Genoveva Rossi [Interview]

Welcome to Day 15 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 5 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

Hello Folks! We are back in it for another week of some amazing interviews with some wonderful folks from the world of horror. Today we have some fine words from one of the most incredible Scream Queens in the b-horror world. it’s Genoveva Rossi! She is hand’s down one of the hardest working performers in the business, with close to 100 credits in just 6 or so years alone. A couple of them have been in our beloved Troma world, as well as some work with old friends like Christian Grillo and Ernie O’Donnell. She has also managed to get behind the camera as a writer and director, and has a very intriguing project coming in 2019 entitled Attack of the Killer Chickens the Movie. We are so excited that she was able to take some time out of her own busy Month of Horror to chat with us for a bit. So please enjoy this wonderful interview with the great Genoveva Rossi!

What inspired you to get into the world of film and television? Was it an early aspiration to do so, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

Since I was a kid I was attracted to performance and acting, but especially in horror. I acted in plays in grammar school, short films in college then one day I found myself in Jack ‘O’ Slasher then I Spill Your Guts then more and more films. Soon my acting took on a life of its own.  

In 2014 you appeared in our friend and past guest Christian Grillo’s brilliant sci-fi/horror flick Apocalypse Kiss that I enjoyed so damn much. With that, I have a couple of a somewhat relatable question. Hypothetically speaking, should the real world apocalypse come to a head: Where would you want to be when it happens? What is one physical item that you may not be entirely useful in this situation, but you just couldn’t imagine being without?

That was a great, artistically rendered film. I am thankful to be a part of it and I always love watching Apocalypse Kiss. I really enjoyed my role as this pregnant hippie Clara. In the end, I want to be on a tropical beach making love. Go out with a bang as they say. I would want to have my chicken foot and a rosary. Our faith may stay with us even in our final moments.

And you will be appearing a film that was co-produced by another old friend, Ernie O’Donnell, entitled 100 Acres of Hell. According to IMDb your role is as “Backwoods Beaver Magazine Cover Girl”. I am very intrigued. Without spoiling anything, can you tell us a bit about this appearance?

It was a brief and hilarious cameo on the cover of a magazine. Perhaps a little sexy and racy too, but why not? I had fun. Ernie is a great guy and this film is filled with a lot of talent. I know audiences have loved it so far. A really unique ending! 

Just being candid here: When it comes to Scream Queens, there is no doubt that with your talent and charisma, you are at the top of the list!  And it is our Month of Horror Showcase after all, so I am inclined to ask you how you enjoy working in this genre? Beyond being so talented, what compelled you put your focus into this world?

Ever since I was a child I was attracted to the horror genre; to films, novels, comic books, all of it. It was so natural to act in this genre. I began my journey a a fan then became this horror queen. Perhaps I always had this darkness in my that horror fits into and completes. Thank you, I am honored to be a Scream Queen. I appreciate your kind words and being in the Month of Horror Showcase.

Scrolling through you credits, it is absolutely spell-binding how damn much you work! You’ve got to be one of the hardest working people in the world of film, and I absolutely commend you for that. With that, what about when you aren’t working (if ever)? What could we find you doing for a bit of “me time”?

I work a bit each and everyday. I just hit 97 IMDb credits since 2012. It is really a full time obsession for me. With my acting, writing, and now directing plus making guest appearances all over the world. In my mind, I feel like I can always be doing more and that I am not busy enough. I hold myself to a high standard I guess. Thank you so much. I like to think I have a good work ethic and I hope that is true. When I am not working; I got to the gym, go to the beach, travel the world, dance, make love, eat exotic food, and paint. But not necessarily in that order. But my creative life of acting, writing, and directing does take up a great deal of my time honestly. They say if you have the sort of life you need to vacations from then you aren’t happy. I have definitely created my own world and my own life through my art. So I am grateful.  

What is your favorite scary movie?

I have always both loved The Pit and the Pendulum and The Exorcist. The Exorcist perhaps spoke to me as this girl raised in the Catholic church and I like horror with religious and occult themes. The Pit and the Pendulum introduced me to both Vincent Price and Barbara Steele. Both have had a huge influence on my acting life. It’s a perfectly crafted film. It plays out like this horrific morality play. A truly artful and beautiful film. I rewatch it often. I want to be as prolific in my career as Vincent Price.

What are you plans for the upcoming Halloween? Any kind of traditions you try to uphold each year?

I feel most at home dressed as a gypsy or witch; it speaks to my soul and has ever since I was a child. October is my busy time. Every Halloween I work as a professional fortune teller at many private parties. I also make many guest appearances at Halloween and horror events. Plus I do a lot of interviews to celebrate horror for the month. It’s a wickedly wonderful time of year. I like everything about Halloween. I enjoy ghost tours, haunted houses, costumes, all of it!


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I will continue to act as much as I can plus I am directing Attack of the Killer Chickens the Movie which is based on my short film. He short film won six awards and screened at 40 film festivals. I decided to make it a feature. It is a horror comedy and fans can look for it in 2019. Please check it out on IMDb. I recently work on a Big Foot film directed by Mark Byrne, which was more fun than  a bucket of bats! I also have a small part in Lloyd Kaufman’s Shakespeare’s Shitstorm from Troma. My first Troma film after acting with Lloyd in numerous films since 2012. That was a hoot!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Anyone that knows me knows that I smile and laugh a lot. I laughed a lot on the set of my film Attack of the Killer Chickens the Movie this week. It is a fun movie to make and will be even more fun to watch! Stay tuned! Thank you so much for taking the time for me. I enjoyed your questions.

Check out some more photos in this wonderful gallery provided by Genoveva Rossi herself:








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