Like I said I never aspired to be one it was a label that was slapped on me. It was a negative label for a long time but now much less so. I think the future of Scream Queens is deeply connected to social media. How many likes or followers you can get with sexy pics. I really believe if you can continue to learn and grow and reinvent yourself with whatever age bracket you are in that's the true definition of a 'lifer'. You may or may not get as many 'fans' if you are not just posting sexy pics but I have a deeper interest in the work, the crazy characters that independent films offer. Time always weeds out the real from the not real. Horror has become so mainstream now compared to what it used to be the volume of women getting involved is off the charts.
LDM: I recently viewed Matt Zettell's Axe To Grind (2015), where you co-
industry and that was great. Now what I have to say is very different. My experiences have been all over the charts and that is what I like to share with people now. I don't have a mission to be sickly kind nor mean and nasty, I just think people want to hear real experiences now. Writing is something I will always do.
LDM: With all of the time and effort that you put into your work, the fruits of your success have come to bear. Over the years you have won numerous awards, including the 1997 Barbarella Award for best actress in "Broadcast Bombshells" (1995) , 'Scream Queen of the Decade Award' from Draculina Magazine (2003 Reader's Poll) and you were honored with the inaugural Ingrid Pitt Award for Excellence and Perseverance in Horror (2013). When you first started receiving awards in 1995, what were your thoughts then on receiving them and has that emotion changed over the years as you have continued to win? DR: Like everything, even awards can be political. Seeing I don't play
the game of kissing ass I really feel sincerely honored when I do receive any kind of acknowledgment for my work. It still is very exciting and means a lot to me. I see all kinds of strange things going on with film fests and conventions and how things have changed and there are many things to complain about. I think the fact that anybody enjoys your work is the bottom line and I will always be grateful to those that do as I change and evolve.
LDM: According to Wikipedia, the definition of a Scream Queen is “an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist.” You are on a short list of women that are considered true Scream Queens. You even wrote an article that was published in GC Magazine where you said "a true Scream Queen isn't The Perfect Woman. She's sexy, seductive, but most importantly 'attainable' to the average guy. Or so it would seem." With times changing the way that they have and social media being such a huge thing, has your definition of what a Scream Queen is changed and where do you see the evolution of the next wave of Scream Queens? DR: The evolution has had everything to do with the internet. If
someone wants quick notoriety, then they will jump on the bandwagon and call themselves one. On my url site and my social media sites I don't ever call myself one. When I started it wasn't easy to even be a 'Scream Queen' and in all reality not something that a lot of people aspired to if they were serious actresses. That stigma has mostly disappeared at this point after the VH1 competition show Scream Queens, which I was honored to be a guest judge on, and now we have a TV series of the same name. If you read interviews with the actresses who were working in horror movies in the ‘80s and even ‘90s, for example in the original Halloween films or Nightmare on Elm Street films, they never looked at themselves as Scream Queens. They just happened to land a great role in a horror movie. So now it's just pretty much any woman who wants to be involved can certainly call herself one. That's fine by me.
star with Michelle Tomlinson, Paula Labaredas, Dani Thompson, Rachael Robins, Kelsey Zukowski and Tawny Amber Young. The thing that really drove the movie home was the emotional performance you put into it and the character interaction between you and the other girls was amazing. How was it working with such a talented group of female performers and where did you draw the energy and emotion for your character?
DR: I loved working with them because everyone was deeply connected
to what their character was like and what they wanted. It was easy for me to be the way my character was because I really felt it. I worked off of all the things I don't like about the business and the emotional ramifications the film business can have on you. My character was the reflection of the business that is rejection. Everyone feels it at various points and experiences it in different ways. If you can be really honest in your work, expressing your true feelings, I think people will relate to it. It's a very hard road as the years go on to be in a business that glorifies the young, sexy and people pleasing women you see. But how do they react to someone who is saying "I have had enough of being treated negatively for being human, aging, not being a sex pot etc."? Rage is a powerful emotion and it was very therapeutic to be able to express it in that film.
LDM: You continue to put out quality entertainment and performances, and this year alone you have so many amazing upcoming projects. What can you tell us about Michael Flores' 3 Solitude, Jon Keeyes' The Harrowing, Lawrence W. Nelson II's The Mangled and Jimmyo Burril's Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series? DR: None of these titles have been shot as of yet they are all in development stages. They are all top quality projects that I hope happen in the near future. Good material is something that any actress is excited to be able to work with, and is so rare, that I look forward to each of these because they are all written so well. LDM: Everyone knows the Scream Queen Debbie Rochon of Stage, Film, Radio, Magazines and everything else, but you are so much more than that. When you are not working on a project, what do you do to unwind and relax? Are there any charities or causes that you believe and participate in? DR: Well I have spent the last three years of my life deeply involved with my directorial debut Model Hunger. So that has been the bulk of my life outside of the other projects. This year it will be screening at a number of film festivals and we are working on a few interesting offers for distribution, which I hope wraps up this year as well. This is the year of Model Hunger for me, so I am completely dedicated to that. I have to birth my first child and see her out into the world which is an allconsuming task. I have always given money, when I am able, to animal organizations as I feel deeply about that cause. One day when the time is right I want to get involved with an organization helping young kids get off the streets. That was where I started, a homeless runaway, and I feel that would be very rewarding work. My book is something I want to see finished and out there as well. All my pet projects will come after Model Hunger. She is relying on me to see the light of day and find her audience and that is exactly what I plan on dedicating myself to!
Published on May 9, 2015