Horror Month – June 2015
We caught up with horror legend Felissa Rose. Best known for her portrayal as Angela Baker (one of the few strong female protagonists in Horror) in the 1983 cult horror Sleepaway Camp and it’s 2008 sequel Return to Sleepaway Camp. She has since appeared in many horror films such as Camp Dread; where she starred alongside Danielle Harris & Eric Roberts.
” I am Angela Baker through and through!”
Did you always want to pursue a career in acting?
I did!!! I always loved performing it did it any opportunity I got. I pushed to get an agent prior to booking Sleepaway Camp (SC) and it was because I wanted to pursue acting – and I wanted to get an agent so much I even got SC. I was given a challenge when I found an agent, the challenge was to complete three auditions and get a booking and then they would represent me…luckily for me one of those was SC….. phew!
After Sleepaway Camp I went on to study acting in NY. The more acting I did the more I was exposed to the industry I grew a deeper and deeper love for it.
How does it feel that ‘Sleepaway Camp’ has a cult following all these years later?
Incredible. I cannot even think of another word other than incredible. SC has been such a wild ride. To this day I still cannot believe that a little movie I did so long ago is still loved and talked about every day. I owe a lot to that movie. Some of my best friends to this day are from SC’s cast and crew; I met my husband because he was a fan of the film. It is amazing….I am so grateful and honoured! I don’t think I will ever stop being thankful and grateful to it. I am Angela Baker through and through!
If the call ever comes to return to camp I will be there!
What did you think of the infamous twist at the end of the film when you first read it?
Well… what an ending am I right? I remember being super excited; I knew that it would be a shocker and that people were going to talk about it. Prior to the film people at my school would sometimes pick on me and after it came out nobody would dare! I think the first penis I ever saw was my own, how crazy is that? Not many females can say that! – Still to this day we are trying to track down the person who played my “appendage” as it was a guy in mask of my face.
I was shielded from most of the “antics” due to my age. My mother was on set with me most of the time and was very safety conscious and all of the kills were actually done by Jonathan Tiersten’s hands as my mother didn’t want me to be the one doing it.
I remember feeling so happy that I knew the big reveal and all my friends didn’t.
Is Angela a villain or an anti-hero in your eyes?
A fusion of both – There is also a conspiracy theory that Angela didn’t work alone…. Google it!
How did it feel seeing someone else portraying the role as Angela (Pamela Springsteen)?
I love Pamela. I think Pamela’s portrayal of Angela was brilliant. I think part 2 and 3 are so different from part 1. The sequels are so comedic and dark. I really don’t think anyone (including me) would have been able to do that Angela justice. I would love to be meet Pamela. I never have, I think a convention with the two Angela’s would be amazing!!
You reprised your role in ‘Return to Sleepaway Camp’ – how was it reprising this role and working with original cast members Jonathan Tiersten (Ricky) and Paul DeAngelo (Ronnie)?
Getting the chance to do “Return to Sleepway Camp” was a dream. It was so fantastic to be able to re-connect / work with some of my dearest friends. We had such a blast shooting it, it was an amazing experience I will treasure those memories for a lifetime!
Jonathan Tierstan and me work a lot together and he is so sweet…I had a crush on him during production of the original SC. I have been blessed to work with him again.
It was kind of crazy like no time had passed. We all stayed in touch over the years and as I said earlier the cast and crew of SC have remained a part of my extended family. I have been so lucky to be able to hang out with them at conventions and work with many of them on other projects!
Could you tell the sheriff was me? *SPOILER*
Will there be a sequel to ‘Return’?
Never say never! There is a possibility things might be happening…watch this space!
Post ‘Sleepaway’ which is your favourite Role?
I love my role in ‘Camp Dread’ and my role in ‘Zombie Killers’.
They are very different roles but I am super proud of both movies. Those roles challenged me in totally different ways. ‘Camp Dread’ was somewhat biographical and easier for me to relate to –even though I had a nasty death scene.
‘Zombie Killers’ was a complete departure from me so was an amazing challenge. If you haven’t seen them check them out! They are both Harrison Smith films. ‘Camp Dread’ also stars Eric Roberts and Danielle Harris. ‘Zombie Killers’ also has an incredible cast – Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Mischa Barton and so many more talents. I have been blessed with some great parts over the years.
Do you enjoy meeting fans and attending conventions?
Yes…I hate the word fan (but that’s another story), I love connecting with people and hearing their stories. Conventions are so much fun and hope that people who do want to meet me have fun. I have heard some amazing things over the years like how SC impacted on people’s lives and situations that is truly inspiring. I love being able to attend conventions and answering the questions people have been dying to ask.
*Though sometimes my jaw hurts taking selfies with people pulling the infamous Angela face – but it is so much fun and I love seeing the pictures later online!
If you could play any role from any movie which would it be and why?
Ummm…very tricky…Aunt Martha in SC would be fun. But in other movies I don’t know…I am drawing a blank…maybe I could of been the final girl from another franchise…like swap places with Adrienne King, Heather Langenkamp or Jamie Lee Curtis. I fancy the idea of battling some of the iconic killers, see if it’s any easier on the other side of the fence as I have played the killer.
Are you a fan of horror films yourself?
Yes I am huge fan of horror. So is my husband. I love some of the grittier movies like ‘Last House on the Left’ and ‘The Shining’. But our collection is vast and I appreciate not only the movies but the work that goes into making them….oh and of course SC is an all-time favourite ha-ha!
What is your favourite film of all time?
I don’t know…it is tough one call. Can I be corny and say SC for all the joy it has brought me over the years?
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Yes I do. I have been crazy busy this past year. I have had Zombie Killers released on DVD last month as well as Jurassic City which I had a small role in. I have a few movies I shot last year coming out soon; Tales of Halloween, Within these Walls, Blood Reservoir and No Solicitors (that I also produced). I shot the third instalment to the Caesar and Otto franchise coming out this Halloween (Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween). I have been filming like crazy this year already. I have shot a fantastic movie called ‘Bethany’ that stars Shannon Doherty and I am about to shoot two films. The first one is ‘Wretched’ which is a Harrison Smith movie, and a short film called ‘Dinner with the Dwyers’. I have tones planned for the rest of 2015 as I recently accepted a role as the new head of genre film for Calico pictures.
One of the projects is a film adaptation of Adrienne Barbeau’s novel ‘Love Bites’ and tones of other stuff all coming up! I am hoping to do some producing this year as well as acting. I am so grateful to be doing what I do and I love every second of it.
You can keep up-to-date with Felissa on her website www.felissarose.com.
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