Now almost mid way through its sophomore season, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN : THE SERIES has taken the classic story to new heights and introduced some badass new characters along the way. We had a chance to chat with Briana Evigan about her experiences on set, what it was like working with the cast and crew and of course, share with us some of her favorite Miramax films.
Your character Sonja Lam is new to Season 2 of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES. What can you tell us about her?
Yes she is, which I'm just thrilled about! First of all, Sonja is fun. She knows something no one else knows. She has a secret and I think she likes that. There's a lot of mystery to her. She's not scared of anything and has a very sarcastic way of being. She gets to the point. I love Sonja because I really got to play some character traits that I don't have in my own life, although we do have a few things in common. The perks of being an actor is that you get to become all of these people you wouldn't normally act like. She's sexy, tough, kind and manipulative, but there is a definite vulnerability about her – which is the most fun layer to play with her. Everyone has secrets – they can either be like ticking bombs in your life or they can just be yours and create depth on the set.
What was it like working with Robert Rodriguez and the cast?
Number one question...he's amazeballs! He is probably one of the most chill directors I have ever met. He plays his guitar, keeps quiet, nods with approval and makes awesome pizzas at his house. He couldn't be more welcoming. On top of that, he couldn't be more talented. I loved listening to people talk with him – such brilliant minds. He's definitely a creative inspiration and someone I had kind of dreamed working with. I sure do hope we get to work together again one day. He really is just a rad guy all around.
As for the cast, they were alright. Kidding! Amazing! Mostly all of my scenes were with the lovely and talented D.J. Cotrona, who I really just adore. I think he's wonderful, such a handsome man, so kind and really knows how to become Seth Gecko every day. I think it may have been written for him. There is nothing better than walking into a family that's already a tight clique and feeling welcome. All of them though, I could just go on and on about – Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez, Wilmer Valderrama, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo too! They're all just lovely and so fun to be around. Those are the guys I feel I hung out with the most. I hope I'm not missing anyone. I felt very, very lucky every day! Also Carlos Coto, the showrunner, couldn't have been cooler with me. He really made me feel a part of it all from day one.
How did you land the role of Sonja?
I landed the role of Sonja by auditioning for casting director Mary Vernieu. I hadn't felt that good about an audition in a while. I actually yelled out, "Thank you god, ya, cool, alright, well that felt good," when I walked out the door. Then I didn't hear anything for maybe four days. To be honest, I was completely hung over with my best girlfriend on my couch, having one of those rough low nights in life because of some personal stuff. We were watching the "Care Bears" while eating a combo of Baja Fresh, Subway and Yogurtland. The Care Bear stare came on if, anyone knows what that is. I got the phone call at 6:00 PM to get on a flight the next morning at 10:00 AM! I really can't tell you how excited I was. I had a high school girl moment and my friend and I jumped around while packing.
In this scene that we have exclusively on Miramax.com you have a pretty funny exchange with Jeff Fahey who plays Uncle Eddie about coffee beans. Was there a lot of improvisation on set?
There was a little improv on set, but not too much from my scenes. Jeff Fahey is good at that. I had so much fun working with that man. He's brilliant in so many ways – he might be one of my favorite people in the world! I've actually tried those coffee beans when traveling through Bali! They're intense.
What’s your favorite Miramax movie?
It’s a long list, but these are the ones that come to mind first: