#TMITuesday: 10 Questions with Actress Erin Marie Hogan

It seems like Summer flew by, which means Halloween is on it’s way! Perfect timing to have some of this week’s feature’s work in your collection. I sat down to talk to actress Erin Marie Hogan about her time on House of Manson, find out if she would marry Jigsaw and more weird sh*%t in this week’s interview.

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1.Which film, if any ,inspired you to get into acting?
Strange but true: Good Burger.  No, I’m not joking.  To start with, I’m a Dan Schnieder fan, and even at my age – with no children – I watch all the shows he creates.
So watching Good Burger as a kid had me really interested.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be Roxanne – the sexy secret weapon for “Mondo Burger,” or Heather the Psychopath.

I would sit and try to do Heather’s line in the mirror as fast as I possibly could, but I wanted to be the slow motion sexy girl.  I guess now I’m both!?

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2. Let’s get a little weird; F*&k, marry kill Freddy, Jason, Jigaw:
Kill Freddy Krueger.  I can’t stand anyone who harms animals or children, and seeing as Jason is sort of “dead,” we might as well put Freddy out of his misery.

Marry Jigsaw.  Hands down.  Who has the kind of money it takes to set of these elaborate plots, games and torture devices.  Someone with too much money to spend on their wife, that’s who.  No brainer.

F*&k Jason Voorhees.  Because why not?  He’s got a chip on his shoulder I can relate to.

3. What would you say is your “theme song”?
That’s a surprisingly difficult question, but I’m going to go with Beautiful Pain by Eminem and Sia.

“Never looking back, may hit the curb
But everyday is a new learning curve, as you, steer through life
Sometimes you might not wanna swerve
But you have to to avert a disaster, lucky, no permanent damage
Cause they hurt you so bad, it’s like they murdered your a**
And threw dirt on your casket, but you returned from the ashes
And that hurt that you have, you just converted to gasoline
And while you’re burning the past, standing at inferno and chant…”

4. What’s your dream project?
Dwelling and House of Manson were really milestones for me.  They are two films I’d been hoping for my whole career, and they fell in my lap.

Next up I’m desperately hoping to do an urban drama, and a disaster movie.  I want to do more action, and I want to explore places that are often left out of the film world.

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5. Since today is TMI Tuesday, is there something you can tell the readers about you they may not already know?
I’m pretty open about who I am, what I do, and what I demand out of life.  I demand respect, period.  With that being said, there’s not much about me that I keep hidden!

6. Who, or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by anyone who does their own thing, while also respecting others.  If there are two things I really can’t stand it’s people who judge, and are disrespectful to people they’ve never met, and people who are doormats – allowing everyone to walk all over them.

Like I said: You have to demand the respect you deserve, no one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter.  People who are doing their thing, loving what they do, and are still down to earth – those people deserve respect.

7. Music is so important for a film, what songs can we find on your “recently played” list on you iTunes?
Glory and Gore – Lorde
Elastic Heart – Sia
Lean On – Major Lazer
Walk – Kwabs
Radioactive – Pentatonix
Fences – Paramore
Guts Over Fear – Eminem
In Your Grave – Jaymes Bullet
Stereotypes – Black Violin
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

8. What has been your favourite role so far? How did you relate to your character?
It’s really hard to say what my favorite role is.  I loved shooting my most recent films “Dwelling” and “House of Manson.”  Shooting Dwelling was like exploring a part of myself that I suspected was there, but I wasn’t quite sure.

Ellie and I are a lot a like:  We want what we want, and will do anything to get it, no matter how much danger we put ourselves in.  Portraying Linda Kasabian was an adventure for me.
All the research into these real people – people that actually exist – and trying to do their story justice was both stressful and fulfilling.  Linda is still alive, and I can only hope I did her justice.

She was in such an unfortunate situation, and had to make some very difficult decisions.  Being part of telling a small piece of her life story is amazing to me.

9. You’re an advocate for mental health awareness, which I think is fantastic. What about his cause has you so passionate?
I believe we all struggle with out own demons, but for some reason, as soon as someone is diagnosed, and seeking treatment, they become excited by society.  It’s like people think someone with a bout of depression is going to stab them in their sleep.  

There are so many preconceived notions about mental health – that everyone who needs therapy is psychotic, that that sadness equals “depression,” that someone actively in treatment is somehow dangerous, like a loose cannon. 
It’s so unfortunate that so many people seem to think getting help, or treatment feels like the end of the world.  I like to be open, in hopes that other people will consider their feelings, their anger, their sadness, and think “maybe I should talk to some one. 

Maybe this isn’t normal.”  There’s only one way to find out.

10. What’s next for you?
Coming up is a secret test screening of “Dwelling,” taking place in Tyler, TX!  I’m extremely excited to get feedback and relay it to the crew.

 I went to Tyler last year, and had a ton of fun, meeting so many people, so I’m extremely excited to be back, and to be “secretly” screening my newest film.  

Dwelling is really a milestone in my career and I’m excited for people to see it.

I’ll also be seen (and heard) in the season finale of Ray Donovan, on Showtime.  I’m extremely excited, and honored to have worked with such talented actors, and such a fun crew.  

I hope I can keep in touch (and maybe be invited back?).  Ray Donovan was one of my favorite sets to work on.

Stay tuned Friday for an all new #FitnessFriday!

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