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Alexandre Aja Discusses His Career and Bringing Joe Hill’s ‘Horns’ To The Screen!

Alexandre Aja Discusses His Career and Bringing Joe Hill’s ‘Horns’ To The Screen!

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Over the past decade, director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) has established himself as a dynamic filmmaker on the rise in Hollywood. A rarity when it comes to genre films, he isn’t afraid to take on new challenges and stretch as an artist. His latest film, ‘Horns,’ is a shining example of that mentality. The film is an amazing adaptation of Joe Hill’s original novel, which centers on Ig Perrish, small town guy who finds himself blamed for the brutal murder of his girlfriend. In light of that event, he finds himself ostracized by everyone he knows and hounded by the media. Matters are further complicated for Ig, played masterfully by Daniel Radcliffe, when he awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Alexandre Aja to discuss what drew him to filmmaking, his evolution as an artist and the challenges involved in bringing “Horns’ to the silver screen. 

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Alexandre Aja

What was it about filmmaking that initially intrigued you and made you want to pursue it as a career?

I had the chance to have a family that was working in the industry. My father was a director/producer and my mother was a film critic. I kind of grew up on movie sets. As far back as I can remember my father was writing scripts and taking me on sets. At the time, I thought it seemed to be a very fun job because it was always changing and they were always making something different. What really sucked me in was, when I was 10 years old, my best friend and I started going from video shop to video shop to rent everything we could find. We would watch them and start writing scripts. The writing process for me became such an exciting part of the process. You can imagine, when we were 12, the scripts were not very good but they were fun to do. We discovered the excitement of creating a story and characters. Everything was possible! The writing was always my first passion. It was when we were a little bit older we started writing short films. We had one short film that was financed by the French State. We started thinking about directing and we got our start. I have to say that I have been lucky to have never stopped working for the past 17 years now. When you are working on something and are passionate about it, there is never a day that is the same as the previous one. It has been pretty exciting and I am very grateful to be able to do these movies.

You experienced so many different aspects of the filmmaking process. Do you still gravitate toward the writing process or some other part of the process?

I think there is really three different parts of the process when it comes to filmmaking. Of course, there is the initial writing of the script, the collaboration with the actors and then the editing, which is maybe the most important one. I love the three of them. I enjoy more and more the directing part and I feel more and more confident. It excites me to work and collaborate with the actors and all of the departments. The writing is still a huge part of my life and I try to write every day. I have also discovered the pleasure of directing scripts that I did not write. It is very interesting and a different process. I really enjoy the entire experience these days!

'Horns'

‘Horns’

Your latest film is “Horns,” which is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s amazing book. What was it about this story that made you want to pursue the project?

My agent and manager sent me the galley of the book when I was finishing “Piranha” at the time. I didn’t know anything about the novel or Joe Hill. I just started reading it and, from the very beginning, I was blown away by the way it went from a dark comedy to a suspenseful story to a dark drama to the supernatural. The mixing of all of those genres made it so interesting. Usually, when you make movies, you have to make something that fits in the box. Making this film was like making a film that fits in all those boxes together! I loved that! That was what got me! I felt, at the time, “If it works in the book, why wouldn’t it work on the big screen?” I knew I had to make this movie!

From what I read, Joe Hill was very involved with the project. What type of effect did working with him bring to this film?

I wanted him to be so involved. I wanted to make a movie that was as close to the experience that I had reading the book and I wanted to do it with his blessing. I was so happy that he was one of the producers on the project. It was so helpful to have him in the writing because he is someone who is really smart about the adaptation. He knew that an adaptation that was word by word would be boring, not interesting and a six-hour movie! We knew we had to find shortcuts and ways to hone the story but respect the DNA of the story. I wanted to make sure we respected what made the story so interesting. Having Joe next to me and being able to access his brain for solutions and shortcuts was terrific. The collaboration with Joe was really strong and I hope to work with him on another project very soon.

