Erin Sanders interview for The Call

We got to sit down and interview one of the stars from the new horror movie The Call which is now in theaters and VOD

AJ: so what got you interested in joining the call?

Erin Sanders
I was first intrigued by the call because the role I played, Tanya, was really fleshed out, like I understand why she's here in this moment, engaging with these people in this way. I understand why she's done the things she's done, not just for actions, but she's had a lot of traumatic experience as a young person and growing up. She's turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms. I a lot of people can relate to that even it's not in a zoonotic way as Tanya's experience.
And the other thing that made me so I was working with legends, tell them about and then say their iconic. And I have some really specific focus, one on one thing, each of them. And I was really stoked to check those out. Yeah, let's talk about that a little bit, because, like you said, you got to work with two legends like Lin and Tobin.

AJ: How was it like just getting the chemistry with them on this film that worked so great personally between you and Tobin? How were they like on set Erin?

Erin Sanders: Thank you for bringing that up, Tobin has such specific focused intensity of quiet intensity, he locks into the material and his fellow actors in a way that feels a little roleplay, which I personally love. I think when we're dealing with strong emotional intensity onscreen, we create that by being a collaborative experience as opposed to one actor existing. And they're little emotional balance one another. After insisting in their little emotional bubble and just acting at one another. Is very reactive thing. Lin Shaye is as well. They're reactive and focused and lost on their fellow actors as we complete the task at hand, which I appreciate so much.

AJ FRIAR: Yeah, and you have a great up and coming director on this committee and you've got somebody like Jeffrey Reticule in his own right, is a legend in the business and created. Final destination. So how was it like working with both of them on this awesome.

Erin Sanders: Jeffrey cracked me up in front of something to him about four, which I really appreciate. I think it's more interesting and nuanced when we have moments of levity. He's really interested in those moments of levity, which I appreciate a lot. We can be self-aware and make fun of ourselves a little bit, not to take herself too seriously. And I, as a viewer, enjoy films more when they're a little bit self-aware and to you to make fun of tropes that they are playing into a little set of acts. Yeah, you know what I mean. Instead of acting like creating a film where I have fun, you know, ultimately for the viewer coming to watch a movie and hopefully that's why all the people involved are coming to create the film where to have fun. It is a really spontaneous director, which is something that I don't have a lot of experience with and used to working with people who plan everything out really far in advance and still leave room for play applause for Timothy. I know he feels his strengths are in spontaneity and making good decisions in the moment, which as an actor sometimes feels right and sometimes feels really challenging because things would change at the drop of a hat that ultimately required a lot of trust between you and I, which we developed throughout the course of the film.
And it's interesting to be exposed to different types of creativity. And upon seeing the Finnish film, obviously I so much trust in him because the finished product is great. It's scary and I feel emotionally connected to the characters as I watch them. All right.

AJ FRIAR: And speaking of the spontaneous filmmaking, was there anything he did that kind of got you off guard a little bit or was it more kind of. Potent in the way he is like spontaneous on his filmmaking throughout the process.

Erin Sanders: There were definitely things that caught me off guard, not in the sense that he would try and trick us in the middle of a scene to get an emotional response. I'm not a big fan of that. I he doesn't do that. I feel that you're responsible for the director to throw stuff at an actor in the middle of a scene that hasn't been consented to already. And also, I feel like when you're doing that, you're not trusting your actors to act. You're just like trying to trick them into just having a reaction. But if they're having a sudden reaction like that, they're not in character and they're themselves. So I appreciate that Timothy would share with us before rolling what was going on, even if it was a sudden, spontaneous choice that we had time to digest it in process and also talk it out with him. To consider him something that felt authentic to us is something we want to do, engage in moving forward.
But he definitely would make sudden, spontaneous choices like maybe right before rolling. So I thought he had a lot of time to adjust to at least some time to have a collaborative exchange before moving forward. And one final question for you, Erin.

AJ Friar: What was some of your fondest memories on set while filming The Call?

Erin Sanders: Say this about everything I've ever worked on, my fondest experiences are when we're just hanging out in between scenes and during lunch and during the waiting time, the downtime, because ultimately my favorite part of working in an industry with so many people is creating relationships and connecting with these people.

And these are all people coming together to create something from their lives experience and that hits home for them emotionally. So getting to know everyone involved and my other cast members, Chester and Mike and Sloan, are such generous actors and I really appreciate working with them. And they're just sweet people. It was great to hang out with everybody all day, every day. Thank you so much for joining us there, and it's been really fun and congratulations on the call.
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