Interview: Laura Vandervoort of The Entitled

Laura Vandervoort imageIn the thriller film The Entitled (DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $27.99, Anchor Bay, released on Sept. 6, 2011), actress Laura Vandervoort plays one of three young, rich socialites who are kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom. Vandervoort spoke to Disc Dish about the role, which is a far cry from her familiar turns as a superhero and an alien in the popular genre TV series Smallville and V, respectively.

Disc Dish: I really enjoyed you in The Entitled. You definitely worked for me as a good, nasty party girl.

Laura Vandervoort: Thanks! Yes, she was mean, but had some more dimension when you see the problems she had. The question was, do I just play her as just a rich snob, or do I reflect on her cocaine problems and her relationship trouble? I never want to play a character that’s one-dimensional. I still want to get some empathy from the audience, even though she’s pathetic. Of course, I original wanted the part of [kidnapper] Tatiana, the bad girl. I’m always looking to play the part that people don’t think of me in.

DD: How did this movie make its way onto your radar?

LV: They actually sent the script to my agent, who quickly got it on to me to see if I liked it. I didn’t know [director] Aaron Woodley at all, but I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

The Entitled movie scene

Laura Vandervoort tries to keep it together in The Entitled.

DD: Both you and Aaron hail from Toronto, so I thought there must be some Canadian connection going on.

LV: No, not at all! But they did send me Aaron’s film Rhinoceros Eyes to check out, and that’s all I needed to commit.

DD: I’m sure the cast also had some appeal to you.

LV: Oh, absolutely. And working with them was a great experience. Victor Garber, Stephen McHattie and Ray Liotta — they were all bang-up. It was really cool to work with Ray. And Stephen — I remember Stephen from Emily of New Moon, a Canadian TV series I used to watch when I was growing up. Aaron did an amazing job with those guys.

DD: Now that both Smallville and V have ended their runs, you’re doing a lot more feature film work. Which screen do you prefer, small or big?

LV: It’s going to sound like the easy answer, but I love them both. I do! I really don’t prefer one over the other. With movies, you really dive into a character for two to three months, but then it’s gone. With a TV series, you have a constant location you’re living in, and you’re always working on the same character along with people who are like your own family. I’m lucky to have done both.

DD: I guess that leaves theater as the final frontier. Any interest in taking your act to the stage?

LV: No, not at all! It terrifies me! I did it once in high school — I was Sandy in Grease — and I decided then that I would never do it again. I’ve felt that way for years, and that’s no bullshit. This is the first year since I was 15 that I can say that I would consider it. But if I want to be completely honest, I have to say that I love the intimacy of the camera.

DD: Next time we see you in front of the camera, it will be for the comedy Ted with Mark Wahlberg. Can you tell me a little about the movie?

LV: It’s a comedy written and directed by Seth McFarlane. And it’s the first time he has directed a feature.

DD: Did he bring his Family Guy sensibility to the set?

LV: Oh, he added in a lot of one-liners, some that were a little inappropriate. But it was great. We goofed around a lot and acted silly. It was great working with Mark Wahlberg too. Some off scenes I had with him I was terrified to do, but he was great.

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.