"Call Me Adam" catches up with True Blood's Dale Raoul! This time around we discuss her new film Open 24 Hours, in which she plays "Dixie," an overzealous checkout clerk who misinterprets the dark motives of "Russell," or does she? Open 24 Hours is currently making its rounds on the film festival circuit. Stay tuned to "Call Me Adam" for it's theatrical release! Check out Open 24 Hours movie trailer below the interview!
In the dead of night, "Russell" (Chad Todhunter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) stops at a backwater convenience store to purchase gas and a pair of suspicious tools. He meets his match in "Dixie" (Dale Raoul, True Blood), an overzealous checkout clerk who misinterprets "Russell’s" dark motives at every turn -- or does she? "Russell" is forced to play into "Dixie’s" eccentric whims, or risk drawing attention to the eerie rumble that pours from the trunk of his car. Also featuring Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights). Directed by Henry Chaisson. Written by Mike Makowsky & Henry Chaisson.
1. Your latest film, Open 24 Hours, is starting to make its way around the film festival circuit before a wider release. What made you want to be part of this film? I loved the Open 24 Hours script. And I really responded to the producer Mike Makowsky and the director Henry Chaisson. They are young filmmakers with such passion and commitment. And by the response of this film, I think I can safely say they are well on their way!
2. If you could give one reason as to why someone should go see Open 24 Hours, what would that reason be? You can’t quite tell if it’s going to be a thriller or a comedy and it sneaks up on you and surprises you – it is both things and it is really, really clever.
3. Like your character "Dixie," I was a checkout clerk as well. I'm sure we'd have some fun stories to swap, though from the looks of the trailer, it seems "Dixie" had more of a lively experience. It also appears there's a lot she's either hiding or waiting to reveal. What do you identify most with about "Dixie"? What challenges, if any, did you face in getting into the character of "Dixie"? I liked "Dixie" because she is a trickster – she is happy with her place in life and likes to make a game out of things. She is the queen of her domain! I related to her because I try to remember to have fun and not take things too seriously.
4. You will be making appearances at some of the film festivals which are premiering Open 24 Hours. What do you like best about promoting your films at the festival level? It is so fun to attend festivals because everyone is so excited to be at them. They either have a passion for seeing films or making them. There can be a lot of competition but there is also a shared passion for the process. To have your film appreciated is very meaningful. The hard work has paid off.
5. What did you enjoy most about making this film? I enjoyed the camaraderie of the crew and the cast – we shot it in Wrightwood, California in a small mini-mart. We shot from 8pm to 8am as that is when the store was closed. Everyone was tired but enjoyed the shoot. You quickly develop a bond when it’s 3am and you are sharing your dinner break.
It was also quite cold outside so everybody kind of huddled together around heaters. Believe me, it was not glamorous! The other actors were super fun to work with – lots of great stories from both of them. And they were really well prepared so there was no time wasted. Henry, our director, ran a very smooth set and kept things moving along nicely. He was also clear about what he wanted and open to any ideas the actors might have had. I was impressed!
6. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I was born in Montana so I might make a drink called the Montana Mai Tai. Not sure how it would taste but maybe I would use whiskey instead of rum. Worth a try, right?
7. How do you want to be remembered? I hope I am remembered as someone who tried to be kind and also that I didn’t waste the gift of life.
For six seasons Dale Raoul enticed television audiences as "Maxine Fortenberry" on HBO's True Blood. A veteran character actress, Dale has been entertaining stage, film, and television audiences for the past three decades.
Dale began her professional acting career at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA appearing in Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew. From there, she performed at such regional theatres as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the New Mexico Repertory Theatre, and the Montanta Repertory Theatre, the state's first and only professional acting company. A Montana native, Dale was thrilled to star in their production of A Moon For The Misbegotten. Dale later moved to California where she continued to dazzle theatre goers at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Los Angeles Theater Center, the Odyssey Theatre, and the Cast Theatre. Amongst her many awards, Dale won A Drama-Logue Award for her work in Steaming at the Ivy Substation.
Dale's foray into television began in 1986 when she booked her first television appearance on Murder She Wrote. Earning a formidable reputation as a character actress, Dale appeared in numerous television series including The Middle, The Office, Six Feet Under, Friends, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, Mister Sterling, The Drew Carey Show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Unhappily Ever After, Nash Bridges, Party of Five, Knots Landing, Valerie, Who's The Boss, and LA Law.
In addition to series television, Dale has starred in such made-for-television movies as Mending Fences, Net Force, A Match Made In Heaven, Death Benefit, Favorite Deadly Sins, and Here To Remember.
Dale's feature film credits include The Mexican, Beautiful, Seven Pounds, Forfeit, Save the Mavericks, Love Stinks, Out to Sea, amongst others.
When not performing, Dale dedicates much of her time to The Los Angeles Opera, various animal shelters and adoption charities, and Artists Confronting AIDS. Dale has also lent her time to many charitable events such as Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," which benefited Five Acres Orphanage and Caring for Babies with AIDS.