|Interview By Burt Wolf with Actress / Model SONYA THOMPSON.
Interview done January 1st, 2014.
HELLO SONYA! HOW HAVE YOU BEEN DOING LATELY?
I am well.
COULD YOU GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR BACKGROUND IN
ACTING, WHEN AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN THE
I have been entertaining since I was a kid, whether it was singing,
dancing or performing in a school or church play. I modeled some in
my teens and twenties, but didn't really get serious about it until about
2006. I was mainly doing it for my daughter, whom is a model, dancer
and actress as well. I made some connections and so it began. I started
off doing background acting and was featured many times. Then, I
obtained speaking roles in a few Indies here and there. And here I am
today, on covers of magazines, directed on a full feature and have
written my own script. I want to advance in the entertainment business
in all sorts of arenas.
WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES THAT HELP
STEER YOU TOWARDS ACTING?
I always loved Carol Burnett and Lucy.
YOU ALSO DO MODELING AND VOICE OVER WORK. HOW DID
YOU GET STARTED IN THIS FIELD?
My first modeling gig was in high school for a local store. It was my first
fashion show. I enjoyed it. Then in my twenties I modeled for a few ads
for Walmart and the local newspaper. I did my first voice over work on a
Christian radio station in Cleveland, GA.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MODELING JOBS YOU HAVE
DONE OR WILL BE DOING?
I have modeled for Promethean, Isis Eye wear, a few calendars, stock
photos for doctors offices, photographers, zombie related shoots, I Am
Me Magazine and a few other local ads.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE VOICE OVER JOBS YOU HAVE
Mainly radio commercials back in the 90's. I am trying to get back into it
A LOT OF YOUR ROLES HAVE BEEN ZOMBIES OR THE DEAD. WHAT HAS DRAWN YOU
TOWARDS THE ZOMBIE GENRE? WHAT IS IT YOU LIKE ABOUT ZOMBIES?
Actually, I have played more alive roles than dead, although I play dead well. Laughs. It is an interesting and was a
challenging role to research. Being a doctor or teacher is one thing, but to be a Zombie is a like being a creature.
YOU'RE PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR YOUR ZOMBIE ROLES IN THE WALKING DEAD &
ZOMBIELAND. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THESE ROLES?
ZOMBIELAND was my favorite Zombie role. The Zombies were faster moving and there was a lot more blood
used. I enjoyed working with the director and everyone involved on set. It was a fantastic experience. THE
WALKING DEAD was a lot of long days in the Georgia heat.
YOU'VE BEEN IN NUMEROUS EPISODES OF THE
WALKING DEAD. HOW MANY DIFFERENT ZOMBIES
HAVE YOU PLAYED?
I worked two seasons, but season one was my main season.
Season two I was a military walker in episode 2, a regular
walker in episode 3, 12 and 13. So in season 2, I was about 4
or 5 different walkers. In season one, I was pretty much the
same walker all year long, they just advanced my make up each
time. I wore the same outfit all season. I worked 5 of the 6
episodes but can only be seen in the pilot chasing the horse,
stretched out on top of the tank, in episode 2, I take a body
shot from Rick in the alley to the fire escape and my main
scene is episode 4 when Glen wakes me from my nap in the
back seat of a car downtown. I was also one of the
promotional zombie models used in lots of promotional posters
and such world wide.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THEM TO APPLY YOUR
ZOMBIE MAKE UP? ONCE THEY ARE DONE DO YOU
FEEL A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION INTO A
ZOMBIE WHEN IN FULL MAKE UP?
In any of my zombie roles, it takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the
make up and yes as I am watching them place their art on my
facial canvas, I begin to feel my Zombie come to life.
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH GREG NICOTERO AND THE REST OF THE CREW?
Greg was a fantastic person to work with and so was every one else. I had worked with a good bit of the crew on
other movie sets, so I went in knowing them ahead of time. Along with some of the other actors.
DO THEY MAKE THE ZOMBIES STAY SEPARATE FROM THE HUMANS ON SET OF THE WALKING
In order to make sure that all the actors are where we are suppose to be, they did organize everyone in groups.
DO YOU PREFER FAST OR SLOW ZOMBIES?
