Saturday, October 8, 2011

Interview: Joanna Sotomura Talks Madison County |

Read Shockya's exclusive interview with actress Joanna Sotomura, who portrays Brooke in the upcoming horror thriller ‘Madison County.’ The film, which was directed by Eric England, follows a group of college students who travel to a small mountain town to interview the author of a tell-all book about a string of murders there. However, when the groups arrives in Madison County, everyone says the author hasn’t been there in years, the killer never existed and the murders never happened. Sotomura discusses with us, among other things, what attracted her to the role, and what it was like working with England and the rest of the cast.

ShockYa (SY): You play Brooke in the upcoming ‘Madison County.’ What was it about the script that you found intriguing, and convinced you to appear in the movie?

Joanna Sotomura (JS): Well, I love the fact that Eric did a really great job of setting up these characters. They all have dreams and ambitions. They’re all about to do things with their lives. So the fact that the movie starts off, and they don’t immediately get killed off, is appealing to me. I love that these are real people.

SY: How did you get into the mindset of Brooke? How did you prepare for the role?

JS: Well, I read the script a lot. Eric made me watch a whole slew of horror movies, which helped me get into the genre. But for Brooke, she’s fairly easy to get into. She’s a sweet, fun girl who’s ready to graduate from college and start this life for herself. She’s a lot like me, she’s ambitious. She was no problem getting into.

SY: The characters living in Madison County convince Brooke and her friends that the killer they’re researching never existed. Do you think one of the psychological effects people suffer from after their friends and family are murdered is to try to deny the deaths ever happened?

JS: Oh, absolutely, especially if you really loved someone, if they’re part of your family. The last thing you want to do is expose them and hurt them, you always want to justify their actions, because you love them. I think that’s what a lot of the town did. They saw this person as one of their own.

SY: Brooke is described as being free-spirited. As the plot unfolds, do you think her personality is affected, or changed, by the course of events?

JS: Oh, absolutely. I think she starts to catch on that things are starting to get eerier and eerier, and she’s slowly becoming more aware of her surroundings. Before, she was just a college kid, and it was just a creepy town. But then she starts to believe that things are starting to get a little too real. She definitely changes as the movie progresses.

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