--Interview by Nic Brown, Photos courtesy of
Tucky Williams in a promo shot for Anubis
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REQUIEM FOR THE FALLEN
A tall, sexy, blonde with a sword
in her hands leaps into the midst of a mass of zombies
approaching a small group of survivors. The survivors watch
open-mouthed as she proceeds to dispatch the creatures
almost effortlessly with the weapon. When she seems to grow
tired of that sport she simply drops a stick of dynamite
into the horde blowing them to bits and ending the threat,
for the moment. All in a days work for Vix, the
Dead Moon Rising.
However, as interesting as the character Vix may be, Tucky
Williams, the actress behind the sword wielding heroine is
even more intriguing.
If you are fortunate enough to meet this native of Lexington
Kentucky, you might notice that she has a certain energy
about her. It’s hard to define, but this young woman seems
to radiate confidence, intelligence and enthusiasm. These
traits are only confirmed when you start to speak with her,
and be prepared, you’ll find yourself talking about
everything from zombies to philosophy, and don’t be
surprised when her eyes light up and she almost seems to
glow when talking about certain subjects such as her Yoga.
That’s all part of her charm.
Tucky recently sat down with B-Movie Man Nic Brown and
discussed some of her passions, her opinions and why being
called a professional is as much a warning to others as a
complement to her acting.
Nic- Tucky, you’re one of the stars of Mark Poole’s new
horror/comedy Dead Moon Rising. Can you tell us a
little about your role in the film?
Tucky- I play Vix and she’s someone who does not fit into
the normal world very well. She’s a strong female and as
such she’s not accepted by our society. A lot of times women
aren’t allowed to be themselves, and she is someone who is
very much herself so she’s an outcast. Of course then
zombies take over the world and all of a sudden they
[society] need her to come in and save the day.
Nic- So do you think that a zombie apocalypse is
what the world needs to help the women’s movement?
Tucky- (Stunned silence followed by laughter) NO! What we
need are more people identifying themselves as
feminists, including men. (Laughs again) An apocalypse is
definitely not the answer. However, films like Dead Moon
Rising that feature strong female characters who aren’t
afraid to be themselves, that’s an excellent start.
Nic- Well I can’t argue with you there and your
character, Vix, definitely qualifies as a strong female
character. Changing gears a little bit, I understand that
you are from Lexington, Kentucky. As an actress, what do you
think of the opportunities available in this part of the
Tucky- (Laughing again) They’re not very good. That isn’t to
say that there aren’t any out there, and they are improving
in the Central Kentucky area, but right now they aren’t
great. You have to be careful as well. When the
opportunities do come along you have to make sure it’s a
worthwhile project. I mean, you don’t want people to find
your work sitting on a shelf fifty years from now where it’s
been collecting dust and then they say “Oh my God! What is
this?” I guess that’s an indirect answer to your question
about opportunities for actors and actresses in this area.
Nic- What about working with Mark Poole on Dead
Moon Rising? I was very impressed by the quality of his
film and it was made here in Kentucky.
Tucky- Oh me too. I’m very proud of that film. Mark is just
incredibly professional and he works with professional
people. More importantly than anything though is that I feel
respected as an artist when I’m working with Mark. People
like Mark are the ones helping create the opportunities in
Kentucky for filmmakers.
Nic- Speaking of professionals, that is exactly how
Mark describes working with you.
Tucky- (Smiling) That’s a bit of a joke between us. He calls
me a professional not just as a compliment, but also as a
warning. When I’m on the set I stay in character and
apparently that bothered some people (Laughs).
Nic- You being in character bothered some people?
Tucky- Well I think it was a combination of things, but in
my costume I looked like this really pretty girl, cutesy and
like I’m going to be really friendly. I’m quiet, reserved,
I’m not chatty and I think it threw people. Also, there were
a couple of confused individuals who thought they could say
inappropriate things to me and I put them in their place and
let them know how it was and that was kind of devastating
for them (Laughs again). So calling me professional is
Mark’s way of warning people that I take myself and my work
seriously and that I’m not to be messed with.
