Anne Winters – Mom and Dad
By: Nicole Dintelman
Q) In Mom and Dad you play Carly, a high school teenager whose parents have been possessed and want to kill her. What enticed you to take on this role?
A) Honestly, I read the script and thought that it sounded like a freaking fun time. I’ve also never really done any kind of horror and I thought it would be fun to have [Nicolas] Cage play my dad and want to kill me the entire time.
Q) What was it like having Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair as parents?
A) Oh, Nicholas Cage is Nicholas Cage. He’s like no other person. I think he may even be from another planet. And Selma, she became my best friend. We were either laughing like crazy or wanting to kill each other the entire time we were filming.
Q) You have a little brother in the film. What was it like playing the big sister?
A) It was great. I kind of got to take on the hero role. As the big sister, I had to protect him and try to keep us both alive.
Q) Carly steals money out of her mom’s purse in the beginning of the film. Is this something that was out of character for her or a regular occurrence?
A) Oh, it was definitely out of character. I don’t know if this was necessarily explained well in the movie, but she had a friend who was a newer friend and she was trying to be cool with her. So, she was trying to rebel more than just the normal like ignoring her mom and regular teenager stuff.
Q) What was your favorite scene to film in Mom and Dad?
A) Oh, it has to be the chase scene when Selma is after me. We start in her room and then run to my room and we’re supposed to get in the closet. Only we kept getting hung up in the canopy. I kept getting hung up. Selma was supposed to and just never did. It was so much fun and took a long time to film but it was a really fun scene.
Q) Do you think Carly felt compelled to save her parents from her grandparents?
A) Wow, no one has ever asked me this! I mean, I think she would want to protect her parents, but she was just trying to stay alive so I don’t think I really even thought about it. I would guess she would want to save them. That’s why we didn’t kill them at the end and we just tied them up.
Q) It seemed like there was subliminal messages on the radio and TV that made the parents go crazy. Is that what the viewer was supposed to think?
A) Yes, yes. I mean it wasn’t said that watching the TV is what was making them go crazy. It was just this random thing that was happening and no one knew why.
Q) Why should people see Mom and Dad?
A) Because it really is a freaking fun time. It’s not one of those movies where you’re going to cry the whole time. I mean those are fun too, but this is midnight madness at its finest. It really is just a great time.
Q) Can you tell us anything about your character Chloe on the upcoming season of “13 Reasons Why?”
A) I can’t tell you much. I can tell you she is a major character. She’s in all thirteen episodes. She’s involved with someone, but I can’t say whom. But viewers will be surprised to see what happens with her character. It will really surprise them. I was surprised myself. I didn’t know what was going to happen from episode to episode until I got the next script. Then, I was like, “Ohhhh! That’s why she did that.” I can’t wait for people to see it.
Q) What is one thing our readers would be surprised to learn about you?
A) I guess that I’m deaf in my left year. That’s a random thing. No one really knows until they try to whisper in my left ear and then I don’t answer so they think I’m being rude. Just know if you want to tell me something sit on my right side. I’m totally deaf in my left ear
Q) You are a part of social media. Do you enjoy the instant feedback you receive to your projects?
A) Yes, I love social media. I love to know what people think of what I’m doing. I can’t wait to see what people think of the movie and when “13 Reasons Why” comes out. It has a big social media preference so it will be interesting to see how people react. I also have Night School coming out in September and then everything else I’m doing. Yes, I love social media. You have your haters too, but for the most part it’s good.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) Thank you guys. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that you support me and everything I’ve done and will do in the future. Stick around and go on this ride with me.
MOM AND DAD will be released in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD January 19th