To work with Sheridan is an actor’s and an artist’s dream. He is so involved in every single part and piece of a script and film. He dissects each piece of words, feelings, and emotions that go along with the script. I think a script is a change-able document for him, an outline that keeps him moving towards an esthetic swirl of high energy and emotion that shows on any Sheridan-directed films. Every day on the set of Dream House, there was a set schedule, but every day on the set of Dream House we followed no rules. Sheridan allows for a constant creation and re-creation through a huge amount of interaction between him and the actors. We met many times over the Dream House script and during the meetings, Sheridan seemed to pierce right into our (the actor’s) souls.
Honestly, working with Sheridan is unlike anything I’ve ever done and I will never forget the experience. I absolutely would love to work with Sheridan on a film in the future.
What was the most challenging and/or enjoyable aspect of playing the daughter of Naomi Watts' character?
The most challenging aspect of playing Naomi Watts’ daughter is the barely-existing-pressure to play a troubled teenager who, on the one hand is distant from her mother, but on the other hand, is still connected enough so the film audience believes and knows that Chloe Patterson (Rachel G. Fox) is Ann Patterson’s (Watts') daughter.
The most enjoyable aspect of playing Watts’ daughter is the experience of working with Miss Naomi, absorbing her peaceful and polished approach to her work. Working with Miss Naomi, I never felt stressed or uncomfortable, but always moved to be at the top of my intensity and focus in a correct and peaceful way.
Were you a fan of mystery/thriller films before joining the cast of Dream House?
I love some mystery/thriller films and shriek at the thought of seeing other ones. Some of my favorite psychological thriller films are the more mental ones like Rear Window, Donnie Darko, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and The Bad Seed. Ones I don’t think I could see are like The Silence of the Lambs and those films that are too terribly violent.
Based on that distinction, I think Dream House will be on the Top 10 Best Mystery/Psychological Thriller lists.