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Here’s another interview. Danielle Panabaker talked to Fearnet about The Ward, which is now in select cinemas!
How did you get involved with The Ward?
My manager sent over the script for me to look at. I was out of town shooting The Crazies at that time. I flew back to LA for a weekend and had tea with John Carpenter at Hamburger Hamlet. And he offered me the role!
What was it that drew you to the role?
It’s a really great opportunity for me to do something different. My character, Sarah, is a little snobby, a little self-centered, and a little more flirtatious than anyone I have ever played. The concept of the movie is really cool. On top of that, getting to work with John was such a wonderful opportunity. I was actually quite nervous when I first met him because he has such an incredible body of work.
The cast of The Ward is predominantly female. Were there any problems on set with so many women?
It was definitely a concern before I got to set. I actually asked John, “Have you given any thought to the fact that you are about to have six young women – who all have the same, competitive career – all on location together?” It had the potential to be explosive but it couldn’t have been better. All the girls are such professionals, and so incredibly talented. I think the world of everyone I was working with. We are all still quite friendly.
You are part of a new class of scream queens. Was that by design? Do you enjoy horror films?
No, not at all! Up until a couple years ago, I don’t think I had seen any horror films. It wasn’t until recently that I began to appreciate them. I think it is the business we are in. Horror movies are really successful, and they usually aren’t very expensive to make, so they are very popular. I know I have done a handful of horror films in a row, but it wasn’t intentional. I am grateful for the work.
Are you watching more horror films now?
I’m trying to. I am still a chicken. I can’t watch them at night, and they still give me nightmares, but I have seen my fair share.
Better late than never! HD screencaptures of Danielle Panabaker as Sister Katherine Thomas, in the latest episode of Memphis Beat, have been added to the gallery. A couple of hi-res stills have also been updated. Enjoy!
I’m not a follower of the series, but I thought it was a good episode. Danielle was amazing as usual, there was a special depth to her character! Expect clips very soon.
Right after asking Danielle about The Ward, Shockya.com had the chance to get a couple of details regarding her upcoming film: Dimension Films’ Piranha 3Dd… where Danielle plays Maddy, the female lead of the flick:
“We actually wrapped a couple weeks ago. It was a really quick shoot,” Panabaker explained. “I want to say, I was probably only there a month or so, maybe five weeks.” Of course a short shoot for an actress in a horror film doesn’t exactly bode well for the character’s lifespan, but Panabaker politely dodged the question so as not to spoil any of the film, “You’ll just have to wait and see!”
However, the actress had no problem going into detail about her character and the premise of the film:
“Piranha takes place in a water park, not too far from where the last Piranha movie took place, and my character is a young woman coming back from being at grad school studying marine biology to run her family water park for the summer. Some fishy things start to happen as soon as she gets back and, as a marine biologist, she starts to investigate and soon comes face-to-face with the piranha.”
Panabaker was also eager to sing the praises of her talented co-cast. “Matt Bush is super talented.” She added, “David Hasselhoff came and hung out and worked for us for a couple days and I think he’s really funny. He was funnier than I was prepared for, so I’m excited to see what he brings to the film.” While Piranha 3DD does boast a fairly fresh cast as the piranha butchered just about everyone in the first film, Christopher Lloyd’s character managed to make it out alive and Panabaker is thrilled about it, “Christopher Lloyd’s back and it was such a delight to work with him, such an iconic actor.”
So now, what can we expect of Piranha 3DD? Panabaker has yet to see a final cut, but said, “I actually ran into one of our producers back in LA and he said it’s cutting together really nicely, so I’m excited. I hope it’s as funny as the first film was.” According to Panabaker the outlook is good for Piranha 3DD and hopefully for us that means the film will be a bloody good time.
Sockya.com had the pleasure to talk with Danielle about her latest film: The Ward, which is now playing in select theaters.
This is an amazing interview! Some of the highlights can be found below, but to read the whole thing click here. Be careful though, there are a few spoilers about Danielle’s character.
Can you tell me about your audition process and how you got the role?
I was on set working on The Crazies and I had met [producer] Doug [Mankoff], I believe and a couple other people at Echo Lake before I’d left town and while I was on set on The Crazies, my manager sent me the script for The Ward and said take a lot at it. I flew back to town for a weekend to meet with John [Carpenter] at the Hamburger Hamlet and chat and he offered me the role of Sarah.
So after getting the role, what was your preparation process like before you got to set? Did you do anything beyond working on the script?
I think both in the rehearsal process and each of us individually did a little bit of research into what it would be like being in a mental institution and how that effects each of these characters specially. I don’t want to give too much away, but we all definitely did research and John brought a lot of material including actual footage of someone going through electroshock therapy, so we all came with our A game.
How was it working with your co-cast? I spoke to Lyndsy the other day and she said you all got to hang out a bit and have some fun, too, so how did that effect your on screen relationship?
It absolutely is helpful. It’s funny, I said to John in our initial meeting, I said, ‘Have you considered the fact that you’re about to bring five or six young actresses who are all roughly the same age range in a very competitive industry and stick them together in a hotel and hope that they get along?’ I really asked him if he was concerned about it at all and he said, ‘No,’ which I thought was brave of him. But it actually wasn’t a problem. We were all professional and we did, we got along really well. We are all professionals and we showed up and we did our job and it was fortunate that we did get along as well. We’d go hang out, go see movies, but it wasn’t a huge town, so the hotel was amazing and we spent a lot of time there with each other and that sort of thing.
