Danielle Nicolet for an exclusive interview! It’s always a pleasure interviewing such talented people here at TCWRevirews. And this time around, we have a very special guest taking a seat in our virtual interview chair. The oh so talented Danielle Nicolet will be talking to us about her love of horror and Science Fiction and video games, but above all, her upcoming film SyFy film Red Faction: Origins, which is serves as a companion to the upcoming game Red Faction: Armageddon.
Clifford: First off, I’d like to thank you for taking time out of your hectic day to do this little interview for us. It’s not everyday we have such an incredible talent such as yourself dropping by our part of the web, but when we do it’s always a memorable one, so know that it‘s a real pleasure doing this interview with you.
Danielle: Thank you so much!! I'm honored. I'll do my best not to disappoint!
Clifford: Alright so instead of doing the usual “Where are you from” and “What got you into acting” routine most interviewers like to throw at stars we’re gonna do something a little different if that’s okay with you?
Danielle: Sounds great.
Clifford: I see you’ve been pretty busy this year thus far with having two films out. First with the Ticking Clock and now with Red Faction: Origins premiering on the SyFy channel. I bet it’s been pretty hectic with schedules in between projects. So what do you do to wind down in between roles?
Danielle: Well, let's see... I watch a lot of movies, spend time at the beach and do my best to relax. I'm not real good at the relaxing part!
Clifford: This is an odd question and I‘m willing to bet no one‘s asked you this yet but, you’re known by your dedicated fan base as an actress that can either make you laugh or cry, or in some cases both. But have you ever considered doing something completely out of norm for your fan base like say, be the antagonist of a horror? And I’m not talking about “oh she’s a real bad guy in this one“, no I’m saying straight out serial killer take no prisoners type of antagonist? [Laughs]
Danielle: OMG, who told you that I am secretly addicted to horror movies?! Seriously, I love them. You name a scary movie and I've seen it. Probably twice. I would absolutely love to be the killer!!! Sadly, at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds I don't get that call very often. I think they see me a little more as the "victim of the mean, nasty serial killer"...but I think it could work. No one would ever suspect little ol' me!
Danielle: Definitely a twisted, Eli Roth style killer. Someone who is relentlessly wicked. I'd love to be that woman that you inherently trust because she seems so nice and helpful and would never hurt a fly, but in the end...she's Norman Bates.
Clifford: Okay so what can you tell us about Red Faction: Origins, is it based off of the first game, is it a prequel or a sequel or something in between?
Danielle: It's literally something in between. It takes place in the years between Guerilla and Armageddon. It's a great place to be because the game offers the framework of the world, but our story has not been told yet.
Clifford: Will the film reference any of the events that transpired in the previous games?
Danielle: Yes, the film has quite a few references to the events of previous games. It's really a continuation of the story of Alec Mason, the hero of Red Faction: Guerilla. Something fun for the game fans: there are little easter eggs throughout the film that are directly from the game.
Clifford: So how’d you feel about acting in a Sci-Fi project such as Red Faction?
Danielle: I absolutely loved it! I am big time science fiction fan, and this kind of movie is a dream job! I really enjoy watching the shows on the SyFy network, and Red Faction is just the best of the best. We have Brian J. Smith from Stargate Universe, Kate Vernon from Battlestar Gallactica, Robert Patrick from Terminator 2, Garreth David Lloyd from Torchwood, and Michael Nankin (Battlestar, Caprica) for a director and Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13) writing and producing! It 's a SyFy dream team, and the movie really reflects all the talent that's involved.
Clifford: You play the character Tess De La Vega, what was it like playing this character and how does personality differ from yours?
Danielle: Playing Tess was really fun! She's smart. Really smart. Too smart, in fact. It causes her to suffer from foot in mouth disease more often than not. I especially enjoyed playing the "fish out of water" aspects of her experience. She doesn't really have the constitution to be cold, adventurous and uncomfortable! I suppose that's how were similar. My idea of a dangerous adventure is 2 star hotel!
