Thursday, June 18, 2020
HAUNT ACTOR INTERVIEWS! MOLLY MAYHEM!
1. How long have you been Haunting for?
It will be my fifth year this year!
2. What brings you back to haunting year after year?
I love the adrenaline rush that comes with the job! There’s really nothing quite like it!
3. Where did you start Haunting?
I started at The Nightmare Realm in Dublin in 2016 and have been there every since!
4. What is your favorite part of a night in the Haunt?
It has to be the start of the night! The energy is so high and you can feel the atmosphere throughout the place!
5. What is the worst part of working in a Haunt?
The customers that push it too far, and intentionally hit an actor or mess around with the props inside the haunt. They are the WORST type of people to ever walk through. Not only do they ruin the experience for other people within the Haunt, but they put the actors in risk of getting hurt. It’s not acceptable.
6. What is your all-time favorite scare onto a customer?
That’s a toughy, there’s so many to choose from! I think it has to be when I’m walking down towards the queuing area and everyone’s watching me, yet I do nothing.The music in the background is edging me on. I stay silent, waiting for my moment to pounce and when I do, their screams are my satisfaction!!!
It’s so worth it, I feel like such a bad ass!
7. What is your Favorite Haunted Attraction outside of your Haunt?
Funnily enough, I was never really into horror until I joined The Nightmare Realm. I would be what some people may call, The Ultimate CHICKEN! The first proper haunt I walked through was The Nightmare Realm itself, after I signed my contract….Even without any actors inside, it was the most terrifying experience I have ever put myself in! But five years later, here I am, watching at least 2 horrors a week! If I had to pick another Haunt to go to, it would have to be Halloween Horror Nights! I want to see if their reputation is worth the hype.
8. What is your favorite Theme in a Haunt Attraction?
I love Asylum! Maybe it’s because I want to scare in a straight jacket one day, but then again, nothing scares people more than the human mind. It’s more real. Losing your mind can happen to anyone.
9. Do you have further plans with the Haunted Attraction Industry?
I’d love to get more involved with behind the scenes, that’s the dream anyway! To make it more of a permanent job, rather than seasonal!
10. Where does your inspiration for your Character come from?
Molly Mayhem is an original character created by The Nightmare Realm! The story goes that Molly was born from evil, literally slithering out into to this world from her mother Milucra, making a deal with a deadly demon named Sugat, her soul for longevity. Molly is the type of character who doesn’t do what she’s told, instead she spends her days causing Complete chaos!
The idea behind Molly was to create a character distinctly Irish, the name Molly being synonymous with Dublin, her long red hair and a true brattiness that’s relatable to teens and parents alike. She’s a bit of fun, cheeky with a quick tongue but also a dark side that you don’t want to mess with!
11. What are you most looking forward to in the 2020 Haunt Season?
To see how different haunting can be if we have to follow restrictions due to the pandemic. It’ll definitely make things more interesting.
12. Do you expect Haunt Season 2020 to be vastly different than other seasons?
Definitely in terms of the pandemic! It will make us think outside the box that little bit more. For example, If we have to change scare tactics to fit the social distancing rules, then that alone changes everything. Actors will have to be retaught, the structure of the set will have to be changed, just everything will be different. But if we succeed in creating a new approach, then who knows, we might create a new element of scaring that will exceed other techniques. We’ll just have to wait and see.
13. How long does your make up setup take per night?
About 30 minutes!! Getting your make up done is like the calm before the storm! As soon as you’re ready, the mayhem begins! My MUAs are amazing, they’re so patient when it comes to creating my character! You should check out their instas @aoiferoo_ and @teresa_fernandes_fx. You won’t be disappointed!
14. How often do you work on your Character?
All the time! I believe that there’s always room for improvement. I take inspiration from my fellow actors, movies and books! I think it’s more fun to expand your scaring tactics, instead of sticking to the one scare all the time. Yes that may be something you know you’re good at, but you may surprise yourself at what else your ability can stretch to.
15. What do you do for a living outside of haunting?
I’m a shop assistant! It’s nothing special but it pays the bills!
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