Here’s the final Hostel: Part II interview with actress Heather Matarazzo who plays Lorna in the movie. Click here to watch the trailer.
Tell us a little about Lorna. What attracted you to the character?
Heather Matarazzo: What I loved about Lorna is the fact that she is so scared and frazzled. You’re able to see the incredible difference in her mood swings when she’s threatened or violated.
What was the process in creating Lorna?
Eli Roth and I had a conversation, and we talked about having her, y’know be on pills, her character didn’t drink, and all these other things. And being able to put little subtleties and nuances throughout the film that some people are going to see and others are not. And just really being able to explore someone different from me. She really evolves and she really grows from the beginning of the film until the end.
Was that how you experienced it?
Yeah. And I think that’s part of the reason that we shot the movie in sequential order. While she was evolving little by little I was getting more comfortable in Lorna’s skin. And Eli really gave me some amazing moments and great actors to work with to make those difficult scenes come to life. Being able to play the complexity of this character was great. I guess the easiest way I can describe her is that she just kind of reminds me of Blanche Dubois, where she just constantly wants magic and then when she’s brought back down to this incredibly sharp reality, she kind of loses her mind.
The friendship between the girls feels very real, how did you build that? Did you know each other?
I knew Bijou Phillips from the past. I didn’t know Lauren. And we had about a week of rehearsal where we did a lot of improv which was really fun and something that I very seldom get an opportunity to do as an actor. We went to some really incredibly dark places during that rehearsal period. And we knew that we were never going to have to get that dark on film, it was shocking how much the rehearsal helped us.
Did the special effects inhibit your work process?
We had to go through a few hours of makeup, but it was only for one day, and to be quite honest, I was in such an incredible daze the two days we were shooting that intense torture scene.
How does it feel to watch yourself in such horrific circumstances?
I recognised the girl. She looks like me, she sounds like me, but she’s not me. She’s Lorna; she’s a character. It’s a bizarre thing to show empathy for a character that you’re playing!
You’ve worked with some very talented directors over the years. How did Eli measure up?
I can say with complete firm resolve and sincerity and truth that out of all the directors I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with quite a few, he honestly has to be in my top three that I had such an incredible, amazing time working with. And I really hope that it’s just the start of an amazing friendship and working collaboration.
It’s been ten years since you starred in Todd Solondz’s Welcome To The Dollhouse. Have you felt you’ve grown up in the public eye?
It’s like, I’ve been given a really, really, really big gift. And… I… have learned to not take it too seriously, y’know? And I’ve learned it’s not my life, it’s a part of my life. It’s a job where I am, I am so blessed to do, but it’s not everything.
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