lauren-hollyWe sat down with Lauren Holly to discuss her upcoming projects, thoughts on the fashion industry and her new role as a villain in her latest picture.

Hi there Lauren, how are you?

Great Ian, just great, how are you?

Thank you so much for taking some time out of what appears to be a rather busy scheduled to talk with us, what between the family and the filming. So, we’re talking about your new film After the Ball. What’s the film about?

It’s a Cinderella story set in the world of fashion. It harkens to the classic rom coms, and it’s really sweet and fun.

What drew you to your character in this picture?

Well, I’m the evil stepmother, and those kind of roles are always so much fun to play.

The villains are always the best.

For sure. I am a fan of Chris Noth and was just looking forward to it and having a great time!

You have a fashion line “Lauren’s Closet”. Did you draw anything from your experience in the fashion industry for this role?

Well see, it’s actually this role that this whole part of my career blossomed out of. And it was all because the line of clothing was designed by Le Chateau in the movie. And I didn’t really know that company, and when I had gone to my first wardrobe fitting I was shocked at the clothes and they educated me on them and then I started going to stores and spending all my money on the clothes, and I became very close with the owners during that process and I joked with them and said they should just call it Laruen’s Closet. So the movie is important to me for a couple of reasons.

How was it working with your young Co-Stars Portia Double Day and Mark Andre-Grodin?

Mark is a seasoned actor and quite terrific. Portia was a delight and a surprise and because her character disguises herself as a man for half of the movie. And I thought if doesn’t do that well then the movie won’t work but she did a fabulous job.

In the previews it almost looked like a reverse Tootsie. Was that the most challenging aspect of the film?

I think probably. When I read it that was the thing that had to work for the movie to work. And the first time I saw her in her whole “Nate” gear I was really impressed, I felt really good about how it was going to turn out.

You have a couple of upcoming projects coming out soon, the civil war picture Field of Lost Shoes or the horror movie February? Anything you can tell us about them?

Field of Lost Shoes is a historical drama based on a true story that takes place during the civil war. February is a super scary movie which, I’ve never done a horror movie before, and I’m scared of them anyway and it was kind of interesting. And I really loved it except when we filmed you can’t even imagine how cold it was, because it really was in February and we were filming it in Ottawa. It was one of the coldest winters ever and we were on nights. I will never forget that movie for how cold we were.

It came out pretty good though.

Yeah, I think. Right now we’re just doing the waiting game.

Is there anyone specific actors or directors that you would like to work with? You’ve had a very successful career, but is there anyone you really would like to work with?

You know, there’s the list of like the top twenty actors and yeah I want to work with all of them, but there’s also times I get educated, I never knew about Emma Roberts and I adore her. I was so happy I worked with her in Feburary. It’s all kind of discovery. There are so many talented people out there both in front of and behind the camera. I just want to keep working like I’ve been working.

After the ball hits theaters on April 24th in limited release, national release soon to follow. It is directed by Director: Sean Garrity. It stars Portia Doubleday, Marc-André Grondin, Chris Noth and Lauren Holly