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08.11.2005by: The Arrow

The Arrow interviews Nicole Rayburn

The lovely Nicole Rayburn is a Scream Queen on the rise wheter she like sit or not. She's drop dead gorgeous, has potent acting chops to back them looks up and has thus far been in 3 horror films. I'm talking Scarecrow, Boo and Alien Abduction with another one on the way on top of that. I got a chance to ping-pong with the classy dame and here's what she smacked back my way.

Whatís your favorite horror movie?

Iím not a big horror movie buff believe it or not, so Iíd probably have to go with something more recent that I know of like The Ring or even The Grudge.† Iíll probably get shit for that but everyoneís got an opinion donít they?† I just like stuff with kids that are creepy and I like stuff that the villain is like this one dead for years wants revenge character.† Thatís my type of scary movie.

How did you get into acting? Was it by fluke or was it a long time goal?

Neither.†I didnít always know itís what I wanted to do.†Somewhere around high school I thought it would be the perfect career choice but still didnít seriously consider it an option.†At the time, I lived in this little town in Central Florida.†The closest thing to acting was Disney and that wasnít what I was talking about.†I moved to Miami and someone eventually convinced me to get a modeling agent and I started doing some print work, commercials and music videos.†Once I started to see how it all worked I knew I really could do it.†I have what it takes and it takes tenacity!† Really you just have to have perseverance.†Talent helps but anyway, I knew I would have to make a big move if I ever wanted to see myself on the big screen.†It was N.Y. or L.A. and the Gods had their say, so here I am.

Would you consider yourself a ďmethod actressĒ? Whatís your process when tackling a role?

Yeah, whatever method works.†No, really, I have studied for about 4 years with the Beverly Hills Playhouse.†I have learned priceless tools there how to get more out of the material Iím looking at but when it comes to my own approach, I just start with what comes natural.†I guess Iím one of those very instinctual actors. I just use my instincts and emotions first and then if I canít seem to get into the place I need to be then Iíll rely on some techniques learned.† Of course, nothing is ruled out.† I use it all to get the best performance possible for me.†††

You will be seen in the genre opus BOO when it locks distribution. How would you describe your experience on that show?

LIKE NO OTHER!† It was probably the hardest role Iíve had to play even though other roles have had more scenes or dialogue or harder moments to play.† In this movie, the pace of shooting was faster than anything Iíve worked on because we had a deadline but we also had so many special effects that take time to do so we didnít have the luxury of spending so much time with the camera on acting.† It was like, O.K., letís set up special effects and block out any stunts for safety and then hurry up and get the shot.† Not to mention the freezing building we were shooting in and the wet goo all over us.† It was probably the most uncomfortable film Iíve shot to date, but Iíve never had so much fun in all my life.† I wouldnít have changed a thing.† I made some solid friendships and best memories.†

You also have a part in the recently released Alien Abduction, what can you tell us about your role in the picture?

I play a mental patient in this sort of asylum.† All I can say is that I know what I wanted to achieve with the role and I saw the end product.†I donít think I quite hit it but we are our own worst critic.†I think the film itself hit the mark.†Itís bizarre but I think itís one of those films that people will rent and go ďWhy donít more people know about this?Ē

Being a mucho attractive woman. Do you find it hard to break the type-casting barrier to lock ďmeatierĒ roles?

A role is what you make it.†I understand what youíre saying about a meaty role because I have the frustration of finding a really poignant role for a woman but so far as being type cast, no I donít seem to have a problem with that.†I think we have more control over the parts we get than a lot of actors like to admit.† If they admit that then they would have to take responsibility for not getting the roles they want.† If they say they are type cast then they can blame what they get on others.†Iím learning all the time how to seek out what I want and go get it rather than just sit and wait for what comes to me. Scarlett Johansson doesnít seem to have any problems with casting, why should I?

With Scarecrow, Boo and Alien Abduction under your belt. Are you scared of being labeled a Scream Queen or is it a tag that you embrace with open arms?

Well, like I said earlier, Iím not worried about getting pigeon holed as anything because I donít believe anything is going to hurt my career, but my preference of types of movies I have to admit is not horror.† Sorry guys, but I really look forward to more redeeming roles such as a western with a moral message and comedies.†Iím actually a very comedic actress so Iíve come to find out.† Who knew?

Whatís next for you in terms of acting gigs? When will we see you next?

Believe it or not, youíll see me in another horror flick.†That I chose, no less.†I think itís going to be my best character yet.†Itís tongue in cheek horror and my character IS the comic relief in the film.† The working title is ďCandy StripersĒ but I donít know what they will end up with.†

What does Nicole Rayburn do when sheís not working and wants to chill out!

I love to ride the motorcycle down to Malibu or Santa Monica beach.† I love motorcycles and I love the beach, I like to make necklaces.† Itís just a hobby and I love to write.† I like taking naps in the middle of the day to but that kind of makes me feel lazy although itís soooo great to do.†

You went from blonde to brunette when cast for Boo. So who has more fun? Blondes or brunettes?

I also just went from brunette back to blonde for this film I just did and let me just say that blondes get noticed more.† I forgot about all the catcalls while I was a brunette.† I think I have just as much fun either way cause Iím gonna do what ever Iím gonna do whether Iím blonde brown purple pink or red.† But, yeah, blondes definitely get more attention.

What was the first drink you consumed at the Boo ďwrap-partyĒ?

I think a Dr. Pepper.† Iím not a big drinker.† Sorry, boring I know.† I donít even think I drank at the wrap party for Boo, but I did win a $100. in a raffle and I bowled like a 160 or something great like that and I ate a bunch of food and laughed a lot because everyone was just so much fun.†

I'd like to thank Nicole for dropping by the site and wish her the best in her ambitions. Nicole is maybe not too crazy about horror but one thing is for sure...horror is nuts about her!





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