Welcome to another AcChat here on The Movie Guide Blog, this time we have the chance to speak to Stephanie Greco of The Haunting of Whaley House.
MG: Hi There, Thanks for taking the time to speak to us
SG: Thank you!
MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you play in The Haunting of Whaley House?
SG: My name is Stephanie Greco and I play Penny Abbot who is a tour guide at the Whaley House. She is a skeptic and doesn’t believe in ghosts but her friends convince her to sneak into the house one night and do a little amateur ghost hunting.
MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in The Haunting of Whaley House?
SG: Writer/director Jose Prendes came to me and said he was writing a Haunted House movie based on the famous Whaley House in San Diego and wanted to me audition for the lead. We had worked together on previous projects and he thought I’d be a perfect for the role of Penny. Jose is a really talented writer so I knew the script would be awesome. I read it and was not disappointed! Then I auditioned and waited for what felt like forever before I heard back that I had booked the role. I was super excited!
MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
SG: I worked 11 out of the 12 shooting days. It was a pretty gruelling schedule. Whenever I wasn’t in a scene shooting I had to be working on the script and rehearsing because we really didn’t have much prep time. Luckily for me, most of my fellow cast mates I had worked with previously and they were all so great that made the process much easier.
MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
SG: It’s funny because Penny is a skeptic and I am the total opposite. If I hear a place is haunted I will be running in the other direction! In real life I’m probably more like the character of Giselle played by my good friend Carolina Groppa. But there are definitely hints of myself in Penny. Her worrisome nature and hesitation at doing something she knows she shouldn’t, that’s definitely me!
MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
SG: The fact that we shot the entire movie in 12 days is really a testament to our director Jose. It was insane, but somehow we managed to get everything in almost every day. We had to cut a little on one of the days and that was tough, but we just had to roll with the punches and work around it. We shot in Long Beach as well so that was an added challenge. I’d wake up at 4:30 in the morning, drive to Long Beach, shoot several scenes in a day, drive home 2 hours, work on my scenes for the next day then try to get a least 5 hours of sleep. I was exhausted after we wrapped. But it was totally worth it. A moment that stands out to me acting wise was definitely one of the more emotional scenes we shot towards the end of the movie with Arielle Brachfeld. When you finish a take and your hands and feet are numb and you can’t stop crying even after they’ve called cut, you know you’ve done something right. That probably sounds crazy, LOL, but it’s true. When you are able to genuinely experience certain moments as an actor, those are the ones you remember.
MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
SG: Amazing! I was very lucky to have had worked with both Arielle and Graham on prior projects and I actually went to high school with Carolina so going into the movie with that sense of comfort was a huge plus. It was great that we could just focus on the work and the trust was already there. And they are all so talented that it was a pleasure to be able to work with them. The crew was fantastic as well. We had a kick ass AD in Josh Garrell and our DP was awesome! Everyone on that set cared about what we were doing and that really made all the difference.
MG: After you’re experiences on The Haunting of Whaley House, what is next for you?
SG: I’m currently shooting Hansel and Gretel written by Jose Prendes and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. I play Gretel Grimm and again I get to work with some great actors including the very lovely Dee Wallace. This character has been more of physical role for me and I’m excited to see how it all comes together in the end! I also have another film coming out later this year called Chemical Peel, which is directed by Hank Braxtan and also stars my fellow Whaley cast mates Arielle Brachfeld and Leigh Davis! Plus the super awesome Natalie Victoria, Lacy Fisher and Lony’e Perrine! I’m really excited about this one!
MG: Thank you for taking the Time out to talk to us, I know your really busy at the momment! 🙂
SG: Thank you 🙂
Thanks to Stephanie for taking the time out for another great AcChat for The Movie Guide Blog, Join us again next time!