I KNOW YOU REALLY CAN'T TALK A LOT ABOUT THE
WALKING DEAD, BUT CAN YOU GIVE US ANY BEHIND THE
SCENES STORIES OR INFORMATION?
Not really, would love to but I am limited as to what I can say.
WERE YOU ABLE TO INTERACT WITH ANY OF THE MAIN
CHARACTERS ON THE SHOW?
Being one of the main walkers in the show, I worked closely with
several of the main cast. I worked with some of them on other
projects before THE WALKING DEAD, so I knew them going in.
Always good to see people that I have worked with before.
BESIDES THE WALKING DEAD & ZOMBIELAND HOW MANY
OTHER ZOMBIE ROLES HAVE YOU DONE?
Maybe ten or so...not really sure.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER ROLES YOU HAVE HAD BESIDES THE ONES ALREADY
Professor / Teacher, Doctor, Nurse, Mother, Librarian, Redneck, Detective / Cop and Lawyer.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE TV SHOW LUMBER BARON OF JASPER COUNTY? WHAT IS THE
SHOW ABOUT & WHERE CAN WE FIND IT? TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER SAM?
Sam's character was based on the Ralph character from Green Acres. I play a tomboy redneck role. The Lumber
Baron of Jasper County can be found on Bliptv.com Its a comedy.
CAN YOU GIVE A BIT OF INFORMATION ON YOUR PROJECTS BEHIND THE CURTAIN & SICK
Not at this time.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER ACTING ROLES COMING UP
THAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN NEXT?
PROSPER, THE RUNNER, ENUCENTRATE, THIS OLD
MACHINE, HELL NIGHT, ALL HALLOWS EVIL: LORD OF
THE HARVEST, MORE THAN DIAMONDS is on DVD, SICK
PEOPLE, Season 3 of LUMBER BARON, and I directed on CRY
ARE THERE ANY ROLES THAT YOU TURNED DOWN THAT
YOU WISH YOU HADN'T?
ANY ROLES THAT YOU DIDN'T GET THAT YOU REALLY WISH
YOU APPEARED IN SOME MUSIC VIDEOS. WHO WERE THE
VIDEOS FOR AND WHAT WAS YOUR PART IN THE VIDEOS?
ELENA HOUSE - I appeared in two of hers. DR. DJ DICE appeared in
his "Get Away" video.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER PROJECTS YOU HAVE DONE OR IN
THE WORKS OTHER THAN ACTING?
I have written a script entitled INTO THE ZOMBIE. Hoping to film it this year.
MY NEPHEW AND I MET YOU AT THE SPOOKY EMPIRE CON IN ORLANDO BACK IN OCTOBER
2013. WE BOTH REALLY APPRECIATE THE TIME YOU TOOK TO TALK TO US. WHAT DID YOU
THINK OF THE CONVENTION? ANY GOOD STORIES FROM THE WEEKEND?
It was a great convention and I completely loved all the fans. Loved meeting and doing my Zombie for George
Romero! That was my high light.
I KNOW YOU HAVE DONE OTHER CONVENTIONS, ANY OF THEM STAND OUT FOR ANY
Fan Boy Expo's have been really wonderful to attend along with Connooga and Monster con. Oh and GEEK out
was fun too!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES?
(OTHER THAN YOUR OWN OF COURSE.)
THE LOST BOYS and CHRISTINE.
SINCE THIS IS ALSO A MUSIC WEBZINE, I HAVE TO ASK,
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTO? WHO ARE SOME OF
YOUR FAVORITE BANDS?
Oh my goodness....I went to so many concerts back in the day. I love
Pat Benatar! AC/DC, WHITE SNAKE, DEF LEPPARD, PINK
FLOYD, EAGLES, I love all sorts of music, but I am a rock n roller all
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT ACTING,
MODELING OR DOING VOICE OVER WORK?
Kayaking and hiking.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU'D THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE
SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
That I love Snoopy!
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW?
WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S OVER?
Go eat black eyed peas and collard greens to ring in the new year at my grandmothers house.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS INTERVIEW. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING TO CLOSE OUT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DO SO.
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