Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Sierra Holmes
Sierra Holmes (actress /singer /dancer /model) is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Born and raised in New York, Sierra is a versatile actress, groomed in theater with intensive training for film and TV. She is certified in Unarmed Fighting, and trained in Stage Combat, broadsword, rapier, and dagger, as well as Performance Capture for Animation (Motion Capture). Athletic with a solid background in dance and voice, Sierra now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York when not filming. Her breakout role was in VH1 Scream Queens 2. Since then she has booked the leads in movies such as Prey to God, Scream Queen Bloodbath, Scavenger, Hollow Earth and Legacy of the Masque and Wade.
1. How did you get into the industry?
When I was 4, I remember standing in the living room. My mom had me on recorder, and she asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Immediately, I said, “I’m gonna be an actress.” It was just in my blood…I knew that’s what I wanted to do!
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you the most?
The woman who inspired me was Sigourney Weaver because she plays a strong woman in a horror movie. I feel these days you don’t really have women like that in movies.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
What got me hooked on the horror genre was seeing The Exorcist when she’s crawling down the stairs in a backbend. My mom never let us watch horror movies, so I always looked forward to going to my dad’s because he would let us watch them. My first “horror” movie was Cujo.
4. When you are presented with a project, what are the things that draw you to certain projects and away from others?
When I’m presented with a script, first off I send it to my manager Jonathan A Moody, and we discuss it. I try to stay away from scripts that make me not versatile. I love being in the horror genre, but I also want to do other things.
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?
That’s a difficult question. Every woman is different, and every casting is different. To be honest, I don’t really know. I think, as women, we will evolve!
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I’m not allowed to talk about the next projects I’m working on. But yes, I am working on two right now!
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