Was there anything you hoped to accomplish stylistically or technically with this film that you might not have attempted on your previous projects?

Yeah. When I was reading the pages, behind all the sheets of tone and emotional and scary measuring, I could read the lines. I could see so many important things I wanted to attempt for such a long time. I always wanted to find a story that would give me the opportunity to create a world that was a very hyper-real vision of America. I wanted to create a small American logging town in the Washington State that has a very “Twin Peaks” aspect to it and oppose that to a much more out of time measuring. I wanted to make those two worlds live together. This story gave me that opportunity.

Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple shine in 'Horns'

Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple shine in ‘Horns’

The cast for the film is absolutely tremendous. What did they bring to these characters that made them jump from the screen?

I have to say that, when we finished the adaptation of the book and started with people in Los Angeles reading the script, we realized how much the story was a magnet for actors. People were really, really willing to be a part of it and excited about it. We were obviously excited about the project but to get such an amazing response from everyone involved was amazing. There are so many projects and scripts going around but this one was so exciting, original and singular. The material gave us the opportunity to have the characters start in a normal way but become very different when they are under the influence of the horns. It was a great challenge for the actors. Having the opportunity to cast whoever I wanted was the best thing possible. I am so happy with the cast of the movie. The collaboration with Daniel Radcliffe was amazing, obviously, but also with Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Max Minghella and Kelli Garner were also great experiences. This film was definitely the best experience I have had working with actors in my career.

What was the biggest challenge of bringing “Horns” from script to screen?

I think the biggest challenge was linking all the genres together and making the movie feel like a journey. In the beginning, I was trying to explain the film to people by comparing it to other movies, because that is how you would usually do it. You would say, “It is like this movie meets this other movie.” With “Horns,” this was impossible! The only movie I could think of was a darker Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.” It is so different and has nothing to do with our story but it was the only supernatural fable I could think about that has a similar tone and elements of trying to figure out what has gone crazy in his life. I kind of felt right away the best way to make these genres blend together and meet the challenge was to get the right Ig Perrish. I think the reason why the movie is multi-genre and also has a love story is because we have an amazing actor in Daniel Radcliffe. He managed to sell these different emotions with such skill. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part.

Daniel Radcliffe and Alexandre Aja on the set of 'Horns.'

Daniel Radcliffe and Alexandre Aja on the set of ‘Horns.’

Looking back on your career so far, what is the biggest evolution you have gone through as a director?

That is a tough question. What I am trying to do every time is not choose something that would be a repetition of what I have done before. I try not to allow myself to take the easy path. In genre, that is something that can happen very fast because once you have done a slasher or a supernatural thriller, you can easily find yourself doing another one because you know the world, you improve and it becomes comfortable. I try to make different choices every time rather than doing the same thing again and again. If you look at “High Tension,” “The Hills Have Eyes” or now “Horns,” they are very different from one another. That is what I continue to try and do. It is not easy because people want you to repeat that thing when it is successful. That is what I am trying to keep as a guideline, to not let myself become repetitive.

'Horns' hits theaters on Halloween.

‘Horns’ hits theaters on Halloween.

Where do you see yourself headed in the future as a director?

I am starting a movie on Monday called “The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.” It is a very intense psychological thriller, very Hitchcockian with some supernatural elements. It is something very different from “Horns” and I am very excited about it. It is different from anything I have done previously, as we were just discussing, and it is a new challenge!

You serve as a huge inspiration to many aspiring filmmakers. What is the best advice you can pass along to someone looking to pursue a career in the industry?

I would say that it is all about the story. It is all about finding a story that makes you want to commit a full year of your life and makes you want to make it happen no matter what. It is a long process and every movie can take years. Some movies I have made took seven years in development and for some other filmmakers it can be even more. You need to have this starting point where you fall in love with the story and know that, no matter what happens, you have to tell that story. I think that is the most important thing to seek out.

Thank you for your time today, Alexandre. You are truly an inspiration and “Horns” is definitely a film to be proud of!

Thank you, Jason! Thank you very much!

‘Horns’ hits theaters on October 31st, 2014 and is available via VOD.

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Laura Catalina Ortiz Dishes On Adam Green’s Horror/Comedy Sitcom “Holliston”

Laura Catalina Ortiz Dishes On Adam Green’s Horror/Comedy Sitcom “Holliston”

Laura Catalina Ortiz’s career in the entertainment industry started humbly. Who knew that young girl from Bogota, Columbia with aspirations of becoming an actress would move to California and eventually star in a T-Mobile commercial propelling her career to unexpected heights? Armed with a resume that includes portraying Ruby in Alexandre Aja’s remake of Wes Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes,” Laura joined forces with friends Adam Green and Joe Lynch to bring the horror/comedy sitcom “Holliston” to life on television screens across America. With a cast that includes Green and Lynch, as well as Oderus Urungus of Gwar and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Laura definitely has stories to tell. Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon recently sat down with Laura to discuss her beginnings in the entertainment industry, her influences, her love of the horror genre, and, of course, all things “Holliston.”

Where did you grow up and when did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Originally I was born in Bogota, Columbia. I was there until I was 8. Then my mom’s job brought us to Rochester, Minnesota. So I grew up in the mid-west. The same kind of weather we are having right now, which is awesome. So yeah, I was pretty much a mid-west kid. My parents moved to Florida when I was 16. I knew that I wanted to move to either New York or L.A. to pursue acting. I was always pushing my parents to do that. I thought I could graduate early in Florida, so I did that. Then I got a full-time job and saved up a few thousand dollars. Then I moved out here when I was almost 18. It all sort of went from there.

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What influences helped shape you, the actress we know today?

Oh my goodness! Definitely everyone I’ve worked with helped me grow. Definitely the horror world. That has affected my career in a really positive way. The first thing I ever shot was “The Hills Have Eyes.” I still keep in touch with almost everyone from that movie. From that kind of people … that’s how I met Adam Green from the show that I am doing now. Joe Lynch. James Gunn. Pretty much anyone in horror. They have become such good friends outside of work. They have definitely shaped who I am. I’m really lucky to have done a little bit of everything. Voice-over, comedy, commercials, and movies. My constants have always been the horror crowd, which I’m really happy with.

Speaking of horror films, do you have a favorite?

Oh my goodness! You know what? I’m a huge fan of the Stephen King TV movie “It.”

Yeah! It’s awesome!

I saw it when I was really little. I remember watching it on TV. I wasn’t very old when I first saw it. That’s the one movie that always gets me that I thoroughly enjoy horror-wise. I mean I enjoy a lot of them, but that one holds a special place in my heart.

You mentioned your work on motion pictures and television series. Is there a format you prefer?

A part of me likes movies a little bit more, but I don’t know if I’ve had a project that I haven’t had a great time on. They’re all so different. It’s great. I always leave with a new family from every show and project I’ve done, so I can’t say I prefer one over the other.

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What can you tell us about Adam Green’s upcoming television series “Holliston” and your character Laura?

It’s a sitcom. It’s a comedy with a little bit of horror elements, which is why it’s on Fearnet. I’m nervous because Adam Green is sitting right behind me! [laughs] It’s about two guys that live on the east coast in the small town of Holliston. They are desperate to get out of town and make it. They just want to be horror movie filmmakers. It’s about that time in your life when it seems like everything should be going right, but it’s not. It has a lot of genre things in it, but it also has a lot of heart. I was talking about it yesterday, it’s a boys show and a girls show for so many different reasons. There’s so much heart and sensitivity. There’s blood and guts for the boys. There’s also blood and guts for girls. It’s got heart, sensitivity, romance and friendship.

Did you have any input into your character or was it laid out for you in the script?

