-Interview by Nic Brown-
Actress, model, voice talent, and more all in one
Horror Hound Weekend in Indianapolis drew huge crowds. With
guests like Danny Trejo and Doug Bradley, vendors from
across the country and screenings of new horror films from
Anchor Bay Entertainment, one shouldn't be surprised by the
large turn out of fans. However, it wasn't just the bigger
stars that were drawing all the attention. Although
relatively new to the business, actress, model, and voice
artist Sarah Swofford spent the weekend meeting some of her
fans and making new ones with her winning smile and
personality. Sarah's booth seemed to constantly draw a
crowd. In fact, Sarah was so popular that she sold out of
most of her DVDs on the first day. After having met her
though, it was easy to see why; Sarah Swofford is a truly
fun person to be around. Her infectious good nature carries
to everything she does and that's why it was a real pleasure
to sit down and talk with this vibrant young actress about
her film work, why she loves The Coverup Girls, and the
reason why we may one day hear her singing the blues (in a
Nic- Sarah, what brings you to the Horror Hound Weekend in
Sarah- I’m an actress and I’m here to promote myself and my
movies, to network, meet people, talk to fans, sign
autographs; all that fun stuff!
Nic- It looks like you’ve been pretty busy so far this
weekend. How’s the show been for you?
Sarah- Oh it’s been a lot of fun! I’ve had such a great
response here in Indianapolis and I’ve met so many fantastic
people. It’s a blast. I love it.
Nic- Now I understand that this isn’t your first convention.
Is that right?
Sarah- That’s right, this is my (pauses and counts) fifth
Nic- Are you here to promote any one film in particular?
Sarah- I’m here promoting
a film from director James Cotton. It was released last year
by Vanguard Cinema. That’s not the only one though, I’m also
talking about some films I've done in Austin including
and Demon Board, both directed by Jeff Cooper. You can find
out some more about those films at
Nic- Can you tell us a little about your film Sugar Creek?
Sarah Swofford on the set of
The blood on the side of her dress
doesn't bode well for what happens to her character,
Evelyn, in the film.
is a post Civil War period piece, supernatural thriller, in
the vein of Sleepy Hollow.
Nic- What about your character, are you one of the “good
guys” or the “bad guys”?
Sarah- (laughs) I’m one of the “good guys”. My character,
Evelyn, is part of the back story for the main character and
let’s just say that lots of bad things start happening to
poor Evelyn (laughs).
Nic- I hear that you aren’t just a film actress, you also do
a lot of voiceover work too. Is that correct?
Sarah- Yep. I just started doing that this past year. I’ve
worked with ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, and I’ve
also started working with a newer studio in Austin too.
Nic- Is it mostly animation that your doing voice over work
Sarah- Yeah, it’s mostly Japanese animation. Although, I did
just finish a job doing over-dubbing for a Korean action
flick, but that’s been my only live action project so far.
The rest of my work has been Anime or children’s cartoons,
things like that.
You may not immediately recognize her face, but
if you watch
Japanese Anime you may recognize Sarah's voice!
Nic- What are some of the projects you’re working on now?
Sarah- I’ve got some new voiceover projects coming up, but I
can't really say much about those yet. For movies, I have a
couple of horror films I’m set to do. I’ll be working with
Wicked Pixel Cinema in the Fall. Plus I'll be doing more
Nic- Sarah, you’ve done a number of horror films. Are you a
fan of the genre and if so what are some of your favorite
Sarah- This is always a tough question for me because to be
perfectly honest, I’m a huge chicken! (laughs) I did really
like the first
Friday the 13th,
Nightmare on Elm Street,
and some of the classics like
The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Nic- Sarah, you've done a number of horror films. Would you
want to be known as a "Scream Queen"?
Sarah- I love all types of films and I would love to have a
full career in many genres. As much as I love the scary
stuff, I don't want to be typecast.
Nic- You live and primarily work in Texas. Do you feel that
there are a lot of opportunities for you there as an
Sarah- Well I am actually originally from Arkansas, but I've
been in Texas for over a year and a half now. I love Austin
and there's a pretty strong independent film
community out there so I feel like there are a lot
of good opportunities for actors.
Nic- What would be your dream film role?
Sarah- That's really tough. I like so many different types
of movies, it's hard to pick just one dream role! I think it
would be fun to do something kind of epic and adventurous.
Like Princess Buttercup in
The Princess Bride
or Elizabeth from
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Nic- Can you tell us one thing about yourself that might
Sarah- I would love to be a blues singer. I've always been
really passionate about music and especially blues. My dad
and my aunt got me hooked on Eric Clapton as a kid and his
music just moved me. I'd love to be like Etta James or Nina
Simone and I really hope that someday I will have the time
to pursue that aspect of my career.
Nic- When you're not acting or doing voiceover work, what
does Sarah Swofford do for fun?
Sarah- I'm kind of a dork. I like to read a lot and watch
movies. I listen to a lot of music and dance around my
living room, nothing too exciting. (laughs).
Sarah Swofford showing that "Plastic does not
make perfect" as a model for
Cover Up Girls
a site that is
"determined to showcase independent beauty,
confidence, and unique personality."
You can find her under her model name: