EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Alex Camacho Previews Lifetime’s Silent Night Fatal Night!

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We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat with Alex Camacho, who teased Lifetime's Silent Night Fatal Night. Check out full interview below!

Lifetime Movie Network ‘s Christmas movie Silent Night Fatal Night, is all set to premiere on the channel on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the incredible chance to chat via email with star Alex Camacho, who teased the movie and discussed her experience on set. Check out the full interview below!

Mallory Dearborn is a complex character navigating both creative passion and captivity. What drew you to this role and how did you prepare for such a multifaceted character?

ALEX CAMACHO: While time was very limited for preparation on this film, I immersed myself in the world of a few fiction writers, delving into their mindset as much as I could. Secondly, I read various anecdotal experiences, researching real-life stories of people in captivity. Thirdly, and most important to this process, was introspecting on my own personal parallels, allowing me to authentically connect with Mallory’s complexity and struggle.

In ‘Silent Night, Fatal Night,’ we see Mallory planning her escape amidst the holiday season. How did you approach portraying the resilience and strength of this character?

ALEX CAMACHO: When I first read the script, I saw a woman who I immediately related with. I almost immediately reflected on a personal experience where I felt captive. The strength portrayed in the film echoes the strength that I had to find deep inside myself that I was able to tap into that led to my own personal “escape”, translating into what I hope was a powerful portrayal of overcoming adversity for Mallory.

Could you share any challenges you faced while balancing the emotional depth of the character with the festive backdrop of the film?

ALEX CAMACHO: Being a Christmas enthusiast, the juxtaposition of my character’s predicament against the festive backdrop posed a unique challenge. The holidays have always represented a very positive thing in my life, so that added emotional complexity to Mallory’s journey, making it emotionally charged for both the character and me.

What aspects of Mallory’s journey did you find most compelling and challenging to portray on screen?

ALEX CAMACHO: The most compelling aspect of Mallory’s journey was portraying her unyielding strength, and my choice to attempt to never reveal her vulnerability to her captor (Matthew Pohlkamp) ever again. It was a constant dance of maintaining a facade, which proved both challenging and intriguing as an actor.

How did you collaborate with Director Peter Sullivan to capture the intensity and suspense of Mallory’s predicament while maintaining the holiday theme?

ALEX CAMACHO: Collaborating with the talented Director Peter Sullivan and our DP Tom Calloway was a dynamic process. We embraced each other’s ideas, experimenting to strike the perfect balance between intensity and the holiday theme. Working closely with my co-star, Matthew Pohlkamp, I’d say we kept the delicate equilibrium between the thriller elements and the festive spirit.

The film touches on personal growth and reinvention. How did you connect with Mallory’s character arc and her evolution throughout the story?

ALEX CAMACHO: Connecting with Mallory’s journey of personal growth and reinvention delved into profound experiences in my own life. While not directly parallel to Mallory’s captivity, I drew on moments of significant upheaval and loss in my own life. In my life’s darker chapters, I had let go to move forward. Mallory’s evolution, born out of resilience in the face of captivity, served as a poignant reminder that even in the most challenging circumstances, growth and reinvention are possible. It’s a testament to the human spirit’s indomitable strength, even in the shadows of adversity.

What techniques or methods did you use to immerse yourself in the role of Mallory, especially considering the character’s unique situation?

ALEX CAMACHO: In preparing for Mallory’s character, I found the Ivana Chubbuck Method to be a valuable approach. Teaming up with coach and actor Michael Monks to help me in the process, this method relies on personal substitution, drawing from my own experiences to capture authentic emotions. It provided a grounded foundation. Allowing me to genuinely connect with Mallory’s unique situation and convey the emotional depth of her journey.

What do you hope audiences will take away from Mallory’s story, particularly in relation to the holiday spirit and the themes of resilience and determination?

ALEX CAMACHO: Well, of course I hope Mallory’s story resonates on a personal level with viewers. Beyond the festive backdrop, my humble wish is for audiences to find a genuine connection with the profound themes of resilience and determination embedded in her journey. Mallory’s story is testament to the extraordinary strength of the human spirit.

While answering your questions, I’m reminded of a powerful quote by one of my favorite authors, Maya Angelou: “You may encounter many defeats. But you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats. So you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” I believe Mallory’s journey beautifully illustrates this sentiment. Offering a humble reminder that even in the face of adversity, the human spirit has the power to triumph and find its own source of light. Connecting to that inner source is the greatest source of power we have here on Earth.

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Chiara

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