Adam does such a really great job. We’ve all been really good friends for a while now. He wrote the characters specifically for us. At least for me, she definitely is a lot of who I was. It was definitely all his writing. We rehearsed so much that when we got there he really trusted us with the choices that we made. So we got to play around. A lot of ourselves and our own personalities are in our characters. I’ve said before that a lot of people think we are playing lesser versions of ourselves, but in my case I think I’m playing a better version of myself because I paint on the show. [laughs]

What was the biggest challenge in bringing the character from script to screen?

I just wanted to make the writer and director proud and those around me proud. That in itself is a challenge. To try and live up to them. The rehearsals really helped a lot. The fact that Adam was so good at writing. It was challenging in that we didn’t have that much time. We didn’t have a lot of things, but we made it work. Adam and Joe have been so great. It didn’t really feel like work. It felt like playing with friends. [laughs]

Adam not only directs the show, but acts in it as well. Was it difficult to adjust to Adam the director and Adam the actor?

No it wasn’t. He did everything. He was the director, the producer, actor. He was so easy. He trusted us so much. His crew … he uses the same crew for everything. It’s like a family. Everyone there from the camera crew to the actors were having such a good time. We have all at some point or another have worked together.

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Dee Snider and Oderus Urungus of GWAR are on the show. Tell us a little about what it was like working alongside those guys.

They were so much fun. Oderus is really nice and so sweet. He didn’t have very much time to get through all of his stuff during the show, but he was so professional. His costume smelled kind of bad. [laughs] When he was done shooting … He’s this big rock and roll guy. I was waiting for this big rock and roll exit. Like something dramatic. He left us the sweetest drawing saying thank you and what a great time he had. [laughs]

That’s funny.

Yeah! I was waiting for something very dramatic, but that drawing was so sweet. It was a big thank you from Oderus to all of us.

I wouldn’t expect that. It seems kind of out of place. I would expect something totally different!

Yeah!

I understand you filmed six episodes of the show. Can we expect more episodes in the future?

We sure hope so! I’m being optimistic, but I don’t see this not keeping on going. If I could do this for 10 years with these people I would feel very happy and fulfilled.

You guys are currently on the road promoting the show. What has that experience been like for you and what type of response are you getting?

It has been so amazing! It’s awesome! We came in Tuesday and we had a screening that day. Our flight kept getting delayed. We were supposed to get here with enough time to get off the plane and get to the screening. We ended up being two hours late to the screening because of the flight getting delayed and cancelled. So many things happened. People stayed. We played it for this crowd that had been waiting for a few hours. They loved it! They laughed! Really, the most special part of it all was yesterday we screened it in Holliston. We weren’t sure who was going to come. We didn’t know what to expect, but we had standing room only that night. We got a standing ovation. We played the pilot episode and episode three. We’ve watched the show and there are parts that we think are so funny, but we don’t know if they’re funny because we are friends and we have the same sense of humor. Hearing these people laugh at things that we didn’t know were funny or things that we were so hard on. People genuinely enjoyed it. Getting to talk to people afterwards … it’s been such a blast and such a blessing. It couldn’t be more amazing. I’m also with my best friends and travelling with them!

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I imagine this tour has attracted some interesting people. Have you guys had any strange encounters with fans?

We haven’t had any strange interactions that I can think of. There have been so many different age groups. We try to ask that a more adult crowd come to the screenings because even though it is cartoonish, there is a little bit of violence in the show. Yesterday we had people probably anywhere from I would guess 15 years old to 80-year-olds and what not. Everyone definitely came and talked to us. We’ve been getting such a great response in such a huge age range of people. It’s really flattering and it really makes you know that you do have something special, which I think we do.

Where and when can people catch up with you guys on the road?

We go back to L.A. today and then we have an event in Anaheim at Wondercon. Booth 350 I believe. We have a signing in Chicago the week after that. We will be at Comic Con and I don’t know where else yet.

Your career has been very diverse already. Is there a genre or role you haven’t tackled yet that you would like to take a stab at in the future?

