Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Kaylee Williams
“Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Kaylee Williams did not have aspirations for being in the limelight early on. Based on a dare from classmates in High School to try out for a school play, Kaylee graced the stage for the first time, planting that entertainment bug. Kaylee later decided to segue into acting on screen by trying out for a short film. Kaylee recalls, “…then I tried out for a short film, snagged the lead role, and have been hooked on acting ever since.”
Kaylee admits, “I’ve always been a fan of the horror genre and working in horror films has allowed me to get my name and face out there worldwide.” While she enjoys working in horror because, “it’s fun to try and get inside the audience’s head and try to figure out what scares them,” she is also expanding her acting repertoire to include many other genres. She has starred in over 40 films including: Disciples, Psycho Street, Mediatrix, Zombie Babies, Porkchop II: Rise of the Rind, Porkchop 3D, Citizen in the Temple, The Many Monsters of Sarah Roth, and III Slices of Life.”*
1. How did you get into the industry?
On a dare actually, haha. Growing up, I was extremely shy and introverted so being a performer was never on my list of potential career choices. In high school, several of my friends dared me to try out for the school play. I remember being so nervous that I was shaking like a leaf while I was waiting for my turn to audition. But when I got up on stage, I felt this sense of calm come over me. It was at that moment that I realized that that was where I was meant to be. I actually feel more comfortable and more myself when I’m on stage or in front of a camera. Performing is what I was born to do. I just didn’t know it until a random dare back in high school brought me to that realization.
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you the most?
I have to say that Debbie Rochon is a huge inspiration to me.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
Probably Pet Sematary. I saw it as a kid and it creeped me the hell out.
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 look for strong and/or interesting characters, first and foremost. I like to play characters that are different from what I normally play so I definitely keep that in mind when I’m reading a script.
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’m noticing more and more women starting to get behind the camera and direct their own films. And I think that’s great! In the 15 or so years I’ve been acting I have been directed by women less than a handful of times. So I love seeing more women take on that role. I’d actually love to get behind the camera someday myself.
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
Well I just finished working on Cameron Scott’s short film “Birthday Cake” and coming up next I will be headed to Minnesota to work on a fun zombie feature out there. I will also be working on the feature film “Stirring,” directed by Troy Escamilla and the short film “Second Chances,” directed by Portia Chellelynn, both of which will be shot in spring/early summer. Also coming up, I’m going to be playing the demon Lilith in the stage play “She Kills Monsters,” directed by Travis Legge. That show opens at the end of April! I’m so excited and grateful to be working on so many awesome projects!
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*Bio Courtesy of Kaylee Williams’ Website