Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Donna Hamblin
“Las Vegas-based actress Donna Hamblin grew up with the entertainment industry in her blood: Her father was a well-known musician while her grandmother worked on many films with John Wayne. Moreover, Hamblin is the great great granddaughter of famous pioneer Jacob Hamblin. Donna began her show business career at a young age doing various theatrical productions and showcases around the Las Vegas strip. Hamblin went on to do small parts in various television shows before branching out with larger roles in an assortment of independent movies. In addition, Donna is also well trained in fencing and participates in various volunteer works in her spare time.”*
1. How did you get into the industry?
I actually came upon the horror industry pretty much through my best friend, Actor Luc Bernier. He is the guilty one whom involved AND evolved me into this industry. Until then, I had a local agent auditioning for movies in Los Angeles , local commercials and doing local theatre. I was ignorant to the Horror Industry and had no idea what it involved. It boils down to auditioning or working… Being a Scream Queen lets me work.. I am so happy to be involved in the Horror industry, I LOVE it! It’s so much fun, so rewarding, and I get to be in some kick ass movies, among working with, being directed and produced by some of the most amazing, down to earth, professional people in life itself. I am very grateful and humbled to wake up every day and know I have developed fans and friends from all over the world thanks to all the involvement by doing this genre of movies.
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you most?
I think the first experience I had with anyone that resembled a Scream Queen was watching Karen Black in Burnt Offerings and Jamie Lee Curtis in the Halloween series, and have been a huge fan of watching these women since. I do have to say that every Scream Queen AND (king) I have worked with since, has truly been a honor and inspiration to me. The hard work, honesty and loyalty to work with these women (and men) have, amazes me to this day.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
I would have to say, The Wig Shop. And, embarrassingly, I can’t even remember who produced it or acted in it. It was a B movie about two guys who would abduct women and scalp them, using their scalps/hair for wigs. Later in my teenage years, my sister and I would go to the local video store and find these movies to watch, along with Halloween, Christine, Friday the 13th, and others.
4. When you are presented with a script or movie concept, what are the things that draw you to certain projects and away from others?
The thing that draws me in the most without a doubt would be the character I will be portraying whether it’s a horror, western, or thriller movie. Also, what really draws me in is being able to work with producers (among other actors) who have that fiery passion in them for making a great product. There are a lot of producers out there I would hope to work with some day. The only thing that really would draw me away would be a very disorganized, procrastinating, production and crew. (I have dealt with a few that had me reserving days, weeks, and months even a year at a time out of my schedule — for nothing, nothing happened.) And no, it’s probably no one you know and nobody I have ever worked with. And of course, unexpected things can happen that are simply out of our power, this I know. I do have a lot of patience…
5. The evolution of women in the genre continues to change almost daily, so what are your thoughts on how things have changed and what do you see coming for the current and future women of horror?
I see a lot of positive things! The talent and impeccable beauty of these women is out there and continues to grow on a daily basis. I have seen a lot of scream queens from the past that continue to work, and some re- emerging. I think that is amazing and gives hope to a lot of actresses like myself.
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I am finishing up “Stained Encounter” with Luc Bernier and Demona. This summer I will be filming a vampire movie with Jim Hagerty (in NY) and have a lot or projects in talks right now (including overseas work). We shall see! My fingers are crossed for a busy 2017!!!
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*Bio Courtesy of Donna Hamblin’s IMDB Page