ScreenAnarchy: Where do you place Excision in your body of work, what attracted you to this particular screenplay?
Lords: My agent sent me the script and the short Excision is based on. I was
impressed with director Richard Bates Jr. vision. The role of Phyllis
was one I had not played before. The emotional journey of this mother
was exciting to me.
did you bring to the character of 'Phyllis' that wasn't in the script?
How was working with first time director Richard Bates Jr.?
and I had a very collaborative relationship. We sat down and
worked page by page to really find the emotional honesty of the
character. I think I managed to bring some humor to this very stern
played a lot of roles in fantasy and sci-fi oriented films but this is the
first time, I think, you've played a middle-aged married woman with two
troublesome daughters. How did you approach this? Did you bring your
own experiences as a mother to the part? Do you think the movie does a
good job at portraying the difficulties of being a mother?
I've played mother roles in the past - most notably in Novel Romance
and Certain Guys - my children in those films were toddlers. This is
the first time I've played the mother of teenagers.
The layers of this
character were really interesting to explore. The struggle Phyllis has
trying to "fix" her family was great to play with - the anger, denial,
loathing, horror and most of all love! Wow! This was such a juicy role
for me as an actor. Physically I gained fifteen pounds to play Phyllis. And
I'm so glad I did. The "softness" really helped me disappear into her.
do you compare the story and themes conveyed in this film to the other
movies you've made in the horror genre or to other movies being made
today in that genre? Do you think Excision is a horror film, per se?
Is it a female-horror movie?
is the scariest kind of horror movie. It's the emotional, psychological
journey that is really frightening. Ricky Bates Jr. did an amazing job
building the story. And yes! It is fabulous to have the leads be female!
character and AnnaLynne McCord's are front and center in the story,
the story sometimes seeming to be a duel between the two of you. How was working
with McCord, who is much less experienced than you?
did a fantastic job. It was a brave performance and my
hat's off to her. I look forward to seeing what she does next.
wrote and directed Sweet Pea back in 2005. Was that experience
important to your learning process as an actress? Did it change the way
you work alongside directors and other performers? Are you going back
to the director's chair anytime soon?
Directing Sweet Pea made me a better actress. I just really got to experience
every facet of film making. It made me realize that as an actor I am
but one ingredient! An important one, but only one! It left me hungry
for more. And yes, I will do that again. Maybe with the lovely and