Hi Jade! Thanks for
taking time to tell us about your experience
filming “Murder-Set-Pieces”. Would you mind
telling us a little about yourself - where are you
from, what are you studying in school, what is
your birthday, just stuff like that?
problem, I’m from Pennsylvania. I’m in 8th
grade at a public middle school right now. We
don’t really get to pick what we study, but I
chose French to take as a foreign language. I
enjoy drama and am on Student Council as the
secretary. I’m currently 13 and my birthday is
January 26th, 1992.
How did you meet
director Nick Palumbo?
I met Nick when I was in 4th
grade. I decided the year before that that I
wanted to try acting. I was called for an
audition in New York for a horror movie trailer.
I was called later that night to say I was picked
to act in the “Sinister” trailer that Nick was
putting together, so I went up to new York again
for a couple of days to shoot it.
How would you
describe the story of “Murder-Set-Pieces” to
someone who hasn’t seen it?
It’s about a photographer who had a
terrible childhood and that helped to mold him
into the monster he is in the movie. He goes
around Las Vegas killing women and children mostly
because he feels that he has to rid the world of
“sinful people” like his mother. And women to him
fit that category. He started dating Charlotte,
my older sister and my character (Jade) senses
that something is wrong. She does some snooping
and her curiosity takes her on a wild journey. If
you haven’t seen the movie I won’t spoil the
ending. There is a message that the movie gives
out - you never really know what’s out there.
There are people like The Photographer.
What do you like
about your character Jade?
I love the fact that she’s
fearless. In real life I’m not all that brave, so
having that kind of character was definitely a
nice change. She was a normal teenager just like
me and it was nice to have a character that was
smart enough to know something was up with her
What do you
think of Nick after working for him on the
"Sinister” trailer and “M-S-P”?
Nick, he’s great. He’s really easy
to get along with, is open to new ideas and can
stay calm in tense situations. I think our
personalities are somewhat the same when it comes
to working. We both understand that being serious
on set is important, but when we’re not shooting
its fine to have some fun. Nick’s easy to
communicate with, we added parts into the script
as we went and I think it worked out well,
especially the fight scene at the end. That was
all changed around. He’s a great director.
Did you have to
audition for “M-S-P” or did Nick just offer you
No, I didn’t audition. After the
“Sinister” trailer I knew him really well so I was
glad to work with him again.
When did you first
meet Sven Garrett and what did you think of him?
He told me you all had pillow fights between
shots and he would let you win once in a while
I first met him at the airport when
I arrived in Las Vegas. I remember thinking “Wow,
he’s tall.” I had no clue what to expect, but
once we started filming we got to be pretty close.
Yes, I remember the pillow fights, in between
scenes if I wasn’t doing schoolwork we’d pick on
each other. The mood was intense for the scenes
that we did together, so him being somewhat like
an older brother helped lighten the mood.
How did you and
Katie Richards get along, playing best friends and
We got along great. She was the
only other person on set my age, so we really
clicked. When we rehearsed scenes together we
could criticize what the other one was saying to
try to make it sound better or more natural. We
worked well together.
How about working
with Valerie Baber as your big sister? Do you have
a big sister in real life?
Yes, I do have a big sister in real
life and working with Valerie was kind of like
being with my real sister. We worked on saying
our lines different ways when rehearsing and we’d
pick what sounded best. We also got to talk some
of the time, about anything (school, careers etc.)
She was awesome.
Did you ever get
scared while you were filming the movie? Which
parts were the scariest for you and how did Nick
help you get over being scared?
Yes, at times being on set was
scary. I knew all of the props were fake, but
everything looked so real and like I mentioned
before I’m not a very brave person. It took a
little getting used to the basement, since it was
trashed with blood, skulls and who knows what!
Once I was comfortable, I was interested to see
how all of the props were made and how the make-up
was done. Toe Tag did a tremendous job on the
special effects! When I wasn’t certain about
something Nick showed me what it really was or how
it worked and reassured me that whatever it was,
What did you and
your mom do when you weren’t needed on the set?
