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The Hottie Stop interviews Ashley Hinshaw, star of The Pyramid!

04.20.2015by: Eric Walkuski

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I know I probably always say "so and so is the nicest gal I've ever interviewed," but in this case I really do think it's true. Ashley Hinshaw is a beautiful, blonde model-turned-actress best known for roles in CHRONICLE, True Blood and ABOUT CHERRY. Recently, she played the hottest archeologist ever in THE PYRAMID, a thriller in which Hinshaw's character and her team become trapped in a (you guessed it) pyramid with a ravenous monster. (This is why I'm not the adventurous type.) Funny, forthright and sweet, Ms. Hinshaw is easily one of my favorite Hottie Stop interview subjects to date.

I recently spoke to Ashley - who just wrapped filming on the new season of True Detective, about the bumps and bruises she endured while making THE PYRAMID, as well as her transition from model to actress, her next potential career as a teacher and kissing Miley Cyrus! Lucky girl!


How is 2015 treating you so far?

It's been pretty good! I was traveling so much last year, and I'm happy to do so, but this year's I've been working in L.A. so I've been able to be home, which is nice.

Were you born in L.A.?

I grew up in Indiana and lived there until I moved to New York at 16. I was there for five years and then I've been in L.A. for about five.

Where do you stand on the New York versus L.A. debate?

I have this great affinity for New York because it was the first place I went outside the midwest, so I immediately fell in love with it. As long as wasn't cornfields. I loved growing up in Indiana but it is not a place I want to live.

Do you ever go back?

My whole family is there, so I get back a few times a year. It's one of those places, it's charming and it's small town, it's a great place to raise kids. But it's just so slow and kind of backwards.


Yeah, they've been in the news recently.

Yeah, it's not hitting the news for good reasons that's for sure.

  So what was making The Pyramid like, was it a fun shoot?

This movie was unlike anything I had done before. I loved THE DESCENT and that was kind of the ambition for this film a little bit. The idea was that once this group of people goes into this structure, things would get crazier and crazier and they can't get out. I've always loved films in this genre and so I was psyched to do it. We went to Morocco to film it, which was such a cool experience. It was tough though, it was the toughest film I've ever shot; physically and emotionally draining. I can't even tell you the amount of times I got hurt on this film. By the end I felt like some crazy warrior, not a very good warrior but a warrior nonetheless. I don't think people look at me as the action person, I don't see myself as being a very physical actor, but on this I had to jump right in and do my own stunts.

Was there anything scary that happened to you?

There was one day where I was being buried in sand, and they had created this contraption so that most of my body was free underneath the sand but my head and shoulders were buried in it. They had designed it so that at the point I could no longer breath I could just slither down, but nobody took into consideration the 50 pounds of sand that would be on my body at the time! There were many instances where I thought, "Oh shit, this is not going the way I thought it was going to go." But it was definitely exciting.  

Sounds like a dangerous set to be on.

Yeah, I was really having to come home after this one.


You mentioned getting injured, what was the worst injury you sustained?

I was doing some sort of stunt and fell and me and the stunt guy hit each others' heads. Everyone kind of thought it was okay and I tried to suck it up and work the rest of the day, but I had this crazy headache. I thought, "It'll be fine." I could not remember any of my lines and I was feeling really nauseous. I mentioned to Denis O'Hare, who played my father, that the other day I had an accident with the stunt man, and in such a nice way Denis said, "I'm not filming anything else until a doctor looks at her." So they brought this medic from Morocco in, which is not saying much, and he said, "She's got a terrible concussion." There wasn't anything we could do because it had already been 24 hours, and I've never had a concussion. They let me go home for the day and I sucked it up. It was really rough.

Do you think you'd make a good archeologist after this experience?

I would make a helluva lot better archeologist that I would a survivor in a pyramid being chased a monster. The archeologist part is the easy part.

You started out as a model, right? What was the transition to acting like?

I definitely didn't seek out modeling. When I was in Indiana, I was discovered by somebody and it just became a thing and they said, "Hey, do you want to come to New York?" I was a 16-year-old kid who was desperate to see what else is out there. I found myself in the modeling business without knowing anything about it or having a real desire to be a part of that business. But I always wanted to be an actor, I was always taking acting classes, so I was modeling because it was paying my bills and kept me in New York. I always knew I wanted to make the transition. So a few years into modeling I was kind of over it, there was nothing much more to learn or do, so I decided I was going to go to college and be done with it, but then a friend of mine said, "You should meet this guy who is a manager and he'll take you on as an actor." I ended up meeting him and he's still my manager to this day.


What do you think your path might have been if you hadn't started modeling?

My dream from when I was a little kid was to be a teacher. Right now I'm lucky enough to be working in this business, but in between projects I've been taking college classes and working at a degree in child development. I mean, who knows, I love this business and feel lucky that I get to work on cool stuff, but it's nice to have something else you're working towards that's not in the crazy world of Hollywood.

Do you like watching yourself in movies and TV or do you avoid it?

I actually don't mind it, but I totally get the mentality of people who don't want to watch themselves, because to a certain extent it is narcissistic. I like to try things, I get bored if I do the same thing over and over again, so I like to try out different things in different characters. It's really interesting for me to watch it back and see what works, how far I can stretch myself, and how believable I can be in roles people wouldn't necessarily see me in. I certainly don't want to watch it over and over again because I can get critical of myself, but I do enjoy watching it. When you're on set and you have an idea of how something is going to be, it usually turns into something completely different by the time it's all done. I really enjoy the process, seeing the way everything works on set, it's fascinating to me.

Do you google yourself?

[Laughs] I mean, I would totally be lying if I said I didn't. Usually I'll google myself and then say, "What the fuck am I doing?" It's just so lame.


I googled you earlier and one of the first pics that came up was you kissing Miley Cyrus.

That will stick with me forever. You know, we were just going through a phase. [Laughs] No, my first film was with Miley, I got very lucky to get cast as her best friend in this movie LOL. If you watch the scene in context, it's like the two teenage girls just kissing each other for fun, but of course when you see it on the internet, that's not necessarily what it looks like, and it really has a life of its own.

It turned you and Miley into lovers, of course.

Yeah, you should have just heard what my parents were saying to me. When my parents google me it's a real, real problem. I tell them what they can and cannot watch, I always tell them it's safer not to google me or listen to me in interviews.

What do you have coming up next that you're excited about?

I'm super excited that I'm going to be in the next season of True Detective. That was so exciting to be a part of, I just finished up all my work on that.

I have a feeling people will be watching that.

Yeah, I think a few. [Laughs]


You can follow Ashley on Twitter HERE. THE PYRAMID comes out on Blu-ray May 5th, pre-order it HERE. It is currently available on Digital HD; head over to Fox Digital to check it out!

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