Nic- What was one of the most challenging scenes
for you to film in Dead Moon Rising?
Tucky- (Grinning slyly) I’ll tell you the truth, the hardest
scene was one where this extra just wouldn’t stop smiling at
the camera. This person was a zombie and they were supposed
to be getting killed but we ended up shooting it over and
over again. It was this really hot day and we were in this
old garage that was lined with poison ivy so we couldn’t
even sit down and lean against the walls or anything. We had
to just keep waiting inside this uncomfortable place while
she kept running by and getting killed and smiling the whole
time! That was the only time I lost it. We were all so tired
and so hot and someone couldn’t stop smiling at the camera.
You know though, yeah it was tough and it was intense work,
but really everything I got to do was so much fun. I got to
be on that great bike, I got to make out with Erica and that
guy (laughing) and I had to that in front of my Mom! I never
did ask him [actor Jason Crowe] about how he felt making out
with me in front of my Mom because she was on the set that
day. I mean how much did that have to suck for him.
(Laughing more) Oh and she was right next to him too.
Nic- So no pressure for Jason at all then right?
Tucky- (Laughing) He did seem really nervous kissing me on
set. He wasn’t showing it, but I got to know him and we hung
out and I could tell he was nervous. I picked him up during
that scene. Did you notice that?
Nic- Yeah I did, that was unexpected.
Tucky- I know (Laughing) it was great. I totally picked him
up by his butt! He was very cool about it though and
pretended not to mind.
Tucky with costars Mike Seely and Erica Goldsmith
Nic- So what was it like to work with some of the
other actors in Dead Moon Rising.
Tucky- Mike [who played Nick] just blows me away. He’s a
crazy fuck and I say that with the utmost affection. That is
the only way to describe him. He is a real actor and it’s
just tremendous to get to work with him. He just has this
light coming off of him. I mean he walks into a room and
everyone looks. He’s a movie star. On my myspace page
there’s a picture of me with him and on the caption I put
“Me with Harrison Ford” because that’s what it feels like to
Then there’s Jason [Crowe]; he’s a sweetheart and I love
him. (Tucky leans in and in a conspiratorial whisper
continues) I heard that everyone thought that we were
hooking up or something. Everyone acted like it was this
horrible secret. We were affectionate and I consider him a
friend, but he seemed to be the only one that understood
that I was in character. I think he even went around telling
people later that “she’s in character” so they’d leave me
Nic- What about some of your other films? I know Vix
isn’t the first character you’ve played.
Tucky- Well In Shadow of Light was my first film. I played
Dana, the female lead. That one hasn’t come out yet. I also
did a movie called Blink and I’m really proud of my work in
that because I’m known for playing this really tough, butch
character in Dead Moon Rising and in Blink
I play this little married straight girl who’s really bubbly
and talkative. I’m proud of that because when people see
that they are surprised that my tone and demeanor can change
so much. My Mom liked that role so much better too. (Laughs)
I also did a pilot for a TV series. Oh, and I’m doing
Dead Moon Rising 2.
Nic- I’d heard that was in the works. Can you tell
us anything about Dead Moon Rising 2?
Tucky- I don’t know anything about it yet. I’m just waiting
for Mark to call me in to act. That’s what I want to do is
act. I don’t want to produce this thing and I definitely
don’t want to direct it. I just want to act. I feel like so
many people start out and act in one film and then they want
to act and do something else, or as many things as they can
at once on a film. I feel like when you do that too soon,
the film suffers. So I’m very happy and proud to say that I
don’t know anything about what’s going on from the whole
business side of the film. I don’t have a clue about the
pre-production. I’m just excited to show up and do my part.
With fellow DEAD MOON RISING stars Mike Seely and
Nic- Any idea when that will be?
Tucky- Nope and that’s kind of bad because I do need to know
when to stop eating peanut butter pie and start training
because I want to look good. I want to look even better than
I did in the first film. So that’s why I want to know.
