Jamie Bernadette Talks ‘The 6th Friend’
Horrornchill.com caught up with writer, producer, and actress Jamie Bernadette. Jamie plays Christy Hills in Meir Zarchi’s upcoming I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu. She is a writer, producer, and actress in the upcoming horror film The 6th Friend. The 6th Friend tells the story of six college best friends who throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.
Check out our exclusive interview with Jamie Bernadette as discusses The 6th Friend, I Spit on Your Grave, and more.
The new poster and the trailer for The 6th Friend was released. Not only do you star in the film but you are also one of the producers and writers. What was it like to take on all those roles in the project? And what can you share with us about The 6th Friend?
Jamie Bernadette: It was definitely a challenge to wear so many different hats. I had a strong team behind me though so that helped. We were fortunate to have a full crew. Producing and writing a film as well as starring in it definitely have its advantageous. I have been there every step of the way, including through post-production of the sound design, music composing, editing, etc. When you are just acting in a film, most of the time you don’t have the chance to give your input on the edit or anything else. Producing is much different because you must give the final ok before moving on to the next step, which ensures you get the final product that you want.
What horror movies have served as an inspiration to you as an actor and writer?
Jamie Bernadette: “The Descent” and “Halloween” played a large part in the inspiration for “The 6th Friend”. I have always been a lover of horror since I was a child. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was one of my favorites as a child and I would act out the scenes repeatedly when I was about nine years old and I watched the film probably about forty times. I always would pretend to be “Nancy”, the lead, and it was always a dream of mine to lead a horror film.
Do you enjoy the role of writer or actor more?
Jamie Bernadette: That is really hard to say. I love both. I love writing because it is just me and I can get lost in my train of thought and just let my imagination flow unhindered. Acting is often more of a group dynamic because you have a full crew and other cast around you and I do like the social aspect of that as well. However, I do tend to enjoy my alone time quite a lot so the writing fulfills that. I think both acting and writing manifest the two very different sides to my personality: the independent, quiet side and also the outgoing, social side.
You play Christy Hills in the upcoming I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu. How was it working with Meir Zarchi on this sequel to the cult classic I Spit On Your Grave?
Jamie Bernadette: It was truly unreal. When I walked into the callback audition and Meir was there, I was happy. I told myself before I went that if he was there and I was able to meet him that I was fulfilled whether I landed the role or not. I had seen the 1978 film well before I ever had my first audition so I was very familiar with it and I thought the movie was a masterpiece in how it so truthfully portrayed a very problematic issue in our society. There is a rawness to the film that you don’t see too often in cinema and the emotions that it provokes in the audience are among one of the reasons I consider the film a masterpiece. So working with Meir, the director of a film that I loved, was something very special and this is the kind of film that I dreamed of being in since I was a child so it was really a dream come true for me.
Many horror fans are also indie filmmakers and aspiring screenwriters. Do you have any advice for these indie artists that would help them break into the industry?
Jamie Bernadette: Yes. Do your own work. Don’t wait for someone to come along and hand you a million dollars to make a movie or give you a job directing their movie. Make your own movies and get them out there.
What upcoming projects can fans expect next from Jamie Bernadette? Do you think you would want to direct a horror and if so what kind of film should fans expect?
Jamie Bernadette: Yes, I absolutely have been considering directing a horror film. I am also writing two more scripts right now and perhaps I will direct one or both of them. One of the films is more on the supernatural side and the other film I would describe as a horror/drama. I definitely like dark films so I would expect that.
I just had a film released called “Sinbad and the War of the Furies”, which isn’t a horror but more of a fantasy/comedy/sci-fi film. It is enjoyable to watch and available on video on demand. I play the female lead “Jax” in the film.
Coming out soon, in addition to what we have already talked about, fans will see some more horror as well as some comedy, action and drama films. I lead the horror film “State of Desolation”, which I also produced. That film is very much a drama as well about the relationship between two people at the end of the world and their struggle to survive. Also, keep an eye out for “4/20 Massacre”, “Killing Joan”, “Smothered by Mothers”, “American Satan”, “13 Days”, “Elder Island” and “A Place in the Caribbean”. I always keep my social media sites updated about upcoming release dates.
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Check out the trailer for The 6th Friend: