Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Grace Powell
“Grace is an award winning actress from Houston, Texas. She has been recognized for her performances in short films as well as features. She is probably most well known for her role as Sissy in Jacob. She has had the pleasure of working with Michael Biehn on several projects and looks forward to many more. Grace is currently finishing her senior year of high school and is looking forward to what the next chapter of her life will bring. Her latest feature, Hell of a Night, is almost complete and will be hitting the festival scene soon. You can look for her to make some appearances promoting it.
Besides acting Grace loves art and music and is a huge fan of anything Disney. Last year she was able to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios. The level of support she has received from the horror community, in her career, is something she is most proud of. Horror fans are the most loyal group of fans and have been amazing over the years. Grace counts her fans as one of her greatest accomplishments. Much love to them!”*
1. How did you get into the industry?
I have been acting for about 7 years. The very first film I did was called Jacob.
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you most?
Definitely Heather Langenkamp. I had the privilege of meeting her at Texas Frightmare a few years ago, and she was so sweet and inspiring. She has always been my favorite protagonist in a horror film.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
It’s a tie between A Nightmare on Elm Street or Jaws. They were the first two horror films I ever saw, and they continue to be my favorites. I actually got to meet Robert England as well as Heather Langenkamp and just about died. It was the coolest thing ever. I love modern horror movies, but the classics will always have a special place in my heart.
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?
I love being able to have the opportunity to do things that are a little odd or different. I like horror and dark comedy. My favorite roles are the edgy or quirky ones; you know, the underdog type. I like reading a script and knowing that I will be able to play around and personalize my character the way I connect with her. I remember on one audition I went on, while I was in LA, and my mom told me if I booked it I had to cut my hair really short and dye it dark green. She wanted to make sure I was okay with that. It was never up for debate. I would’ve done it in a heartbeat. I don’t really like things with a cliché story line or things I feel like I have read a million times.
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 think that women are becoming more prominent in the film world. They aren’t just doing hair and makeup or wardrobe. From an acting standpoint, you are seeing a lot more female characters being strong and badass, really holding their own. Behind the scenes they’re starting to write and direct. We are starting to see women take on roles that have been dominated by men. Of course, I think this is great.
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
Recently, I have signed two LOI’s for feature films; however I am not supposed to say much else about that! What I can say is my most recent feature film Hell of a Night should be completed by the end of February/middle of March. It was written and directed by Brian Childs who is a really fantastic and hardworking writer, director and cinematographer. I had a lot of fun on set with him and am really proud of this project. It will be entered into festivals and looking for distribution soon.
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*Bio Courtesy of Susan Powell