“I Wanted To Be Aileen Quinn More Than Anything!” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Hillary Hickam

Hillary Hickam

It’s Hillary Hickam, everybody!

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Hillary Hickam. Hillary spoke to us about the allure of Glenn Close, her latest movie, “TiF” and how she believes she sun will always come out tomorrow. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actress Hillary Hickam:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Hillary Hickam: I think I was born performing.  I sang along with the radio when I was 2 years old and learned every song my Daddy played on his stereo. I began playing the piano at around 4 or 5 years old and loved the performance and competitive aspects of that. I loved singing in Sunday school and church, and then I did my first play in kindergarten and fell in love with acting!

TDQ: Who was your favorite actor/actress growing up?

HH: Pierce Brosnan and Bruce Willis. Yes, I had crushes on both of them but I also appreciated their acting styles and absolute freedom in front of the camera. I also adored Tim Curry, who I got to see on stage a few times as a kid. My favorite actress was Glenn Close; I saw her in “Dangerous Liaisons” and I don’t think I’ve ever been the same since.

Hillary Hickam

Hillary Hickam worked for a time as a spy for the CIA wearing wires to collect evidence. No. I am being told those are microphones for film making.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

HH: “ANNIE.” My sweet grandmother took me to see it in the theatre 13 times one summer! I loved it so much. I think I had the entire thing memorized by the second viewing and sang along and spoke all the words from then on. (Luckily I was in a small town in Oklahoma so I don’t think there were very many other people in the movie theatre!) I wanted to be Aileen Quinn more than anything!

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

HH: Pray, and pray specifically, all the time.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

HH: “Play it safe.” Nobody who played it safe ever achieved anything worthwhile! I’m a risk- taker and sometimes that means I fall flat on my face, but I get back up and risk failing again!

Hillary Hickam

Here’s Hillary Hickam with close personal friend Elton John.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

HH: I would like to think I am influenced a bit by Glenn Close, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Montgomery, Stephanie Zimbalist, Melissa Gilbert, and Audrey Hepburn.  They are all certainly my models and kept me mesmerized growing up. Today, I look up to actresses such as Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Julie Bowen, Melissa George, and the entire cast of “Desperate Housewives,” (not because I thought it was the greatest show, but because the ensemble work in the cast was exceptional and each of those actresses was just amazing.) Television influences me a great deal these days because it is drawing some of the finest actors we have to it and there is so much to learn from them. Shows like “House of Cards,” “Homeland,” “Downtown Abbey,” and “Modern Family” to name a few, have these fantastic ensemble casts including huge Broadway legends like Mandy Patinkin! I mean, that is inspiring.

TDQ: Tell us about your upcoming horror film, “TiF”

HH: It’s a thriller that centers on my character who has built an entire empire based on solving other people’s phobias. She has a wildly successful television show and is somewhat of a celebrity. The movie seems to be following “a day in her life” as she helps someone with his phobia and then it kind of has a dark, M. Night Shyamalan twist to it. I was so blessed to work with a really great cast and an incredibly talented, hard-working crew. I miss them!

Hillary Hickam

Hillary Hickam is just the girl next door. (If the girl next door beams with inner and outer beauty and talent and is super cool and fun. Not the girl next door when I was a kid. She was, like 65, weather beaten, heavy smoker, mean…)

TDQ: You lived previously for some time in Jacksonville, Florida. Aside from possible earthquakes, what’s been the biggest adjustment moving to Hollywood? What do you miss most about Jacksonville?

HH: I think I am a big city girl,having grown up in Texas, so the real adjustment was living in Jacksonville and adjusting to the slow pace and ease of no traffic! Loved it! The thing I miss most about Jacksonville is the ocean. Our home is right on the beach in Atlantic Beach, and I miss my morning walk by the ocean every single day. I fly home as often as possible to look at my ocean.

TDQ: If you are allowed to say, what is the next project you’ll be working on?

HH: I don’t have the permission to say just yet, but it will be exciting!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

HH: I hope I have the luxury to live in Jacksonville again and just “commute” to work in LA or NY or wherever the next acting job takes me.  At the very least, I am looking forward to being in the same city as my dogs and their daddy at the same time. It’s tough on a family to be bi-coastal!

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“Get It Right By Design, The First Time. Like Hitchcock:” A TDQ Q&A With Producer Steve Parker

Steve Parker

We scoured the internet to catch a glimpse of the man bringing us such mystery and horror films as The Dark Place and WTF!. We found a very personable looking Steve Parker on his IMDB page.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with producer Steve Parker. Steve spoke with us about his latest project,” The Dark Place,” how the internet has changed movie making and his exciting upcoming projects. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Steve Parker: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Steve Parker: Being a film buff to the tune of watching feature-length films at 100 per year for years was what got me started. That, and a friend who was listening to me critique a newly released movie’s opening credit sequence. I was explaining how they’d clearly chosen to portray the character in a specific way by the composition they used in the credits. My friend said to me, “Steve, you want to make movies!” After spending a week in shock, I realized she was right.

TDQ: What was your favorite thriller/horror movie growing up?

SP: The original “Halloween” is just amazing. Still love seeing it.  As a general thriller, “The Hunt For Red October.”

TDQ: What is the best advice you ever got?

SP: “Instead of cutting film on a flat-bed, you could try this brand new thing for the Mac called Adobe Premier.” My very first film was a music video shot on 16mm, and I was so frustrated by the old-fashioned way of cutting a film. I’ve never looked back, and never shot on film again. Good riddance.

TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?

SP: The worst advice is actually recurring.  “You can fix it in post.” Horrible advice. Get it right by design, the first time. Like Hitchcock.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SP: The directors whose films really got me interested in making movies were a bunch of the indies like Gus Van Sant, John Greyson (“Lilies” especially), in terms of directors have to be at the top of that list. But I’d say I’m also particularly influenced by actors, like Sean Connery, Glenn Close, Jack Nicholson, and Bette Davis. Their performances are amazing, and a great performance tells even more story than was in the script.

The Dark Place

When we asked executive producer Steve Parker how dark his film The Dark Place was he gave us this image and told us this was the film’s happy place.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest film, “The Dark Place”

SP: “The Dark Place” is a mystery-thriller set on a winery, where the main character has returned to make peace with his mother. He left on bad terms, addicted, and regrets his past. With his father and brother tragically gone, he wants that one remaining part of his family back. Upon his return, he finds his mother has a new family, and it quickly becomes clear that he, his mom, and their family winery are all in grave danger. He must use all his skills to survive and save the day. His unique skill is a real condition, hyperthymesia. An almost video-playback like memory which has been a disability for him. It has kept him replaying the worst moments of his life endlessly. Now, instead of trying to suppress that ability, he needs to use it to piece together the mystery. Turn by turn, you’ll be trying to work out who is after him and his family.
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