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Talent on the Rise

thirteen questions with

Danielle Lozeau

by Michael 'dedman' jones

There is a segment within the horror genre that draws more attention than the stories and the gore. The scream queen has, is and always will be the staple that holds the genre together. With this series, we will be interviewing some of the most iconic women in the genre as well as exploring and discovering the new faces of fear. Danielle Lozeau is an actress located in Los Angeles who started out in the public eye as a classically trained ballerina at the age of 9. With a diverse resume that includes several genres (including television), she has slowly but surely started to become one of horror’s leading ladies. So far she has six films set to premiere in 2015 alone. We can’t wait to see what this rising talent has in store—we are sure the best is yet to come. Living Dead Magazine: Danielle, it is a pleasure to speak with you about your career. When you first began acting, the first couple of films on your resume were not horror films, like Extra Credit (2003), A House Divided (2004), What I Want (2004) and Red Doors (2004). When you look back on your earlier work, what stands out to you about those performances, and how did those roles fuel your desire to get into horror films? Danielle Lozeau: Those for me were the first chances I had to work in film and experience what the film process was like. Those experiences are very dear to me, being my first steps into the business, and from then on I became very invested to have acting as a career path. Every time I have done a film, I immediately look out for more work that dips into different genres or stories. LDM: Your first taste of the horror genre was in Joe Patnaud and Timothy Whitfield’s Detour Into Madness Vol. 1 (2005), playing the roles of Raylin Brenner and Jenni. What peaked your interest and drew you into your first horror film? DL: Detour Into Madness was the first horror film for me where I actually got to work with fake blood. Before that, I had worked on mostly dramas or thrillers, so it was a nice change of pace to try something new. At the time I was very young, so anything horror-related had to get approved by my parents, seeing as some horror movies require little to no clothing. The characters Jenni and Raylin were of young high school-aged girls, so it was something that I was allowed to do, and it was great being able to stretch myself and try something that I hadn’t done before. LDM: One of my favorite films on your resume is Richard Griffin’s Pretty Dead Things (2006). I really loved the tongue-in-cheek nature of it having that old ‘70s style sexploitation look and feel while maintaining the bloody horror we all love. What was it about this film that drew you to it? Was there ever any concern about the nudity and sexual overtones of the film, and what did you take away (experience wise) from this film that helped you in later projects? DL: Pretty Dead Things was actually my first lead role in a feature film. After meeting with Richard and going over the role and the script, I felt very comfortable with the film’s direction. I enjoyed the ‘70s style feel—it

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