I don’t know. I’ve been really lucky in my career. I’ve been able to do everything from comedy, to drama, to horror. Getting a taste of it all, I don’t really have a favorite because they have all been so different, so right, and so wonderful to work on. I guess in the future I would like to be working with people I love on quality projects, whatever that may be.

Do you have any other film projects we should be on the look out for?

Not right now! I did “Chillerama” with Adam and Joe. That came out a few months ago. I have “Holliston” and that’s about it right now!

Laura Catalina Ortiz as "Laura"

What do you consider the defining moment of your career so far?

Oh my god! It’s so hard because I’ve done so many different things. I did “The Hills Have Eyes,” which is where I met a lot of the people I’ve ended up working with. I also did a T-Mobile commercial when I first came out here that kind of put me on the map and led to a bunch of things. That commercial alone gave me a career in voice over. I would say it’s somewhere between “The Hills Have Eyes” and the T-Mobile commercial. Those two have opened so many different doors for me and have defined who and what kind of work I have done to this day.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way in your career?

Probably that auditions and work will always be there, but your family should come first.

That’s solid advice!

Oh yeah! [laughs]

Is that the advice you would give to someone who would like to get involved with the entertainment industry?

Yeah! I would say that there is no one way to go about this so that you make it. Work hard and don’t get caught up in the networking. People think that they have to go out and do all of these things. That helps a little bit. Be serious about it. Take classes. Nothing lasts without hard work. Work hard, always put your family first, and something will happen.

Do you have any last words for your fans?

Yes! Watch “Holliston” April 3rd! Call your cable network provider to make sure you get it!

Thanks for your time and have a good day!

Thank you so much!

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Pick of The Week: ‘Piranha 3D’ Takes A Bite Out Of Blu-ray & DVD!

Pick of The Week: ‘Piranha 3D’ Takes A Bite Out Of Blu-ray & DVD!

One of our favorite horror movies of 2010 is now available for you to relive again and again in the comfort of your own home!  What’s it about you ask? Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. That’s right ‘Piranha 3D’ is ready to take a bite out of Blu-ray and DVD!

The remake features an ensemble cast which includes Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Ricardo Chavira, Paul Scheer, and Eli Roth. Check out the red band trailer for the flick below!

While your at it, check out our interviews with director Joe Dante, who directed the original cult hit ‘Piranha’, as well as adult film star Riley Steele who is one of the stars of the new film!

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there’s something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

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New Theatrical Poster For Alexandre Aja’s ‘Piranha 3D’ Surfaces

New Theatrical Poster For Alexandre Aja’s ‘Piranha 3D’ Surfaces

A new theatrical one sheet for Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D has surfaced! The highly anticipated remake features an ensemble cast which includes Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Ricardo Chavira, Paul Scheer, and Eli Roth.

Piranha 3D is slated to hit theaters nationwide on August 27th.

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interview with adult film star and star of Piranha 3D, Riley Steele at this location >

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

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Official Trailer For Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D’ Unleashed!

Official Trailer For Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D’ Unleashed!

The full official trailer for Alexandre Aja’s remake of the Roger Corman classic Piranha in 3D has made it’s debut via Yahoo Movies. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts on the film! Check out the trailer below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Piranha 3D is slated to hit theaters nationwide on August 27th.

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interview with adult film star and star of Piranha 3D, Riley Steele at this location >

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Riley Steele Talks ‘Piranha 3D’ And Breaking Through To Mainstream Films

Riley Steele Talks ‘Piranha 3D’ And Breaking Through To Mainstream Films

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With a supporting role in Alexandre Aja’s Piranha remake, Digital Playground contract star Riley Steele is about to explode onto the silver screen. At the age of 21, Riley has already become a huge success in the adult film industry. This success can largely be credited to her stunning looks, great personality, and roles in several popular adult films, including the amazing Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge.  While she enjoys her career in the adult film industry, Riley has set her sights on mainstream success and appears to be well on her way towards meeting that goal. Riley recently sat down with Icon vs. Icon‘s Steve Johnson to discuss her career as an adult film star, her upcoming role in the remake of Joe Dante’s Piranha, and what the future holds for this rising star. Guys…stay focused!  I give you, Riley Steele.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Escondido, CA in San Diego County.

