MISS OCTOBER 2007
Filmmaker Wolfgang Büld has written and directed nearly 20 movies. Some of the productions have been rather big budgets featuring stars of Germany. Others have been very small films with mostly unknowns. While casting for the independent film “Angst” in 2002, Wolfgang saw over 40 actresses for the lead part of a woman with a killer vagina that swallows up men during sex. Then entered British beauty Fiona Horsey, who had only done a couple of short films.
Right away Wolfgang, who started off as the director of punk and reggae documentaries in the late seventies, said he knew he had his star. But little did he know she would also become his muse. Wolfgang then wrote his next two projects with Fiona in mind and involved her from the beginning stages of the screenplays. Three films later, Wolfgang has said meeting Fiona was the best thing that has happened to his career.
“It is obvious that Fiona is very beautiful and sexy,” Wolfgang told PollyStaffle.com, “But she is also the most talented actress I’ve ever worked with. Our professional relationship has become much closer over the years and Fiona has become not only a great influence for me, but also has gotten much more influence over the projects and is involved in many aspects of the making.”
“In real life, she is a nice Catholic small town girl from a decent family with moral standards,” Wolfgang added. “But she really creates her filthy characters with lots of passion. Before shooting, Fiona normally hates scenes with sexual content, but when we start filming she is comfortable with it and gives her all.”
After giving her all as a Scream Queen in Wolfgang’s films, it’s quite understandable if Fiona needed a little bit of a change. She had just played back-to-back-to-back roles of a woman with an unquenchable vagina in “Angst,” a chained-up, drugged-up victim of sexual abuse in “The Chambermaid” and identical good and evil twins in the serial killer film “Twisted Sisters.”
Shortly after “Twisted Sisters” wrapped, Fiona visited Bogotá, Colombia to see family. She ended up staying and soon she was playing a nun on television and singing in a rock band. How the hell did that happen and will we see more Wolfgang and Fiona features in the future? Find out that and more in this haunted edition of Polly’s Pinups.
CCF: I understand you are currently living in Bogota, Columbia and you play a nun on the soap opera “Padres e Hijos.” Is that right? How did you go from the Wolfgang Büld movies to that gig?
FH: It was quite a jump from doing Wolfgang’s independent psycho flicks to doing soft soap operas and novellas in Colombia.
CCF: (LOL) Yeah, I bet.
FH: I did Wolfgang’s films in England and Germany, but after our last one “Twisted Sisters,” I decided to leave England and make a big change in my life. So I bought a one way ticket to Colombia, the country my mother is from and which I absolutely love. I arrived here with the intention of getting into television and continuing my career as an actress. Here in Colombia there are novellas being produced all the time and they love the idea of a foreigner, especially the British.
CCF: Cool. What is Columbian culture and television like?
FH: Colombian culture is far away from what people in the first world think and are told to believe. As a third world country, of course the difference between the wealthy and the poor is vast and there is still a lot of inequality. But it is a culture so rich and a people still so interested and involved in the family, tradition, religion and values that living here is much more real and vital. I fortunately am in a position where I can live very well and have more opportunities than the majority, and can have a much better quality of life than I ever would have had as a struggling actress or even working actress in London. Here novellas are being produced constantly, the movie scene is really picking up and foreign interest and investment is growing. TV here is for the people or the ‘pueblo,’ the novellas are all pretty similar in format, working with melodrama, comedy or light drama. They don’t stray away from the predictable or expected, little risks are taken to do something different. But they provide work for many people and some kind of culture and entertainment for the masses.
CCF: You were born in Mexico, if I’m not mistaking, but were raised in Britain. Were you raised speaking both English and Spanish?
FH: Actually, I was born in England, but when I was one year old we traveled to Mexico and lived there for six years, enough to learn Spanish as my bilingual language and fall in love with the Latino culture. We went back to England when I was seven as my dad being so English missed England too much and he thought the best for the family would be to go back. There I soon turned into a little British girl, but I never forgot my Colombian roots. My mum always spoke to me in Spanish and every year I would visit Colombia to visit my family... and I always loathed leaving.
CCF: I see... So how was it you got into acting originally?
FH: I got into acting when I was 12. At school there were auditions for “Oliver” the musical and as a dare I went into the audition. I came out with the part of Fagin and realized that yeah I like this.
CCF: Cool. I mentioned Wolfgang Büld earlier; you’ve worked with him a number of times. What is it about him as a filmmaker that you continue wanting to work with him?