Did you get to see much of Las Vegas or did you do
When I wasn’t on set I slept, ate
or did school work. Not too interesting, but a
lot of times we worked really late so whenever I
could I slept. I didn’t get to see a lot of Las
Vegas. I saw the strip a lot though; it was
really pretty at night.
What did your mom
think about the movie? She was there with you and
even had a small role as a beauty parlor patron.
My mom loved it. My mom is a
hairdresser, so she helped set-up the scene in the
parlor. She gets really excited about this kind
of thing. She had a blast on set. It’s just
something different and exciting for her to do.
She likes learning how everything works in
Have you seen the
whole movie yet? If you have, what do you think
Yes, I have. I love it. The music
was great and I thought that Sven did a
spectacular job as the killer. I was shocked
too. When you actually see the film finished it
is so much more real than you thought.
Did you get to meet
Gunnar Hansen and Tony Todd? How was it working
with Ed Neal on the scene where you’re going to
The Photographer’s house? I have heard he was
I never met Tony Todd, but I heard
he was great. Gunnar Hansen, yes, I met him, but
it was when I did the “Sinister” trailer. We had
some fun times. Yes, Ed is hilarious! We were
very serious when we were shooting or rehearsing,
but when we were just waiting he did impressions
of people and was cracking jokes. I couldn’t stop
Has anyone said
anything to you or your mom about you being in the
movie? If anyone has, what have they said?
At the moment no one has seen the
movie in my area because it’s not available yet.
Do your friends at
home know you are an actress? What do they think?
Only my closest friends know about
it. I’m pretty low-key and I don’t like drawing
attention to my acting in my town yet. My friends
think it’s cool. We don’t talk about it a lot
Did you ever take
acting lessons or are you a “natural”?
I took an acting class once, but
other than that no. My fourth grade teacher was
the one who got me started into acting. After I
did a report on Jane Goodall (pretending to be
her) he told me that I was great at acting and I
still go back and talk to him about new things
that are happening with my career. I’m a shy
person at first but once I’m in front of a camera
my mom says I “bloom into a new person” and I
guess I’d like to think that too. I like not
being me for a while.
Will you work with
Nick again on a future film he does?
Yes! I’d love to do that. I loved
being on set and it’s nice to get out of the town
I live in to do something new and exciting!
Do you like scary
movies? If you do, what are some of your
Yes! I love them now! I’ll watch anything, but
before doing “M-S-P” I didn’t watch them at all.
When I wasn’t shooting or rehearsing we watched a
lot of horror films, older ones. I loved that. "Gothika",
I thought was a pretty good movie. I like blood
and gore movies ("Texas Chainsaw
and movies that make you think ("The
Do you like scary
novels? What are some of your favorite books?
I really haven’t read many scary
novels, though I LOVE reading! “Pet Sematary” by
Stephen King was good. I saw the movie for that
too. I’m going to try to read more books by him.
What would you tell
people who are all upset about “Murder-Set-Pieces”
but haven’t even seen the movie? That have only
heard about all the violence and stuff.
I would tell them to watch the
movie and then see what they think about it. It’s
not all just blood and gore, it has a meaning to
it, which I mentioned earlier. "M-S-P" is
not a movie for everyone though, but for the
people who haven’t seen it, I don’t think they
should judge it from what they have heard.
You are an
excellent screamer – did you have to practice
Thank you and no. I never knew I
could scream like that until Nick asked me too.
That was the best part!
What was it like,
being in The Photographer’s basement and being
covered in all that blood? It looked very nasty
You’re right, it was extremely
sticky, but you get used to it. I got stuck to a
table once! I would describe the blood as having
your body drenched in honey. The basement was a
little intimidating at first, but after I got used
to being down there that was one of my favorite
places. There were so many things to look at!
Is there anything I
haven’t asked that you or your mom would like to
add about the movie or Jade Risser?
I’ve read reviews that said my
parents must be “crazy” for letting me act in a
film like “M-S-P”, but they’re not. I was only
around for the scenes I was in. I never saw any
of the sexy or really gory scenes. Everyone was
so nice on set, so I was comfortable with
Are you going to
continue acting? You were amazing in this film –
your performance blew me away.
Thank you and yes I would love to
continue acting. I would be fun to try other
roles, in different types of movies. I loved