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Interviews | Kristine Sutherland
Playing Dead

PictureHow to be a be a corpse and playing the mother from hell

Louise Cryten: How do you actors manage to keep still in death scenes? Whenever I have to act dead I wriggle and breath too hard.

Kristine: It was a real challenge. Trying not to breathe was actually easier than I thought it was going to be.

The part that was so difficult was not blinking. Keeping my eyes open for the longer periods of time was tough. The shot of when she walks in and discovers the body, it was hard not to react emotionally.

The scene was so powerful that there was a number of takes. It was difficult to not have my eyes tearing up.

Alex Wilkinson: You work on a show based around children and teenagers, what was it like working with them, and not many adults?

Kristine: It was very refreshing to be with an age group that I don't necessarily work with most of the time. I was never really familiar with that age group in my everyday life, but there was a nice balance as the crew were mostly my age. The world that you don't see when you see the show, is filled with adults.

Ryan Simms: Did you ever feel like you wanted to be one of the baddies in the programme?

Kristine: Yes, they actually talked about doing an episode with Joyce becoming possessed by demons and becoming the mother from hell. I thought that would have been really interesting to explore.

There's always that point in your life for a lot of teenagers, [that] you feel like your mother is your enemy and is keeping you from what you want to do and embarrassing you in public. It's a metaphor for that. In the early seasons, that would have been a good episode and fun to do.

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