Exclusive Interview: Megan Charpentier Talks Horror Movie Mama, Working With Jessica Chastain and More
Mama is about to scare audiences this month, and Film Equals was glad to be able to speak with one of the young stars of the film, Megan Charpentier, who plays Victoria. Mama, also starring Jessica Chastain, comes to theaters January 18.
So, Mama looks like it’s going to be a scary film. Can you describe your character in the film?
Megan Charptenier: Victoria’s one of the children that gets lost in the woods for five years and she’s kind of mysterious and she understand Mama like no one else does…I think she really tries to get people to understand Mama more.
Did the idea of Mama scare you when you read the script?
Megan Charptenier: I read the script…picturing something different than what Mama looks like. So, I don’t think it was all that scary. I did kind-of freak me out at some points, but after I saw the guy playing Mama with the makeup on, he was just nice. So, that kind of comforted me a little bit.
That’s good. What was it like being on this horror movie set?
Megan Charptenier: Most of the time when we work…it just feels like fun and games and we were just joking around but when I wasn’t filming and I wasn’t on set hanging out with everybody, I was in school, so I didn’t get to spend much time [on set] when I wasn’t filming, but it’s cool because it’s always [different] what actually see in the movies. [The set has] a bunch of equipment and all crowded.
Is horror one of your favorite genres, or do you have another genre that you like more?
Megan Charptenier: I like drama because it just shows a bunch of emotion and I also like comedy because it’s just fun. I don’t really watch horror movies that much because most of the time they’re rated pretty high…so horror movies are interesting, but it’s not something I would watch every single day.
You’re working with a pretty stellar cast, including Jessica Chastain, who I believe is playing your stepmom. What was it like working with this cast?
Megan Charptenier: Jessica Chastain was just really was a very sweet person who happened to be really talented. She was an excellent role model for me…she made me feel very at ease, even in the more complex scenes. She gave me great tips.
Since you’ve been on sets before, was there anything surprising about this set that you didn’t really expect?
Megan Charptenier: I’ve seen cameras and big equipment for a while now, but the thing about Mama is there’s this big camera crane, and it was huge…[The Mama set] had more equipment there. It was all big! I don’t know how big it was. It was maybe the size of a couple of acres (laughs).
How do you hope audiences react to the film?
Megan Charptenier: Well, if you’re a person who enjoys scary movies, [you’ll] probably enjoy it, but if you’re not a person for scary movies and you’re kind of a scaredy-cat, I wouldn’t suggest going to see it because it would probably be very scary. You wouldn’t want to be the one screaming in the middle of the film.