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AN INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS NATASHA NEGOVANLIS FROM THE HIT LESBIAN-VAMPIRE ROMANCE.
By Ella Kliendienst
BITING ON THE BACK OF THE VIRAL WEB SERIES,
THE CARMILLA MOVIE IS A BLOODY, STEAMY GOOD TIME!
Why did you want to be involved in this
From the moment I read the casting break-
down for the digital series this film is based
on, I was immediately drawn to the charac-
ter Carmilla and the story arc between her
and Laura. I think what also compelled me
to audition was the detail that was in all the
character descriptions. Far too often, roles
that are presented to young women lack a
certain depth but Carmilla was a beautiful,
fully realized character and it was exciting
to audition for a series that was created,
and written, by women.
Why Should LOTL readers see your film?
I think LOTL readers should see this film
because, spoiler alert, the lesbians are the
leads and they don’t break up and they
don’t die! My hope is that their straight
friends will also watch this film however,
because I think it’s important for hetero-
sexual folks to realize that the sexuality or
gender identity of a character doesn’t have
to change the action, suspense, comedy,
or adventure of a movie or make it less en-
joyable to watch. These characters are just
young people solving a mystery and navi-
gating relationships who just happen to be
queer. Well, a queer vampire in my case but
hey, vampires are people too!
How is this character like you? Or differ-
ent from you?
Carmilla definitely has a natural sensual-
ity and a cool factor that neurotic Natasha
does not always possess. But I think we do
share a capacity for love and a bit of a hero
complex. We both feel a need to save or
protect the people we care about.
What are some of your favorite lesbian
Too many to list! Although, as of late, I really
enjoy storylines that are free from lesbian
angst and I always love a good dark com-
edy. Lily Tomlin is one of my queer idols and
she has a great indie film called Grandma
about an eccentric lesbian grandmother in
California on a mission to help her grand-
daughter wrangle the money to terminate
What’s going to surprise people about
I think people will be pleasantly surprised
by the romantic scenes, even though we
had a male director. I think the intimate mo-
ments don’t look like they were created for
the male gaze at all. He [Spencer Maybee]
gave my co-star [Elise Bauman] and I a lot
of freedom to explore our natural chemistry
and I dare say, it’s quite steamy!
What’s the biggest challenge about tak-
ing on this role?
The biggest challenge is remembering that
Carmilla has centuries of life experience
and finding a truthful way to make that
translate. We also get to see moments from
Carmilla’s Victorian past so I had to think
about how her mannerisms would have
changed in that time and how a woman
would have carried herself back then.
Without giving anything away, what’s
your favorite line of dialogue?
The character Mel [played by Nicole Stamp]
is one of my favourite characters in this
film and she has so many good one-liners
like: “Pretty sure weapons are the best
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon
As lame as it may sound to some, my perfect
Sunday afternoon would be spent working
on set! I love acting more than anything. But
if I had to have the day off I wouldn’t turn
down a nice brunch with close friends, bar-
gain hunting at an antique market, and a
day trip to the beach with my dog.
The Carmilla Movie screens at Sat 24th Feb at
Event Cinemas, George St for MGFF 2018.
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