So how did that translate to the relationship on screen? Especially because you’re character isn’t the nicest one of the bunch.
It’s funny. Amber [Heard] said something when I saw her back in LA months later. She said, ‘My only memory of you is being snooty and putting lipstick on.’ [Laughs] She didn’t say my only memory, but she just said, ‘I remember you being snooty,’ and that sort of thing. So I think my on camera relationship with the girls is a little different than my off camera one. But there definitely is an element of familiarity that I think you do see.
Is it more fun playing the meaner one?
It was great. It was really fun. It was something I hadn’t done before and that was really appealing to me when I took the role and I had a great time. It’s fun to get to push the boundaries like that.
Danielle Panabaker will guest star in the next Memphis Beat episode! She will play the prime suspect of a murder: a nun.
The episode, titled “Flesh and Blood” will air next tuesday, July 5 on TNT. Here’s the official description:
Dwight and Whitehead are on the case of a reported missing person, but they are shocked to discover that a nun (Danielle Panabaker) may be their prime suspect. And when Sutton discovers an abandoned baby in his car, he turns to Dwight’s mom, Paula Ann, to teach him baby basics.
Here’s the preview:
Danielle Panabaker co-stars in Weakness, a film about a suburban high school teacher who loses his wife and his moorings during a summer break. The movie premiered last year at the Austin Film Festival with very good reviews.
Weakness follows the life of high school teacher Joshua Polansky (Bobby Cannavale), whose world is crumbling around him: his wife, Elizabeth (June Diane Raphael), wants to start swinging; his mother, Lenore (Phyllis Somerville), thinks she has terminal cancer; and his autistic brother, Pete (Keith Nobbs), who resides at an assisted living home, only connects outside of himself through baseball, games or an occasional burst of anger. At school, things get complicated as a love triangle of sorts develops between Joshua and his teaching colleagues, the wise-cracking Bart (Josh Charles), and idealist Katharine (Lily Rabe), who only has eyes for the married Joshua. When Elizabeth leaves him, Joshua retreats from his adult life and responsibilities and begins dating Danielle, (Danielle Panabaker), a former student who has postponed attending college. Joshua s subsequent regression and indecision fail to mask his anger and hurt, leading to a series of events that force him to reconsider not only his decisions, but the subtle and profound ways that people affect one another.
You’ll find Weakness in stores on August 9, 2011. But you can now pre-order your copy on Amazon.com!
FearNet talked to Danielle Panabaker about her latest film: Dimension Films’ Piranha 3DD! This will clear out some rumors about Danielle’s role in the film:
What drew you to Piranha 3DD?
It was an opportunity to work with the Weinstein Company. They make fantastic movies so it was great to do business with them. There is a certain comedic element to the film that I hadn’t had a chance to do recently. There are some really talented comedians in the cast. It was a lot of fun.
Can you tell us about your role?
The movie takes place in a water park. My character’s step-father owns the park, and she is coming to work there over the summer. And fishy things start to happen…!
Piranha 3D was all about the T&A and the blood. Can we expect more of the same?
You can expect exactly the same! I don’t know that we went through quite as much blood as they did in the first one. Our set was more confined, since it was in a water park instead of Lake Havasu. There is lots of T&A. From my first scene, there is a lot of that going on, and it just continues throughout. It will not disappoint.
So does that mean you are nude in this one?
No. Absolutely not. I do spend a fair amount of the movie in my bikini, though.
Was it fun shooting in a water park? Did you get to play on the slides?
It was really fun. I have to say, I had the best time. We shot at this one park for like three weeks. John [Gulager, the director] showed us around when we got there. The water park also had an arcade attached to it. On our last day of shooting, David Hasselhoff had given us all “Don’t Hassle the Hoff” shirts. So of course, when we wrapped filming, we decided we wanted to put them on and play laser tag. We had been there for three weeks and we couldn’t get enough of that place. A huge thank you to the people of Jungle Rapids for taking such good care of us.
And you are done with filming?
Yes. We wrapped… about a month ago.
Piranha 3DD shows its teeth on November 23!
Danielle Panabaker was in Park City, Utah this week. I’ve updated the gallery with a picture of her taking part in the “Zero Motivation” Director Workshop at Sundance on June 21st. “Zero Motivation” might actually be a new project of Danielle, there was(is) some shooting involved. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything about it!
Check your cable listings, John Carpenter’s The Ward starts on VOD today! Via director John Carpenter:
If you can’t find “The Ward” on your cable service, it’s on Netflix, VOD starting today!
Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet, you can see it in full HD @ iTunes Movie Trailers.
A profile piece on Joel Soisson appeared on Star News Online, who caught up to the producer on the set of Piranha 3Dd . Soisson described the sequel: “This one is so outlandish in places. I hope it works because it really pushes all the boundaries slightly pushed in the first one.”
John Gulager directs this time out with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton on script duties – the same triumvirate that gave us the Feast trilogy…and we now how nutty that got. The film apparently wrapped on May 27, so it is well on its way to its November 23 release date.
Danielle Panabaker, Gary Busey and Chris Zylka star.