Even as someone who has never seen an episode "The Hills" in his life, I knew who Audrina Partridge was. Having been on the "reality" show for three years, I suppose it was time for Partridge to prove that she can act while playing a character other than herself. In SORORITY ROW, Partridge plays Megan, one of a groups of sorority sisters who decide to play a prank on an unsuspecting friend. Naturally, things go fatally wrong.
I caught up with Audrina on the set of SORORITY ROW while she was filming late at night during a freezing Pittsburgh evening.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS about SORORITY ROW follow. (Spoilers that were TOO major have been edited at the request of the studio.)
How many times have you died so far?AUDRINA: Oh, a lot. Last night we filmed so late and now, I mean, weíre continuing the rest of the scene tonight. Iíve died more than a few times.
Did you have the blood on you last night as well?AUDRINA: Last night. So, it dried and was crunchy so we had to put it back on again. You have to get all the different angles. Itís fun though!
How are you surviving in the cold?AUDRINA: Well, I think tonight is a little colder than last night. But, thereís jackets and heaters. Itís just being in lingerie when youíre laying on the cold dirt going into scene, I mean for my death scene I need to convulse and shake anyways so it kind of helps.
Did you come in to audition? Did they have you scream?AUDRINA: Did I come into audition?
For the role?AUDRINA: Um, I actually got the script and I read it and I loved it. And I met with the producers and talked to them and it happened.
Had you been shopping around for a film like this?AUDRINA: No! Something different. I want to expand my acting abilities. Like horror films, chick flicks, um, drama, comedy. So, this is my first horror film.
What can you tell us about your character?AUDRINA: Um, Megan is her name and she is the sorority with all the girls and sheís sort of the sassy, feisty one and her boyfriend Garrett cheated on her, so like, all the sorority girls are sisters and we want to get him back for cheating on me, because if he cheats on me he cheats on all my sorority sisters. And so, we set up this prank [edited]. But itís been a great experience. I just got her on Sunday and weíre just starting so Iíll be her next week as well. I got to go in and do the casting for the mold of my face at the end of the movie.
How was that part, was it fun or?AUDRINA: Yeah! Itís fun and I canít wait to see it. They are still doing make up on it and [edited]. So, itís a great experience Iíll never forget.
Are you a fan of the genre?AUDRINA: Yíknow, actually I went and rented the 1983 version, ĎHouse on Sorority Rowí and I watched it a few weeks ago. And yíknow, itís about the sorority sisters and them playing pranks and yíknow it turns into something bad, but this one I feel like itís gonna be better.
Any input in your death scene?AUDRINA: Yeah, youíve got to put yourself in that character and take yourself to that moment like if youíre really going through that or if youíre really that person. Itís kind of give it your all. Youíve got to take yourself out of who you are become that character and really play the part.
Did they do a mold of your chest that they are going to spike into?AUDRINA: Yeah, last night we did this scar and it looked real when I get stabbed. Itís really gross. So, there are lots of pictures and I just canít wait to see how it turns out.
Are you a big fan of horror movies?AUDRINA: Yes, I love scary movies. I always have. I have never really been afraid of them.
What are some of your favorites?AUDRINA: Some of my favoritesÖ "Amityville Horror" is good. "Saw" is different because itís more like you are trying to figure out the whole game plan. Um, I loved "Childís Play" is funny. When I was little I used to watch that. That actually kind of scared me. "White Noise." I liked that. And, "The Strangers" really gets you to jump. Thatís a new one that just came out.
Do you know what you are going to do after this?AUDRINA: Well, Iím still filming ĎThe Hills,í so we are filming that till the end of the December, fourth season. And I dunno. I have a few different guest stars. A few different TV shows, while Iím also doing ĎThe Hills.í And Iím going to go back and forth to shoot ĎThe Hills.í Iím coming back next week.
Will this be mentioned on ĎThe Hillsí?AUDRINA: No, they donít want to incorporate that into the show, so, it doesnít. I dunno. I talked to the producers about it, but they didnít want to bring that part of my life into the show which is hard because itís what I moved to LA to do and this is my passion, my love, so itís kind of hard not to share it with the fans and bring them on the journey.
When does the current shooting schedule stop?AUDRINA: Um, well our finale is December 22nd and then I dunno. It just depends after, if weíre gonna get picked up for another season or bonus episodes. Depending on the ratings and how interested people are. Weíll go from there.
How was working with the cast?AUDRINA: It was fun. The first night I got here we went out and had dinner and saw the city and I love Rumor and Brianna, Jamie and Margo, everyone. Lea. Matt is awesome. Everyone. Itís such a great cast and crew. Weíve all been having so much fun together.
Had you met any of them before?AUDRINA: Uh, no. So, we all just met and everyone gets a long and have a good time.
You must be freezing.AUDRINA: No, actually Iím not. Last night was cold.
Did you think youíd be in LA on a soundstage filming this scene, not on the ground?AUDRINA: Well this is part of making movies and it makes it look real. I had to spit up so much blood it got in my eyes and up my nose and I had to just take it.
What does it taste like?AUDRINA: Itís actually kind of good. (Laughs.) Itís sweet itís like corn syrup. Itís just really, really sticky.
How did you get wet?AUDRINA: Yeah, this is from me spitting it up and they added a little bit and we didnít do the scar today but I just spit up a lot of blood.
nd what do you think of wearing the lingerie?AUDRINA: Well, itís a sorority Ė lingerie Ė pj party and in the scene I am with my boyfriend in lingerie and playing a joke on him. Yeah.
Have you shot that scene yet?AUDRINA: No, weíre gonna shoot that next week. Iím getting my death over first. (Laughs.)