-Interview by Nic Brown-
Megan Franich at the 2009 Fright
Night Film Festival in Louisville, KY
Megan Franich at the 2009 Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, KY
Whether you’re a fan of horror or fantasy films, if
you’ve been to the movies lately you may have seen Megan
Franich. You may not recognize her right away though; in her
most famous role as Iris the vampire in
DAYS OF NIGHT, a team of make-up and
special effects artists spent a lot of time making her look more
like a monster than the dark haired beauty she is. Of course
that hasn’t stopped horror and comic enthusiasts from
recognizing her. Sitting at her table at the 2009 Fright Night
Film Festival in
During a rare lull in the action, Megan took time out to
talk with B Movie Man Nic Brown about her work in film, her
recent move to the
Nic- Megan, you’re probably best known for your role in the film 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, can you tell us a little about your work on that film?
Megan- Well I played a character called Iris and she was a blood sucking vampire. She was very attractive too I must say! (laughing) Although I must say many wouldn’t agree.
Nic- To play Iris you had to wear quite a bit of make-up and some prosthetics; how was that for you?
Megan- It was great, WETA did the make-up. I was also working with a really amazing make-up artist named Sarah Rubano. An incredible woman and I just have so much respect and love for her. It was all fun! I mean every morning going in and just spending an hour or two with all those cool people in the make-up truck. I’d get to sit there and just listen to great music while I got my make-up done.
Nic- How long did it take them to get you ready for filming each day?
Megan- Most days it was a couple of hours, but then there was the burn sequence and that took four or five hours.
Nic- So for the filming of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT were you really out in the cold all the time?
Megan- (Laughing) No! It wasn’t real snow. It was all done on sets. Actually it was hot!
Nic- You mentioned that you’d worked on NARNIA. Can you tell us about your roles in that film?
Megan- Sure! I was a goblin and a nymph in the films so I got to
play a baddy and a goody. That was a few years ago now. We were
filming on the south island of
Nic- All of the roles you’re really known for so far have involved extensive make-up and prosthetics. Are you looking to do something a little more straight forward, without the FX?
Megan- Well actually I got to play a normal person (laughing) in
the last film I made before I left
To be honest, it is the character roles that really move and inspire me because you can do so much more with them. In the future I’m not going to say I don’t want to do films with lots of prosthetics and such, but I am definitely more attracted to the character roles.
Nic- You’re actually from
Megan- Well… I’m actually not working because I don’t have my work permit yet, it’s still being processed. We moved here because my husband got a job at UCLA. He’s a neuroscientist and we moved here about a month ago. He started working right away, but I’m still in the process of getting my work permit put through so I can start looking at some roles and it’s exciting!
Megan- Oh I love it! I mean it is my home country after all and
my family is there so I’ll always have a really strong
Nic- Do you have any interest in stepping behind the camera and writing or directing your own feature?
Megan- Absolutely! I started off in the industry as a sound
technician. That’s how I got into it in the first place. So I do
have a lot of experience behind the camera and in post
production. As for the rest, I would like to get into directing.
I’ve done a little bit of directing in
Nic- You’re a guest here at the Fright Night Film Festival and this isn’t the first event you’ve been to. What are your thoughts about horror themed film festivals and conventions?
Megan- Well you’re right, I’ve been to a couple of events, but this is my first horror convention. I’ve been to a couple of comic conventions which I absolutely love because I’m such a comic fan. They’re great but I sit behind my autograph booth just itching to leave it and go explore all of the other booths. I’ve gotten to see some amazing art at some of the comic cons too.
Fright Night has been a lot of fun so far, with all the fans and the other guests. I really want to go down to the tattooing room though and see some of the artists there.
Nic- So if someone were interested in learning more about you where would they go?
Megan- Well, I have a Myspace page which has a lot of information and my music on it. You can get there at www.myspace.com\meganfranich.
Nic- Your music on your Myspace page is great! How did you get started playing music and is that a part of your career you want to develop more?
Megan- Thank you and yes, definitely. I will be playing music for the rest of my life. I would like to record an album and have the material for it, but I don't want to rush it. It is a very important part of my life and my career.