Interview with Cleavers: It Runs in the Family actress Kimberley Lasi

Cleavers: It Runs in the Family (2019)

Director: Mj Dixon

Writers: Mj Dixon

Stars: Georgie Smibert, Gemma Louise Troughton, Paul Rogers, Jessica Michelle Smith, Holly-Anne Dodkins

Deputy Jody Ann Howells, a survivor of the Still Rivers Massacre, is on the trail of a young woman, on the run after being found on the scene of a horrific murder, a young woman who may be connected to her past. As Howells closes in on her she discovers that the killer she faced all those years ago may still be alive and kicking and he has his sights on a family making a cross country road trip, only this time he’s not alone.

Date & Venue: Saturday 12th January 20:00

Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK

With Cleavers: It Runs in the Family premiering at Horror-on-sea Film Festival I got a chance to ask actress Kimberley Lasi a few questions about what we can expect from the film.

Q. Cleavers: It Runs in the Family has been selected to play at Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, what can people expect from the film?

First and foremost, a lot of fun. And, I would say, something a bit different than your typical Killer Clown flick. There’s a lot of rapid-fire dialogue, family drama and of course some very creative kills.

Q. You play Tiffany Harvey in the film. Can you tell us a little bit about you character?

Tiffany is probably not going to garner much sympathy from viewers, but I loved her from the moment I read the script. She is in an uncomfortable situation right from the start – on a road trip with her new husband and his kids, who are all around her age. She wants them to see her as a parental figure and she goes about it in all the wrong ways. She comes across as such as stereotypical valley girl and wicked stepmother but there is so much more to her and I think her growth throughout the film and response to being confronted with the Cleavers really shows that.

Q. What sort of preparation did you do for the role?

Other than my standard preparation, I spent a lot of time watching previous Mycho films (including, of course, the original Cleaver Film) to get to know the style. Once on set, those of us in the ‘Harvey family’ spent some time together working on the family dynamics and understanding the relationships between our characters.  

Q. Did you make any changes to the character from how it was written in the original script?

There is definitely always an element of interpretation, but I don’t think I made any major changes. MJ’s characters are really well developed and there is just the right balance of being able to add your personal stamp to it but still having a clear idea of who they are.

Q. Did you experience any issues whist filming Cleavers: It Runs in the Family?

Nothing other than extreme heat filming in the van a few of the days during the heatwave we had this summer (which really just adds to the ambiance). This was a great group to work with, we all got along incredibly well and there was always a great atmosphere on set.

Q. What was one of your favourite moments during filming?

All of my favourite moments are massive spoilers! In general, though, the first day of filming was probably one of my favourites, just meeting everyone and seeing how quickly we all clicked was great and the buzz on the first day was incredible.

Q. What do you think makes CleaverS: It Runs in the Family stand out in the horror genre?

CleaverS is a unique take on the genre melding a road trip movie with Killer Clowns. There is great action and the kills are creative and remind me of a (terrifying) fun house. What really makes in stand out to me though is the juxtaposition between the family dynamics between the CleaverS and the Harveys.

Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

I have a few projects lined up in 2019 at the moment including a feature length psychological thriller and a couple of shorts. I’ll also be directing and acting in a dramatic short that I’ve written, which we’ll be filming in Italy this summer.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get into acting?

Don’t expect everything to happen right away, acting is a lifetime career and it’s a learning process. I think you get the most out of it if you give your all to every job, no matter the size and just make everything you do your best work yet.

Also, advice I’ve only just started taking to heart myself – create your own work. If you aren’t being chosen for the type of work you want, choose yourself and then find a supportive community that can help you make it happen.

You can keep up to date with future project from Kimberley Lasi by following her on her website www.kimberleylasi.com

and the following social media pages;

Instagram: @kimberleylasi
Twitter: @kimberleylasi

You can find out more about the feature films playing at Horror-on-Sea Film Festival and details of tickets on the website.

Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!