EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Star Sara Ball Previews Lifetime’s ‘A Model Murder’!

Sara Ball A Model Murder

Sara Ball and Austin Valli star in the movie ‘A Model Murder’ premiered on Lifetime Channel on Sunday April 7th, 2024 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the incredible chance to talk with star Sara Ball, who teased the movie and her experience in A Model Murder. Check out the full interview below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Star Sara Ball Previews Lifetime’s ‘A Model Murder’!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in A Model Murder?

Kara Woods is a woman who knows what she wants. She’s got a lot of ambition and won’t stop until she accomplishes her goals — I really love that about her. And she does it all dressed in pink. 

What initially attracted you to your role in A Model Murder?

Definitely Kara’s ambition. I have a lot of respect for people who see what they want and make it happen. It takes a lot of bravery to put yourself out there like Kara does. 

What do you think makes this movie so special and captivating?

What really makes this movie stand out is that we have a strong female lead who doesn’t take toxic behavior from men but can also rock a pink jumpsuit. Having Amy Barrett as a director really allowed me to feel comfortable as Kara and she gave me the freedom to express both Kara’s softer side and her badass side.  

What do you hope audiences take away from watching A Model Murder?

I hope audiences will see that a woman can do both — you can be girly and fun and still be strong and independent. I hope they will respect Kara’s choices as a woman who knows what she wants and stops at nothing to make it happen. There are so many obstacles that we as women have to surpass that men simply don’t have to deal with. Sexualized in the media? Fine, Kara is going to spin it her way. A stalker? No problem, Kara will deal with it. She’s such a strong woman and I hope people will see that and love her for it. 

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set?

I cannot say enough nice things about this cast. I did a lot in this movie that really pushed me as an actor and I felt supported by every single person the entire time. Austin and I (aka Team Saucy) had a lot of scenes together and I feel so lucky to have had his talent and professionalism on set (and his humor). Molly, who plays my best friend, brought so much spunk to set. Everyone was truly amazing and talented, we had an absolute blast. 

What can you tease about your character Journey?

Kara is really pushed. She has to make a lot of difficult decisions throughout the film. She could lose everything she’s worked so hard to build and has to grapple with the consequences of her choices to maintain her dreams. All while her life is being threatened. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming A Model Murder ?

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but my favorite scene to film was the big finale. I can’t say who it was with or what happens, but there was a certain energy on set that just let me know “oh, this is going to be awesome.” My scene partner was so good that it made my job ten times easier. I also really loved shooting on the private jet and having my Britney Spears “Toxic” moment. 

At Survived the Shows, we are big fans of Christmas comedies. What is your all-time favorite?

I mean, who doesn’t love Elf? It’s a must watch every year. I also really love The Holiday. This leans more into rom-com territory but it is just oh so good. 

Change of subject, What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?

The first movie I ever did holds a special place in my heart. It was so difficult with lots of really emotional scenes. I learned so much. I also met one of my best friends on that set (Meg Cashel extraordinaire) so I will always be eternally grateful for that experience. I also really loved working on Dognapped: Hound for the Holidays, it’s always been a dream of mine to star in a Christmas movie. 

Can you tease something about your next projects?

Right now I’m largely focusing on writing. I’m in the process of editing a screenplay I recently wrote about my grandmother — it’s a very dark, heavy piece but I hope it will shed some light on what women went through on the home front during World War 2. She’ll be a very difficult role to play but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

A Model Murder” starring Sara Ball will premiered on Sunday, April 7th on Lifetime Channel.

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