Her blonde hair and blue eyes are the first things one might notice about Kirsten Babich, but seeing her beauty is just scratching the surface with this young performer! Kirsten has managed to get a lot of experience under her belt fast. You may have seen her on the USA network’s “Burn Notice” or in her most recent role as Krystal Smith in the new independent horror/comedy Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound.. But before all of that, she was cutting her teeth in the business working in commercials, theater, dance and modeling. Now Kirsten is taking some time to talk with us about some of her latest projects, including a horror/thriller called Spilt Milk with Tiffany Shepis and of course the before-mentioned Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound.
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Nic– Kirsten can you tell us a little bit about Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound?
Kirsten– Sure, I’d love to! This film is a really quirky mix of comedy and horror. It’s really a special combination- unlike any other script I had read before!
Nic– Can you tell us something about your character in Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound?
Kirsten– The movie centers around the Madden family. They are a happy and loving family, who are really put to the test when their son Kevin encounters a werewolf, and begins to start a transformation of his own. My character Krystal is the girlfriend of the younger Madden son. She becomes involved in the brutality and violence and ultimately meets a bloody end on a table saw.
Nic– So is this your first horror film?
Kirsten– Yes, it was. I am actually new to film acting as a whole. I come from a background in theater, so the transition to film/TV has been incredibly exciting, and I feel so blessed to have been able to make the transition. My most recent project was actually another horror film called Spilt Milk (Fantasm Films), so it looks like I might be hooked!
Nic– So what can you tell us about Spilt Milk and your role in it?
Kirsten– Spilt Milk is an amazing film, and I feel honored to have been a part of it. I was able to be a part of a superb cast of actors including Tiffany Shepis and Ari Lehman, best known for his role of Jason in the Friday the 13th films. The script was artfully written, and the unpredictable storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final twist.
Nic– I know it’s still early in your career, but do you worry about being type-cast as a "Horror Actress"?
Kirsten– Not at all. My film career is really just starting to take off, and I have no doubt that more diverse roles will come my way in the future. I feel fortunate to have had as much experience as I have in such a short time, even if it has been centered around one particular genre.
Nic– As an actress, what do you think the biggest challenge is for you in doing a film like Werewolf: The Devil’s Hound?
Kirsten– My biggest challenge was filming my death scene. When you are filming a scene like that, you want to put 100% in, so the scene ends up looking suspenseful and thrilling. You never know which take is going to end up on the cutting room floor, and which will make it into the movie, so you need to make sure you give it your all each and every time. By the end of the night, I had no voice left because I had been doing my “Scream Queen” scream for hours!
Nic– You’ve been involved in a lot of different types of projects; movies, tv, theater, and modeling. Which is your favorite?
Kirsten– I really can’t choose just one aspect of performance as my favorite. They are all so different, but special in their own ways. There is a certain magic in live theater- a sense that you are right up there in front of your audience and that is your one shot to get it right. With tv and film, if you happen to make a mistake- the director yells cut, you re-shoot and the mistake ends up on the cutting room floor. My favorite part of modeling is that it really requires some acting if you want to bring depth and emotion to your pictures. I really love all performance venues, and find that my experiences in each helps me in all the others.