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For many, [REC] represents a real landmark in found footage.
The original film was such a fresh and terrifying experience it became one of
my favorites of that year. The third installment, [REC] 3: GENESIS is now
available on VOD from distributor Magnet Releasing, and FANGORIA had a chance
to catch up with the star of the film, Leticia Dolera, and talk about this new
and very different chapter in the series’ universe.
FANGORIA: You came to be known as an actor through the
television show AFTER SCHOOL, which was kind of the Spanish BEVERLY HILLS
90210. When you were doing that show, did you ever expect it would lead to
zombies and chainsaws?
LETICIA DOLERA: I kind of hoped it would [laughs].
FANG: You’ve done a lot of different kinds of films, how do
you enjoy doing horror films?
DOLERA: For me, fantasy is the way to express myself and
even to understand the world around me so it’s really important to me. About
playing in horror films, I think it’s connected with the part of being a child
and playing and pretending, being somebody you are not and just running and
screaming. It’s like playing in school in the courtyard. It’s like being a
child and having fun.
FANG: What was your thought process after reading the script
and what drew you to get involved the film?
DOLERA: I was really impressed with the twist that Paco
[Plaza] and Luis [Berdejo] gave to the saga, how they gave you something you
weren’t expecting and how fun it was. It was like an INDIANA JONES zombie move,
but at the same time it was very moving because it’s very romantic. I finished
the script and I was like, “what?” I was surprised. It was like I had just gone
through the adventure with the characters. It was a really powerful feeling,
and very beautiful.
FANG: The movie is quite different from the first two in
that there is quite a big romantic story, and it’s very funny. It’s quite a
departure from the rest of the series, were you worried about that?
DOLERA: No. Not at all. Actually, I was proud of it because
I think that doing the same movie again doesn’t make sense. A lot of people
have already made the movie in their mind, so I think it was brave and
interesting to do something new and different and give the fans the same
feelings they had when they saw [REC] for the first time. That was a movie that
was surprising you and giving you new things that you didn’t expect. That’s
what [REC 3] does. At the same time, it’s a really solid script. It has action.
It has adventure. It has comedy. It has drama. It has romance. There are so
many things happening and it’s so much fun.
FANG: So I get the sense you like defying people’s
DOLERA: No! Not defying! [laughs]
FANG: I don’t think there is anything wrong with that! I
just get the sense you like to play with people’s expectations a bit.
DOLERA: But not in a negative way. I think the people who
love [REC] love being surprised. A lot of people were like “I was watching
[REC] and I didn’t know what I was really watching” and I think that feeling
nowadays is really powerful. For example, I hate these long trailers that tell
you all the movie so you go to the movies knowing the movie you are going to
watch. I feel that’s not what [REC] fans are looking for when they go to the
movies, you know? You want to be surprised and taken by the movie. Never
defying though! Always giving you something better than you expected.
FANG: Were there any obstacles you faced in playing Clara?
DOLERA: The important thing was to make the audience believe
that a girl could take a chainsaw and kill zombies like crazy. So, for that I
had to change my body a little bit and have this more athletic build because
normally I’m more skinny and fragile. A few months before the shooting, I was
going to the gym with a personal trainer and I got ready for it. I wanted it to
be believable but I also wanted to be able to do it and make sure I could do as
many takes as Paco asked me to do. That was a process that was hard, but once I
got that and I found this physical strength in me, I was ready for all the
FANG: Did you learn anything about yourself or about people
in general through playing Clara?
DOLERA: Absolutely. The same trip Clara makes in the movie,
I did it with her. So be careful with me!
FANG: Were you ever afraid or creeped out on set? You hear
stories sometimes about freaky experiences on horror sets, did you have
anything like that?
DOLERA: No. I think the zombies were the ones that were
scared. On the contrary, I was feeling stronger than ever.
FANG: Tell me something that audiences may never know about
[REC] 3, or the series as a whole that you think they should.
DOLERA: That’s an interesting question. Nobody ever gave me
that question before.
Well that’s going to be a topic that’s going to sound quirky,
but I’m going to tell you that there is a lot of love in this movie. Paco put
so many feelings in it. He loves the camera so much and in each shot we are
shooting, you could feel that. When a director gives you that it’s so magical
and so special and it makes you want to give the same to the movie. I hope
people feel that.
FANG: You’ve also written and directed your own short films.
Which do you enjoy most, and do you ever find yourself thinking about your
acting role as a writer or director would, as opposed to an actor?
DOLERA: I try not to, because once you’ve directed something
you know how difficult it is. When I’m acting I want to save my writing or
directing energy for my own films. Directing gave me things I thought I knew
about acting but I didn’t, and really helped me improve my acting.
FANG: [REC] 2 started introducing the religious/supernatural
angle of the film and [REC 3] really builds on that quite a bit. Are the
zombies in the film intended to be supernatural creatures, and that’s why
religious iconography affects them or is there something else going on?
DOLERA: They are possessed by evil, the evil that is inside
the girl in the attic. That’s why you can fight them with religion.
FANG: Did you feel pressure to live up to the first two
DOLERA: A little bit. I knew there were so many fans and so
many people loving these movies, and I think Paco did too. We could all feel
the pressure but at the same time, the way to fight that pressure is with
freedom and to find the freedom to create a new movie. That’s what made the
first [REC] so great. So the moment shooting started I didn’t think of it, I
could just think of Clara and living her nature. I felt it so powerfully, I
couldn’t think of anything else.
For more, check out FANGORIA's review. [REC] 3: GENESIS is now available on VOD and out in limited release. For playdates, head right here.
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