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We caught up with June B. Wilde about starring in the horror movie Blood from director Brad Anderson (Fringe). The film opened in select theatres on January 27th and is now available on VOD. Blood also stars Skeet Ulrich, Michelle Monaghan, and Finlay Wojtak-Hissong.

We asked June about her acting career – which consists of over 95 film and television credits to her name and over 50 stage and live entertainment shows – as well as working in the horror genre and her character in Blood. Check out our conversation below.

When did you decide that storytelling and acting were something you wanted to do?

June B. Wilde (JBW):
I was 8 years old when I knew I wanted to be an actor. I was on stage and I made people laugh. There was no turning back. I have never deviated from this path. That in itself is both a blessing and a curse. When you know exactly what you want to do in life it allows for focus with laser vision. BUT try doing something else and it is torture!

What advice would you give to people pursuing acting?

I love this question a lot! Thank you for asking. I would tell people pursuing acting to focus on being the best actor they can be. At the end of the day, the only thing you have is your integrity and your pride. Do you want to sell the real jewelry or the knockoffs? I find a lot of young actors focus on getting the part, or fame, or getting noticed. And while these things are a lovely outcome, they can overshadow the real reason they wanted to act in the first place.

I would say if you have to be an actor, be one. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and refrain from circles of negative talk. There’s a difference between being self-assured and ego. Let the ego sit in the back seat. True stars don’t operate from a place of ego. They serve from the desire to tell the story. This is what makes Michelle Monaghan a true star. Do something you are passionate about and you will never work a day in your life and you will never be tired. The Cinematographer on Blood, Bjorn Charpentier, is a perfect example of this.

What can you tell us about your character in the film Blood?

JBW: My character Helen is a strong willed woman who has her flaws and moments of making the hard decisions in life. I think she will be relatable to the audience as we all have our struggles. She is a patient at the hospital where Jess (Michelle Monaghan) works. Jess’ son Owen gets bitten by the family dog giving him a horrific infection. Jess needs Helen to keep her son alive and is faced with the decision of how far she will go to save her son.

What’s it like working in the horror genre at a time when it’s as popular as ever?

JBW: I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to explore in this very exciting genre! I believe that horror films as well as every other genre for that matter, have a purpose and something to teach us, show us and a new way to look at things. I try to take that motto with me into the world – to remain non judgemental and to learn something new every day. I’ve loved the movies and projects I’ve done and I’m always open to new opportunities.

What has been the best advice someone has given you about acting?

Stop looking for the results. Actors can audition a lot! And it’s very difficult to not look for the validation of your hard work. Create a good life for yourself. Have a great home, family and friends. Be the best actor you can be and the rest will fall into place.  

When people watch Blood, what are you hoping they get out of it?

JBW: Fans can expect a lot of suspense, thrill and of course, blood! What I’m hoping fans will get out of this movie is that while this is a horror movie, it is also a story about a family – a family with flaws who have been torn apart. It’s about a mother’s love for her son and how far she will go to save him.


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