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In “Out of the Dark,” Scott Speedman and Julia Stiles star as a couple who move, along with their young daughter, to a small village in Colombia to take over the family business. Once they arrive, however, they quickly realize that their house, and potentially the entire village, is haunted. Are the creepy ghost children that plague their lives a result of a 500 year-old slaughter by the Spanish conquistadors, or something much, much closer to home?
Indiewire caught up with Speedman earlier this week, ironically only days after touching base with his former “Felicity” co-star Scott Foley. So how is Keri Russell’s other man doing these days?
I’ve heard that you haven’t seen the film yet, are you excited?
Am I excited? I mean, it’s always a mixture of fear when you’re watching your movies. I try to watch objectively. But no, I haven’t seen it.
Tell me about your experience filming in Colombia.
It was really cool. I mean, that was a huge part of the draw to go and do this movie. I’m a big fan movies like this; it can be really effective and great cinema, when they work well. So, you know, I’m a big fan of movies like “The Orphanage” and things like that. So, when I read this, I’d been working non-stop and needed a break, but the idea of going to do this, especially in Colombia really excited me.
You’ve appeared in a number of thrillers and supernatural dramas. What in particular draws you to these types of films?
I’m a big fan of these movies when they’re done well, but you know, it’s not something I seek out. It comes along at the time, it’s not something I step away and think, “Geez, let’s do another scary movie.” It’s just sort of what comes along at the time, and if it seems like something worth doing, I’ll definitely jump at the chance.
Are you just aching to do like a Judd Apatow movie or romantic comedy or something?
[laughs] Well, I mean, you know, in the last year, I’ve been trying to do stuff like that but it hasn’t really come together, TV shows and more stuff in that vein. So, you know it feels like in the next few years I’ll probably be doing more stuff like that, as sort of my career progresses.
Speaking of TV, you broke out in one of my favorite shows of all time, which is “Felicity.”
Mine too, mine too.
I was an impressionable teenage girl when that show began.
[laughs] I’m sorry.
It’s so funny because literally, like days ago, I was interviewing Scott Foley.
Really!? For what?
One of the things I asked him about was if fans of that show pop up for him all over the place and bring it up, or have followed him throughout his career. Is that something you’ve experienced as well?
Yeah, definitely. And I can say very truthfully, and very honestly, that it charms me every time. I mean, mainly because that show to this day was such a huge part of my life, in every way. I had never been to Los Angeles before I did that show. And obviously the people I met, and the experiences I had, and just to work with those people on your first big job, and J. J. [Abrams] and Matt [Reeves] and Keri Russell and people like that. I’m always very indebted to those people for that. So, you know, when anybody wants to come say “hi” about that show, I’m honestly more than happy that that happens; it’s a very nice thing.
It does have such a devoted following. I can’t imagine what it would be like if it were on today, especially with things like Twitter and social media. Your fan base would probably be exponentially more involved.
I think a show like that, if it had come out now, yeah. Just before all that [social media] stuff really started to happen, so we missed that thing. Which was probably good for us as younger people. I don’t know if I could have survived that. It was a challenge at that time as it was, for me. It definitely would be really interesting to see what would happen to a show like that now, because it would have been a whole different thing. I’m sure they would have been shoving us online, and making us do all that, but it would’ve been interesting. This generation seems a lot more comfortable than my generation.
You jumped back into TV recently with the show “Last Resort,” [which was unfortunately cancelled after one season.] What made you decide you wanted to kind of take a dip back to television, after doing all those films?
There were a bunch of different reasons why. I love Andre Braugher, and I’m a big fan of Shawn Ryan. Any big drama like that, you know, it’s a cool experience and it was good just to get in there with some really great people. I’m just looking to do that again; I’m looking to jump back in and do something, probably on the cable side, if I can, but I’m looking for more stuff like that, for sure.
Are you looking into TV in particular?
Yeah, I am, yeah. There’s good stuff happening in movies. I’d love to do a good role in a big movie, but you know, TV for sure. I would definitely look at TV again. It would just have to be the right thing that I felt really good about, and then I can jump in full force. Because the quality in television, the past few years has just like exploded. It’s crazy. I mean, there are so many platforms, so many ways to see it and so much content. Yeah, but it’s very exciting. I just want to do something that excites me.
You have a background in swimming, is that right?
Yeah, I was a swimmer growing up, that’s what I did. My parents were athletes, they met at a track meet; they were runners. I was runner that really started focusing on swimming at a very young age, and that’s kind of how I got into acting. I was at a school for gifted athletes and gifted artists, and I got injured one year and started hanging out with all the actors and dancers and all those crazy people, and started getting the bug. Swimming was such this intense, intense lifestyle — five hours a day in a pool — so when I couldn’t swim anymore, I needed to find something to focus on, and I sort of turned to acting.
Has that come up for you in any roles? Maybe playing a swimmer on film?
I don’t think a swimmer on film works, unless you’re Australian, because for them swimmers are like their football players, their basketball players; they’re huge stars. But, I’m very interested in doing some running. I think there’s something kind of cinematic and interesting there. There’s been some interesting running movies and running’s very near to me and dear to me, so that would be something I’d be interested in.
Oh well, I was just about to pitch you this whole Michael Phelps biopic idea, so…
[laughs] That guy would be very hard for a mere mortal to play. He’s just built in a lab of this Marvel superhero swimmer guy. He’s insane. It would be laughable for anybody without that body to try to play him. He was just built in a lab for swimming, it’s crazy.
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