Recently we had a chance to talk to actor Amy Matysio about all things horror including WolfCop, while she was at this year’s Toronto Fan Expo.
What was it that got you into acting?
Amy: When I was very young I started with music, then dance and eventually found my way into the theater. I started in high school like a lot of actors do, continued in University and then started doing film and TV out of University and I just love it. It’s really fun to tell stories, to play characters and to connect with the audience, to create things that last, that people will remember and want to come back to over and over and it’s really cool to be part of the process.
Were there ever any other interests besides acting, like a backup career so to speak?
Amy: No, it was always acting, I just steamrolled ahead. I’ve done producing, writing, I’ve done a lot of voice work so there’s always something that’s sort of keeping my brain moving from place to place. I always come back to projects where acting is at the core of it, where I’m working as an actor but I do hope to direct in the future as well.
What was your reaction when you read the script for WolfCop? What was the audition like?
Amy: Before I even read a script I wanted to be part of WolfCop just generally because of the people involved. I’m originally from Saskatchewan so I’ve known Lowell Dean, Hugh Patterson, Bernie Hernando and everybody who was involved in the creation of WolfCop from the very beginning. I knew I had to be in this movie, I didn’t know what the fuck I’d play but at the same time, the casting director has sort of reached out and asked if I would be interested in reading this. Tina was a part I wouldn’t necessarily go out for, I’m rarely the straight person, usually sort of the broader side of comedy and so this to me was really fun. I got to do all the things I’ve always wanted to do, which is play with guns, blow shit up, be in a movie called WolfCop and work with all my friends which was really what it was all about.
Obviously, WolfCop has a horror theme to it. Are you a fan of the horror genre?
Amy: You know, I’ve only done a few horror genre movies in general but I can’t watch them, everyone talks about Black Mirror but I can’t watch that if I’m home alone. To me there something really great about WolfCop, it has that blend of horror and comedy which I do love, I do love that genre. I think that it’s really fun and specific and Lowell has an interesting tone and is doing, stylistically, something that people love so for me that also was really exciting and it’s bloody, gory and disgusting at times but it has heart to it. Also, the mastery behind the wolf itself, Emerson Ziffle the monster maker, and the creation of all the practical effects and I know what’s going into them and I can see the other side, it fascinates me, I love it.
When horror and comedy are combined properly it is a beautiful thing. Did you find it difficult personally to find a nice balance between the two in WolfCop?
Amy: It is difficult and we did have a lot of conversations because we did have to figure out the tone we were creating. Lowell is good at pulling me back, me specifically I feel like I always want to go there but he’s really good in letting you examine what the parameters are then reigning you in. You have to hit is just right for it to be funny and for it also to keep telling the story without it falling off and becoming really wacky because I don’t think it is wacky. We are really committed to the cause and I know in the second one it was a lot easier stepping into Tina and already knowing the tone and what I had to do or in some cases, not do.
I think it says something about horror fans that WolfCop now has a sequel.
Amy: Yeah, the fans have been incredible and realistically, they drove us to do the second one, they really did. I mean, if no one wanted to see the original why make a sequel? We are making the sequel for the fans and a broad audience for people who never thought they’d want to see these two things put together. It’s so much fun meeting people who love the movie, who think its badass and I think the name WolfCop tells the story instantly, which fans also enjoy. I think another reason people connected with it is that it does feel really Canadian, in its bones so to speak, and the second one is even more Canadian which I think lends itself to having its own style.
What would you say to people to get them to watch WolfCop and now also the sequel?
Amy: I always tell people it’s the story of an alcoholic cop who turns into a werewolf, that’s what it’s about. What you get in turn is this really great group of people telling this wonderful story that feels so unique, it’s something I don’t think you can find anywhere else. It’s hilarious, the effects are fantastic and it’s a real wild movie watching experience, it can be a lot of fun with a group of friends, a real party atmosphere. People who love WolfCop will watch it over and over, buy liquor and donuts and have those parties but at the same time the story is really interesting and it pulls you in and you care about WolfCop so much, which is part of the charm of the movie.
So what do you have coming up next?
Amy: Well, I’m about to have a baby so that’s what’s next for me. I’m currently on a cartoon called the 3 Amigonauts that is on YTV, not a horror, a kid’s show. Next year I’ll be a voice on the Mysticons as well, which is another animated series that just came out and I have a bunch of projects that are all going to start percolating for next year and I was just in SuperGrid, which is a movie Lowell Dean just finished directing, that’s my third movie I’ve made with him.
I want to thank Amy for taking the time to speak with us