Snippets Issue 17 : The Horror Issue

Interview with a Vampire

Horror actress Bianca Barnett, teaches us the act of becoming a vampire.

Interview with a Vampire

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Los Angeles and I am an actress, model and full-time student. My boyfriend and I just purchased a 1927 Tudor style home that we have been renovating. It's always been a dream of mine to live in an old house and restore it to its original glory. I manage my website (and myspace, facebook, twitter accounts), respond to all emails and do all of my own bookings and press.


How long have you been acting for?
I started my career as a model when I was a teen, so acting is still new for me. I am "green" as they say in the business! I've done my fair share of no/low-budget films in the past three years, but I have so much to learn as a performer. That's why I am currently taking theater and acting classes along with my other classes. Even as a child, I had a love of entertaining people.

"I began to veer off into horror at a very early age."

Have you always been a fan of horror?
Oh yes! My father owned a sci-fi model kit company so I had exposure to conventions and movie props and famous genre folk. I began to veer off into horror at a very early age.

When the first video store opened near our home, I started renting every horror film they carried. My mom had to check them out for me though, ha!

What are your favorite scary movies?
How much time do you have? Just to name a few - The Lost Boys, The Shining, An American Werewolf in London, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Interview with the Vampire. I love older horror films, especially when they are cheesy. So much fun!

How would you describe your style?


Hopes & dreams for the future?
To continue to make movies, improve my skill as a performer and meet fans all over the world.


Vampire tips on:

Putting together a believable outfit?
Think slinky, like Morticia or Vampira. If you are more of a romantic, try historic costume, and if you're really daring, think Elvira! It's great to dress sexy, but don't overdo it or you'll look more tramp than vamp.

Creating good vamp make-up?
Dark, mysterious eyes and blood red lips are a must! Personally, I love smoky eye makeup and "cat eye" style liner.

Styling your hair?
I think big, sexy hair that is a little tousled is a perfect look. Personally, I draw inspiration from all of the glamorous Hammer films of the 1960s. They were such gorgeous vamps!

Talking like a vampire, is an accent a good idea?
Sometimes less is more but if you can work the accent, I would go with Romanian. It's a classic!

What about fangs?
Realistic teeth are the key to pulling the look off. I'm fortunate because my fiancée is a Hollywood special effects makeup artist and he can make me top-notch fangs! I did some research and would recommend Dental Distortions Nightslayer Veneers. They are acrylic veneers which are similar to what is used in the movies.

What about the walk?
Ladies need the purrr-fect slink!

Gestures and movements?
Slow, deliberate, exaggerated and sensual; draw attention to your eyes and lips.

Any good vampire conversation topics?
Talk about bathing in the light of the silvery moon.

What about food and drink?
Of course, dahling. Remember, vampires never eat or drink... wine. Maybe just have a nibble.

Any other tips?
Don't be afraid to bring out your dark side. After all, you are a child of the night. Make sure you take a lot of pictures and most importantly, have fun with it!

You can find out more about Bianca on her website.


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