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Young actress Daena Turner talks making The Shelter!

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This was your first acting role, how did you feel before hand? Nervous?
I was a little bit intimidated when I knew that I would be acting with a big star like Michael Paré! Also because it was my first acting role, which was a big deal for me because I had never acted once in my life. I was scared that I would be too shy or that I would mess up my lines a lot! But at the end of it all it was the complete opposite.

What can you tell us about your character as Audrey?
Audrey was not very hard to play actually, she was pretty creepy in some parts though. Like the bathroom scene when she pops out of the bathtub; that made me jump when I saw the film. Everyone on set made it really easy to play Audrey because I was comfortable with them all, I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous at times because I was!


You got to act with a film legend; Michael Paré, how was it working with him?
Acting with Michael Paré was definitely one of the best times of my life! He was very serious when it came to acting, but when the cameras weren’t on us, we had a lot of laughs. Since I was a newbie at acting, he would help me out with my lines and give me some tips and tricks for when I was acting, which was very comforting.

What was your favorite scene to shoot? And why?
The kitchen scene, because we had a lot of laughs and it was just fun to shoot. While we were shooting, Gayle (James) and I improvised, while Mike was gone getting the pan from Annie and it felt like we weren’t acting. It kind of felt like we were having a real mother/daughter bond which was sweet. Mike felt like such a dad, asking me all about Shawn and it was hard for me to keep a straight face because it was funny the way I gave him a little bit of sass while describing how Shawn asked me out.


Any weird things happen during or after the shoot?
In the movie in one of the scenes, there’s a little music box that plays while Audrey is asleep. I got to keep that music box after the shoot but when I got home, the music box would occasionally turn on and play the music by itself. It is no longer in my room.

Is acting something you want to pursue further? If not, then what do you want to do?
Ever since I was little I wanted to work with children, so that is probably what I am going to pursue. However, if I do get offered a chance to act again (depending on the role) I might take it. Maybe I could do both, I’m only 17 right now (14 when we shot The Shelter) so I am not exactly sure about what I’d like to do in the future yet but I will keep my options open for acting though.

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A talk with The Shelter actress Lauren Alexandra (aka Lauren Thomas)!

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How did you get into acting? Was it planned or by accident?

I did theatre in middle and high school, but I always considered myself a dancer, not an actress. I moved to LA when I was 20 and planned to continue dancing. I quickly found out that I hated the dance world, so I landed myself an internship at Interscope Records and planned to work in the music business. My mom told me she saw an ad for Central Casting and I should go sign up to do background work for extra money. I took her advice because I’m always down to try something new, and I ended up working for two weeks on a TBS TV show called “Glory Daze”.

It was a period piece, set in the 80s, based on a group of young college students. Everyday I was dressed in vintage clothes, got my hair crimped and teased, and got my makeup airbrushed on. It all felt like magic to me. The moment I stepped on set, I fell in love with the whole idea of making a film. I loved that we were making art that had potential to exist forever. From that moment on, I have been training, auditioning, and working as an actress.


What’s your ritual if any, that you do before shooting a scene?

I don’t really have a ritual, I just like to make sure I’ve done enough work on my character in the scene so I can feel confident enough in myself to let loose while shooting.

What can you tell us about your role of Josephine in The Shelter?

I felt like Josephine was a bright light in the midst of all the darkness of the story. She is genuine, one of those down to earth bartenders most people feel they can vent to and spill their heart to. To me, she represents a very last chance or last resort for Michael Pare’s character, by offering him help to secure him a safe place to spend the night.


How was it to act opposite an acting legend like Michael Pare?

Michael Pare was very professional, encouraging, and down to earth. He immediately made me feel very comfortable. We shot this almost two years ago I think, but I remember the advice he gave me. He told me that acting is supposed to be fun and not to let anyone take that out of it for me down the road. I still think about that today when I start to take situations too seriously!

Looking back what would be your favorite moment of the shoot?

My favorite moments are always when I’m shooting. It still feels like magic to me when I get the opportunity to act on film. I also had a great time bonding with everyone on set in between takes!

What’s next for you as an actress? Any other projects lined up?

I am playing the lead in a film called “Zippo Girl”, an adaption of the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Little Match Girl” with Director Drew Errington until November 2016. I’m also headed to Spain for two weeks for a little work and a little vacay, and can’t wait to see what inspiration comes from exploring the beautiful country.

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Follow her on Instagram at: mislaurenalexandra

The Shelter will be released in theaters and on digital on November 4th and on DVD come January 3rd from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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