I had the honour and privilege of interviewing Horror Star Eileen Dietz, here's that interview.
First of all thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this
Q1: So, how did you get into acting?
I had a dream and I put that dream out there, Knowing no one I hit the streets of NYC, read the trades, hit the Actor's Equity Office where casting notices were on 46th St and Broadway and worked at summer stock to get my first Union card which lead to my second and third. Then I got an agent and the credits started piling up.
Q2: What would be your dream film to star in?
A remake of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" and I would play 'Baby Jane'. After there a movie called "Lullaby" which I am trying to hard to produce and get made.
Q3: Does it bother you that people mainly known you for "The Exorcist"?
People don't only know me from "The Exorcist". They know me from General Hospital and some know me from Planet Of The Apes and even others from Helter Skelter and a couple, she said laughing, from Happy Days.
Working on "The Exorcist" was an awesome experience. Not because it was going to become the scariest movie of all time but because it was so much fun. I knew of Max Von Sydow from having seen a lot of foreign films as a kid and it was amazing being in his presence and it was a blast putting on that makeup and becoming a demon. I must refer you to my book "Exorcising My Demons" for the rest of the story.
Q5: You worked with one of my all time favourites, Anthony Perkins. What was he like to work with?
I have fortunately worked with some of the most amazing actors of our time and Tony Perkins was one of them. And he left us far too soon. He was sweet and funny and incredibly helpful to a young actress like me. The play was called "Steambath" and if you ever find the written script in stores like Samuel French, which is now on-line, there is my name right along Tony's in the opening credits of the book. to give you an example of what Tony was like, several years later my mom was in town, N.Y. City still, and she wanted to see a Broadway play and after all those years, he was starring in a play called "Equis" and he got us fabulous seats front and centre. Also you can find out more about this in my book.
Q6: You're about to release the book "Exorcising My Demons", tell us about it.
Exorcising My Demons tells the story of a skinny, buck toothed, flat chested kid from Queens, NY and how knowing no one to help her found herself in the scariest movie of all time. the book is about dreams, if you drop a dream it breaks, and choices, some good, some not so good. Its about picking yourself up and getting there all over again. The middle of the book is about funny stuff that happened on the set of the Exorcist, everyone kind of knows the scary stuff, and the end is the Epilogue and the people who changed my life again. It will be up on Kindle and Nook March 14th and will be out in print soon after. For an autographed copy you can find me on my web page, www.eileendietz.com or Facebook, Eileen Dietz and I take credit cards, checks and paypal.
I think there are very exciting directors around like Adam Green, James Wan, Mike Mendez and from Portland Jason Hawkins and Jay Lee and they are making good horror films. I think the studios and distributors are realizing that what they call Porno Horror, just blood and guts and gore won't draw an audience anymore as sequels for sequels sake won't either.
Q8: Have you got anything exciting lined up?
I have a film ready to come out called "The Devil Knows Its Own", written and directed by an amazing guy named Jason Hawkins and starring and produced by Dara Davey and its the evilest part I have ever played. I will be shooting a web series of Resident Evil based of course on the film on the same name. Can't wait. Also shot a Video Promotion for a script called Black Haze and you can find out more about it and the competition it is in by going to cinecoop.com/blackhaze and follow the instructions to vote for it. I read the script and its a thriller/horror film like the films of the 80's. Good plot, good characters you love and hate and should be suspenseful as hell cause you like the delinquent kid who got caught robbing this depraved, disturbed serial killer's marijuana crop; and besides promoting my book in London this week, Germany next week and all over the US.
Q9: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I think anyone who wants to be an actor, actress, anyone who has a dream should read my book, not cause I want to sell it, though I do, but the whole first third will inspire you to do what I did. I knew no one to help me, only naysayers who said I was too short, too skinny, too flat chested to be an actress but I had a dream, and if you have one whether you are an actor, a director, someone who wants to own a shop, anyone who has a goal just do it and don't let anyone tell you, you can't.
Q10: Do you have any last words for anyone reading this?
The only thing I can add is what I just said just do it, dream it, figure out how to get it, go out there, (you can't do anything staying home and dreaming) and I totally believe you can have anything you want. Hey I made bad choices, some awful ones that keep me up at night but I suppose they were the right ones at the time. Sometimes there is what I call a "God nudge", or for atheists, "a spirit nudge" that says don't do it, stay away" and we must all learn to listen to that God inside us. Listen to your soul and not the ones who say no and you will, yes you will, get what you want.