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The Hottie Stop interviews Whitney Moore, star of Beginner's Guide to Sex & Birdemic

11.30.2015by: Eric Walkuski

Guys, I think I've found the perfect girl. She's smart, she's sexy, she loves B-movies, comics and video games. She was in BIRDEMIC! I'm talking about Whitney Moore, who can currently be seen in the sex comedy BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SEX (formerly known as Student Bodies), which finds her playing a naive (and virginal) sex ed teacher in a high school. Whitney has become pretty popular in the geek world thanks to her many appearances on Nerdist and various other geeky platforms, and there's no doubt the lovely lass knows her stuff. I'm not a betting man, but I think she's going to become a "name" fairly soon.

And yes, she's cute girl Nathalie in Birdemic: Shock and Terror and Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, so that earns her immediate street cred. In addition to talking about those two movies - two of the worst movies of all time, don't you know? - we chat about her BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SEX character, her rebellious high school days and her love of comics and video games.


Tell me a little about your Beginner's Guide to Sex and your character.

As far as sex comedies go, I think Beginner's Guide to Sex has the most heart in it. It's about this girl, Laci Cox, who is kind of a dweeb. She's got a history with her sex life that has given her a bit of arrested development; she's very naive about sex. I think placing her in high school, where she became traumatized about sex, is a really funny way of capturing how people learn about sex and how they have misconceptions about it.

So she has a good reason for being a virgin for so long?

Yes, yes she does. I don't know if I should spoil it or not. [Laughs] She had a bad first experience. 

Did you have a sex ed class growing up?

Growing up in California, we had a good sex ed program. And I was fortunate enough to have progressive, open-minded parents and two older sisters who told me pretty much anything I needed to know.

In the film's synopsis your character is described as "plucky and innocent." Would you use those words to describe yourself?

I do have pluck, I believe. I don't know about innocent. I think a through line between Laci and myself is that we're both optimistic to a fault, so that was an easy translation because we're both optimistic and peppy.


Did you have a good high school experience overall?

Yeah, it was funny because I was kind of an angry, rebellious kid in school and I was - and am - a huge metalhead. I was kind of in the gothy, drama kids group. I was sort of rebellious. That's one of the things I really like about this movie, is that it has those stereotypes but it's not a Breakfast Club kind of thing. I think it's a little more accurate.

So are there pictures out there of you rocking black make-up and metal shirts?

There are very few pictures of me in high school. [Laughs] I don't think my parents took very many pictures of me when I'm wearing black all over my eyes. Not that I don't still do that!

How long had you wanted to be an actress, for as long as you can remember?

Yeah, I was doing theater when I was in third grade; I did local theater, community theater, school theater. When I graduated I started my transition into film. I made a film when I was living in Northern California and then shortly after that I moved to Los Angeles.


Is there an alternate reality where you're doing something completely different?

The interesting thing about acting is, when you're starting out you have to have a lot of different jobs. I have had so many different kinds of jobs that I could very easily see myself in another vocation. For example, when I moved to L.A. I was writing comic book reviews for a number of websites and publications. I think you need to have a lot of different passions. Actors have it really nice where they get to experience what having a bunch of different jobs would be like.

Are you a big comic book geek?

Yeah, I've been going to Comic-Con since I was 15. I just really loved the medium. When I first moved to L.A. I wrote for the company who put out the original pricing guides in the 90s. Then I wrote for Nerdist and I have a show called Geek and Sundry, which is Nerdist's sister company.

Have you written any of your own comics?

Oh my gosh, no. I'd love to someday. I've been able to be a critic on comics and I've been able to appreciate them, but that doesn't necessarily translate to writing a good comic. Maybe one day!

What's your favorite comic of all time?

Of all time? It's called Asterios Polyp. It was created by David Mazzucchelli, he was responsible for a bunch of superhero comics and this was his departure into independent comics. That's the comic I give as a gift to most people who are interested in getting into comics. I think it's a perfect example of what a comic book should be.

I'm surprised they haven't made a movie out of it yet.

It would be really difficult to make a movie out of it. It's very abstract.


What do you do for fun when you're not working?

Recently my favorite video game Fallout just got a sequel, Fallout 4, so I've been playing that for shameful amounts of hours. [Laughs] I actually just finished shooting another movie so my hours were weird, so the days I wasn't shooting I was just spending 15 hours playing Fallout.

Have you ever spent 24 hours playing a game?

Absolutely! It was a lot easier to pull all-nighters when you were 18 than it is when you're 26; I have more responsibilities, but there's the rare time when I get to treat myself.

I'm not going to let you go without bringing up Birdemic. It's obviously been a few years since it came out, but looking back on it what do you think of all the hoopla that surrounded it?

Honestly, I'm really grateful for how it turned out. It was my first movie, and everyone I know who has made it has had these terrible first projects. I remember Alan, the guy in it, and I were like 6 or 7 months into shooting and we would say, "Why are we still doing this?" We both had this attitude of like, "Oh it's fine, it's just practice, no one's ever going to see it." The way it blew up has been so interesting for me, because people who are fans of Birdemic really like all of the same things I like. So I've made a lot of friends, because people who like B-movies, like myself, also like comics and video games and nerd culture. So I've met some great friends through it, so I can't complain. It was not an ideal shooting circumstance, but I feel like I learned so much and gained so much afterward. Plus I'm very easygoing on set now because I've dealt with the worst. [Laughs]


You returned for the sequel, though, so obviously you had some fondness for it.

Yeah, I was the last to join. I wasn't sure if lightning was going to strike twice, it was already a strange circumstance, it was self-aware it wasn't going to have the same magic as the first. And I certainly wasn't going to be able to take it seriously, as I did the first one.

Do you stay in touch with the director at all?

No. Last I heard he moved back to Vietnam. I know he went there between Birdemic 1 and 2 to location scout for a movie he wanted to make. I think he's living there or maybe he came back here, but I'm sure he's doing his thing wherever he is!

No Birdemic 3 then?

No Birdemic 3. I think the second one was a real push. I have a lot of opinions on B-movies, especially ones that people try to do on purpose, and there's no way I can take it seriously enough to honor what the movie wants to be. [Laughs] I don't know why I would be there, so I don't think a third one would work.

I'm glad I got to talk to you about it! Thanks so much for your time!

Thank you, talk to you later!


BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SEX is currently available on iTunes and On Demand. You can follow Whitney on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE.  

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