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INT: Lisa Wilcox

12.01.2000by: The Arrow

The Arrow interviews Lisa Wilcox

Does she really need any introduction? For those of you who are not aware of this lovely lady, Lisa Wilcox is known for her portrayal of Alice in Nightmare On Elm Street 4-5. In my book Alice is the more interesting and likeable heroine of the Elm Street series (sorry Heather) and it’s a thrill to have her here. She took the time to shoot the breeze with The Arrow and here’s how it went down…

1- What’s your favorite horror movie?

Carrie and Rosemary's Baby. These films take a normal situation, like growing up (Carrie) or being in love, married and pregnant (Rosemary's Baby) to that person's best revenge or unbelievable nightmare.

2- What kind of preparation did you have to do to play Alice? How did you feel around Freddy on the set, were you afraid of him?

My physical preparation involved a day of Karate, Karate accouterments and just being in shape already. For all of you actors out there, be ready physically because making films is an endurance test! No. I was not afraid of Robert Englund, as himself or as Freddy. As Freddy, I did avoid him because it is creepy. But, we had plenty of time to get to know each other before the makeup. I was more disturbed when "blood" was sprayed all over me...a scene that was cut out of the film Nightmare 4.

3- Did you see Freddy’s Dead? If so what did you think of it? (I thought it sucked!) They should’ve gone on with the Dream Child storyline.

I did not see Nightmare 6, but from what I heard, it was a whole new story line and my character did not fit in.

4- What’s the most rewarding (as an actress) part you ever played?

My most rewarding parts as an actress and person has been Alice in Nightmare 4, The Dream Master. I was reliving my childhood in a sense. Certainly scary to deal with as a mature woman. The wallflower, day dreamer...in my real life it was when I was 9 years old, 4th-6th grade. A day dreamer is full of promise, and dreams do come true. The arch of Alice's character growth in Nightmare 4 is amazing to see. The excellent script and wonderful direction allowed me to soar as a young woman dealing with crisis.

My other most rewarding part would be playing Sister Grace in Walker Texas Ranger, 1997. It is a sad story but the conflict involved is truly heart warming.

5- You were also in Watchers Reborn with Mark Hamill. How was it playing opposite Luke Skywalker in the flesh?

Watcher's Reborn was so rewarding. Not only did I get to work with director John Buechler again (he did some of the great effects in Nightmare 4) but worked with Mark Hamill himself! He was a joy to work with and I will never forget how nervous I was (by then I had done over 50 TV and movie projects, but it didn't matter) the first day of filming. I could hardly remember a sentence of dialogue that first day. Anyway, he has a marvelous sense of humor, loves children and the Simpsons TV show.

6- What’s next on your plate?

I recently played Carol Brady/ Florence Henderson in 20th Century Fox's "Behind The Scenes...The Brady Bunch." It aired in May of this year. At the moment, a project I did in Paris, France called "The Adventures of Chastity Blade" is in development as a full length feature and TV series here in the USA. Photos available at the Chiller Theatre show in Newark and on my website lisawilcoxstar.com.

7- I heard a rumor that you might be attached to Freddy VS Jason. Is the rumor true?

Freddy vs. Jason I have heard about through the grapevine for 3 years...who knows. If I was part of the script, I would like to be their favorite sexy camp counselor, named Scarlet, that gets killed first.

8- What does Lisa Wilcox do when she’s not battling dream maniacs and Bigfoot like creatures?

Lisa Wilcox is Mom. With two boys, my youngest just started kindergarten. Still acting and now producing. And a new company toebrights.com.

9- I heard you have a little net venture going with one of your Nightmare co-star...

I and my partner Tuesday Knight (from Nightmare 4, she plays Kristen) started a company called Toe Brights...check it out on the web at toebrights.com. For a press kit or additional info call 800.370.7561 or email my website.

10- Which is the best film: Dream Master or Dream Child?

In my opinion, Dream Master was a superior movie over Dream Child. Dream Master was about growth as a person and coming to terms with your situation. It was about looking in the mirror and seeing and imagining the person you want to be for yourself and for those that inevitably depend on you...even when you feel like you have nothing to offer them. Dream Child was fascinating because of the unborn child, the clean slate that will be written on. What will be written? Good or evil? The concept was excellent but not fleshed out in the right way, in my opinion. I would have liked seeing Jacob as a child more...at 3 years old, at 7 and at 12. Flashbacks of what his life would be like if he fought or did not fight Freddy.

You guys have no idea how happy I am to have done this interview. I had a huge crush on Alice in my teens and this interview just puts a smile on my face. Thanks you Lisa for your time and know that you’re always welcome back. If you guys wanna know more about the Dream Master, check her site out:

www.lisawilcoxstar.com

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