Nic- Well if I hear anything from Mark I’ll let you
Tucky- Yeah. (Laughing) Call me because I need about six
Nic- One thing I did hear is that Mark wants to make
Dead Moon Rising 2 into a series or a serial so it will be
more episodic in nature. Would you want to be involved in
something more than just one more movie in the franchise?
Tucky- Oh absolutely. I want to keep working on good
projects like Dead Moon Rising. Plus with a series you get
more instant feedback on what people think. I also feel like
it would work out really well for me because I think people
like the Vix character and they’ll want to see more of her.
Nic- It’s obvious that you’re excited about the
prospect of doing Dead Moon Rising 2. What other
kinds of films would you be interested in doing?
Tucky- I think my goal as an actress is to work on good
projects. So what I really want is to be reading a lot of
screenplays and having the opportunity to make choices about
the roles I take and be excited about them. Beyond working
on something that I can feel proud of, there isn’t a
specific genre or type of role that I’m interested in. I
will say that I love doing different things. I like to
stretch myself in the roles that I take.
Nic- Going back to Dead Moon Rising again
for a minute… although it has a lot of humor worked into it,
the film is essentially a horror film. I know that you
enjoyed working on it, but at the same time there has been a
trend lately in horror with films like Hostel, Touristas
and some others that are being called “torture porn” for
lack of a better phrase. I understand that you have some
strong feelings about that type of film, is that correct?
Tucky- I do actually. I feel that in this culture [America]
sexuality is too repressed and in fact it has become so
repressed that sex itself has become a fetish. Even nudity
has become a fetish which is absurd. It’s so weird and it
just seems to be our little part of the world. I mean you go
to just about any other place like Canada or Europe and it’s
not like that. All of that repressed energy is getting
funneled into these horribly violent films and it’s a really
Tucky Williams as zombie-killing badass Vix
I wouldn’t want to stop someone from making that kind of
violent movie, but at the same time it’s ridiculous that you
can have films like Hostel get an R rating and widespread
distribution and all the big studio support with all of that
violence and then have the a film like Dead Moon Rising
that doesn’t have nearly the same level of violence, but it
does show two women kissing and that’s put on the same
level. It’s ridiculous! If Dead Moon Rising were
rated it would get an R, not for the violence, but for the
sexuality. So what you’re seeing is something beautiful like
two girls kissing each other being treated the same as
someone’s eye getting burned out with a blow torch. So it’s
put this idea out there that sexuality is as bad as
I’m not saying that I want that kind of film to go away. I
just wish there wasn’t so much repressed energy that results
in that sort of thing becoming part of mainstream
entertainment. I think if we dealt with the way our society
treats sexuality, then a lot of that repression would go
away and you’d see torture porn become a much smaller
market. It would be a niche or fetish instead of sex.
Nic- Those are some interesting thoughts on the
Tucky- Well I may be the wrong person to ask about all this,
but that’s the way I feel.
Nic- So considering the relationship you see between
the repression of sexuality and the portrayal of violence in
popular media, how do you feel about nudity and sexual
situations in films in general?
Tucky- About nude scenes… again I feel that the female body
has been fetishized and that’s unfortunate for women and
men. Now instead of seeing a female body as something
beautiful, it’s seen as this sexualized thing. I certainly
don’t like being sexualized. I don’t like people forcing a
sexuality on to me.
Another thing that bothers me that I’ve read in some reviews
and comments online is “Where were the tits in Dead Moon
Rising?” I think it’s great to have that in a movie,
don’t get me wrong. But that kind of thing makes me feel
that some people’s attitude is that women exist just to
entertain men and that’s not the case. It’s as absurd as
saying men need to show their ass cheeks in a film to get
women to go see it. I mean I guess that’s true with Russell
Crowe or someone like that. (Laughs) It’s a good thing and a
positive thing that nudity can turn men and women on, but I
want men to see that as a good thing, not as a fetish thing.
