Introducing Marla and Carla
What makes Love in the Time of Monsters such a unique script (beyond the costumed performers and the psychotic woodland creatures) is the heroine at the center of the script. Or I should say, heroines.
As we’ve gone on about before, the movie follows two sisters (Carla and Marla) as they defend themselves against some monsters while trying to save the people they love. So today I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to who’s playing the beautiful and downright awesome sisters. First up, playing Marla is Gena Shaw:
Gena blew us away from the first time she walked into the audition room. She had an undeniable confidence, and the perfect amount of edge for the role of Marla. If she looks a little familiar, she should, you’ve probably seen her around. From commercials (like the NFL Love ads this past season or the Bud Light Lost Superbowl Ad a few years ago) to TV shows (like Ringer and an upcoming appearance on Revenge), Gena’s been honing her talent all over town and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board.
With Gena cast, the search was on for someone that could play her sister. It took us a while, and many very talented actresses, until we found someone who not only resembled Gena, but could stand up to her on screen. With that, I’d like to introduce our Carla: Marissa Skell.
Marissa impressed me the most when I saw her against who would play her sister. In a scene that is a breaking point between the two, where most actresses played it sobbing and sad Marissa turned the scene on it’s head by getting tough. Suddenly, I could see that these two sisters were definitely cut from the same cloth, and Marissa got the role. Unbeknownst to me at the time (because I can’t be bothered to read things like resumes), Marissa was a classically trained actress at the Conservatory at SUNY Purchase and has been making quite a name for herself in the horror genre. From her start in VH1′s Scream Queens (notable if only because I worked on the second season of that show) to her more recent roles in Slumber Party Massacre, Marissa’s exactly we were looking for.
Truthfully, the more I talk and hang out with these girls, the more excited I get that they’re the ones bringing our heroines to life. In their capable hands, I have no question that Love in the Time of Monsters will be the most awesome movie ever.
But really, was there ever any doubt?
Oh and before I go, a few quick things. Make sure you check us out on the Facebook and the Twitter (Not to mention Marissa’s Twitter and Gena’s Facebook) to stay up to date with the big happenings as we run up to the big shoot up north. Or, you can just stop by here as the reveals are going to come fast and furious this week. Prepare yourself.