Yesterday, we featured producer Austin Reading on the possible second season of Death Valley, MTV's horror-comedy series about a special task force of cops assigned to deal with a sudden outbreak of zombies, vampires and werewolves in the San Fernando Valley. My favorite of these cops is rookie Officer Kirsten Landry. As played by actress Caity Lotz (best known for her appearances on Mad Men), herself a real life martial artist, Kirsten just might be the most fun undead-ass-kicking TV heroine since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And last week, I was fortunate enough to chat with the lovely Lotz about where she'd like to see Kirsten go in season 2. Read what she had to say after the jump.
Hollywood doesn't often like its actors to perform their own stunts for various reasons. But since you're a trained fighter, were you given a fair amount of freedom to do your own stuff on Death Valley?
Normally what happens is they don't like their actors doing the stuff, because if they get hurt it holds everything up, the whole production. So there's a lot riding on it. And insurance can sometimes be an issue. Actually, we almost had an issue in the beginning with insurance. The first thing I ever shot, I was supposed to do a fight scene, and we were having trouble with the insurance. So we had to wait on it. Luckily, it all got worked out and I got to do it. The thing is, it's not like I've never done this stuff before and I'm not very capable. [Laughs.] I trained a lot. So it wasn't very likely that I'd get hurt. And we have our stunt coordinator there and the great stunt people that we work with. So everybody was really good, really careful. Because that stuff you definitely do have to be careful with. One wrong little thing and…. But at the same time, you can sprain you ankle walking out of your trailer, so… [Laughs.]
Were you a fan of the genre before doing this series?
You know what, I wasn't. Not at all. I hated scary movies because I would get way too scared. My imagination was just like… I couldn't do it. I would get too terrified. I always hated being scared. I hated going to haunted houses. All that stuff. But now, after working on Death Valley, and I just shot another movie that will be at Sundance called The Pact, I love the genre. It's so gripping, you know? With some movies, you're not really fully paying attention. You don't need to be, but with horror it's like, you're always on the edge of your seat. So now I definitely like it.
Your character's reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Did you ever watch that show?
I did. I watched the movie when I was a kid. I loved the movie for sure. She was always bad ass, so it was fun watching her.
Have you talked to the producers about the second season? Where would you like your character to go in season 2?
There's definitely talk about it. We're just waiting to hear back from MTV on what their plan is. For my character, there are tons of places that I'd love for her to go. I think her whole journey in the first season is to have to prove herself and establish herself. So it would be nice in season 2 to come on and not be the rookie anymore; and maybe start to do some real damage over there and some good stuff. Who knows what she'll get into.
We love doing the show. It's so fun to work on, so we'd love to keep doing it.
In real life, what's your greatest fear?
I don't know. Let's see… You know what's been weird, I've been having dreams about a zombie apocalypse. So that's what scares me. The end of the world. [Laughs.]
So Death Valley has affected you so much that you're having nightmares about it?
I think so. It really has. [Laughs.]