Actress Tania Raymonde, whose filmography includes the hit television series “Lost,” recently spoke with Phoenix Movie Examiner about her latest project - the new installment in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” horror flick franchise.
In “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which opens Friday, Jan. 4 at movie theaters throughout the Valley, Alexandra Daddario plays a young woman who travels to Texas with her friends to collect an inheritance. Little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
Question: Can you tell me a little bit about your character as you see her?
Answer: Nikki is the party girl of this horror film. She is a very fun-loving. free-spirited character and likes to have a good time. I have not really done a straightforward horror movie. This is my first one so I guess that I was initiated, so to speak. But it is a cool legacy to be a part of. I am happy to be in such good company.
Q: So then is that to say that you are a fan of horror flicks?
A: I have a very high tolerance for gore and blood. I am like the perfect horror movie viewer because I do not get scared very easily. I can really stomach anything so, as a result, I have watched a lot of really disgusting stuff that I should probably never have seen. But some of my favorite movies are horror movies - like “The Shining” and “The Birds.” I am a movie fan across the board, though, so if a movie is well done then I love it and it does not really matter what the genre is.
Q: Were you a fan of the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre?”
A: I was a big fan of the original. I saw it when I was a kid and was really freaked out by it. I was like 12 or 13 years old and I remember my dad telling me, “This is a slasher movie. It is going to be really freaky but you have got to watch it.” It really remained vivid in my mind so to be part of a remaking of that movie was really cool. Plus, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is like the best title of any movie in history.
Q: What sets the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” series apart from other horror flick franchises and what sets “Texas Chainsaw 3D” apart from other remakes?
A: I think that the creepiest part about Leatherface is that he has got a human side to him. He is not an alien from another planet or a monster. He is a disturbed person and I think that is like the most terrifying part of the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” And in terms of comparing it to other remakes, the nice thing about our movie is that the filmmakers really paid a lot of attention to not only mimicking the way that the original was made in terms of look and feel but also trying to make this like a direct follow-up to the original movie.
Q: Most people know you from the hit television series “Lost.” Do you have any general comments about your experience on that show?
A: I really kind of became my own person on that show. I feel like there was a bravery about Alex that I really loved and that is sort of something that I try to remember in my real life. You have to be brave and good things will come to you. I guess that is the aspect of her character that I really admired and has really stuck with me this whole time. But in terms of experiences, it really does not get any better than that. Whoever complained about being on “Lost” is a freaking psychopath.
Q: So is that to say that if J.J. Abrams were to call you up and say, “Tania, we have to go back,” you would be ready and willing to reprise your role as Alex Rousseau?
A: Are you joking? Of course! I mean i think about it all of the time! I have only blissfully positive memories from that show. I do not even know how to put it into words. I know that it is an experience that is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. It did not even feel like a job. It was like a dream. It is almost like it never really happened. It is one of those things that was so awesome you cannot even remember what it was like. It felt like it was my alternate life and I was living it on some island somewhere. It was like it happened on some other timeline. Maybe that is fitting considering the show.