EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH UPCOMING STAR, JONATHAN VILLASENOR, ON THE SET OF “CROWLEY’S TOMB”

Jonathan Villasenor

www.crowleystomb.com

Q- How did you get into acting?

I started taking acting classes in elementary school when I lived in San Diego. I absolutely loved it. The class was after normal school hours, but I was always excited to go. To this day I believe it was one of the only classes I truly enjoyed.

Q- Who are your favorite actors that influenced you on your way to becoming an actor?

I grew up in a very strict home that didn’t allow television. We lived far away from all of our family, but eventually my uncle got a job working for my dad. My uncle had two VHS movies in his apartment that I would watch over and over. The two movies were Dumb and Dumber and the Quest starring JCVD. Those movies would have a significant impact upon my life because being funny and knowing how to fight became very important to me. I was always the class clown in school, but at the same time I knew martial arts better than any other kids in class. I’m still a jokester till this day, but recently stopped practicing martial arts. I was the Martial Arts Team Captain at West Point, but left the academy to pursue a Systems Engineering degree. After moving away from San Diego I wasn’t able to continue doing any acting. My family placed a strong emphases upon academics and martial arts so there wasn’t any room for it in my life. Now that I’m independent and have a family of my own I’m able to pursue what I like in my free time. I had been searching casting calls for something that might interest me and that’s when I found Crowley’s Tomb. It had a great plot and seemed like a lot of fun. I decided to make that leap and contact Casey.

Q-What other roles have you played before Crowley’s Tomb?

Crowley’s Tomb is the first acting role I have ever taken, but I have been acting my entire life.

Q-Do you prefer to play villains or heroes? Why?

I love playing both, but if I had to choose I rather be a villain. One of the main reasons I like to act is because I get to become someone else. Being a villain is such a large contrast to who I am so I really enjoy it. I don’t really root for the villains in movies, but I like their appearance more than the protagonists. We all have a somewhat of a dark side and Casey allowed me to live it in Crowley’s Tomb. I played the cemetery boy, Chief, and I played the evil villain, Hitler. In the trailer the character, Chief, had a perfect balance of good and evil in him and I wanted to portray that with my appearance. I wore a dual colored jacket, opposite colored rings, skull bandana, and black face paint.

Q- If you could be in any movie what would it be and why?

I would prefer to be on a TV show. Spartacus was my favorite of all time, but currently I really enjoy watching Arrow. I would love to be a villain on a show of that caliber one day.

Q- Where did you hear about the casting call for Crowley’s Tomb?

I believe I found it on Green Room casting calls for Orlando.

Q- What interested you in being part of Crowley’s Tomb?

I liked the setting of the story and the persona of the cemetery boys. They reminded me of myself when I was a teenager. I was rebellious and would look for scary adventures with some of my friends. Some of my favorite locations we would visit were an abandoned amusement park and mile long tunnels.

Q- Are you a horror fan?

I enjoy watching horror films, but their effect is not that strong upon me anymore. When I was a child I was very religious and firmly believed in the supernatural. This would cause horror films to seem almost real or could potentially really happen. Now I know the majority of real monsters are wearing suits in D.C. and NYC.

Q- What character did you play in Crowley’s Tomb?

I was one of the Cemetery Boys, Chief, and the evil villain, Hitler.

Q- What can you tell us about your character?

In the trailer, Chief played a more alpha cemetery boy. He was the only one wearing primarily black face paint. The black on his face could be symbolic of darker side to his nature, which allows him to face evil with a more aggressive approach.

Q- What were some of your favorite moments on the set of Crowley’s Tomb?

Getting into character in a cemetery setting was really fun. I could feel my teenage spirit sparking again. Seeing everyone in costume at night was a really eerie sight to see. The next day the feeling of getting ready for and going into battle was exciting. I wielded double machetes and chopped off an evil priest’s head “Spartacus” style.

Q- Tell us what the atmosphere was like on set in the cemetery?

It was very different than the atmosphere of working in a cube as an engineer that’s for sure. I arrived on set a little bit late and everyone was in costume. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be sacrificed that day by a group of satanic worshippers who lured me into a trap. When you see a 6’8 375lb pig man with a chainsaw you start to think about the “what ifs”. All jokes aside, everyone was really cool and we had a great time filming it together. We got into our roles which allowed for strong synergy.

Q- Do you have any ghost or paranormal activity stories to share with us today?

I don’t believe in the paranormal, but I do have only one experience that is questionable. One night I felt a strange presence in my room and I saw a dark shadow by my bed, but I was honestly too hung over and tired to care so I went back to sleep.

Q- What was it like working with an all star team such as Writer Casey Moore, Director Ricardo Protheus   Rodriquez, and Producer Nathan Taupez?

These guys were awesome and gave me the experience that I was looking for. They had great direction, but listened to their actors that wanted to improvise a little. I would do again any day.

Q- What horror movies impacted you growing up?

The original Exorcist had to be one of the scariest movies I watched growing up as a kid because I thought it was real. Movies like that had me saying my prayers every night.

Q- What current projects are you working on?

I’m looking for another horror film or potentially an action film. My profession allows me to be pickier and not dependent on trying to make money. Acting is my hobby so I look for roles that will be the most fun, regardless if there is pay or not.

Q- What actor or actress did you think stood out on the set of Crowley’s Tomb other than yourself?

Tall Man, played by Martigan Delano, did a great job representing his character. In one scene I had to make eye contact with him through a window and I could feel the terror that his stare could instill into a teenage boy. If he was staring at me in real life it would be the most chilling experience in my life.

Q- If you could be any character in Crowley’s Tomb who would it be and why?

I would be the Chief that I represented in the trailer. A Chief with a darker side that plays a bold role.

Q- Away from acting what are some of your hobbies?

I like to work on cars, body build, gamble at casinos, and play some online virtual life games.

Q- What did you think after you saw the trailer of Crowley’s Tomb?

I am really proud to be main actor in the trailer and was blown away by the trailer. The costumes and special effects were amazing. The production team did an awesome job and Casey was wise to select them to do the job. If they do the entire film I’m sure it would be a horror film classic and I would love to be a part of that.

Q- What would you like the fans to know about yourself?  

Crowley’s Tomb trailer is just a glimpse of what I’m going to start working on. You’ll see more of me in other horror/action films soon.

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