Alex Essoe interview for Death of Me

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of chatting with Alex Essoe who was one of the mostt energetic and sweetest personalities I have ever interviewed to date the past few years writing for Infamous Horrors and doing podcast the past couple years. She was featured as Wendy Torrance in Doctor Sleep and I hear nothing but great things about her in Starry Eyes so I think now I have to check that out. Hope you all enjoy the interview as much as I did.



AJ:
Hey, Alex. How are you doing today?

Alex:
I’m good, AJ. How you doing?

AJ:
I’m doing good as I can in this quarantine

Alex:
Yeah. I guess so. Oh God, I know. It’s the pits.

AJ:
First thing’s first. What piqued your interest in Death Of Me to join this movie with Darren Lynn Bousman?



Alex:
Well, I actually… I think it’s more correct to say what made Darren want to cast me in the movie because I just went in and auditioned. I didn’t… I’m not quite at that point yet where I can just call someone up and be like, “Hey, I really want to work on this.” Hopefully one day, but not quite yet. But actually the casting director who brought me in kind of pushed for me because the role was originally for a woman in her late forties. And I went in and I auditioned and the casting director liked what I did. And she kind of went to bat and fought for me to work on it. So Darren… Yeah.

Alex:
And Darren… I mean, Darren told me after I was cast that he had seen Starry Eyes and that was one of the reasons that he did kind of change the character a bit. Which I was like, “Yes. Thank you, Starry Eyes.” Like, it’s crazy how much traction I’ve been able to get off of that. So I was very, very relieved because I really did like the project a lot. I love anything about cults and mysticism and religious prophesy and things like that. I think it’s so fascinating.



Alex:
And this kind of had that Wicker Man, like Serpent and the Rainbow vibe to it. And I really was looking forward to playing a villain because I rarely get to do that. And man, it was so fun.

AJ:
Yeah. And Darren was also talking to me about how it’s like The Hangover version of the Wicker Man. Which was…



Alex:
Yeah.

AJ:
Which was really interesting for him to spin it in that way.

Alex:
That’s so funny.

AJ:
Which was really interesting the way he put it like that. But the more I think of it-

Alex:
Yeah.

AJ:
… it is kind of like The Hangover meets the Wicker Man. And like you said, folklore horror is so interesting. And it’s so impactful to the genre because I mean, folklore horror is one of the main staples in what makes a horror movie really suspenseful because you get to see how these people act. And you know, it’s not as farfetched as you may think, because we do have real life cults that have people who act like this in real life. So it’s not that far-fetched to have folklore horror.



Alex:
Yeah. It’s so true.

AJ:
How was it like working with Maggie Q on this? Because she was just so fantastic and definitely [crosstalk 00:00:03:44].

Alex:
Oh, man, I can’t say enough good things about her. She is such a cool person and such a force of nature. She’s like… It’s funny working with her. I really looked up to her because she has… I mean, I don’t know. It’s funny. She’s just one of the most confident, self-possessed people I’ve ever met. And she really has her shit together, which is inspiring for me because I’ve been a hot mess my whole life. I was like, Oh, that’s what it’s like when you are organized and work out and take care of yourself. Maybe I’ll try that. But I never did, but it was inspiring at the time.



Alex:
But yeah, I mean she’s so on the ball, she’s the most professional person ever. She knows her lines. She knows everybody else’s lines. She always has really cool ideas. She would almost on a daily, she would be talking to me about stuff in the van and kind of… It felt like a very collaborative thing with her.

Alex:
But she also really went out of her way to make me feel comfortable. Because this is a little above my pay grade at the time that I made this. I was kind of like, Oh my God, I’m working with actors that I recognize the names of. Like, this is… Oh my God, this is crazy. And of course Darren, I love. I mean I love… And I don’t even really like… Normally I wouldn’t like a movie like Saw because I’m not super into torture porn and crazy graphic violence, but I really like the way he does it. I think he’s very creative with it. And he… I don’t know, there’s something about it that’s just very fun, which is kind of interesting. It’s very fun and engaging and… So yeah, I was a big fan of his. I was really excited to work with him too.



AJ:
Yeah. And you brought up the fact that you got to play a villain in this. And not only that, it was another starring role for you after being in Dr. Sleep playing [crosstalk 00:06:04] character like you did [inaudible 00:06:06]. That had to be interesting from going to playing like a legendary character in Dr. Sleep to being [crosstalk 00:06:13]. So how was that like going from those two films kind of back to back?

Alex:
Well, you know what’s interesting is I got the call that I had booked Dr. Sleep the day I landed in Thailand to do Death Of Me.



AJ:
Oh, wow.

Alex:
Yeah, it was weird. I made this movie a couple of weeks before, it was a feature that I wrote and starred in with a couple of friends of mine. Because… It was so weird. I was living out of a suitcase. I was like sleeping on my friend’s floor in Van Nuys. And I’m like, “Well, I got to do something. I’m going to go, I’m going to make this movie with my friends in Toronto, and that’ll be good.”



Alex:
And then while I was there, I auditioned for Death Of Me. I put myself on tape and a couple of weeks later found out that I booked it. And then a couple of weeks after that, I auditioned for Dr. Sleep and found out that I booked it when I landed in Thailand to do Death Of Me. I mean, it was so strange. It was like one of those weird moments where you’re like, you’re almost at the precipice of quitting and then you don’t have to. So it was really nice. So yeah. I mean, it was a whirlwind. It was a total dream come true. You know.



Alex:
Oh, thank you.

AJ:
Well, Alex, thank you so much for joining us at infamous horrors today. It was really fun. I wish I had more time to talk Dr. Sleep with you.

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