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Set Visit: Interview with Devil's Rejects actor Sheri Moon

07.15.2004

Rob Zombie / Sheri Moon
William Forsythe / Sid Haig / Bill Moseley

SHERI MOON

Reprising her role as Baby Firefly, the very pretty Sheri Moon took time out of her busy schedule to give us some insight into her hubby’s second feature film, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. Despite popular belief, I did not hit on her. Although, now that I’ve mentioned it, I did sense a little sexual tension between us… The ever-so sweet Sheri started our interview off by commenting about the cover art of Rob’s Past, Present, and Future album.

What’s with the provocative cover art?

Actually, you know what? We did a photo shoot for alternative press. That was the cover.

So, did you have to make any adjustments to having a new mom?

(laughter)

No. I love Leslie. She is so great. It is so great working with her. She is a fantastic as Mother.

Did you feel like you had to make any character adjustments?

Absolutely not. Nope. (laughter) She’s great. (laughter) I’m very happy.

Do you think of this second one as unfinished business?

Well, especially being that House of 1,000 Corpses was my first movie; the whole experience itself was so new for me.  I am having a lot more fun on this, because I know what I’m doing, I think, (laughter) and my character is way ruder in this movie and nasty and more real, and I think, virtually, it’s a little over the top as far as her hair.  Like the hair was so much and it sort of swallowed up the character, and I’m having a lot of fun on this one.

Do you think your character has grown?

I think so. Grown into a more maniacal…

Do you do the laugh a lot more in this one?

You know what? I don’t. And actually, I asked Rob, “Can I do the laugh?” And he was like, “No, wait, wait, wait.” And finally we figured out when I could do it. I do it when Wydell captures us, and we’re in the car, and we have this sick laugh all together. And that’s the only time I think I’ve done it. One time.

It needs to be the right moment…

So many people mention that, it’s so funny, it just came out. It’s something I didn’t rehearse or anything like that. And I’m glad people like it.

It’s become the niche for your character. I think it’s your signature…

Really? Oh, cool! Okay.

Oh for sure. When they think of Baby, they immediately think of the laugh.

Cool. Okay. Good.

Did you have any kind of input in regards to Rob’s writing? Can you talk about what his process was on that, or anything like that?

No. He wouldn’t let me read. He has his writing process, which he could probably explain to you better, but he would not let me read anything, because things go through so many evolutions and changes so many times. Even today, we have a whole new page of words. But when we are on set, and during rehearsals and stuff, he is very open to everyone’s suggestions, and he listens, and it is every director’s nightmare to have an actor say, “Hey, I have an idea,” but not for him. (laughter) Thankfully.

When you suggest something is it, “Well I thought about it this way…?”

When I make suggestions, anyway, I’m not looking to change a whole scene. It’s just like, “Oh, Baby wouldn’t say that,” or just a little tweak on dialogue. It’s not anything life changing.

We’ve talked to some of the actors and they’ve discussed how there have been some scenes that have made them uncomfortable to shoot, especially from take to take…

Bill Moseley, I bet.  (laughter)

And Forsythe said that as well… Has it been tough for you too, and how has it been different from the first film, or are you immune to it at this point?

No. In the first film, I had that stabbing scene, and I hated doing that. And it really affected me, and people were like, “Why?” Well, because, you’re acting like you’re stabbing someone. If you are having a good time, than something is probably wrong with you. But in this movie, I think I actually only killed one person and then myself. And then I’m victimized a lot. So, that for me was different, being the victim. With William Forsythe, that affected me. That was really scary.

Did you and he have any kind of conversations, in regards to, “Please don’t confuse my character with me in anyway,” or how would he try to take care of you?

Well, I had to cry, so he was really cool in coming up to me in between takes, and it was two-three hours that we were doing this scene, probably longer, and to retain the tears he would come over and show me pictures of dead Mother and all this other stuff. I was really emotional that night. I couldn’t even come into work for a couple days.

Bill [Moseley] said at some point that he cried a couple times…

Yeah, I think he has. I think he cried and…  No, I didn’t. I think he was having an emotional moment with Captain Spaulding, Sid Haig. I don’t know when that was, though. I don’t think I was with him that day (laughter).

How does the Rob that you know differ from Rob the director?

Um…Really not that much, because Rob is, his mind is constantly spinning, and he is turning out…He is a creative monster. This is not work to him, this is just his life. He loves being creative, and he loves every aspect of it. He’s having so much fun doing this. He’s not different. He’s fun at home, and he’s fun here.

Do you think that your character could have been played by another actress, or do you think that there was something about you that gave this character more…?

I’m sure she could have been played by somebody else. For the first movie, not now. (laughter)  How great of him to have this sort foresight that I could do something. I think that’s great.

Did he always have you in mind?

When he wrote that? Yeah.

How did he show the aspect of that kind of confidence in your acting?

We rehearsed a lot at home, for the first movie. And we talk about things. I’ve worked with him as a director in so many music videos, so he knows my moves, and he knows me better than anyone.

How difficult was it for you from the finish of the movie to its final release?

So frustrating. We went through so many highs and lows and roller coaster rides. First with Universal, than with MGM, and finally Lion’s Gate “Yay”. Loved it. And he loves working with Lion’s Gate. They’re great. They let him have freedom and they are very supportive.

It’s very early in your career, obviously, but how do you feel you’ve grown as an actor at this point?

I don’t know. I mean, I show up on time. I know my mark. I know my lines… for the most part. There might be a little blooper reel (laughter). I don’t know. I think, the more you do it, the more you learn, the more experience you have.

Are you open to working for other directors?

Yeah. I did a movie with Tobe Hooper last summer, called THE TOOLBOX MURDERS. But yeah, I am. Whatever comes my way.

Bill was describing that in this picture, he contrasted to the first one, there’s a lot more sex in this movie. Would you be on the same page?

There’s certainly more sexual content. I don’t know. My character doesn’t have sex. I think its just par for the course for a horror movie.

There are a lot of movies about families in the woods… Why do you think audiences flock to movies like this?

I think it’s like in the summer when you go to a roller coaster for a thrill. I think it’s a thrill.

I mean the type of horror, where it isn’t just a single guy, but it’s a generation going crazy. Families…

You know, families stick together, I don’t know. You’ll have to ask someone else. I have no idea; I’m just glad people like it. (laughter)

Now, are you a horror fan, yourself?

I’m a movie fan. I like all kinds of movies.

Does Rob make you watch a lot at home?

He doesn’t MAKE me, but I watch a lot of stuff, and he definitely has expanded my horizons on movies. From every type, like we watch a lot of westerns, too.

Do you happen to know how his creative process differs from working on an album versus working on a movie?

You know, I think he likes the movie making process better, maybe because it’s fresher to him. I know the studio process of going in and recording an album, it’s very frustrating to him. He doesn’t really like that as much. He likes playing live.

Without getting too personal, how is the process of working on the movie changed your relationship with him?

I don’t think it has for worse. We’ve been working together pretty much since we met. I would go on tour with him, I would dance, I would do all the costumes, and the choreography, I think it’s great. I think all couples should work together.

If you weren’t starring in the film, but you were still making the movie, would there be another part of the crew or somebody else that you would want to be involved in? Maybe costumes?

Possibly. I used to actually make clothes. I like doing that. I don’t know. Who knows?

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Source: JoBlo.com

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