Horror Month – June 2015
We spoke with legendary actress Betsy Baker known for her role as Linda in The Evil Dead. She has also had many other film roles including Oz the Great and Powerful and has appeared in TV shows such as ER & True Blood.
“We love the conventions! We get to meet the fans“
What led you to become an actress?
I received a degree in The Education and Classical Voice from Michigan State University, and wanted to continue with my studies and interest in acting!
What was your experience like working on the Evil Dead?
It was indeed, as all the magazines and reports say, as gruelling as could ever be. Yes — we all got along, and wanted to participate in what we hoped would be a finished product, but the conditions at the cabin were bad – no heat, no water, no bathrooms, no electricity. We did our own stunts – indoors and outdoors, and it was often very cold and long, long hours during the night.
What was it like working opposite Bruce Campbell?
What was it like working with legendary director Sam Rami?
For me – it was also a great experience. A funny guy, a very serious guy and a person who is driven to get what he wants from an actor.
When filming the original film did you or any of the cast/crew expect it
to become such a cult classic?
Never in a million years! Never!
How did you find acting as a deadite?
Ha ha! It was fun – different – and as long as we followed directions from the director, we were fine! For the most part, Sam had a specific direction he wanted to go with the possessed characters — there was some discussion on how Linda’s character was going to morph, but for the most part, all of the deadite characterization came from Sam’s direction.
Are you a fan of horror films yourself?
Nope. No thanks!
What did you think of the evil dead remake?
Hmm….. violent. Very violent.
How did ‘The ladies of The Evil Dead’ come about?
Theresa and I had been invited to a screening of an improved, better version of ED back in 2001. We never knew it was a cult hit, never knew there were fans that wanted to connect. We started putting the pieces together, found Ellen living in another state, and proceeded to come together as ‘Ladies of The Evil Dead’, complete with t-shirts, pins, sales, a website, conventions… and more!
Do you enjoy attending conventions?
We love the conventions! We get to meet the fans — answer their questions…hear their stories about watching the movie, and answer questions that have long harboured in the minds of the inquisitive… about “Evil Dead“!!
If you could play any role from any movie which would it be any why?
The next one I’m hired for. Seriously.
What has been your favourite role?
Hmm…. Linda from ‘Evil Dead’ comes to mind; Denise McNeil in the CBS movie ‘Word of Honor’, opposite John Malkovich and Karl Malden – just to name a couple.
What is your favourite film of all time?
I know this sounds silly — but I absolutely love the movie ‘The Last of Sheila‘. Check it out.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
I have 2 co-starring roles coming out on TV later this summer –
CBS’ brand new “Rush Hour” – coming this fall, based on the Jackie Chan ‘Rush Hour’ movies….
TNT’s “The Last Ship” – coming out sometime this summer, Season 2.
“Lake Eerie“, a movie in which I’m starring in as Eliza – will hopefully be released by the end of this year, and keep your eyes peeled on the TV screen for a new ‘Geico’ commercial!!!
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