"Fright Night's" Leading Lady
Talented, blonde, British actress Imogen Poots played a brave older sis protecting her little bro from zombie attacks in 28 Weeks Later and she was Jane Eyre’s rival for Mr. Rochester’s love in the recent film. In the new re-boot of the ‘80’s horror flick Fright Night, Immie, as her friends call her, has to ward off the deadly affections of Colin Farrell as a hunky vampire while aiding her boyfriend Charley (Anton Yelchin) in killing him before the whole neighborhood is “vamped” up.
Not a big fan of horror films, Immie was intrigued to work with Colin and Anton and had a blast playing an American high school beauty who eventually gets to kick butt.
TeenHollywood: Okay, I’m sure you are sick of jokes about your name. Poots is a family name. What is the origin?
Imogen: It’s Dutch originally and my dad is Irish. He’s from Belfast so it’s traveled around.
TeenHollywood: Working with Colin Farrell as the vampire and working with Anton Yelchin as your boyfriend in the movie….Compare and contrast.
Imogen: I didn’t go in with any expectations before I met either of them but what intrigued me about what they did with their work, is Colin created the seminal villain who really has no fear and no remorse and I found that really interesting to see how he made that work.
With Anton, his character really adopts this mania. He becomes very manic through fear and it was interesting being around those two diverse energies in the film. There was nothing crazy that either did that I wasn’t expecting. They were awesome. I had the best time with both of them.
TeenHollywood: You are the typical American high school beauty in Fright Night. Did that require any actual research on your part or it’s just that the popular girl in school is the same in any country?
Imogen: Well I went to English day school, just normal school. I grew up watching American television and films so you learn from that perspective. Obviously it’s glamorized and dramatized but school is a universal time for all teenagers. There is always a social hierarchy you’re aware of in any country.
TeenHollywood: Was it fun shooting weapons and dumping “holy water” in Colin’s face?
Imogen: It was just plain old water. I think I had to hit a certain spot on him. It’s weird holding the gun on Colin. It’s an interesting moment when you access the reality of that situation, even if it’s just blanks you are firing, I felt very emotional. It was unnatural. You kind of fear for him. I have had guns before in films but have not had to load them on camera.
TeenHollywood: You were so touching and strong in the scary film 28 Weeks Later and, in Fright Night, your character Amy becomes quite strong. Are you just pretty tough in a crisis by nature?
Imogen: [laughs] I’m not terrible in a crisis. It depends on the kind of crisis but I admire that in characters. It’s nice to play someone who has a good balance of fear and that strength. Then there is a nice arc to explore there.
TeenHollywood: When Amy is dressed in her flowing chiffon tunic in the vampire’s lair, it reminded me of the old British Hammer films of the 1960’s.. all the Christopher Lee Dracula movies for example. There was always some girl in a fluffy white gown. Had you seen any of those on video?
Imogen: I haven’t seen too many vampire films. I just focused on the original Fright Night and our version of it so I didn’t know that. I think the white symbolized her innocence and I was wearing that over the jeans before that happens. It’s a little piece of femininity in all that mayhem.
TeenHollywood: Are you a horror movie fan in general?
Imogen: Well, I’m not opposed to watching them but I wouldn’t go out of my way to rent a horror film. I’d rent something else.
TeenHollywood: And here you are stuck in this one. Do you like Science Fiction or Fantasy films?
Imogen: I think they’re cool. I’m intrigued by it. A genre film is great but when I go out to the cinema, I’m rarely following all the big commercial films.
TeenHollywood: Had you rather end up a respected character actress than a leading lady type….or do you want both?
Imogen: I just want to keep learning and stay curious and take on as many roles as possible. There is no strategy I have. Look at Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep and Judy Dench. They’ve drawn up these careers that are so diverse and eclectic. I’ve never really made a choice there. If you are working on good roles and have the chance to collaborate with good artists, that’s the key.
TeenHollywood: If a fellow is going to date you, what is the one thing he must never do on your date or he’ll never get a second one?
Imogen: He’d better not sneeze and wipe his hand then on my face. That wouldn’t be too good would it?
TeenHollywood: Ewwwww! What band or music artist are you really into right now?
Imogen: I love Leonard Cohen and The Smiths, big fan. I love The Byrds and gotta have a bit of old Doo-Wop music, Dion and the Belmonts.
TeenHollywood: What are you doing next?
Imogen: I’m doing a film called Greetings from Tim Buckley about (father and son musicians)Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley (played by “Gossip Girl”’s Penn Badgle).