Interview with Cherish Hamutoff (“Alexandra”)

Cherish Hamutoff

Was there a film that inspired you to get into the movie business?

Gone With the Wind.  I always loved movies growing up.  I dreamed of being Scarlett O’Hara, which is so dysfunctional when I think about it now.  I loved that she was very strong and had a journey and she didn’t know who she was and she had to discover who she was during the film.  I loved the epic scope of it, too, the whole thing.

Can you tell us a little about the character of Alexandra? 

Well, like Scarlett, she is someone who is a little lost, but unlike Scarlett she found a more self-destructive path. Alexandra has a hard time in LA and lets LA take her down.  In her own way she wants to help others succeed but doesn’t realize she’s hurting them.  She means well and thinks her advice will help them succeed but doesn’t realize ultimately it will make her fail too.

How does Alexandra compare to Cherish? 

I like to help people, and I always have good intentions.  Alexandra is a bit more broken.  It was fun to play her.  Alexandra is smart, successful, and goes after what she wants.  Plus, she uses all her assets to her advantage.  She’s very capable person.

You have a great monolog in the film – how did you prepare for it? 

(laughs) That was a long time ago.  I don’t know.  As an actor, you make sure you memorize the material, know what it means, and know how it relates to the other characters.

 Did you have a favorite scene to play? 

I loved driving the fancy car (the Lotus Elise) – that was really fun.

Any fun stories from on the set? 

There was a scene in the morgue, where I had to lay down on the table, and the headrest that I laid my head on was very uncomfortable.  It kept digging into my neck.   I enjoyed getting that scene over with.

How do you think Natalie relates to Alexandra? 

I think Alexandra loves Natalie, and they’re kind of the same, at a certain point, but then Natalie chooses another path.  They have the same journey I would say.  Natalie is just 10 steps behind Alexandra.

 What was the scariest moment from the set? 

The scariest moment was having to perform the crying scene with everyone around.  It’s scary because you have to get into this emotional state, make sure to get the lines right, make sure you don’t mumble, and the clock is ticking.  The pressure is on.

 What are your favorite horror movies? 

I loved “Cabin in the Woods” because of its send-up of reality TV. And the “Scream” franchise is really enjoyable.

Anything else to add? 

I think the film turned out great, I think we did a great job with it.  Everyone involved was nice.  It was a very nice set to work on.