Call Answered: Chantelle Albers: "The 6th Friend" & "Promises"
Horror films, gripping stories, hula hooping, and tea are just some of the things that attracted me to actress and producer Chantelle Albers.
Chantelle’s latest horror film, The 6th Friend is out now in theaters and VOD. The 6th Friend is about six college best friends who throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Out of self-defense, the girls find themselves in a night filled with murder. After five years passed, the horror of the past follows them as their demons come back to haunt them in another night of horror and bloodshed.
Chantelle is also filming Promises where she plays a singer who finds out that your daughter has a life-threatening illness and is unable to afford her medical care. The film depicts a journey of a mother’s love and how far she will go for her daughter.
With so many projects going on, it was great to speaking with Chantelle.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an actress? The thought of being able to create another character and tell a captivating story with your own interpretation has always been fascinating to me. Growing up, my parents were huge movie buffs. We went to the movies weekly and always watched behind the scenes footage when it was available. My mom always loved going to plays as well and she would take me with her.
I remember just wanting to jump up on the stage too! Even as a small child, after a play I would always ask my mom to find out where the auditions were for the theatre’s upcoming shows. Acting has always been something that I’ve been drawn to. It’s the only thing I can continually do forever and be satisfied.
2. What made you want to take on producing in addition to acting? I wanted to start creating films that I was wholeheartedly a part of. Films where I could collaborate and be a part of the creative team that has a say in how the project turns out.
My team and I paid very close attention to detail with this film and producing from the ground up gives you the ability to do just that. When you produce a project, you have the ability to make the movie your own and make sure that it is exactly how you meant the story to be told.
3. This January your horror film, The 6th Friend, will be released in movie theaters and on VOD. What are you looking forward to most about this film's release? I’m really excited to hear what people think of the ending! People that have seen the movie so far have all been shocked by it, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for. It will be interesting to see what the public thinks of it.
4. What was the hardest part about acting and producing this film at the same time? It’s a lot of responsibility and requires you to multitask and wear multiple hats at once. It can be very stressful at times because at the end of the day the project is your baby, and it’s on you if something goes wrong or doesn’t get done correctly. It’s like having a dual mentality. You get to be the actor that is playing the character and become completely engulfed in it, and then you step out of it and your head is in the business and logistical side of film making. It was constantly like this on set and in between takes. For pre-production and post production it was more focused on the technical side of making the film.
5. The 6th Friend is about six college best friends who throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Out of self-defense, the girls find themselves in a night filled with murder. After five years passed, the horror of the past follows them as their demons come back to haunt them in another night of horror and bloodshed. When have you had a party where something has gone terribly wrong? Well luckily, I have not been to a party where someone was murdered, that would be incredibly horrible. I was at a party once where we were playing games in the backyard, and we were doing a piggyback race carrying people. The guy that was carrying me on piggyback accidentally fell and broke his wrist! We took him to the ER and he had to have it x-rayed and casted. I felt so awful about it! The party game came to a fast close after that.
6. What is one horror of your past that has come back to haunt you? When I was on the dance team growing up, my coach had two little boys that would come to our rehearsal after school. They were only about 7 or 8 years old at the time and I thought they were so cute and precious. They were really sweet and well-behaved. About 11 years later, I found out that one of those little boys had died of a drug overdose. It broke my heart because I remember this beautifully innocent little boy who had so much ahead of him. I was in town when the funeral happened, and I went to it. I didn’t know him that well at all, but he touched my heart and it bothers me to this day that such a beautiful young life was lost.
7. What did you like best about acting with Dominique Swain again? What did you enjoy about working with Jessica Morris? Dominique is a lot of fun to work with on set. She is a seasoned actress and she was really excited and enthusiastic to come aboard with our movie. She’s really funny and her humor shines through in this film I think. Her funny bits always get a laugh at the screenings we’ve had. Dominique also brought a lot of great ideas to the set and was super collaborative during filming. We were out in the woods north of Los Angeles for a couple weeks filming some scenes and it was so nice to have a great cast to work with.
Jessica is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet, and as an actress she is just raw with uninhibited emotion. In addition to working together on The 6th Friend, we also auditioned for The Actor’s Studio together and she was so easy to work with. She is a person you can really play off of in a scene because she gives you so much to work with. Her moments in scenes are filled with rich emotion that feeds into the other actor. She’s incredibly empathetic, she knows how to personalize a character, and she adds in the details to make them more believable and real. I love working with Jessica, she’s a wonderful actress, friend, and person.
8. You are also filming the movie Promises, where you play a singer who finds out that your daughter has a life-threatening illness and is unable to afford her medical care. The film depicts a journey of a mother’s love and how far she will go for her daughter. What did you relate most to about this film? I think I related to my own mother while playing this character, because my mom was in the same situation with me. I almost died as a child twice. Once at the age of 2 and once at the age of 4. When I was 2 years old, I had a cyst on my esophagus that needed to be removed immediately. I was airlifted to The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for emergency surgery to remove it as it was cutting off my wind pipe.
Then when I was 4, I fell on the ice and suffered a brain injury. I had an epidural hematoma which is a double concussion that creates a blood clot inside your brain. That also required emergency surgery and it required me to learn all my motor skills over again. When I woke up from the brain surgery I couldn’t walk, talk, eat, sit up straight, or have any balance. I had to relearn everything. I can imagine what that was like for my mom and playing this character put me in her position.
9. I read that you are quite the hula hooper. How many times can you circle the hula hoop around without dropping it? Yes, I love to hula hoop! I haven’t done it as often as I’d like these days, but I do have a custom-made hula hoop. I’m not sure how many times I can hoop without dropping it, but I can measure it in minutes. It’s probably between 5-10 minutes that I can hula hoop without dropping it. Once you get your own rhythm going you can go on for a long time. I can spin it above my head and do a few tricks with it too!
10. I also heard that you are an avid tea drinker. How do you take your tea? What is your favorite kind of tea? Oh yeah I love tea! It’s hard to say what my favorite is but I can name a few. I really love Earl Grey tea, the bergamot in it is to die for! I also love white tea and mint tea. I will try any flavor too. When I go into Teavana I can really go to town because they have every kind you could ever imagine. I was in Vons the other day and saw the flavor, “Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride”, and that is one that I have liked for years!
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Chantelle has an extensive theatre background that includes musical theatre, summer stock, and straight plays with villainous character roles and quirky physical comedy being her favorite. After getting her BFA in Theatre Performance, she transitioned to film and television and began advancing her skills with stage combat and firearms. Having a passion for film making, Chantelle expanded her skills beyond acting and started producing feature films as well as plays, which is something she now loves and is very dedicated to. At Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, where she is a producer and company member, you can catch her in a main stage show or a late-night comedy show. Things considered to be luxuries in life: the ability to create art, singing, horseback riding with whiskey, hula hooping, hiking with a walking stick, live music, and her dogs Marley and Eddie. She’s also an avid reader, tea drinker, and a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.