EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Valentina Andrade Previews Lifetime’s Don’t Kill My Babysitter!

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Lifetime Movie Network premiered new thriller movie Don’t Kill the Babysitter on Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 PM East/7:00 PM Central. We at Survived The Shows had the chance to interview Valentina Andrade who plays Mariela in the movie and discuss her role and what can people expect. Check out the full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character Mariela?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: If I could describe Mariela in few words it would be, latina woman power at its best. She’s upbeat, hard to break, fearless, but still sensitive and caring. Someone who’s been through the rough paths of life but still manages to stay defiant and wiling to get the best of life.

What initially attracted you to the role of Mariela in “Don’t Kill the babysitter”?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: I would say that the things we have in common made this character be very special for me. Me Valentina , as an immigrant that was born and raised in Mexico, who now lives in Canada. Getting to see life through Mariela’s eyes made me have that empathy, remembering of what coming to a new country feels and is like. What coming to achieve dreams and work hard to a place that doesn’t have your language, your culture, your people may do to you as a person, it can be really frightening at the beginning. But remembering always what’s the main goal kept me Valentina and also Mariela on track.

What do you think makes the action in the movie so special and captivating?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: When I read the script for the first time I was thrilled that I was going to be able to get to do some bits of action. I’ve always been so captivated with the world of stunts and movie magic. Being able to finally be a part of it was surreal and so much fun.

In my opinion I think that a bit of action always helps to keep audience engaged and that’s something that Mariannjely Marval, the writer, definitely didn’t miss while writing the script. Plus it gives that suspense and adrenaline rush that is always great to feel while watching a good movie. Pairing that up with the amazing work of Charles Hamilton, the cinematographer, how he carefully made everything look perfect and on point. Chris Bragg, the director, fun, passionate, kind hearted, who guided us all the way through in the best possible way. Allowing us to work our craft at a 100% and how he made everything flow made the final outcome just brilliant.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching “Don’t Kill the babysitter”?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: Hopefully everyone that watches the film gets the “good aftertaste and sensation “ that you get when you see a movie you truly enjoyed. Fingers crossed the audience will get to experience the beauty of thrillers and the amount of hard work and talent that was poured into this project by so many people. 

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

VALENTINA ANDRADE: No doubt one of the most heart-warming and most fabulous experiences of my life. Absolutely every single person on set was a delight to work with, all full of talent and love for what they do.  To mention a few; my very good friend Dawn Nagazina who interpreted “Lori” as the supporting lead, not only she became my  friend on set. But was a true inspiration for me too, someone I truly  look up to, not only a wonderful talented actress but a wonderful human being.

Adam Jamieson “Chase” with whom I truly had a blast working with, the lovely and Isla Spencer “Abbey” who gave everyone on set a smile on our faces when she was around, Jamie Shelnitz “Sarah” my fond friend on film and in real life too, our connection on set was almost instant. Not to miss all of the crew members who made every day on set amazing with all the good energy that was going on shooting days. I could go on and on with the list of people that made this experience fantastic.

What can you tease about your character Journey?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: Mariela shows us in her journey how sometimes you need to leave fear behind, be brave , to make choices  and how at the end of the day, it’s going to be hard and things are not always going to go as planned but you can still manage to keep moving forward and rise from the ashes no matter what and where you are.

What was your favourite scene or moment while filming “Don’t Kill the babysitter”?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: All of the scenes in the film have a special and meaningful place in my heart, but action scenes where my favourites to shoot, I’ve always been very active so being able to put all of that energy towards some intense, emotional scenes and moments in the story made me truly enjoy myself.

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming “Don’t Kill the babysitter” and how you overcame them?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: As an actor sometimes you can encounter yourself with some walls throughout the shoot, in my case some mind blocks that I unconsciously put myself into often, like self-doubt.

This was my first Lead Role in a feature film that was going to go live on cable. So I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a good job and be a good fit. Lots of questions like: Was this choice good enough in this scene? Should I have done it differently? Mind blocks that can interfere with your work on set. But at the end of the day or long tiring shoot days, I tried to keep reminding myself that believing in your training, self-compassion and in what you bring to the table is good enough, you’re there for a reason. That helped me out, it gave me more energy to walk in on set the next day try something new and continue to challenge myself.

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

VALENTINA ANDRADE: Since I graduated acting school from New Image College of Fine Arts in 2019, I’ve been lucky to be part of a couple well known TV Series with small but significant parts, like “The Good Doctor” where I got to do a scene that unfortunately didn’t make it to the final cut because of production time reasons, but I got to work with crazy talented actors like Christina Tang, and another great Mexican talent Osvaldo Benavides which was such a rewarding experience. As well as on an episode of the well-known TV show called  “Motherland Fort Salem”.  Numerous amount of independent films, most of them with my really good friend and teacher Amir Aghelnejad, who has always believed and considered me for a big amount of his scripts and crazy fun projects.

Every single one of this achievements have lead me to where I am today, have helped me become the actress I want to be. And to continue to improve my craft and be better each day with the new opportunities that may arise.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

VALENTINA ANDRADE: Now that “Don’t Kill The Babysitter” is finally premiering I’m ready and willing to continue to grow in number of projects. Also knowing that this greatproject in particular will give everyone in this film some good exposure. I’m definitely excited for what’s next on the road for me, to continue to grow as an actor and stay as busy as I can behind the screen like I’ve always dreamed of.

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