I don’t have a problem with my body, nudity or anything. But
because of the way nudity has been turned into a fetish, I
don’t want to get naked. So now someone’s going to look at
it and go “OOOH she’s naked, she’s naked, she’s naked! I see
her boobies!” I mean it’s part of my being, I want to be
seen as a person not a body part. I just want everyone to be
treated with respect.
Tucky studies Vinyasa and Yin styles of Yoga.
Check out her new Yoga Noir photo set
from William Spangler's
Rose Island Photo
Nic- Let’s move away from the movie business and
talk a little more about your work outside of entertainment.
You’re a yoga instructor when you’re not in front of the
camera, is that correct?
Tucky- Yes (Smiling broadly) I am. I love it. I’ve been
studying yoga since I was thirteen and I’m now focusing on
Vinyasa and Yin yoga. Really though I like to mix everything
together though. It is just the best there is.
Nic- Well you do seem to get a glow about you when
you talk about it.
Tucky- I would think so, I just love it so much. Oh that’s
another thing that I’ve noticed about this culture. People
just can’t sit still. I mean some people can do it during
class, but some people really have a hard time just being
still. I look at their faces and it looks like they’re
actually in pain because I’m making them sit still and be
quiet for a few minutes and it drives them crazy. That’s one
of the things I like about yoga, the stillness and the way
it lets you take your mind in new directions.
Nic- Now tell us something about Tucky Williams that
most people don’t know.
Tucky- (Laughing very hard)
Nic- Well you can’t say that you don’t like to
Tucky- That’s it, write “Huge Laugh” (Laughs again). I know.
I’m a Libertarian. That’s something a lot of people don’t
know. That means crazy person by the way.
Nic- So you’re a Libertarian. Well I’m an Aries…
Tucky- (Laughing again) Hey! So was my character in Dead
Nic- Was that in the film, part of the back story,
or did you just decide “Hey Vix is an Aries.”
Tucky- Oh it was in the film. At one point Jim says, “We’re
both Aries”, but don’t worry you aren’t supposed to know the
whole film. It is funny though, Mark didn’t write much of a
back story for Vix and so I asked him to tell me one thing,
was she mentally ill? He said no. So the rest I just came up
with. The way I saw her was that she was an ironist. Of all
the characters she was the only one who was sort of aware
that she was in a zombie movie. Instead of freaking out she
just went with it. She said, “Well it’s a zombie movie so
I’m going to go out and get a samurai sword and start
chopping people’s heads off.”
Tucky Williams has the dedication, intelligence
and beauty to become a major star. Keep
your eyes on this young woman!
Nic- So do you think that’s why she did so well
coping with what happened in the film and surviving in that
Tucky- Definitely. She wasn’t holding on to the way things
used to be. Society broke down and she could accept that and
deal with the way things are not concentrate on the way they
were. I mean most people, myself included, would just want
things to go back to the way they were, but Vix didn’t care.
She’s someone who says, “Fuck it. New world order.” She’s an
Ubermensch. Really in your face and someone who thrives on
overcoming obstacles. It’s the challenges. That’s what makes
her so alive. She’s definitely not a Nihilist.
Nic- You know I said you got a glow about you
earlier talking about yoga, well you’ve got it again now.
Tucky- Well I get that way when I talk about philosophy,
that’s my thing. I mean I don’t understand it, nobody really
understands it. But I love to talk about philosophy and Vix
embodies a lot of different aspects of that for me.
Nic- OK, last question. If I were to look on your
bookshelf at your home, what are some of the books I’d find
Tucky- “Anna Karenina” the best novel ever written. You’d
see the entire Chuck Palahniuk collection [“Fight Club”].
Then you’d find about a million books on philosophy and pop
culture because I’ve bought them all. (Laughs) I feel like
these critiques or criticisms of philosophy help me get so
much more from it than just reading essays and texts because
they can be so mired in scholarly language that it is not
really fun to read. I like stuff that’s fun to read.
Thinking about it, I just love Tolstoy, that’s a writer that
I’ve just sort of latched onto. It is really important to
get a good translation though. So if you’re looking for
Tolstoy, research the translation, it’s devastatingly