BRWC Exclusive Interview: Aniela McGuinness

BRWC Exclusive Interview: Aniela McGuinness

Enter the basement of a complex and twist-filled kidnapping in award-winning filmmaker Lou Simon’s (“All Girl’s Weekend”, “HazMat”) 3 : An Eye for an Eye.

A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession from him. They need to get his confession on tape, because he has made up an alibi.  Locked up in the basement of a remote home, he is unwilling to confess on camera and continues to assert his innocence. With time running out, how far are they willing to go for justice and what if they are wrong?

“A solid, smart piece of genre filmmaking” (Horror Talk) and premiering on VOD August 7 from Uncork’d Entertainment, 3 : An Eye for an Eye boasts dynamic performances from Aniela McGuinness (Rock of Ages), Todd Bruno (HazMat), Mike Stanley (“Revolution”), and Katie Carpenter (Acrimony).

You studied theatre in college, is that right?

Yes, that is correct, but I didn’t study acting. My focus was on technical theater with classes in set construction, costume patterning and draping, rigging, scene painting, etc.

So, you’ve wanted to be an actor from a young age?

Yes, I always wanted to be an actress. My parents wanted me to have a job that would pay my bills thought. Which is why I focused on technical theater on college rather than acting. 

How different was it doing theatre than doing film though?

Since I went from working backstage at the Opera, to the front of a camera, it was a world of difference, but the knowledge I gained from being a technician still helps me today. Mainly, it gives me compassion for the crew. I know that they are there before I get on set and will be there after I am cut. They are putting in their hearts and souls too.

And when did you make the transition into film?

There is a moment when you just know you can’t keep living the life you are living. That was how I felt being backstage. I was working so closely to what I wanted to do, but it was just out of reach. I made the transition when staying in my current life made my soul hurt more than taking the risk to change. That was about 8 years ago. 

A lot of your work has been comedy work -is that correct?

Yes, I started doing improv comedy during my summers off from the opera. 

How did you end up in “3 : An Eye for an Eye” – which is far from funny!?

This is the third film I have done with Lou, who I love working with. The first film that I worked on with her was Hazmat, and her DP, Anthony Dones and I had worked together on a comedy. Thus the point of crossover.

3 : An Eye for an Eye

3 : An Eye for an Eye

Can you relate to your character?

I can relate to every character I play. Even though I have not experienced the same things that “She” has, I have experienced trauma and heartbreak which I waive into my performance. 

How did you psyche yourself up each day to play her?

It would all depend on the scenes we were playing that day. Sometimes it would be going through past trauma, sometimes it would trying not to laugh during serious scenes. 

Was it hard to wind down at the end of the day?

Shooting “3: An Eye for an Eye” was like being at summer camp, all of us piled into one house, drinking, laughing, and being huge goof balls. At some point, I would try to find some alone time to go over the next day’s scenes and maybe take a walk in the woods by our house. 

What can we see you in next?

The film “Marriage Killer” and a kids’ show on Nickelodeon (which I can’t say the title of yet) are my two most recent projects…and hopefully Lou’s next film (wink wink).

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