Interviews: Bailey Noble - Star of Martyrs (2016) and True Blood

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Actress Bailey Noble talks next week's release of Martyrs (2016) with The Movie Sleuth.

TMS: So, we know the original Martyrs is a highly revered horror film. How do you think fans are going to react to this new version of the movie?

BN: I think that if they go in with an open mind and if they look at it as more of a reimagining than a remake, I think that they'll really really like it. 

TMS: Who do you play in the movie and what can you tell us about your character?

BN:  I play Anna who is Lucy's best friend. She starts out as a more timid character. Because of everything she goes through in the film, she really evolves into a strong, empowered female.  

TMS: Excellent. You did about 17-18 episodes on True Blood. What do you enjoy more? Doing TV? Or movies? And why would that be?

BN: I really love doing both. It was so great to be on True Blood for 2 years. So it was nice to know that I had a steady job. But I really like the quick process of making a film as well. We shot Martyrs in 17 days. So, I really enjoy both. 

TMS: Additionally, do you really enjoy working in horror or is it a matter of whatever project comes your way?

BN: I do like the genre a lot. If another horror film comes my way and I like the script a lot and it's a good story, I'd be happy to do it again. 

TMS: If you had a pick of any dream project, what would it be and who would it be with? 

BN: Oh gosh. Right now, I'd really love to get more into comedy. And I'd love to do a romantic comedy. I'm not sure who I'd want to do it with though. That's something to think about. 

TMS: It seems like the romantic comedy has kind of died. For a while they were really big. But then they just died off. 

Bailey Noble stars as Anna in Martyrs (2016)

BN: They have. I totally grew up watching them all the time. They were very popular growing up and now we don't do them so much. 

TMS: In the early 2000's to 2005-2006 they were huge. All of those movies with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez....they just seem like they've gone away. It seems like we're getting more adult oriented comedies again. I guess it just moves in phases. Anyways....back to Martyrs. The original movie is probably my first or second favorite horror film of all time. The original is brutal. Is this one as brutal as the original and how do you deal with that when you're filming?

BN: We have some really gruesome moments in our film. I hope that the fans of the original will be satisfied with the level of gruesome in our film because it is extremely gruesome. For me, I'm an actor so I get in this mindset of knowing that everything is just fake. So, it wasn't too hard to be in that environment. 

TMS: In the foreign version of Martyrs, there was a really strong message. Do you think the final moments and the message here is as clear or do you think they altered it to fit an American audience?

BN: Yes, I think the message is still very clear. 

TMS: If you had to pick one horror movie that really scares you, what would it be and why?

BN: Right now, The Conjuring. I've loved that one for a while. I used to watch documentaries on Ed and Lorraine Warren. It's really fascinating. And I think the movie was really well done. 

Don't cry. It'll be okay. 
TMS: What other projects do you have coming up?

BN: I have a guest star on Fox's new show Lucifer (episode 3). I have a few films that should be coming out this year including The Waiting which is a Warner Bros. film. I've got a couple other films I'll be shooting this year that are in the very early stages of pre-production. 

TMS: Back to Martyrs. When and where will it be released?

BN:  It'll be released in theaters and on iTunes January 22nd. It'll be in New York and L.A. and in select theaters throughout the country. 

TMS thanks Bailey for taking the time to answer our questions. Our Martyrs review is coming up in just a couple days. 

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