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The Hottie Stop interviews Rachel Melvin from Zombeavers & Dumb and Dumber 2

03.16.2015by: Eric Walkuski

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ZOMBEAVERS. Yup, that's what it's called. The horror-comedy, out this week, is about exactly what you think it's about - beavers who become zombified and create fuzzy mayhem for a group of unsuspecting (and scantily clad) college students. The lovely Rachel Melvin stars as Mary, one of the nice girls terrorized by the titular villains... although it turns out Mary isn't quite as nice as she seems. ZOMBEAVERS knows exactly what it is, a total goof, and Rachel takes advantage of the silly scenario and fully commits to the madness.

And even though ZOMBEAVERS hasn't officially been released yet, you may have seen the Chicago-born actress before. If you're a soap-watcher, she appeared in over 300 episodes of "Days of Our Lives" from 2005-2009, but it's more likely you caught her in last year's DUMB AND DUMBER TO; Rachel played Penny, the not-so-bright daughter of Harry (or is it Lloyd?), and she impressively out-dumbed Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels every step of the way. This beautiful lass is mining some comedy gold in a short amount of time.

In the below interview, Rachel and I speak about her roles in both ZOMBEAVERS and DUMB AND DUMBER TO, working with the beavers (stop it), her love of comedy, and that one time she appeared on "Family Feud".

So... Zombeavers. When was the first time you heard that title and what was your reaction?

When we got the script originally, it was untitled, so I can't remember the first time they released the title of the movie. I remember thinking it was awesome and it made sense, because of the essence of the movie and the tone we were trying to create.

It's kind of hard to think of any other title that would work for it.

Yeah, that's very true.

Was this something that was up your alley, or did you need convincing?

I definitely had to be convinced. It was presented to me initially about this horror film about zombie beavers and I was like, no way. And then when I realized it was a comedy and it could have a cult following, it's a very specific genre that a lot of people are into, I had my arm twisted a bit. Especially after reading the script, because it was funny and we were making fun of horror, that's where the comedy comes from.

Are you a fan of horror comedies?

I'm sure I've seen some, but none are coming to mind right now. I don't think I've seen too many, and that's why this one was unique to me, because it's not something I would have considered before. To be honest, I really like ghost movies and psychological thrillers, but slasher films and horror films I'm not really that interested in making them. I've done so many in my career that I know what to expect, when I'm watching them I'm very aware of how they're made, so I don't think I can be as entertained as the next person. I just tend to roll my eyes. That's what brings me back to Zombeavers, we're kind of rolling our eyes at a typical horror film.

What was working with the beavers like?

I have to say, I didn't really know what to expect. They're all animatronic puppets, they all have puppeteers. As someone who grew up on Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street and other Jim Henson shows, I was always fascinated by puppets, so the kid in me thought it was super cool. When you're in the scene they're definitely creepy and scary, but in between the scenes they were just really cool to look at.

Were they treated better than everyone else on set?

[Laughs] I would definitely say they got more attention. When you do a movie like this you learn to appreciate practical effects.

Now was this before or after Dumb and Dumber To?

This was before. I think I shot Zombeavers in February and Dumb and Dumber in November.

It must have been a huge deal when you booked that role.

Yeah! It's weird, because it was super exciting to get the job, it's like, I won, I won! But then you're like, oh shit, I have to do this job now. Like, oh wow, this is a highly-anticipated sequel and a lot of people are going to be seeing it, I have a lot more pressure than I realized. But I expected to end up feeling more pressure than I actually did on the first day, and that's because of the Farrellys and Jim and Jeff, everyone I was working with was very down to Earth and cool. I felt for the very first time in my career that I was really going to learn a lot from people who knew an epic amount more than I did.

When did you start your pursuit of acting?

I think I always knew I wanted to perform or entertain in some regard. My sister and I grew up watching Seinfeld and Friends and Saturday Night Live; she and I would write our own SNL sketches and do our own version of Weekend Update for our parents. By the time I was in high school I started doing a lot more theater and dance, and by the time I graduated I knew I wasn't going to go to college, I just knew it wasn't for me. It was between going to school for interior design and just moving to L.A. to try and make something happen. It was combination of getting a sign in the form of winning a Bingo game, and my mom and day urging me to move to L.A. while I was young, because college was always going to be there no matter what. It was better to get a head start on acting, so I moved out here.

That's awesome that they were so supportive.

Yeah, my dad was a screenwriter, my mom was approached to be a model, but they didn't really pursue either of those avenues, and I think there was a part of them that wanted me to pursue it because it was a choice they didn't make.

If you weren't acting, what do you think you'd be doing?

It's so funny, because a lot of times when I find myself out of job I'm just trying to think of other ways to make money, like, what else can I do? [Laughs] I always think, nothing! I'm not good at anything! I think I would have ended up writing or doing interior design, those are things I still really enjoy as hobbies. I think they appeal more to my mathematical side, I used to love math and solving equations, and interior design is kind of like putting a puzzle together. With acting, you have to be really open-minded and free, that's a lesson I've learned to work on more and to bring into my real life, because I can be very uptight. [Laughs]

It seems like you've always been into comedy.

You know, I don't think I ever thought in terms of comedy or drama. When I first moved out here I was in a soap opera so I had four years of intensive drama, and so I think coming off of that show I craved comedy, because I was so sick of crying and being stressed and working myself up. People always tell me I'm funny, but I don't personally think I am, but hey that's cool. I think it comes easier to me than drama at times.

Who is the funniest person around right now?

Oh my god, I have no idea. Honestly, I think Daniel Tosh is hilarious, I love him as a writer and I love the way he delivers his jokes. As far as people I admire and who I aspire to be like, I would say Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Zooey Deschanel. Even some writers, like Elizabeth Meriwether is really funny. And Girls on HBO is really, really good this season.

I read that you appeared on Family Feud?

I was. My sister was obsessed with it and so when I was on Days of Our Lives she submitted our family to be on that show. I'm super paranoid and so I didn't know if I could go on it contractually, but we went on it and I didn't get in trouble. We didn't win anything anyway.

So you were already a TV personality before that?

Yeah, although not many people knew me. I think the people who did recognize me assumed we filmed Family Feud beforehand. I was super apprehensive, because I knew it would be fun for my family, but I also aware that the notion would be that I was making a lot of money as an actress and it was unfair of me to be on this show looking for more money. But the truth is, you really don't make as much money as an actor as people think.

Have you seen that in recent years, where can I find that episode?

I know they re-air it quite a bit, but I haven't seen it. My family is very athletic and competitive and so it's a sore subject because we lost. [Laughs] We don't bring it up too often.

It's the subject that shall not be named?


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

I'm supposed to be shooting a movie in May called MANSON GIRLS which is about Charles Manson's family, I'm very excited. It's a little indie so we're still waiting on casting and financing, but I'm extremely excited it's going to happen. I'll be going psychologically somewhere in my career that I haven't gone before. I have two other ones called MADTOWN and SLEEPWALKER. I think SLEEPWALKER will come out before MADTOWN, they're both psychological thrillers.

Is there a ZOMBEAVERS 2 in the works?

[Laughs] I don't know about that now. I guess we'll see if there's a demand for it.

Thank you for your time, good luck with everything coming up for you.

Oh thank you very much, it was nice speaking with you.

ZOMBEAVERS comes out theatrically and on VOD March 20th. You can follow Rachel on Twitter HERE and on Facebook right HERE.

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