BELLO Watch: A Conversation With Alexandra Essoe

Alexandra Essoe was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, moving to Canada when she was 12 Years Old. Starry Eyes marks her first lead role in a feature film. Some of her other credits include appearances on TV series like “Reaper,” “Crash” and “House of Lies,” and in films like Passion Play, which starred Mickey Rourke. In her free time Alexandra enjoys playing the accordion and the guitar and arguing with strangers on the internet. We had a chance to chat with her about her role in Starry Eyes, the horror/thriller genre, and thanksgiving:

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It is rare for horror/thriller films to get this type of insanely positive reception. When you read the script/got the role did you have any idea that the response might be like this?

Nope. I think horror is one of the most underrated and often dismissed genres, so the amount of attention it’s getting is a wonderful surprise. That being said, on a personal note, I believe this film deserves all the praise it’s garnered. It’s masterfully helmed by it’s directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, Adam Bricker, our DP, made it look absolutely beautiful and Jonathan Snipes clinches it with the most bad ass soundtrack I’ve heard in ages.

We understand you spent a lot of your early life in Saudi Arabia and were in fact born there. Hollywood is a long way from there, where did the desire to get into this business come from?

I have to credit my Mom with that. Apart from being an exceptional actress (and director) in her own right (I grew up tagging along to countless rehearsals and shows, she was a key player in the Dhaharan Theatre Group), she also introduced me to a myriad of films and filmmakers from a young age. Her Lady MacBeth still haunts me to this day.

Please tell our readers more about Starry Eyes and your character Sarah.

In a nutshell, Starry Eyes is about a struggling actress (Sarah Walker) who unwittingly sells her soul to a demonic cult masquerading as a renowned film studio. Sarah is driven and tirelessly devoted to her work, but she lacks the confidence and self-possession to protect herself from people who want to exploit her, to pray on her self-doubt. She’s fragile and neurotic, a lost soul but a good person. She broke my heart, honestly.

Once they have seen “Starry Eyes,” what are your other top five recommendations to our readers of movies in the horror/thriller vein.

Ah yes, I love this! There are countless horror films I consider cannon, but if this is your first foray into the genre I would start with these:

1. The Shining
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
3. Rosemary’s Baby
4. Evil Dead 2 (follow that up with Army of Darkness)
5. The Exorcist

Other must-sees: Alien, The Omen, (Zulawski’s) Possession, Silence of the Lambs, The Wicker Man (Original 1973 version ONLY!), Suspiria, The Thing.

Since we are coming up on Thanksgiving, can you share with us the top three things you are thankful for this year?

I’ll try to narrow it down to three things:

My roommate Jessica, one of the raddest, sweetest and most talented people I know. She’s an unbelievable artist and friend.

Olympic Spa (Best Korean spa in the city. Plus it’s women only, woot woot!)

The Ruskin School of Acting, where my teachers and classmates constantly challenge me to be better than what I am, as an actor and a person. They are an endless source of inspiration for me.

Please let us know where we can find you on social media and what’s up next.

I’m currently shooting something with director Chris Sivertson and loving every minute of it, though I’m not allowed to share more than that. I also have a movie coming out called The Divine Order, written and directed by Patrick O’Bell and starring the wonderful Andy Gates and Tamzin Brown (an incredible actress who actually secured my role in this project).
You can track me on twitter and Instagram at @alexessoe.

About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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