EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Star Sarah Murphree Previews Lifetime’s ‘Killer Fortune Teller’!


Sarah Murphree and Jonathan Stoddard, star in the movie ‘Killer Fortune Teller’ premiered on Lifetime Channel on Sunday April 14th, 2024 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the incredible chance to talk with star Sarah Murphree, who teased the movie and her experience in Killer Fortune Teller. Follow her at her Instagram account @sarahmurphree . Check out the full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Killer Fortune Teller?

Olivia Settel is the younger sister to Shane Settel. After their father dies, Shane, being the oldest, becomes CEO to their father’s company, although it’s clear Olivia is a lot more equipped to run the company. Olivia doesn’t often agree with the hasty and self-righteous decisions her brother makes. She bickers with her brother often, and then another challenge unfolds when Shane falls for Natalie, a local journalist in town. After Shane and Natalie get engaged on a whim, Olivia is certain Natalie is out for Shane’s money or revenge on the company. Olivia has a lot on her plate. She is not only trying to keep her father’s company afloat, but now she must delicately dance around Shane’s passion for a woman that she feels doesn’t have his best interests at hand.

What initially attracted you to your role in Killer Fortune Teller?

I was first drawn to the role of Olivia because she is a sister, and I was excited to play a role that focused on the relationship between two siblings. I often gravitate toward roles that involve relationships within a family, and I was very excited to play Olivia, the younger sister to Shane. Being a sister myself with one brother, I felt very connected to Olivia too and enjoyed getting to find the layers in her character as it relates to being a sister. I also loved that Olivia was a boss. She is intelligent, sharp, and hard-working, and I was very drawn to this strong female character. What also attracted me to Olivia was that she was not a cold-hearted female. She loved her family and valued her relationship with her brother, despite how messy it gets along the way.

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

I think this movie is so special because it’s about the complexities found within family relationships, in this case a brother and a sister. While there are many stories told about sisters or brothers, the sister and brother duo tend to be a little more of a rarity. I think this movie is quite
captivating because we get to see the sibling journey between Shane and Olivia that includes their frustrations, challenges, disagreements, and, eventually, the care they have for each other. I also think this movie is special because of the cast. The actors in this film were all such
wonderful people and I feel that how well we all got along off screen will certainly be displayed on screen.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Killer Fortune Teller?

After watching Killer Fortune Teller, I hope the audience realizes that while family can be messy and we don’t always see eye to eye with our relatives, in this case two siblings, solutions can be found when two people care for each family. Along the way, a real tenderness is revealed
between Olivia and Shane that demonstrates how much these two siblings do care for each other. Even though they have very different viewpoints of how their father’s company should be run and sometimes conflicting worldviews, in the end they don’t forget they are brother and sister. I think this care they have for each other, despite a lot of challenges along the way, is a powerful life lesson, that family matters, even if you don’t always see eye to eye.

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

Oh, my goodness, this cast was amazing! Everyone had such a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. We shot for almost two weeks, and when it ended, the cast truly felt like family. It was sad when this movie wrapped because the cast was such a joy to be around, but I am excited to see the feature film with everyone in it!

What can you tease about your character journey?

What I can tease about Olivia is that she is a hard-working sister who wants to make ethical decisions when it comes to her father’s company, but her brother, Shane, makes this a challenge since he was appointed CEO after their father died. Olivia must navigate Shane’s decisions for the company, often made for his personal interest, while balancing her relationship with him as his sister. She is thrown an even bigger curve ball when Shane announces he is engaged on a whim. Olivia truly wants the best for her brother, but the movie takes her character journey on a windy road where she is forced into challenging situations as his younger sister that she never saw coming.

What was your favorite scene or moment filming Killer Fortune Teller?

Two of my favorite scenes we filmed were the engagement party and the scene when Shane informs me, he is engaged. I enjoyed these scenes because they were a contrast of tension and playfulness, which was a fun duality of emotions to play. During the engagement party, I delightfully gossip with my assistant Jenna about Natalie, while also feeling a lot of disdain toward Shane about his decision to get engaged. In the other scene, when Shane introduces his fiancé to me, I am horrified by this abrupt news but also trying to navigate feeling happy for him because he is so excited about this. Both scenes required my character, Olivia, to navigate a lot of conflicting emotions, and I always enjoy scenes like this.

At Survived the Shows, we are a big fan of Christmas Comedies. What is your all-time favorite?

Christmas comedies are always so fun! In fact, I am such a big fan of them that I wrote one with my husband Erick Lopez (Crazy-Ex Girlfriend) that I am hoping to get made by next year! Fingers crossed! So, if I had to choose one… I would probably say the one I wrote, (insert big smiley face) simply because I have dedicated so much time to the story and feel it would provide a lot of humor and inspiration to many. However, two of my favorite Christmas Comedies out in the world would have to be Four Christmases or The Grinch! I love the family dynamic in Four Christmases and Jim Carrey as the Grinch never fails to make me laugh.

What have been some of the most memorable projects you’ve worked on throughout your career and why?

Honestly, I’ve enjoyed every project I’ve worked on as I’ve gained valuable insight from every set, crew, and cast I’ve worked alongside. However, the projects I enjoy the most are the ones where I feel the story has the power to help inspire or heal somebody’s life. Before I was an actor, I worked as a photojournalist in third world countries, and I have always been drawn to projects that have a message that can impact and change people lives in a positive way, essentially what my job was as a photojournalist. I also really enjoy getting to play female
characters with a lot of layers. Women naturally can handle so much in life, and I love when I get to play a female character that has a lot going on, since we as women naturally often do. With that said, two of my most memorable projects were getting to play Pam Dawber in the Robin Williams short that went viral. The team behind this film was incredibly thoughtful and intentional about the story they wanted to tell, and I enjoyed working with such introspective people. I also really enjoyed working on this Lifetime movie, Killer Fortune Teller. The cast was fantastic to work with, and I loved getting to play the role of Olivia, a hard-working female who must navigate a lot of unexpected challenges in her life.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

Right now, I am working on an action movie called Censor Addiction with Vanessa Angel (Weird Science), Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2), and Iker Amaya (Pam & Tommy). I play the role of Aisling, a determined girl who works to help take down a corrupt medical giant after they
capture and torture her fiancé. I’ve really enjoyed this experience because I’ve had to be very physically active for the role and do a lot of stunts. I grew up playing a lot of sports and am a very active person in general, so I’ve loved getting to do this for my character in this film. I also enjoy playing a strong female character fighting for justice and/or to make this world a better place, which I get to do in the role of Aisling.

Killer Fortune Teller” starring Sarah Murphree will premiered on Sunday, April 14th on Lifetime Channel.

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