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She had already faced ghosts, Aliens and Predators by age
10, so spending time with SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE was no problem for Ariel
Gade. In fact, her character Amy helps bring out the humanity in Ken, the
troubled, murderous antihero played by Kevin Corrigan. The young actress
discussed her roles in SOME GUY and her past genre fare with Fango.
In SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE (reviewed here), just out on DVD from Anchor
Bay Entertainment and directed by Jack Perez from a script by producer Ryan
Levin, Gade is surrounded by veteran actors like Karen Black and Barry
Bostwick—but the 15-year-old is something of a genre vet herself. She had her
first major screen role as Jennifer Connelly’s daughter in the J-horror remake
DARK WATER, and confronted extraterrestrials as a regular on the ABC series
INVASION and as part of the cast of AVPR: ALIENS VS. PREDATOR—REQUIEM. In SOME
GUY, however, she has her most nuanced role yet as the daughter Ken never knew
he had—a ray of light in the darkness of his life.
FANGORIA: How did you get involved with SOME GUY WHO KILLS
ARIEL GADE: Well, my agent sent me to audition for it, and I
loved my character when I read the script. She was just so amazing and
outgoing. It’s kind of the opposite of me, because I’m more of an introvert. So
I went to the audition and I booked it.
FANG: Would you say this is the most complex role you’ve
done? Amy has more dimensions than many roles for actresses your age.
GADE: I really do think so, because like I said before,
she’s just so different from the type of person I usually am. It was a real
challenge for me to come out of my comfort zone and play something so different
from my own self.
FANG: You have great chemistry on screen with Kevin
Corrigan. How did you develop that father/daughter relationship, and how did
you get along offscreen?
GADE: It was just a lot of bonding. We would talk a lot off
set, and actually had a lot in common. We got along great; he’s an amazing
actor and individual and was so kind to me. As a matter of fact, at the end of
filming, he wrote me a really nice letter. I get emotional at the end of
filming anyway, and the letter just made me cry because some of the things he
said were so beautiful.
FANG: Did any particular scenes you did together stand out
GADE: There was one scene where we’re playing basketball,
because he has just bought me a new hoop at his house. And it was funny,
because I just had to keep throwing the ball directly at the garage and it
would make this big bang sound, because I’m supposed to be a horrible
basketball player. It was just so funny doing that scene with Kevin [laughs].
FANG: How about Karen Black; was she as much fun in person
as she appears on screen?
GADE: Oh yeah, she was hilarious! I loved working with her.
She just brought that wit to the movie.
FANG: Were you on set for any of the gory moments?
GADE: I wasn’t around when they were filming the actual
cutting and slicing [laughs], but I did see the setup when Marty Prichard
[Britain Spellings] gets killed, where he’s in the lawn chair with the big ol’
ax in his head.
FANG: Are you squeamish about stuff like that?
GADE: Oh no, I’m all right. I have a little cousin who’s
into gory horror movies like FRIDAY THE 13TH and Freddy Krueger and all that
stuff. So I’m pretty good with that [laughs].
FANG: How did you feel about the film when you saw the final
GADE: I was so amazed with how it was put together, because
you read the script and have one idea of it, and then you see it with all the
actors and all the music put into it, and everyone did an amazing job.
FANG: How was it working with Jack Perez?
GADE: He was really great. There was one scene where we were
filming at the ice cream parlor [where Ken works], and this was the first time
Amy was [knowingly] meeting her father. It was kind of a dramatic moment for my
character, and I think we got it in one shot and he called me a young version
of Jodie Foster. That was a really big compliment from him.
FANG: You’ve been in a number of horror films. You mentioned
that your cousin likes them, but are you a fan as well?
GADE: Every now and then. The biggest horror movie that I’m
a fan of is probably SAW. I like the gore and the scary characters like Freddy
FANG: So you must have enjoyed being around the monsters on
the set of ALIENS VS. PREDATOR.
GADE: It was really fun, because I got to see the actual
Predator. He was ginormous! He had to literally duck under doorways to get
through, and it was really cool seeing him all in costume. And the Aliens were
great too. There was one scene where they had just called cut, and it was
really cold in Vancouver where we were filming, and an Alien was just sitting
there drinking a Starbucks coffee! It was really funny to see that [laughs].
FANG: You also dealt with aliens on INVASION. What are your
memories from that show?
GADE: Well, that was quite a while back! It was really
different, because I didn’t really get to see the aliens like I did on AVPR; it
was mainly greenscreen. But the show was an amazing experience. The actors were
just great, and I had a longer experience with them than I would on a movie
set, because it was a series that lasted for about a year. So we all got to be
really close to each other.
FANG: The first time horror audiences saw you was in DARK
GADE: I loved working with Jennifer Connelly. She’s such an
amazing actress, and one of my favorites. I got to actually go to her house,
and we played hide and seek because she has a son my age, Kai. That was cool,
because I get to say that I played hide and seek at Jennifer Connelly’s house [laughs].
FANG: Were there any scenes in DARK WATER where you actually
got scared while shooting them?
GADE: There weren’t any scenes where I was scared of the
ghost aspect, but there was one scene at the end where I’m being drowned by the
ghost, and that was really scary for me because at that time, I didn’t know how
to swim. I had a fear of water, and every time they would dunk me under, a
bunch of water would go gushing up my nose, and I was hating it. That was a
really traumatizing experience for me.
There was a similar scene with Jennifer where there was
water just gushing around her. The director of DARK WATER, Walter Salles, was
very, very particular and picky about each take. That was one if the final
scenes in the movie, and she was just being completely drowned, and you felt so
sorry for her because the director kept wanting to do it over and over again
until he got exactly what he wanted.
FANG: Do you have any films coming up?
GADE: Nope. Not at the moment. I’m just focusing on school
FANG: Is it difficult balancing school with your film and TV
GADE: Well, currently I’m home-schooled, so it provides me with a much more
flexible schedule to be able to go on auditions, and then when we’re home, we
can catch up with the work we fell behind on those few days. It’s a lot more
flexible, and it allows me to continue to pursue acting.
FANG: Do you have any dream projects, or actors you’d like
to collaborate with?
GADE: I really want to work with Johnny Depp. He’s one of my
favorite actors. I love him in PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN, SWEENEY TODD… He’s
just such an amazing actor, because he can play characters that are so
different from each other. None of his roles are alike in any way.
FANG: Do you have a particular character you’d like to do—a
GADE: I would like to do something that would really
challenge my abilities. Something…I guess iconic would be the word for it? Like
A BEAUTIFUL MIND—something similar to that, because that would be really
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