A fairly new face in the industry, Debbie Sherman is showing us she knows what it takes to make her name memorable. With a heavy schedule this year, Sherman talked with us about her three new films, The Vault, Lionsgate remake of Day of the Dead, and The Forgiven alongside Forest Whitaker. That’s a lot for one, obviously very busy, year. Check out what she had to say about all three and more!
KRISTIN: You are fairly new in the acting world, or at least on the big screen. Tell us what made you want to be an actress.
DEBBIE: Yes, I am a newbie to the big screen! It’s been a little over a year since I filmed my first movie. I have always known I wanted to be in the entertainment world and I just love to act. When I got my first opportunity to be in a film, you bet I jumped at it quickly!
KRISTIN: You have a lot going on this year. First up is your horror/thriller film The Vault. It has an incredible cast. Tell us about your role and also the film in general. What can we expect?
DEBBIE: The most incredible cast indeed! I feel beyond blessed to have worked with some of the cast. James Franco, Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning and my good friend Jeff Gum all star in this horror/thriller mash up. Getting my name on the same screen as these awesome actors is a dream come true!
KRISTIN: What was it like working with this incredible cast?
DEBBIE: In a word, surreal. They are all so nice! I had the pleasure of meeting Taryn and Francesca and they are both such sweeties!
KRISTIN: You also are in the Lionsgate film Day of the Dead, which is a remake. Why is this remake going to live up to the original and yet be something fresh and new for viewers?
DEBBIE: Our wonderful director, amazing writers, fabulous cast and talented crew really bring something new and fresh to the franchise while still staying true to the zombie classic. I think it’s a win-win for the audience and I can’t wait for the fans to be witness to a whole new level of blood, guts and classic zombie gore.
KRISTIN: Who do you play in the film?
DEBBIE: My character is Linda in the film Day of the Dead. Linda is as terrified of zombies as I am, so the role wasn’t too much of a stretch for me. Haha! I had a great time shooting as Linda in this film. It was an awesome set to work on and getting to travel to Bulgaria to film was so cool.
KRISTIN: Your third film this year is going to be The Forgiven with Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. How was it working with this incredible cast on this film?
DEBBIE: I mean, come on, Eric Bana and Forest Whitaker! When I landed this role, I was beyond excited. I worked with my acting coach and dialect coach to get the South African accent I needed for this role.
KRISTIN: Who do you play in The Forgiven and how does she fit into the story?
DEBBIE: I play Linda Coetzee. She has to deal with some really rough things within herself and her marriage. Portraying this character was an emotional roller coaster for me. This film covers such a tough subject matter and it needs to be talked about. I hope after seeing this film people look closely at this time period and look more deeply into the Apartheid and what that meant for people in South Africa and around the world.
KRISTIN: All of these films have fantastic cast, but also really great people behind the camera and directing. How was it for you watching them create this masterpiece that you got to be a part of and seeing how the whole process unfolded?
DEBBIE: I have been really blessed to work with such talented people in front of and behind the camera. In particular, having the privilege of being directed by two time Oscar nominated Roland Joffe was truly inspiring. He is a true visionary and legend. I learned so much and grew as an actor because of his remarkable teaching and direction.
KRISTIN: Stepping away from your films and moving to something else. You are big into volunteering. You have a passion for at risk youth and foster children. Where does that passion come from and how do you like to help?
DEBBIE: I have always had a special place in my heart for kids. Kids don’t get to choose to whom they are born. Children have such kind and loving hearts and are so vulnerable to the environment they are in. I love working with Cherish, an organization that strives to give pregnant teens and young mothers a place for support, love and parental education. You can learn more about Cherish by visiting their website: www.wateroflifecc.org/cherish.
KRISTIN: You even volunteered in orphanages in South Africa. That experience must have been highly fulfilling as well as eye opening. How has that drawn you more into this passion?
DEBBIE: I have had the privilege of visiting orphanages in Thailand and South Africa. These orphanages are home to the most beautiful children and I take great joy in getting updates on them frequently. Readers can learn about The Siyaphambili Orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa and how the AIDS epidemic affects many orphans here: http://siyaphambili.org.za/. Another orphanage that is working hard to make a better life for beautiful children is The Light House Children’s Home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. To learn more please visit www.thelighthousechilderen.org. The more I become involved in these orphanages and learn about the kids lives and their growth and need, the more I become invested. I love their children and pray that their lives can be filled with joy and opportunity.
KRISTIN: Do you have any other projects you are working on?
DEBBIE: I love to travel and I love writing! I have a travel journal about my journey’s with my family on my website (www.debbie-sherman.com). Readers can check out my latest adventures and my travel tips on my site. Most recently I was in Prague and Thailand. I love curating photo journals on my site. I hope to inspire people to get up and go see the world and to encourage people with kids to take the leap as well!
KRISTIN: Where can we keep up with all your projects online? Do you hold a social media account?
DEBBIE: So glad you asked! You can keep up with me on my website, www.debbie-sherman.com and and on all of my social media accounts. I am all about that social! Readers can connect with me on my accounts below.
Check out all of Debbie’s above listed social media accounts and stay tuned for all her movies coming out this year!