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The Hottie Stop interviews India Eisley, star of Curse of Sleeping Beauty

05.23.2016by: Eric Walkuski

India Eisley was born to be in front of cameras. The daughter of acclaimed actress Olivia Hussey (best known for portraying the female lead in 1968's ROMEO AND JULIET) and rock musician David Glen Eisley, India first made a major impression on the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which she portrayed the younger sister of Shailene Woodley's character. This significant role led to India being cast as Kate Beckinsale's hybrid daughter Eve in UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING. Soon after, India nabbed her first starring role in KITE, a live action adaptation of the 1999 anime of the same name; the flick co-starred Samuel L. Jackson and, combined with UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, signaled that India might very well be adept at kicking ass in high-octane action-thrillers.

India can be seen in a more gentle setting in the fantasy-horror film THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, in which she plays - of course - Sleeping Beauty, a lovely vision that haunts the dreams of protagonist Thomas (Ethan Peck). The film sees Eisley bedecked in some very luminous outfits, the very definition of a princess. But the character is hiding a pretty dark secret...

During a brief chat recently, India and I spoke about identification (or lack thereof) with princesses growing up, her appreciation of BEETLEJUICE, growing up a nomad and her favorite, and least favorite, things about acting.

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Is it cool playing Sleeping Beauty, is that a character you identified with in the past?

Well this one is really nothing like the angelic princess we grew up with. This is kind of her evil alter-ego.

Were you a fan of princesses and that kind of stuff growing up?

I was a strange kid, I was obsessed with Beetlejuice, so I wasn't really into princesses. [laughs] It was worrying to the adults around me, I think.

That's awesome. What was it about Beetlejuice that attracted you to it?

Just everything about it, I think it's such a wonderful film. When I was little it was the music. It was the first film I ever saw. There was something about it, there was nothing else like it.

They just opened a Beetlejuice-themed bar here in New York.

Oh my! That's wonderful. I might have to head to New York soon. Just drop all other obligations and say I need to go to the Beetlejuice bar.

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Do you consider Beetlejuice your favorite film, or is there another personal favorite?

That's like asking my favorite music, it changes a lot. I think it's sentimental value, any Tim Burton film is immediately a sentimental thing, I'm kind of programmed to like it.

Going back to Sleeping Beauty, can you talk about the elaborate make-up and costume you had to deal with?

I think it took about two and a half hours to put on? I could be wrong. The make-up people did such a wonderful job, especially considering there wasn't a massive budget; they made it look much, much better than it could have looked. Wardrobe was a lot of corsets, which I always love. [laughs]

Is this the kind of movie you'd say you're a fan of? Do you like fantasy movies, horror movies?

It depends, I mean I love doing them. This was my first foray into this kind of genre. I had done sort of horror action things before, but nothing like this. But I love films like Labyrinth and Pan's Labyrinth.

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Did you always know you wanted to be an actress?

My mother's an actress, so I sort of grew up on set and traveling around with her. I think getting older, I really just loved the whole environment, I love that there's all these different personalities with all these different visions having to hook up with each other in a very short period of time, but all working towards the same ultimate goal. I just don't think there's any other environment quite like that, it never fails to amaze me.

Was there anything aside from acting that you wanted to do?

I did ballet growing up and there was a period of time when I wanted to become a professional dancer. But ultimately acting is my first love. The life of a dancer isn't very long, but that's probably what I would have done.

What is your favorite thing about acting? How about your least favorite?

This is going to sound very pretentious, but I love telling someone's story. I feel very fortunate just recently that I'm getting to play all different kinds of people. I get bored easily, so I like the variety of getting to be in someone else's world for a bit. My least favorite would probably be the whole selling yourself aspect that comes with the territory. I could never really get used to it. [laughs]

How about the nomadic lifestyle, where you're always moving around?

I quite enjoy it. Growing up, we always moved like every 18 months. My parents have sort of a gypsy mentality, they get very bored and restless as well, I think I get it from them. The three of us would just sort of look at each other and decide it was time to move again.

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What do you do when you're not acting?

I'm a bit of a hermit. [laughs] Cooking, baking. I love motorcycles as well, kind of a pipe dream of mine is to ride. It's a goal of mine. I would love an Indian. Or a Triumph.

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

Just recently I wrapped an indie that I'm very excited about. It was the kind of role that I've wanted for as long as I can remember. I'm playing a heroin addict in a movie called Adolescence, I think they're going into post-production now. And right now I'm in the middle of night shooting a movie called Clinical, which is kind of a horror, psychological thing, and it's very fun and very bloody.

It sounds like you're enjoying being busy.

I'm trying. I don't get much time off. [laughs]

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THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY is now available on VOD and iTunes; you can check it out HERE. You can follow India on Twitter HERE.

Source: Movie Hotties

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