Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Mel Heflin
Mel Heflin was first introduced to the modeling community at the age of 13. Her determination and dedication catapulted her career into things only a young girl could dream of, including runway modeling and catalog shoots. As her knowledge and skills advanced so did her quality of work. You can find her appearing on various magazine covers, Vogue Italia online, Pinup magazines and centerfolds, along with numerous book covers. Mel has also developed an impressive resume in the acting community starring in films such as; Stirring, Camp Blood 7 – It Kills, and, How The West Was Dead. We can’t forget her loving side as she volunteers her time at animal shelters as well as events to raise money to help our veterans. Though she has accomplished so much in the industry, her career continues to build, waiting in anticipation for the wonders to come.
1. How did you get into the industry?
I’ve been modeling since I was 13. I started as an agency model going freelance at 18, with that my work expanded beyond fashion and commercial. A model friend asked me to accompany her and do an audition for an upcoming film Scarlet Rain, one thing lead to another and that became the first of the 70ish films I’ve done.
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you the most?
I admire all my fellow horror actresses out there hitting the grind! Each lady is so unique and hardworking it would be impossible to choose considering all of my options.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
It’s between Are You Afraid of the Dark and Tales From The Crypt. I used to watch them with my mom when I was young.
4. When you are presented with a project, what are the things that draw you to certain projects and away from others?
I want to first hear the concept of the project and hear the passion in the creators voice first and foremost. Then I need to know when they plan to film, I get turned off at the idea of booking a project 4 years in advance, those never happen unfortunately. I also like to know that the film already has a budget and what the proposed day rate for me is. I adore creature features of all kinds and supernatural thrillers! I’ll take the occasional science fiction, drama or comedy, but every genre of horror would always be my first pick!
5. What are your thoughts on how things have changed in the genre and what are your hopes for the future evolution of Women in Horror?
I’m not quite sure what the future holds since I’m careful to count my chickens, but I do hope that it just involves more blood and boobs!
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I just wrapped on Bottom Creek last week, A Biting this week, then I’m going up to NY to work on Matt Peter’s newest film, Symphonia, next weekend. I’ll finishing Zomboner 2 this year as well. I’ll be attending the premiere of Len Kabasinski’s Swamp Zombies 2 I just worked on very soon. Last, but not least I’ll be on Phil Steven’s Flowers 2 late this year. All incredible projects varying in style immensely, which is what makes it so fun! I’m sure there will be more to pop up in-between and I’m perfectly okay with that!
Mel Heflin’s Links: