The Meet & Greet: ‘Fright Night’ Star Emily Montague Talks New Role & Next Project
You may recognize Emily Montague’s face from her guest appearances on Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place and most recently Rules of Engagement, but get ready because this rising star is about to take Hollywood by storm. The young actress will star alongside Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant and Dave Franco, among other big names, in the much anticipated remake of Fright Night.
Tell us about your character in Fright Night.
I don’t know if you saw the original, but it was a really fun, campy horror film in the ‘80s, and my role actually was slashed out for the remake. I’m another neighbor who lives across the street from Colin Farrell’s character, and we have a little love connection.
What was it like working with Colin Farrell?
He’s so wonderful and charismatic. He made me feel comfortable right off the bat, which was nice because I was nervous to meet him. The moment I met him, he just shook my hand and we had a conversation and all of that went away. He was just a dream to work with.
Did you have fun working with Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette and Dave Franco?
I’m a huge fan of Toni’s, so I was very excited to be on the same set as her, Anton, Dave and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. They are all so talented. It was great to be in their company and working on the same project with them.
What was the most challenging part about filming Fright Night?
I would say the heat factor combined with being on dusty sets. We were in a set where they recreated a basement and it was just really dusty, but other than that, there wasn’t anything really difficult about filming. Everything went really well, and everything was really organized.
What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was of course my scenes with Colin. I can’t give away too much, but there was a specific scene if you go to the movie that you will see, but being in his arms wasn’t too bad. Actually, the day that we filmed that scene was my birthday. It was a nice birthday present to be in Colin Farrell’s arms all day.
You’ve also done shows like Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, and Rules of Engagement. Do you have a preference between television or Film?
I love film because it’s different. You’re able to get into character and you’re able to really dive into it for a few months, and when it’s done, it’s done. With television, if you’re on a show for a long time, you’re playing one character for a long time. I would prefer to switch it up and I really enjoy film, but I’m not going to limit myself to film.
What’s your dream role like?
I love period pieces and costumes. I would love to be in a film that takes place in the 1800’s or early 1900’s. Also, I would love to play somebody in a biographical type of film.
Since Fright Night is about vampires, and there are already so many vampire-related shows out there, would you consider yourself a fan of them?
I am, I watch True Blood and I’m a big Twilight fan. I really enjoy the genre, and the cool thing about Fright Night is that it really pays homage to the more original vampire stories like Dracula and those kinds of films.
Tell us about your recent pilot with HBO.
I have a writing partner and her name is Leah Rachel. We met while waiting tables together in Los Angeles, and we felt like there was a void with female shows. There was nothing really out there that we were excited to watch, so we just decided to create our own. We are developing our show at HBO and we have Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levenson producing. We’re hoping for a 2012 release so I can star in it too.
Who would you say has your dream career or is your role model?
There’s a few. Naomi Watts is one of my favorites. I love the versatility of her choices – she does comedy with I Heart Huckabees and 21 Grams, and she pulls every single role off beautifully and flawlessly. I think every young actress looks up to Meryl Streep – she’s a legend.
Fright Night will be released in theaters on August 19th. Will you be catching the latest vampire film? Share your thoughts in the comments!