In the new film Bounty Killer, Christian Pitre plays a ruthless assassin who can turn you into human sushi as quickly as it took you to read this sentence. Mercifully, the actress is nothing like that in real life. The charming Christian joined BFTV recently to chat about Bounty Killer and how awesome it is to play a woman as strong as her character Mary.
The feature-length extension of the short film of the same name, Bounty Killer is a breakout role for Christian, but that knowledge didn't add any extra pressure to her performance. "I think when you choose to be in this industry, you kind of foresee where you want to end up someday. It kind of just feels right to be here right now," she reflected. "Sometimes I do look around though and realize my dreams are coming true like right before my eyes. And I just take it all in!"
She was at the center of an eclectic cast that included Matthew Marsden, Beverly D'Angelo, and Gary Busey. What was it like to work with such a diverse group of actors? "I still watch the movie and the scene with Beverly d'Angelo and I, [and] I can't believe it's me on the screen with her," Christian told us. "I guess Matthew was probably the most fun just because we spent every waking moment together. We had such a fun time. Everyone became such a close family really quickly on this shoot. We always had fun with Gary. He's the easiest person to have fun with."
Bounty Killer also opened Christian's eyes to the fact that she can not only handle, but enjoy an action-oriented role. "The things I'm the most proud of [is] just all the action stuff, the stuff I've never done before," she told us, adding, "Everyone looks at me funny because when I talk about Mary, I talk about her in third person. I feel like it takes so many other people to bring Mary to life. It's a whole team of us. I could never be her on my own."
"All along we've been saying this, even back to when we were shooting the short," she continued. "I just want people to see this and have fun and love it as much as we do. We all were having so much fun. And if that amount of enthusiasm can come across on the screen, that's why we did it. Movies are supposed to be an escape from reality. We're bringing you to the craziest place you can go and doing the craziest things you can do."
With the film now released for us to enjoy, talk turns to what happens next for this talented actress. "This is really the first kind of breakout project. I've only done just small things here and there. I've never done something that I feel kind of helps define me as an actress yet," she said. "I would say probably coming up I'm going to end up doing more of this for a little while just because I'm having so much fun with it. But what you see me do in the movie isn't anything like who I am. I'm a mom. I spend time with my family every day."
What are the qualities that would make a project catch her attention? "Things like when I get to show versatility. That's what I really love about Mary. She wasn't just a badass; she has this vulnerable side. There's so many colors and so much depth to her that I thought she'd be so much fun to play," Christian continued. "You'll get me with anything high drama. I love doing anything dramatic. That's where my heart originally landed before I found action. Any kind of cool, complex character. And I really love strong female roles."
There's one part in particular: "It's been a dream for so long that I think I'm getting close to aging out of it," she told us, "but I'd love to be Priscilla Presley. I love Elvis so much. That would be The One."
While she's been dealing plenty of damage on-screen, off-camera Christian is devoted to doing some more constructive things. "There's lots of things that are really important to me," she said. "Family, for sure, is number one. My family did foster parenting growing up, so I am a strong advocate for foster care and even teenage adoptions. I've got ideas that I want to do for getting prom dresses or school supplies to foster kids who can't afford them."
Another thing that's important to Christian - who "wasn't encouraged very much" when it came to her choice of career - is supporting other up-and-coming or aspiring actors and actresses. "You don't have to be Angelina Jolie," she explained. "Just for anyone out there who might not be in the best situation, persistence and hard work and pursuing your dreams really pays off sometimes. It's happening. My dreams are becoming reality."