[photo: XLrator Media]

[photo: XLrator Media]

Although she was “a bit loopy from night shoots”, the very talented India Eisley graciously sat down with Screenpicks to talk about her performance in the upcoming film The Curse of Sleeping Beauty and her tendency to be drawn to dark, compelling roles.

Q: What was your take on the Character and how did you put your own spin on the role to make it stand out?

India Eisley: I was excited to be a part of it because it’s very unique. I felt she (Sleeping Beauty) should be as twisted as possible.

Q: She is different than the traditional Sleeping Beauty from the Disney Lexicon.

Eisley: She’s a princess as if her Prince never came for her. She has centuries of pent up anger and is furious basically.

Q: Being stood up for centuries would do that to someone I would imagine.

Eisley: [laughs] I think many girls might be able to relate.

Q: How was performing in the extensive make-up that the role required?

Eisley: It was great fun with the makeup, the lenses and all that. It makes our jobs as actors that much easier. You look in the mirror and you believe what you see. You feel a little less phony. Kim Collea is an amazing make-up artist, I worked with her before when I was fourteen. And, I could be wrong, but I think we got it down to two and a half hours for make-up, which is actually quite short. And then you sit around for hours waiting to film. But Kim was wonderful and I think she did an incredible job given the fact that it wasn’t a huge budget and she made it look bigger than it was.

Q: Did that present another challenge, the very indie budget of the film?

Eisley: I wasn’t actually working that many days on it. Ethan (Peck) is really the lead of the film. I’m the title character but not the lead if that makes sense. I think, given this experience and others I’ve had on Indie films, in a way that it (the budget) lends to the creative aspect of filming because you’re trying to get things to look a certain way without having things at your disposal.

Q: How was it working with co-star Ethan Peck? You two seemed to have good chemistry.

Eisley: Ethan is wonderful, he’s a class at. Just a lovely human being, I wish we could have worked together more.

Q: Before we go, in a perfect world, what would you do for your next project, or what would be your dream role?

Eisley: It’s tricky, because there are so many people I would like to work with. As far as directors I’m a massive Tim Burton fan. Beetlejuice was the first film I ever saw. I don’t know if that sounds very healthy or not [laughs]. I think there’s a lot of sentimental value in Tim Burton’s films.

Q: Well there is talk of a Beetlejuice sequel in the works; you should throw your hat in the ring.

Eisley: Oh, that would be wonderful! And as far as dream roles, I just finished an Indie I’m quite excited about because it’s the kind of character I’ve wanted to play for a very long time. She’s a heroin addict and the film’s called Adolescence. The director is Ashley Avis. It’s going into post production right now and I’m very excited for people to see it. Also, if they ever did a remake of Sybil I would happily play that.