FH: We have developed a very close relationship over the years. When I first met him, my instinct said to trust the guy, even though the ideas in his films were pretty whacky and freaked me out a little. We had such a good time filming the first film “Angst,” that everyone on the film ended up being friends and secretly wishing for there to be another film. Soon it became clear we would do another film, “Lovesick” and that then we would want to do another, and on an on if we could. I like his irreverent, laidback, positive attitude and I love his dark and ironic sense of humor. More than anything I see him as a very special friend, almost as my second father.
CCF: Wolfgang’s films seem to blur a lot of genres and feature weird characters where there is no clear cut hero or villain. All the main characters seem to flip-flop back and fourth between victim and culprit, or at least manipulator. Is it ever hard to get into any of these characters?
FH: In these films I love that ambiguity and volatility of the characters. I like the mind games that go on and the unexpected reactions that could come from certain situations. I didn’t find it hard as, as in life people are unexpected, volatile and surprising.
CCF: I had a question about “Lovesick,” which was recently released in the U.S. as “The Chambermaid.” Now, not to shoot holes in Wolfgang’s film, but even though you’re completely unconscious, wouldn't you personally figure out that someone was having sex with you every night? (LOL) I mean, come on, maybe once or twice you don’t notice, but over and over and over again, I would think you would catch on due to a bit of left over evidence and soreness. (LOL) Am I right?
FH: I’d rather not ponder too much on the idea, but you have a point…
FH: But hey, this is fiction! No, but really, I think the abuse didn’t last for that long and she was so tanked up with drugs that she didn’t notice.....and I think he had a worm for a wiener anyway!!
CCF: (LOL) Don’t get me wrong though, I enjoyed the movie and thought it was very creepy. Are there ever things Wolfgang has written on paper that you sort of think to yourself, “Nah, I can’t do that”?
FH: Oh of course…
FH: With all his films.
FH: But as he always explains, he has a crude way of writing, but he has a different picture in mind. Hence we discuss the strong scenes for hours and I argue and argue on how we can cut out any gratuitous crap!
FH: We always find a solution and we all end up enjoying those scenes.
CCF: Another thing you have going on right now is Misschief, which is a band you front. What can you tell me about that?
FH: I love singing with my group. We have been going two years with this band. We play rock, not heavy rock.... Rock delicioso as we say it in Spanish. We like to say our genre is dance rock because we like creating songs that make people move and jump. We are talking with producers at the moment and rehearsing and gigging as much as possible.
CCF: I listened to the demo songs you did on Myspace. You guys have a good sound. Your vocals remind me a tad bit of Pat Benatar. Are there any particular artists that have influenced you?
FH: Wow, you hit the nail on the head. My voice is lot like her and we are heavily influenced by eighties bands. Lots of Iron Maiden, mixed with a tad of Metallica, then perhaps some of the Cure and Depeche Mode.
CCF: Wide range there. How did the band come about? Before that, what type of music background did you have?
FH: Before this group, I had never sang in a band, only with my guitar alone in my room and sometime to my family as they loved to hear me. In Colombia, I discovered my true voice, coming to Colombia reactivated my life in so many ways. I always loved singing, but I was with a music producer for six years and he always told me not to bother singing and I lost my confidence. Now I am far away from that place and I am belting out rock songs. My rock songs with my melody and lyrics, and I love it!
CCF: That’s great. You have a great voice. That guy didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. With the novella and the rock band in Columbia, will we Americans get to see any more movies from you any time soon?
FH: Well, my ultimate dream is to do more movies. Movies in Colombia, or with Wolfgang again or anywhere in the world. I dream of working in English again which is ultimately my native tongue in which I learnt my craft, therefore I feel more comfortable working in that language. I spoke to Wolfy recently and he is looking into how to get more funding. But as we all know, it is tough with independent films these days. But hope is the last thing that dies.
CCF: Well, hopefully, you and Wolfgang can do some more movies together. I’d be very interested to see what you two come up with next. To wrap things up, since it is October, I wanted to ask you about Halloween. How do you typically celebrate?
FH: I’m not a big fan of Halloween even though I do always like to go to a party, dressed up or not.
CCF: Is Halloween not that big of a deal in Colombia or Britain?
FH: In Britian, Halloween culture is not as strong as in the U.S. or Latin America. But now that I live in Colombia, I feel the Halloween spirit a lot more, and always have sweets ready for the children.
CCF: Alright. Well, thank you so much for being a part of the PollyStaffle.com world.
FH: Thanks so much for your interest Chad. Best wishes.
Wolfgang told PollyStaffle.com that the next project he hopes to work with Fiona on is currently titled “Naked Sin.” He hopes to tackle some more taboos and also feature Fiona’s talent as a singer.
- CCF, October 2007