Clifford: I’ve heard talks of Red Faction might get picked up as a series, any odds you can spill the beans if you live or die in this movie?
Danielle: I think I'm pretty safe in saying that Tess would never go down without a fight!
Clifford: I remember reading somewhere that you’re somewhat of a gamer. To what are some of your favorite games?
Danielle: I really like the GTA games, Call of Duty (who doesn't?!), Saint's Row...
Clifford: Well dropping titles like GTA, COD and Saint’s Row will gain you a lot of geek points from my readers… believe me. But now I have to ask; are you a online COD multi player?
Danielle: Not too often. I like to play alone. I hope that doesn't lower my geek points. Please let me know if it does and I will stop being such an isolationist!
Clifford: Did you play any of the Red Faction games for research?
Danielle: Not before we got started. I really wanted to stay as ignorant to the Martian landscape as my character was. Tess spends the film surviving a series of new and uncomfortable situations, and I wanted the sets to be a mystery for me as well. Now that it's over, that's a different story! My copy of Armageddon is on it's way!
Clifford: Keep in mind that this next question I’m about to ask you will determine if you’re awarded geek notary or not. [Laughs] But I’ve read that you’re a fan of the Star Wars trilogy, but which one?
Danielle: The real one! Wars, Empire and Jedi (yeah, even with the Ewoks!)
Clifford: Okay now this next question is TCWreviews’ signature question so don’t feel alarmed, you’re not the only one [Laughter]
Clifford: The term ‘For The Sake of Art’ has always been coined in the entertainment industry for how far an actor/actress would be willing to go for, well… the sake of art. So my question to you is; How far are you willing to go for the sake of art in this industry?
Danielle: All the way! It's art. Putting limits on it totally ridiculous. That's like trying to control the weather. You have to let go, be willing and the art becomes it's own entity. Wait a second..."All the way"...what exactly do you mean by that?! Never mind! I don't want to know! [Laughs]
Clifford: As part of a recently established tradition here at TCWreviews, we allow one anonymous reader a chance to ask our celebrity guests a question, but don’t worry we’ve filtered out any nasty obscenities [Laughs].
Danielle: Oh no, you must have been hard pressed to find a question then! haha!
Clifford: A reader asks what was it like working with the late Bernie Mac?
Danielle: Great question. It was one of the best experiences of my working life. My first episode of the show, I was feeling pretty shy and heading to my room to eat lunch by myself and heard his unmistakable voice behind me. "Baby girl! Where you going? You come in here and have lunch with me!". I went to his room and the whole cast, half the crew and a professional boxer were all in there! Bernie embraced me, and that meant that everyone else did too. From that day, I could talk to him about anything. He always told the truth and never forgot how fortunate he was to have such success. He taught me how important it is to take care of the people around you, and to value friendships above all else. I will forever be in his debt.
Clifford: Thank you once again Danielle for taking the time out to do this interview, I guarantee you we at TCWReviews will no doubt be watching Red Faction: Origins this Saturday evening and readers will be checking it out as well. I’d also like to invite you to come back and do this again with us sometime, and as always it’s been a hug pleasure.
Danielle: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for watching our movie. I really hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!
And that concludes my interview with actress Danielle Nicolet. As the Editor in Chief and Chief administrator of TCWReviews, I can tell you that I‘ve done my fair share of interviews in the past as well as talked with many actors and actresses, and I can honestly tell you that Danielle has a natural charisma about her that makes it incredibly hard to not be constantly engaged in conversation with her. There’s no doubt I’ll be watching her film Red Faction: Origins when it premiers on SyFy Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 9 pm. Danielle was a fantastic addition to our celebrity guests here and I want to once again extend my sincere thanks for taking the time to sit down and converse with a little movie buff such as myself. I‘d also would like to thank Wendy Shepherd for making this interview happen in the first place, Thanks Wendy!