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Interview with Hayley-Marie Axe



In January, a new horror film will be released, which may just be exactly what Killer Aphrodite readers need after this holiday.  We love guts, we want gore and by God, we will get it in May I Kill U? a new horror comedy which is written and directed by Stuart Urban.  Want to know more?  Keep on reading.

Synopsis: “Baz (Barry Vartis) is one of Britain’s new breed of police, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath…  As riots break out in London, a head injury changes Baz from an everyday police officer into a mad vigilante, offering no-hope criminals a stark choice, arrest or death. Baz sees this campaign as ‘lawful killing’. Criminals too stunned, confused, or drunk to argue are politely asked, “May I kill you?” and merrily dispatched on their final journey. All these exchanges are recorded on Baz’ helmet-cam and posted anonymously on social networks.  Using the alter ego ‘@N4cethelaw’ Baz acquires an increasing number of fans with each killing, dispensing justice to scumbags, cleaning up society like some bizarre and deadly ‘Robin Hood’, ridding society of its’ ills.  But, in a sudden reversal, Baz is captured by an enraged relative of one of his presumed “kills” and faces slaughter or even worse… exposure.”

But this isn’t just an ordinary little write up for you guys, oh no, this time around we have a nice little chitchat with actress Hayley-Marie Axe, who plays Val in the film.  So sit back and enjoy the interview as we get to know this rising bombshell from Britain.

Monique: Tell us about yourself and why you got into acting?

Hayley-Marie: I am an only child so when I was young I used to get all the kids on my street to my house to put on a play, we would pinch my mums curtains and sheets and make our own stage and then invite all the parents.  I was writing, directing and acting in my own plays when I was five so I think it was the natural career choice.  My mum wasn’t too impressed when she found her new curtains hooked up outside on the drainpipe though!

Monique: What about your character Val?  Are you a lot alike and if not, how did you ready yourself for the role?

Hayley-Marie: In short we are the same but different; there are lots of similarities, for example Val is quite tough on the outside and can hold her own in a man’s world, but underneath she has a softer more vulnerable side which I can relate to.  Getting ready for the role I did a lot of research about women in the police force by talking to female police officers and asking questions.  I also researched the London Riots, and serial killers.

Monique: Working alongside Stuart Urban must have been an exciting opportunity.  What did you learn on this set that you will carry with you for the rest of your life?

Hayley-Marie: I learnt so much from working with Stuart it is hard to choose one thing, but I guess something that sticks out in my mind were the stories that Stuart told me about the real female police officer that he shadowed for research on another project years ago who was his inspiration for Val’s character.  All the characters we play as actors are based on real people, whether it is one specific person or a culmination of several they are real, and Stuart was very good at having real references.

Monique: What can the watchers expect from May I Kill U? and what makes it different from other horror films?

Hayley-Marie: I think what makes May I kill U? different is that it is not just blood and gore, it is very witty and has a touching storyline running throughout.

Monique: Well horror makes me happy, so I was wondering if there was perhaps a chance that I can get some bloody, gory details from the film that nobody else knows about.  Let’s call it a preview of the ‘behind the scenes’ that will be on the DVD…  I promise I won’t tell anyone. *giggles* It’s just going on the site… shhh

Hayley-Marie: I wish I could but then Baz will have to kill you!

Monique: Any upcoming works that we’ll be able to see you in 2013?

Hayley-Marie: Ah, lot’s in the pipeline, so watch this space…

Monique: When you’re not acting, what are you doing?

Hayley-Marie: Going for runs with my dog, kick-boxing, in the gym, spending time with my friends and family, cooking, eating, and watching films- normal stuff really.  I also facilitate casting workshops and sometimes assist casting directors so I get to see the casting process from the other side.

Monique: Last but not least, what advice can you give aspiring actors?

Hayley-Marie: Well a casting director once told me that my unique selling point was me, so be yourself, and bring yourself to the roles you play.  If you are just starting out don’t expect things to happen overnight, work hard and stick with it, and enjoy what you do.

Monique: Thank you so much for dropping in and listening to my babbling.  We wish you all of the best in your future endeavours and we can’t wait to watch you in May I Kill U?  Hope you come say hi again!



In cinemas from January 11, 2013

DVD released in Spring 2013

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