Roxy Vandiver began modeling six years ago and has since become a muse to many well-respected photographers around her native Houston, Texas. She was bitten by the acting bug after coming across an online ad for a casting call for the Mel House horror film Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen. Since then, acting has been her first love and she’s made quite a name for herself in the Texas horror film industry. Roxy’s movie credits now include Killer School Girls from Outer Space, Renfield the Undead,Crumble, and Spirit Camp, in which she had a starring role.
I recently contacted the model, actress, makeup artist, hairstylist, part-time muse and inventor of the word “cinematographical” about an interview for a feature here. Even though it may not be as much of an honor as being named August’s “Babe from the Basement” by the guys over at Monsters from the Basement, she very happily agreed ….and even sent me a special, personalized photo to go along with her replies to my questions. No, it wasn’t the above photo, which was taken by L. J.
ROXY VANDIVER: Surprisingly, Bekah and I have never done an “official” project together, though I did help her get a role in my pal Marcus Sabom’s film The Good Friend. Most of my collaborations with Bekah have been of the drunken shenanigans sort. And we’re really good at getting famous people to adore us.
CHRIS: And not-so-famous people, I’m sure. I know that Scream Queen icon Brinke Stevens reads and personally responds to all of her letters and e-mails. I understand you do as well?
ROXY: I do. I try very hard to keep up with my fans on Facebook and via email. My fans are the best a gal could ask for.
CHRIS: You said you’re inspired by some famous (or some may consider, infamous) blondes, such as Madonna, Courtney Love, and Gwen Stefani. I was surprised not to see Marilyn Monroe at the top of your list, since a lot of your photo shoots look very Marilyn-inspired. True?
ROXY: Ahhh, but you are mistaken, good sir. The reason so many of my looks and photo shoots are Marilynesque is because I find her fascinating and definitely idolize her. She was so beautiful and vulnerable, yet so intelligent. One of my favorite quotes is hers: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. I’d rather be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
CHRIS: Ahh, yes. I felt certain there was a strong Marilyn influence there. So, when you started modeling, did you do nudity from the start or did you take that step later on?
ROXY: I dove in with both feet. I did full nudity on my first photo shoot. Kenny of Subsociety Studio snapped the shots. I was such a bad model back then though! I knew nothing about posing or finding my light, but some of those shots did turn out amazing and are still fan faves today.
ROXY: My first role was a stroke of luck really. I stumbled across a casting call online and e-mailed Mel House, the director of Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen. It is a super cheesy, god-awful film and I think everyone involved totally agrees. I did learn a lot on that film though and definitely got my foot in the door. Plus, it was pretty cool to go to Blockbuster and see a movie I was in on the shelf!
CHRIS: Ever turn down a role or take one that you later regretted taking?
ROXY: Oh damn. Yeah. I think every actor has been in that boat. I recently backed out of a role after seeing some footage from the film. It just looked so bad from a cinematographical perspective. Bad lighting, bad shooting. I’m at a point in my career where I don’t want to do films that I am not confident in. (Roxy coined the word “cinematographical.”)
CHRIS: Was Spirit Camp your first starring role?
ROXY: Indeed it was. And also the most wonderful experience of my life, so far. We worked so hard on that film, but we also had tons of fun. That film and the time we had making it is so special to me. I made some life-long friends on that set.
CHRIS: In it, you played Nikki, a bad girl attending cheer camp. Were you ever a cheerleader in high school?
ROXY: I was a total metal-head stoner in high school. So, no. However, in intermediate school I was cheer captain for 4 years and even Homecoming Queen. Don’t tell anyone!
CHRIS: Don’t worry, very few people visit this site. Which I don’t understand since there are so many awesome and exclusive features here like this one with you. Anyway, what were your best and worst subjects (in school)?
CHRIS: In addition to modeling and acting, you’re also a skilled photographer and makeup artist. Do you feel you can be equally expressive working on either side of the camera?
ROXY: Oh yes. I was also the head photographer of my high school yearbook, but I sort of let it fall by the wayside for many years. I’ve only recently gotten back into it. I work very closely with the in-house photographers at my company, Kitty 5 Oh. At this point, I still feel more comfortable in front of the camera because I was a 35mm darkroom gal. Digital has brought photography to such an amazing level. I have this badass camera that does things I can’t even figure out!
ROXY: Jessie, always. The Rippers, not so much.
|Last year on the set of Renfield the Undead|
|From a shoot with Lucifer Jones|
|Shooting the music video for “Green Hair” by Harem Festival|
|From a “Marilynesque” beach photo shoot with Tony Rodriguez|
Promo poster for Spirit Camp. Roxy stars as Nikki, a streetwise juvenile
delinquent who’s sent to cheerleader camp as part of her rehabilitation.
Definitely a girl that could come between a man and his car, Roxy’s seen here with the actual
cherried-out 1958 Plymouth Fury that was used in the movie Christine.This was her first of
two encounters with the classic car from the 1983 film based on the Stephen King novel.
|Roxy showing some of the actual battle wounds she got while making Spirit Camp|
(Author’s Note: As of this posting, Roxy has reportedly been recovering from spinal meningitis brought on by encephalitis. Stating she was laid up during the summer, she says she’s now back with her latest project, “Splatterfest 2011” by Snuggle Struggle Productions.)