Interview with Actress/Filmmaker
It's hard to pin just one label on Jennifer Rouse. Although her main focus is acting, this Maryland native's talents cover a much broader range. Jennifer has been a musician since she was a child and is an accomplished model. You may have seen some of her work on NBC's hit show The West Wing or HBO's The Wire. Of course this being Bmovieman.com we know her for her work in such films as Chainsaw Sally and The Death of Poe. Now Jennifer is kind enough to talk to us about some of the films she’s made, and a number of her new projects including The Tell-Tale Heart with Debbie Rochon!
Nic—Jennifer, I you've been involved in a number of films recently can you tell us a bit about some of your projects?
Jennifer—Sure! I was in Chainsaw Sally which
came out earlier this year. It's a black comedy/horror film
that is kind of like mixing the styles of John Waters and
Rob Zombie into one film. It's about a girl that witnesses
her parents' murder as a child and ends up raising herself
and her brother. So they grow up just watching horror films
and they develop a warped since of reality and think they
have to deal with anyone who does wrong in their own
horrific ways. I play “the ice cream girl” and my character
comes across as obnoxious to her [Sally] so of course Sally
has her revenge on her.
knows for sure why he stopped in Baltimore but he did and
he stayed there for a few days and was then found dead in a
gutter. So what we did was a story about what may have
happened to him during that last week based on some theories
that a number of historians have put forth about those
events. The film is very David Lynch like with a lot of
flashbacks that give the audience a sense of Poe as a person
and help them understand how he came to this point.
Jennifer—I am! Right now I'm working on a film called
One-Eyed Horse. It's a revenge story about a man who
has to face the man he put in prison years before. It's been
a new experience for me working on a western too. I've had
to learn how to do so many new things like ride horses and
shoot guns. (Laughs) It's been a blast!
Jennifer-- I think the most challenging
role in the filmmaking process for me has been the music
composition. I've been playing and performing music since I
was a kid, but scoring films is relatively new to me.
The Death of Poe was the first feature film I scored. I
had done a few short scores for some industrial films before
that, but scoring an entire feature film was definitely a