Spending Time With…Amber Doig-Thorne from Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey ( @AmbzDT )

British actress Amber Doig-Thorne stars in Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, a horror retelling of the beloved story of Winnie The Pooh, which was on big screens earlier this year.  In one of the leading roles, Amber plays Alice, who is terrorized and kidnapped by Pooh and Piglet, with terrifying consequences. 

Amber’s talent has landed her leading roles in over 100 productions, including 23 British feature films (The Seven, Demons at Dawn, Heropanti 2, Vikings: Battle of Heirs) and numerous award-winning short films, and comedy productions and in between her busy schedule. Amber took some time out to answer the Spending Time With… questions that I sent over to her (thanks Amber!)

Did you read Winnie the Pooh books as a child?

I did read the Winnie the Pooh books as a child. I remember my mum reading them to me when I was very very young and I absolutely love them.

 

How does it feel to be in a film with such a controversial take on the books?


It was really exciting to hear that they were going to be turning Winnie The Pooh into a horror film. I was such a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh growing up and I love horror films, so I thought I was really looking forward to being able to merge two things that I love together. I thought it was a really exciting concept because Winnie The Pooh has always been a children’s character. However, with this film we are redefining Winnie the Pooh characters for an adult audience – so hopefully there will be a whole new group of people who have not come across Pooh previously who will be able to appreciate this character as an adult.

 

I know you have a love for the horror genre; what spooky books, films or podcasts would you recommend?


There are so many spooky films that I love, my favourite horror movie franchises are; Saw, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Evil Dead, Scream, Halloween, The Purge. Other horror films I have seen recently and really enjoyed were M3GAN, Smile, Prey For The Devil and Old. I really like The Dead Meat Podcast and the Evolution of Horror Podcast. Horror books are actually one of my favourite genres to read! In particular Stephen King, I’ve read all of his books and I tried to re-read at least one of his books each year. I love that his stories are so terrifying and can install such a strong emotional reaction from me which normally only happens from watching Films.

What are your all-time favourite films, and do you own any movie memorabilia or collectables?


I have a couple of all-time favourites. I absolutely love The Prestige (starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, who play rival magicians). Christian Bale’s performance is fantastic. He’s playing two characters in one and every time I rewatch the film I noticed something different in his performance, I spot more tiny details about his characters. It really is a masterclass in Acting, and one of my all-time favourite performances.

I love Christopher Nolan (he’s one of my favourite directors), I’m a huge fan of Batman and The Dark Knight trilogy are some of my all-time favourite films. I also think that Tom Hardy is fantastic, and of course Heath Ledger as the joker is iconic. I am a really big fan of superhero films. I love Marvel and DC. I’ve seen every single Marvel film and TV show and the same for DC as well. It’s my dream to one day play a character in the MCU or DCEU, maybe Wonder Woman in Marvel or Catwoman in DC. I collect a lot of memorabilia especially from Marvel and DC films I have Funko Pops from pretty much all of the films!

If you had to make a ‘bucket list’ of people you’d love to work with, tell me one name who would be on it?


There’s no way that I can narrow it down to just one person. I’d love to work with Quentin Tarantino, I think he is one of the best directors of all time. I’ve greatly enjoyed every film he’s made. I know that his next film is going to be his last, but I’m still incredibly excited to watch it. I’m also a big fan of Martin Scorsese – again, I have loved every film he has made. From a horror perspective, I really enjoy Blumhouse films – and director wise, I’d love to work with Sam Raimi or M Night Shyamalan.I have really gotten into a gritty crime dramas recently and particular enjoy Guy Ritchie movies. I think he’s an incredible director, so I’d absolutely love to work with him.In the independent film circuit, I’d love to work with Howard Ford, Jed Shepherd, James Nunn, Lee Cronin, Nick Nevern and Philip Barantini (Boiling Point is one of my all-time favourite British films).

Do you have an ‘off switch’ when not working, and how does it work?


I don’t really have an off switch – I like to be working all the time! I don’t know whether that’s because I have ADHD or because I like being busy – but if I’m not on set acting, I always like to try and work on my acting skills, whether that’s training at a drama school or developing my other skills such as stage, combat, horse-riding, learning to play musical instruments or picking up a new sport. I do sometimes enjoy having some downtime in the evening, especially if I’ve been shooting a horror film I like to have an hour in the evening where I can come home and relax and switch off. I recently bought a PS5 (I love gaming), my favourite games that I’ve been playing recently are The Last Of Us, The Witcher, The Wolf Among Us and Bioshock.
I also really enjoy reading comics – I’m currently reading Fables by Bill Willingham which takes classic fairytale characters and puts them in a modern day setting in New York. It’s very noir and dark and I think it make a really great Film or Tv series one day – which I would love to be involved in!

I was tweet chatting with Mick Garris (The Stand, Hocus Pocus) recently and asked him which name/s spring to mind when he thought ‘Oh MY God i’ve met them’ My reply was George A Romero (Night Of The Living Dead), Mick’s was Steven Speilberg. Who would yours be?


I had the pleasure of interviewing director, Robert Rodriguez and producer John Landau a few years ago for the film Alita: Battle Angel, and they were both such a pleasure to speak to. Robert has directed so many amazing films and John has produced a wealth of incredible movies including the Avatar franchise, so I was honoured to speak to them both. As a host and celebrity interviewer and I’ve interviewed over 60 actors and directors. My personal favourite interviews with actors have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Simon Pegg, Keanu Reeves and Henry Cavill.

What project/s are next for you?


I am currently in preproduction for several Feature Films.
I’m really excited about ‘The Baby In The Basket’ which is a Gothic horror centred on the concept that a baby is left in the basket on the steps of a monastery where a group of nuns live, including myself. I played the lead character, Sister Agnes. I think this is going to be the most challenging role that played so far. We will be filming on location in Scotland later this year which I’m incredible excited about as I have a Scottish heritage, so it will be lovely to get back to my roots.

I shot a short from last year called ‘The Little Ones’ which is based around the concept that there is an electrical storm playing havoc with technology. I play a character called Amber, who recently lost her fiancé in a hiking accident. She is sat at home depressed and grieving for her late fiancé – watching the last video he sent her just before he died, when suddenly there’s a moment of lightning as the electrical storm hits, which unlocks an extra few minutes of the video, which is when things really start to go haywire!
Another upcoming film I’m going to film soon is called “Mr Hyde: the untold story” which is a modern day retelling of Jekyll and Hyde with a fun twist. I play the main villain – so that is going to be a lot of fun! Finally, I’m entering pre-production for a Viking film called “Dying Breed” about the end of Slavic paganism which I’m coproducing, alongside playing the lead female role of ‘Mary’. It’s a beautiful story following several characters as they battle for love, freedom and their beliefs. The film has just been picked up by Filmsnickeriet (a wonderful Swedish production company), and we have a fantastic cinematographer, director and set of producers attached – so I’m incredibly excited for us to start filming!

Follow Amber on Instagram: www.instagram.com/amberdoigthorne/?hl=en

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