really well.
Do you enjoy participating in a smaller film like this as opposed to a big budget Hollywood movie?
People always ask me that question, but it doesn't really make any difference to me. The experience of making a film all comes down to the people who are involved, not about the money in the budget. I had as much fun on The Damned as I did on Transformers, you know? The only difference is the sets are bigger on a Michael Bay movie, and stuff blows up more.
Was making Transformers 4 a fun experience?
Yeah, it was epic. It was mind-blowing, I loved it.
What's it like being in a movie that has made over $1 billion?
[Laughs] I'm very happy for the person who makes the money from it.
You've been in several supernatural dramas, are you a believer in the afterlife?
Yeah, definitely. I'm a believer in the before-life, as well. I don't believe this experience on planet Earth is it, I think there's a lot more going on that meets the eye.
Have you had anything unexplainable happen to you?
Yeah, I have. I'm quite psychic.
Yeah, lots of stuff goes on. But I'm not going to share my secrets with you. [Laughs]
What was the best experience you ever had making a movie?
Oh my goodness, that's hard. They're all so different. I loved making Transformers, it was amazing. I would say Transformers. But I love all of them. It's like saying, "Who was your best boyfriend?" Everybody has their different qualities, you know?
Did you always know you wanted to be an actress?
I didn't really know, it came calling me. I was spotted in a play at school by Julian Fellowes, who is the writer of "Downton Abbey". That's how it started for me, and then I just fell in love with being on movie sets.
Did you have different aspirations before that happened?
I was very academic at school, so I planned to go to university and study philosophy. I hadn't quite figured out a career path as such.
I noticed you have a lot of fan sites dedicated to you. What's it like having such a big fanbase?
I wasn't aware there were so many. [Laughs] The fans that I've met have been quite delightful. Very respectful and kind, very nice.
What's one thing you haven't done yet that you'd like to do?
In a movie or in life?
Why not both?
Well, I haven't given birth yet, and I'm about to do that in eight weeks. I'm looking forward to that. [Laughs]
And how about movies?
I'd love to do comedy, dark comedy. I had the privilege of working with Terry Zwigoff on Art School Confidential, which was wonderful. Comedy is my favorite genre, so I'd love to do more of it.
Do you have a favorite comedy?
Oh gosh. [Long pause] Coming to America springs to mind. It's from my childhood.
I found an article about you from about eight years ago called "London's prettiest potty-mouth," do you remember that?
[Laughs] No, London's what?
Prettiest potty-mouth! What's the story behind that
Oh yeah, yeah. Well, you know what a potty-mouth is, right? I probably just swore too much in the interview, I don't know. [Laughs]
What's your favorite curse word?
What do you have coming up next?
I have a British thriller called Blackwood, which is really brilliant and really scary. Scarier than The Damned, if possible. It's not straight horror, it's psychological. I just finished a British TV show called "Our Zoo" that will premiere here in the Fall, I'm sure it'll head to the states too. It's based on a true story, set in the 1930s, a working class family who set up Chester Zoo in Northern England.
Nothing supernatural going on in that one.
Nothing, just children and animals.
Well thank you very much for your time, it was great talking to you.
Thank you so much.
You can follow Sophia on Twitter right HERE. THE DAMNED is currently in theaters and available on VOD.