How did you get involved in the adult film industry?

I had always loved porn. I was a very sexual girl growing up. I met Jesse Jane at the first Pirates signing down here in San Diego. She told me I should get into the industry if I wanted to. She gave me a business card, I waited a few years, and I sent them some pictures when I was about twenty when I decided I was finally ready for it. Then they signed me.

Is your family supportive of your decision to become involved in the adult film industry?

They were quite upset at first, but then Samantha, the owner of Digital Playground and Adella, my manager, talked to my dad and told him that I am safe with them. That I am not running around in the streets somewhere or anything. That I am with a good company who takes care of me and really does care about my best interests. Especially since I have gotten the mainstream role, they’re supportive of me now.

It’s been so much more. I’ve been able to travel the world. I’ve been able to go places and do things that most people only get to dream about. Digital Playground has allowed me to really make a lot of my dreams come true.

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Image of Riley Steele™ Courtesy of DigitalPlayground.com

How did your signing of an exclusive contract with Digital Playground come about?

Pretty much when I met Jesse Jane down there and she gave me a business card. It kinda helped me get a foot in the door.

What are the advantages that come from working from a company like Digital Playground?

Being with Digital, I have a lot more advantages than most girls in the industry do. They allow us to have so many mainstream opportunities, so many modeling opportunities, music videos. They really take care of us and look out for us and stand behind us. We have a good strong company keeping us up here.

Many people became familiar with you from Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge, what can you tell us about your experience making what is one of the biggest adult films ever made?

It was amazing. Every one was so professional. Everyone was so great, so nice on set. They were there for about a month I believe, shooting it. I was only there for a couple of days actually for a photo shoot and during the day of my scene. It was great though. It was a great experience. It was a great way to come into the industry. You know a lot of people have such horror stories. I really got in with the right company at the right time.

You are relatively new to the adult industry, but are definitely on the rise. What have been the personal highlights for you since getting involved with the industry?

Everything since Pirates 2 has come out has just been amazing for me. I have been to Berlin. I have gone to Australia. I have been traveling the US just for promoting it. Everything from Pirates 2 has just been above and beyond anything I could have asked for.

What is the major difference between your on-screen persona and Riley in real life?

I don’t think there are any differences. I’m just me all of the time. Sometimes I feel like I am a lot more sexual than I am in my personal life and I need just to act it out and play out my fantasies on screen. You can pretend and I can do whatever I want sexually and feel empowered by it.

Are there any adult performers that you look up to or admire?

Of course. I look up to Jesse Jane. She helps me so much with my career. She’s always giving me tips, giving me pointers. If I ever have questions, I can always go to her and she helps me out with them. She is great.

If there is one thing that you would like people to know about Riley Steele, what would that be?

I love to have fun. I love to go out all of the time. Live your life and not have any regrets.

Do you think people have any major misconceptions about you? If so what?

I am shooting the movie Piranha right now and I was kind of worried that they wouldn’t be as accepting of me because I am a porn star, but they have been so great. They have been so interested and they ask me so many questions about it. I was kind of worried that they might be more stand off-ish, but people are just more interested by it. It’s much more accepted now.

Physical beauty plays important role in the adult industry, how do you keep in shape?

I love working out. I’m lucky that I am the type of person who loves to work out. I love to dance on my stripper pole too. That’s the best cardio workout ever. You cannot get me to run on a treadmill or anything, so I just use my stripper pole as my cardio.

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Image of Riley Steele™ Courtesy of DigitalPlayground.com

Do you have any ambition to get behind the camera and direct someday?

