Have you been stigmatized at all? When you go into auditions, have you noticed people looking at you in a certain way, assuming things about what kind of actress you are?
There are some, yeah. It’s always the older crowd, the people who have been around for a long time who may have heard about the film but don’t really know anything about it. They have their preconceived ideas of what it’s about, and those are the ones who don’t really give you a chance. But I’ve honestly had really good luck with everyone that I’ve worked with since—most people think it’s cool. Like, “Yeah, you’re really brave. You’re not afraid to get dirty, ugly, and do something that’s scary.” That being said, though, there are those people who think I’ll do whatever now. [Laughs.] And that’s not the case, either.

In The Human Centipede II, you’re playing a fictionalized version of yourself, and in the scene when Martin picks you up for the “audition,” you came across as a diva-in-the-making. How much of that was scripted? Or was that all your own idea?
That was all just me talking, actually. It was all improv. Tom didn’t write any dialogue down; he gave me a couple things that he wanted me to say. This is pretty much what he said to me: “I want you to play this really bitchy version of yourself, like most Hollywood actresses who think they’re so cool because they’ve done one film.” So I took it as, “Oh, yeah… Quentin Tarantino is asking me to audition for him,” which is such a load of shit. [Laughs.] That’s not going to happen.

Tom wanted to poke fun at Hollywood actresses who think they’re hot shit because they did one film. He just said, “Be totally self-obsessed the entire time, and don’t even notice Martin.” He just let me riff. And none of what I said, like how we all took showers everyday before shooting scenes for the first movie—none of that is true. It was just all made-up.

In real life, if you were going to audition like that all by yourself, would you ever get in the car if you saw that the driver looked like Martin?
No, absolutely not! And that’s the thing—it’s not real. One, you don’t sit in the front seat, and, two, I would never just walk into a secluded warehouse. [Laughs.] I’m smarter than that. And three, you always have to call your agent and tell them you landed, or at least email them right away. You always have to have contact with these people. You’re not just being picked up by a stranger/driver who doesn’t even speak. So there are all these elements that went into it that I always say to Tom, “This is absolutely incorrect,” and he’s like, “I know! It’s inaccurate—it’s totally inaccurate! Every single part of the film is totally inaccurate!” And all I can say is, “Exactly!” [Laughs.]

You talked about how disgusting the warehouse set was, but what was the mood like while filming all of these gruesome scenes of torture, mutilation, and, yes, defecation?
Oh my god, it’s so fun on set. Because we know what we’re making, especially me. I’m a goofball, and I know that we’re making Centipede movies—we’re not making War & Peace. [Laughs.] We’re just making these funny films, and you have to have to a good sense of humor, especially when you’re on all fours, being covered in duct tape and there’s a fake butt strapped to your own butt. You just have to keep thinking, “My mom is so proud of me right now! I’m living my dream! This is what I’ve always wanted to do! When I was 14, this is what I said I wanted to do!”

When the film opened in theaters, I spoke to Laurence R. Harvey, and I was caught off guard by how friendly and warm he was, considering that I’d just watch him remain silent while killing people and making a human centipede.
Yeah, he’s so sweet. When I first met him, I came on set so we could do our car scene together, and he came up to me and had this tin of candy, and said, “I wanted to give you a present—it’s from my hometown.” It was this little tin of mints. I looked at him and said, “You are creepy! Because this is what rape artists do when they meet you.” [Laughs.] And he started laughing. But, yeah, he’s such a gem; he’s this amazing, sweet guy. I wish everyone could meet him in person, because he has such a great sense of humor, and you’d never know it from watching the movie.

What are your thoughts on the Valentine’s Day release for the DVD and Blu-ray?
I thought it was hilarious, actually. When they told me that it was coming out on Valentine’s Day, I said, “Of course it is.” [Laughs.] Why would it be any other day than Valentine’s Day?

Say you weren’t in the movies, and a guy followed up a nice, romantic Valentine’s dinner by bringing you back to his house and putting The Human Centipede’s DVD on?
[Laughs.] I have no idea. I don’t know what I would do, honestly. I’m not really into horror films, so I’d probably be a little freaked out, especially if I didn’t really know him yet. I’d probably run for the door and get the hell out of there.

So you don’t like watching horror films, generally?
Well, I do watch them a little more now. But I’m a huge scaredy-cat—I get scared to death by the Scream movies. [Laughs.] I like comedies.

It’s funny, I think anyone who’s been in a horror film automatically gets sent a ton of horror scripts as a result. It’s such a small community, so once you get in it they keep asking you to be in more and more of them. For me, I just worry about whether I like the script and the character, no matter if it’s a horror film or something else. I actually just finished shooting a film in New Orleans, with Vinnie Jones called Schism, and it’s not really a horror film—it’s more of a suspenseful thriller. I think it will be out in October, and I’m the lead female in it. I’m really proud of it, and I play the nice girl in the film.

So there aren’t any scenes where you’re on all fours, then?
[Laughs.] No, and it was so great. I was upright the entire time!

Interview by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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