An Interview with Sarah Lieving – By Josh Samford

Sarah Lieving may not be a household name just yet, but she is quickly becoming a name to be recognized amongst the ranks of Horror and Science Fiction cinema. With dozens of credits to her name, she has had appearances on television’s Criminal Minds as well as several notable genre pictures. She is a star on the rise and if you haven’t seen her face just yet, you can count on seeing it in the near future! We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with the young actress and we would like to thank her for her time and wit!

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Rogue Cinema: For those who are not familiar with your work, can you give us a brief summary of just who Sarah Lieving is?

Sarah Lieving: Who is Sarah Lieving? Hmmm. She is a gypsy. She has fought vampires, werewolves, giant apes and giant sharks and has lived to tell the stories. Just teasing… kind of. I moved around quite a bit growing up, but found ways to perform everywhere I lived. Since I moved to LA, I’ve had a good run in the Sci-Fi world and now I’m jumping into TV and some more main stream features. Fingers crossed… this is just the beginning!

RC: You have quite a few talents listed on your resume, what was it that drew you to becoming an actress?

SL: I do like variety and trying new things, so I have had a lot of different adventures, but acting is my one and only. The adventures and emotions in acting are endless. It is a roller coaster.

RC: You’ve worked in theater, television, improv and film; with these different forms of drama, which do you find most rewarding?

SL: Film is my true love. I enjoy it all but if I had a magic wand… it would be to work with people I admire on films I am passionate about.

RC: What was your first "big break" and how did that come about?

SL: I wouldn’t say anything is quite broken… just a slow sprain. One film has led to the next and hopefully it will continue. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be lovely to have something big happen, so I’ll do my darndest to make that come true.

RC: You have worked a great deal with Leigh Scott in the past, a very interesting figure from his work at The Asylum, what are your thoughts on the director?

SL: He is a wonderful man. I feel like he is almost like a brother to me. We went through the asylum “school” together. It was quite an education on film and especially on very quick, low budget filmmaking. We had a lot of fun through it all though

RC: With The Dunwich Horror, you starred opposite Dean Stockwell and Jeffrey Combs, what was it like working alongside these veterans?

SL: It was a better education than anyone could ask for. Watching them perform and seeing their professionalism is truly something to aspire to.

RC: You are consistently busy as an actress, how do you keep the parts rolling in?

SL: For me, it has been relationships and the willingness to do anything with a smile on my face. Well, not everything. A girl has to have her ethics… but ask me to let a real scorpion walk across my stomach and I’m game.

RC: Do you have any favorite roles that you have had so far?

SL: I think that may still be on the horizon. All the ladies of my past are pretty equal except perhaps Kelly, from Beast of Bray Road. I have a soft spot for a good romance, but especially when the leading lady turns out to be the Beast.

RC: On the horizon, you have some very big movies coming up. Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus, after the mind-boggling success of Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, may turn out to be massive, how exciting is that?

SL: I sure wouldn’t mind it being massive. That would be “mega” exciting.

RC: Perfect reply! You are also cast in Super Shark, directed by veteran and cult icon Fred Olen Ray, what can you tell us about this project?

SL: It was great to work with Fred and to be honest I didn’t quite realize how fortunate I was until we were mid shoot. I came to the project last minute because someone fell through. I got the script one day and the next started shooting… finally caught my breath and that’s when we really started having fun.

RC: With The Witches of Oz, you are cast alongside a massive number of stars. Christopher Loyd, Sean Astin, Lance Henriksen, Mia Sara, Ethan Embry, Billy Boyd, Jeffrey Combs… what a cast! Has the opportunity, in being surrounded with so many big names and veteran performers, been rewarding? Especially in the context of how ambitious this project seems to be.

SL: This is Leigh Scott’s new baby and he certainly didn’t skimp on the cast. I wish I could tell you some amazing stories but the truth is I shot all my scenes by myself on green screen! I play the witch that the house drops on. This is a unique version of Oz so she plays a more pivotal role in this movie. I lost my voice from all the cackling but it was totally worth it!

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I speak for Rogue Cinema when I say we’re all looking forward to Sarah Lieving’s next projects. From the guaranteed cult status of Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus to the epic 3D fun of Leah Scott’s update of The Wizard of Oz known as The Witches of Oz! We’re sure that Sarah will bring everything she has to her roles and these films will show her in full form as a charismatic actress! We at Rogue Cinema would like to thank Sarah for sitting down to answer our questions! For more information on Sarah, you can visit her official website at SarahLieving.com.