Definitely. Directing, producing, directing photo shoots I think would be a lot of fun. I really want to start dancing. I really cannot wait to start feature dancing.

You are about to make the jump from the adult industry to mainstream film. Is this something that you had originally planned on doing?

I did, but not so early on in my career. I didn’t think something like this would happen so fast for me, but it’s great. I love doing mainstream movies. I have been in Havasu for three weeks now. It sucks because you’re far away from home, but it’s really fun because you get to know the people that you’re with and it’s kind of like a little family. It’s an escape from your life at home.

How did your involvement with Piranha 3-D come about?

My manager put me out on this audition for the movie. I totally thought I blew it. I didn’t think I would ever hear back from them and then they called me back for a second audition in front of Alexandre Aja the director. I was so nervous I thought I blew that one again, but then I ended up getting it.

What can you tell us about your character in the film?

I’m playing a girl named Crystal. She is a wild, wild girl. She’s just this fun loving stripper out to have a good time. She loves to party. She loves to get crazy and be a wild, wild girl. She is best friends with Kelly Brook’s character Danni.

Did you do any preparation for your role in Piranha 3-D?

We have been doing so much swim training. It’s been crazy. We are doing this whole underwater scene with these flippers on and we have to sort of make it look sexy. It’s harder than it looks. So I have been doing swim training every day since I have been in Havasu.

The film has quite a star-studded cast. Who have you gotten a chance to work with?

I’m mostly working with Jerry O’Connell, Jessica Szohr from Gossip Girl, Kelly Brook, and Steven R. McQueen [grandson of the legendary Steve McQueen].

Jerry O’Connell is a Howard Stern superfan. Would you appear on The Howard Stern Show if given a chance?

I’d love to! I used to see it on E! when I was growing up and I would watch it every night. I’ve always wanted to go on Howard Stern!

What has been the biggest challenge that you have faced while filming Piranha 3-D?

I think the challenge is still yet to come. I think it is going to be the underwater scene that were are going to shoot. I think that is going to be pretty difficult, but I think they’ll pull it off. I’ve been doing a lot of practicing. I am really nervous about it.

Renowned horror director Alexandre Aja is directing the film. What is it like taking direction from him?

He is great. He is so amazing to work with. He is very polite and very quiet. Jerry O’Connell improvises so much and he throws little things into it. He adds so much to the character and Alexandre just lets him go. He lets him do anything and it’s just making the movie so much greater. I cannot wait to see it. They are editing it and they say it is coming along really well. It’s making me really excited.

Have you had a chance to catch any of Alexandre Aja’s earlier works?

We watched Mirrors and The Hills Have Eyes. I am dying to see High Tension though. I heard it is really good.

Will this film be as blood-soaked as his previous films?

The day before we left, that’s when I saw all of the dead bodies. They are pretty gruesome looking.

You are working with several high profile actors and actresses in the film. What has that experience been like for you?

It’s been a great experience. We all go out to dinner almost every night together. We’ve been going out karaokeing. I won’t karaoke though because I cannot sing. Everyone is going to the movies. It’s great. It’s a great group, it really is.

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Any interesting stories from the set?

I think you are just going to have to watch the behind the scenes on it because every day it’s a good story. There’s paparazzi out there too, like crazy. I have never seen that before, so it’s really weird to me.

Have you had any acting classes in the past or did you take any prior to getting cast in Piranha 3-D?

I haven’t taken any. I took about two when I was sixteen, but I didn’t really take any to prepare for this role because this role is pretty much very similar to me personally. I have been learning a lot from Jerry. He’s been teaching me a lot. He’s a great actor, he really is. I’m going to start taking some because it is something I am having a lot of fun with.

Are you a fan of horror films?

I am. I have to have somebody to watch them with though because I am the kind of person that scares very easily. I do enjoy getting scared from a movie.

Were you familiar with the original film before signing onto the remake?

