Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Dani Thompson

As we continue to honor our fabulous Women In Horror, I sat with the amazingly talented actress, producer and writer, Dani Thompson, and asked her some questions. She’s a Scream Princess on the rise, and definitely one to keep an eye on. We talked about her modeling career, being vegan, acting, Women In Horror, her blogs, and what she has in store for fans this year. Monster: After having a successful modeling career, appearing in popular magazines such as Loaded, FHM and Maxim, how have you transferred what you’ve learned from modeling, over to film, and what made you choose to leave modeling and pursue an acting career instead? 

Dani: Well I’m used to being in front of a camera, so I think the confidence on camera came easily after modelling.

When I was coming to the end of my ‘glamour’ career, the industry had changed with social media as there were girls now putting all their images out there for free, so that kind of killed it for the glamour girls and I’d done it for a long time anyway. I was in my mid 20’s and was looking for something more challenging, so that’s when I enrolled at drama school.

I mean, I still do the odd photoshoot, but a more grown up modern pin up style, lingerie, boudoir and fashion, as well as horror shoots. Monster: How did you find your way into the horror industry, and what do you love about the genre?

Dani: I didn’t originally set out to do just horror, I just kind of fell in to it. I’ve always loved horror though, and I rarely watch anything that doesn’t fit in to the genre.

When I was doing a bit of presenting for a ghost hunting show, some of the crew had horror projects on the go, and offered me roles. The horror community is so small, so mainly through word of mouth I ended up doing horror after horror, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Monster: You run a blog called Blood, Sweat and Glitter, and you’ve produced a handful of fitness videos of your, Teeze & Tone Glamour Workout. Can you expand on those a little and tell us more about that?

Dani: Haha, well, years ago when I was modelling, I was roped in to doing something called ‘Babe Aerobics’, and it’s crazy because I was still getting people 12 years later asking if I was ever going to do any more. So a couple of years ago I shot a few fun, short workouts. Monster: You also run The Vegan Vamp, a vegan lifestyle blog, and you’ve recently co-hosted the 2019 Sustainability On Screen, Vegan Film Festival. Can you give us more on what you cover in your blog, as well as what it’s like to host such an event?

Dani: I do. I’ve always been a massive animal lover and this is my 4th year of being vegan myself. When I was first posting food pics on instagram after going vegan, so many people were asking for my recipes, and I’m just a home cook, not trained or anything, but I love experimenting in the kitchen. I decided to start The Vegan Vamp, firstly as a recipe site, but it’s evolved and I now cover anything within the vegan and wellbeing bracket.

Sustainability On Screen was great, so many great films screened including the BAFTA winning, 73 Cows. Monster: You’ve written a screenplay in the past, for the feature film titled, Serial Kaller, and the word on the street is that you are currently working on a new future horror script. What can we expect to see down the road?

Dani: I did. The less said about that film the better though, haha. No, I don’t hate it, but we did lose a lot of creative control which can happen when there’s a nice budget involved. The investors get to make decisions. I’d actually really like to remake my own film, with my original script, before it got messed with . . .

I do have Bad Moon Rising that’s been in edit for years, on the other end of the spectrum, it had minimal budget which is why it’s taking forever. But it was a much nicer project to work on, a bit experimental, but I think it will be fun.

Then I got all busy. I was presenting online casino for a few years and ended up working so much there and just doing the odd film, I didn’t end up doing any writing for ages. I have just started work on a new script idea though. I have a couple, let’s see if I can get them written and in to production! Monster: Who are some of your influences in life, and in film, and what do you take with you when auditioning for roles and tackling each individual character?

Dani: Influences?  Erm, The Spice Girls . . .

I’m not sure. I really get to know the character, know what they want, how they think. I also think costumes can play a big part in making you feel like a certain character. Monster: What does Women In Horror Month mean to you, and how has it impacted what you do as an actress currently working in the genre? 

Dani: Women In Horror have evolved, they’re not just actresses now, they’re writers, producers and directors and they’re making the kinds of films they want to watch, creating strong roles for women.

I think it’s great that so many women are being recognized in horror, and I have lots of strong female friends in the industry too. They continue to inspire me.Monster: Do you have any future endeavors or projects on the shelf that people should be aware of?

Dani: Well, I have a few films awaiting release. PandaMonium is out next month, and Bite Night and I Scream On The Beach! will hopefully be released later this year.

I’ve also been in the recording studio working on an album with Will Metheringham, it’s a mix of sultry, electro pop rock! Monster: Where can fans follow you and keep up with everything that you have going on?

Dani: @missdaniteeze on instagram, facebook and twitter

www.dani-thompson.com

Posted by Donovan Smith

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