ACTRESS WINS AWARD AT NJ HORROR CON
Chloe Carroll in Langhorn, PA on May 15, 2019 | Courtesy from Phillip G. Carroll Jr.
ACTRESS AND DIRECTOR TAKES HOME PRIZE AT NEW JERSEY’S BIGGEST HORROR CONVENTION
Chloe Carroll, actress, director and studio creator has taken home the award for Best Actress at the New Jersey Horror Con and Festival inside the Showboat casino in Atlantic City. Amongst her multiple duties in the industry expanding from behind the lenses as a special effects make up artist and director, to an award-winning thespian, she is creating a platform for horror enthusiasts worldwide with a range of scary content. If you desire that kind of entertainment, we highly suggest seeking her out. We had a quick moment to sit down with her and discuss her striving success in the field.
- Mary Swanson
NIE: Congratulations on winning Best Actress for your role in 'Waiting For Hope'. Can you tell us how did it feel to win and what this award means to you?
Chloe Carroll: Super awesome! To win an award for acting and have such a uniquely designed horror trophy for it was such a wonderful moment for me. I hope that I get the chance to be in more horror movies!
NIE: What are you allowed to tell us about ‘Waiting For Hope’?
Chloe Carroll: Waiting For Hope is a horror/comedy I produced with Frank Battaglia and Wesley Mellott. Frank I wrote it together because any script I write on my own ends up being pretty much straight horror so Frank was able to add all the comedy elements in and keep it light. We all went into it wanting to make a cool little horror short for our youtube channels, but we all agreed to give it a small festival run to get some exposure before putting it online first. On the day we shot the film the whole basement we were filming in flooded and it was a set nightmare, but luckily the film still ended up looking good.
“Try exploring different ways to develop your craft.”
- Chloe Carroll
NIE: You’re also a film producer at Fear Crypt. We love hearing more woman in this industry with power. Could you tell us more about that film studio?
Chloe Carroll: I’m trying to build Fear Crypt into an online platform for horror shorts so people can spend as little or as much time browsing free horror content as they’d like. Hopefully I can grow it into something. Right now its so small that I struggle to get people to even watch my work. I’m hoping I can grow a bigger audience by talking about Fear Crypt to people and spreading the word to people when I go to festivals. Hopefully I can get more people to watch my shorts when I have more content in the future so I can connect with horror movie lovers around the world.
NIE: Where did the desire to be an actress stem from?
Chloe Carroll: Ever since I can remember I just always loved films. I was always watching them, normally the same ones over and over and they were almost always horror films. I was watching a movie (Can’t remember which one) when I was a kid and it got pretty gory and my dad said “It’s only ketchup Chloe.” From then on, I never viewed any on screen gore as it was supposed be to be seen. Instead, I watched it all as fake ketchup and prosthetics, which not only gave me an interest in horror movies but also in all the pretending that actors did. I thought it was really cool and I wanted to pursue acting, which is normally everyone's first go to role as most kids find the idea of being in a movie super awesome.
“I learn something from every character I play, whether it be their goals or their mistakes.”
- Chloe Carroll
NIE: What are some monumental achievements you have accomplished in your career so far?
Chloe Carroll: In 2017, my husband Phillip and I got the awesome opportunity to go to Shudder Labs as fellows, where we got to workshop our script ‘THE HONEYMOON PHASE.’ All of the workshops and mentorship helped us massively when we went into production with it later that year.
NIE: So what are some interesting things about you that we may not know about?
Chloe Carroll: I do my own special effects makeup in some of my films, mostly blood and gore stuff. I enjoy doing it and having the opportunity to do special effects makeup on other sets. I did all the special effects makeup on the feature film ‘The Night They Knocked’ which was a cool gory horror film currently in post production.
NIE: Who inspires you to do what you do?
Chloe Carroll: Huge fan of Wes Craven. I love his movies. When I was younger I used to look up to actress’ like Linda Hamilton, Neve Campbell, and a bunch of other horror stars. I absolutely love Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Margot Robbie. They are such incredible actors and I hope I can embody a character as deeply as they do one day.
NIE: What has been the most challenging role for you?
Chloe Carroll: My most challenging role to date has been ‘Eve’, my character in ‘THE HONEYMOON PHASE’. This was my first time and opportunity to play a lead in a feature. Eve’s character literally goes on an emotional roller coaster as she begins to not trust her husband Tom, played by the incredibly talented Jim Schubin, when they are confined to a house in the middle of nowhere while scientists observe them during their honeymoon phase. I can’t talk too much about the character’s journey yet as I don’t want to spoil any of the film, but I was really lucky to have known Eve’s character right from day one as I had literally read every draft of the script. I had a lot of time to think about the character and really develop her back story in my head before playing her on screen.
NIE: What obstacles do you face as an actress and what do you do to overcome and achieve your goals?
Chloe Carroll: I think I face the same problem as every other actor, where its always gonna be tough competing in an industry where there as so many people who are trying to do the exact same thing. The only way to really overcome that is to never give up.
NIE: What do you personally take out of a role and what impact does it have on you?
Chloe Carroll: I learn something from every character I play, whether it be their goals or their mistakes. It impacts me by making me think how I would approach situations myself if it was different from the characters approach.
NIE: What are some of your own secret tips about your craft?
Chloe Carroll: Try exploring different ways to develop your craft. I recently got into directing and it actually helped me as an actor by working with other actors in a scene without playing opposite them.
NIE: What advice would you give young aspiring actresses about the entertainment industry?
Chloe Carroll: I got really bored of waiting to be cast in projects, so I made my own projects to keep myself busy in between jobs.
NIE: What upcoming projects do you have that audiences should look out for?
Chloe Carroll: My feature film ‘THE HONEYMOON PHASE’ just entered the film festival circuit so we are just waiting for a festival premiere there, but if you get a free chance please check out our social media for the film.
The Honeymoon Phase is a psychological thriller following struggling young lovers, Tom and Eve, who must endure a 30 day experiment. Room, board, $50,000 and a month alone together in research facility housing. What could possibly go wrong...
As well as WAITING FOR HOPE, I have another short film ‘THE HOUSEWIFE’ that just entered the festival circuit. Both have an October online streaming release date, so keep an eye out on the FEAR CRYPT Youtube Channel.
I also have a short gory horror film called ‘TICKS’ in post production, that will also join the FEAR CRYPT channel shortly.
NIE: Who would you like to work with in the future and why?
Chloe Carroll: I could write a huge list of celebrities here and go on forever, but I guess my dream would be to work with Guillermo del Toro, I just love the worlds he creates in his films.