No. I have not seen the first one. I saw the trailer for it on You Tube. It just looked really funny.

Since you are new to mainstream acting, did any of your co-stars have advice for you?

No, everyone is just kind of out there hanging out, having fun. I’m just kind of picking it up as I am watching how they act, or how they process or prepare for the day, or the way that they run lines with each other. I’m learning a lot just by watching them.

Did they have any questions for you regarding you career in the adult industry?

They were just interested about the company. Of course everyone knows about Pirates. Everyone wants to know what that was like to work on. What kind of cameras we use to shoot on. All that kind of stuff. Pretty much everything. I don’t know if anyone really knew too much about the industry. In Havasu we are out there for like 14 hours a day and that’s about one scene just to shoot. With porn, we shoot a whole movie in two days. It’s very different, it a very different world.

Is there a particular type of role you might want to try you hand at in future mainstream films?

I am interested in all genres. I am interested in the more serious roles. I love action films. Of course playing the ditzy stripper blonde is easy or whatever, but there are more things I would love to challenge myself with.

Piranha 3-D is a remake of the 1978 film, Piranha. What are your feelings on the latest trend in Hollywood of remaking films?

I think it’s great. The technology is so much greater now. Now you can really bring so many classic movies to life. You can recreate those movies and make them even better.

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Are you able to reach and met your fans by going to conventions or adult expos?

Oh yeah! We have FAME Awards coming up next Saturday. There are adult conventions in Vegas, L.A. We have EroticaLA. They have EXXXOTICA in Miami. I love going out and meeting the fans and signing autographs. I love it all.

Any strange encounters or notable interaction with fans or other performers?

Not at all. The fans have been great. They’ll print out pictures of you and they’ll have me sign them. They’re just so happy to see you. It’s so cute. Sometimes they get all shaky and you’re like, “Don’t be nervous.” I love meeting fans.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get into the adult film industry or mainstream films?

Getting into adult, just be careful. Know the company that you are working for and make sure it’s something you really want to do. Just be with the right company and take care of yourself and make sure you’re always safe. As for mainstream, I don’t know because I am trying to get into it too.

You are definitely starting to make an impact in 2009. What can fans expect from you in the near future?

Other than my Digital movies and Piranha, my schedule is sort of wide open. I have nothing else really going on.

Any last words?

Check out my myspace, www.myspace.com/rileysteeledpgirl for all of the latest info and go see Piranha 3-D.

Thanks and best of luck!

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Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

riley-steeleAnother quick update on the casting for Alex Aja’s Piranha 3-D. It appears that adult film star Riley Steele will be tackling the role of “Crystal”, which is said to be one of the films leads. Steele is currently a contract girl for The Digital Playground and debuted in the big-budget porn epic “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge.” She has also gone on to star in a handful of new releases from the studio including “Riley Steele: Perfect Pet” and “Riley Steele: Chic.”

“[Riley’s] natural beauty will light up the screen as she frolics with the hordes of spring break partygoers in our very contemporary, scary 3-D movie,” producer Mark Canton said.
 
“I am extremely proud of Riley Steele and her significant role in ‘Piranha 3-D,’” Digital Playground CEO Samantha Lewis said. “This is an amazing opportunity for Riley as the 94-page script was written to capitalize on her powerful sex appeal and has her appearing in a large number of scenes. I have every confidence in Riley’s ability to instill all of her beauty and charisma to the film through her spectacular screen presence.”
 
“I thought getting an audition for ‘Piranha 3-D’ was one of the highlights of my life, but when I was offered the part, I almost died,” Steele said. “I’m going to be around all these amazing actors, so I really want to keep up and learn from them.”

The film already has an impressive lineup that features Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Adam Scott, Jessica, Szohr, Jerry O’Connell and a very special appearances by Richard Dreyfuss and Joe Dante.

Piranha 3-D will be directed by Alexandre Aja and is currently filming in Arizona and is scheduled for a March 19, 2010 release date.

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