-Interview by Nic Brown-
had a song written about her by a German rock band, run from
killer robots in the mall, had fast times at Ridgemont High, and
even lived through an encounter with Teenage Mutant Horror Comet
Zombies. Now Scream Queen Kelli Maroney tells B-Movie Man Nic
Brown about her new projects, her passion for yoga and why there
are few things she could tell us that would be a surprise!
Nic- Kelli, you're probably most famous for your role as
Night of the
Comet. However, you've done a lot of films. Which one
was your favorite to do and why?
Kelli- Anytime I'm doing a film, that's my favorite one. I've
had fun in different ways on different sets. Sometimes it's the
people or the location or whatever. I'd have to say that
NOTC was my favorite though if I have to pick just one.
Nic- I understand that you are working on a couple of
new features: Nightmare Carnival and Shadowland.
Can you tell us something about these films and your involvement
Kelli- I have Nightmare Carnival and Shadowland
which I will act in and also produce. I'm also on board as a
producer of Dark Star Hollow and also have a role in
that one, and Bloodstalk which I am acting in.
Nic- There is a rumor that you had taken a break from
the entertainment industry, but got back in after a band wrote a
song about you called "Kelli Maroney don't exist no more". Can
you tell us the story behind that?
Kelli- You basically just told it--I was sent a copy of the song
and the German band, Almost Charlie, were afraid that I would be
offended. Totally the opposite, I was super flattered and felt
that a tribute like that was too cool to be ignored. I have two
versions of the song on my website--one from the band and one is
an American cover.
Nic- So when you're not acting on stage or screen, what
does Kelli Maroney like to do to relax?
Kelli- I'm currently in rehearsals for an original play called
Trailerville, so I guess I don't relax much. No, actually, I
love going to the gym and also do yoga, which I love.
Nic- Night of the Comet is a fan favorite and
it was recently re-released on DVD. What do you think is the
secret of the film's cult popularity?
Kelli- I have no idea, but I think it may have something to do
with the characters being just regular people completely baffled
by an unthinkable experience, getting it together and surviving
with their principals intact and getting on with life no matter
how the circumstances have changed? I think we all hope that
we'll be able to cope with whatever life throws at us with
strength and humor and HOPE.
Nic- You've worked with a number of different filmmakers
during your career. Who's been your favorite director to work
with and why?
Kelli- Well, I have to say Thom Eberhardt since the two most
interesting characters I got to play were both written and
directed by him. There's something about writing and directing
your own stuff that makes the working environment so much more
alive for everyone involved.
Nic- Can you tell us a bit about Nightmare Carnival
and your role in the film?
Kelli- Not really--I am not supposed to. :)
Nic- I understand that in addition to all your acting,
you also practice yoga. Is that true?
Kelli- I do Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga. They are both great
workouts and I also appreciate the spiritual nature of the
practice. It's like working out your body and your spirit at the
Nic- The film industry has changed over the last 20
years. How do you think the changes have affected you as an
Kelli- I don't have an answer for that. Things don't change all
at once, so it's impossible to compare how things could have
been as opposed to how things are. As it is, things change from
week to week and day to day in this business.
Nic- Can you tell us one thing about yourself that might
surprise us or that most people don't know about you?
Kelli- Having basically lived in the public eye since
adolescence, I can safely hazard a guess that there is nothing
about me that I am willing to tell you that you don't already
know. : )