We chatted with actress Holly de Barros who plays Sherry Birkin in Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City which is scheduled to be theatrically released on November 24, 2021 from Sony Pictures. Set in 1998, this film serves as an origin story exploring the secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon City. We asked Holly de Barros all about preparing for her role, working on the film, and lots more. Check it out below!
How excited are you for Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City to be released?
HDB: I am so so excited for Resident Evil to come out. The cast and crew worked so hard on the film. I think it looks amazing. I love how all the creatures look and I think it’s very scary. The movie feels exactly like the game. It feels so real. All the actors/actresses did an amazing job on playing their roles and brought the characters to life. Everyone did such an amazing job. I just know the fans are going to love it.
What was it like working on this project?
HDB: Since this was my first role, I was very interested in everything. I loved seeing all these amazing sets and seeing how all the cast and crew would work. I also loved filming since most scenes were filmed at night, it was very interesting. I loved seeing how the cameras work, and how people prepared for their scenes. I got to learn how guns were safely handled on set and how fog machines work. I got to learn about lighting tricks and tips. I got to learn everything – it was so amazing!
What was the research like for this film which is based on the iconic video games?
HDB: I played the original games so I could get a feel for the film and see what Sherry was like. My Dad knew about the original games and was excited to get them. He played them with me a little bit. The games were very cool and I loved all the characters and creatures. The Resident Evil games are very impressive. When I got this audition I was really excited because it was a horror film. I also noticed Sherry had to scream a lot and let’s just say I was very excited to practice my screaming!
What was it like working with the cast of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City?
HDB: It was very cool to work with such talented people I have always admired. I got to learn from them. I knew about Avan Jogia, I grew up watching Victorious. I also knew Kaya Scodelario since one of my friends’ loved Skins. I also loved Hannah John-Kamen from Antman and The Wasp! It was fantastic. Everyone was so talented and I got to see what they were like and they were all so kind.
What do you enjoy the most about acting?
HDB: I love acting so much for so many reasons. I love learning about who I may be playing. I like to wonder, what is their personality like? Are they happy or mad or sad in this scene? I also really like to wonder what characters might sound like. I love playing around with my voice when playing characters. I also love figuring out how a character may react to things but I do love acting because I find its constant change. I love switching up who I am every time I play a role. It’s so fun! I also love filming and learning about acting while on set. Sometimes when I’m on set, I can learn about what I’m doing right or wrong. Maybe I’m supposed to do something differently. I love learning new things and acting is amazing for that.
Outside of acting, do you have any other interests or passions?
HDB: I really like fashion design. I’d like to do something like that when I’m older alongside acting. I love making jewelry! I also love creative writing. I love writing books with no plan to do anything with the books I write. I just kind of want them so that when I’m older, I can look back and have them! I think it would be very neat. I also love to write short films in my free time or I love writing monologues for me to practice with!
What has been the best advice someone has given you about acting?
HDB: The best advice I’ve gotten was when I was at an acting class for the first time and I didn’t understand a character because there was no info about the character and I was just given a random scene. I was confused but a friend of mine just said just do it. It was simple advice but it made me realize everyone in that acting class was going to forget I even did that scene in about 5 minutes. I did the scene and I thought I did okay.
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