20th October 07
|Catherine Mary Stewart
Actress: Night of the Comet, World Gone Wild
Accident. It was a popular genre when I was starting out in Hollywood. I did lots of other types of projects too, but I suppose several Sci-Fi movies were done close together.
Night of the Comet was your first post-apocalyptic film. How did you get the part?
I auditioned like everyone else. I think I auditioned with another girl as my sister first, but Kelly and I had great chemistry.
What did you think of your character?
I love Reggie. I've always been a sort of tom boy, and Reg played against many of the roles I was being type cast in. I was often seen as the "all American girl next door" type, so it was really fun for me to let it rip!
Was it a fun film to work on?
We had a blast! It was a small film, low budget. We all worked together and had fun with it. It was a collaborative effort.
Did you keep in touch with any of the cast and crew?
I've been in touch with Kelly fairly recently. I stayed in touch with both Kelly and Thom Eberhardt for a long time. I 've lived in NY for the past 13 years so and been busy with children etc.. It's harder to maintain those relationships.
Los Angeles is seen deserted. Was it fun to film these scenes? Was there any blue-screen filming?
No, there was no blue screen. We shot those scenes early Christmas morning or some such thing. The streets were truly deserted. It was pretty cool. That was one of those days that made the filming such a memorable experience.
I imagine you don't get many questions about World Gone Wild. Do people still remember it?
No, not many people remember it.
How did you get involved? Was it something you really wanted to be part of?
I think that was an offer, if I remember correctly. I just thought the concept was so cool. I've always loved the idea of desert, survival, giving up life as we know it to survive under grueling circumstances. I loved the idea of trying to re-create our culture and etiquette with our limited knowledge or memory and try to pass it on to the surviving children in what my character thought was a proper classroom situation. Many roles that I choose are me living out fantasies I've had as a child.
What were the conditions like on set? I imagine the desert setting was tough?
I loved it! I love the desert. I love everything about it. The heat, the dryness, the sun, the cactus. In between my shots I would sit on top of my trailer and tan. I had these thick soled moccasin type boots that were so comfortable and I could step on anything. My wardrobe was simple and airy. It was OK to look weather worn. I loved it! And look at who I got to work with. Bruce Dern was hilarious, Michael Pare was such a stud, Adam Ant was a big rock star and all those crazy bad ass characters were such great guys. Plus I was the only girl...yippee! It was a really fun shoot on so many levels now that you've got me thinking about it. All the stunts.... so great!
How long did it take to film? How long were you involved?
I forget, probably about 6 weeks. I was in it the whole time.
Did you make any friends?
I stayed in touch with Anthony James for a long time. He's a fascinating guy, a terrific artist. I still have one of his pieces that he gave me.
What was Adam Ant like on set?
He wasn't exactly warm and cuddly. He took his role very seriously, and was wonderful in the role I think. He was very nice and civil.
Your character starts of quite naive and slowly develops throughout. What did you think of her part in the movie?
I think I covered this above, but I always love a good solid character arc, and it fed into the type cast naive girl next door that becomes the tom boy, tough chick thing that I love. It was fun to able to express all the elements of that transformation.
Do you think the film shows a possible future or is it totally fantasy?
At the rate we going now, anythings possible... It may end up being a global warming apocalypse. I think all fantasy stories have an element of truth to them, or they wouldn't strike a chord with people. I think many places on earth already live under these conditions, maybe worse.
Did the director intend to include so much black humour?
There were a lot of post-apocalyptic films during the 80's. Was there any sense of competition with the previous films (such as Mad Max)?
I don't think we were trying to compete with Mad Max. There are similar elements, but I think over all this is a much more intimate film. I think it's more about the characters.
It's not on DVD. Would you buy/get a copy if it was ever released?
What are you working on at the moment?
Recently I completed two TV movies. One for Lifetime called "My Daughter's Secret". It aired the weekend of Oct. 6th (I found out a week after the fact), and the other is for Spike TV called "Sharp Shooter" with James Remar, Mario Van Peebles, Bruce Boxleitner. That's a fun action packed thing where I get to get down and dirty again! Fun, fun, fun! I'm not sure when that's to air but I think soon. They don't tell us anything.
Many thanks to Catherine for taking the time to talk about these two films.