Simon Rawley-Wells: Tell us about your leading role in “The Pit & The Pendulum,” from what you said on the phone it sounds pretty scary.
Lorielle New: It is! It’s based on Poe’s story, of course, and I play a hypnotist with a dark past. She’s a murderous woman, but I see her as a good girl who’s just looking for love.
Simon: Well, you have to embrace your character to play her, right?
Lorielle: Exactly! Anyway, it’s a very Hitchcock-ian film, more suspense than gore. I brought you a copy, Simon.
Simon: Thanks! Can’t wait to watch it! So, how did you and BEARPAW fall in love?
Lorielle: I came to the NBA All-Star Weekend launch event here at Sportie LA, actually. BEARPAW was giving away some boots and yes, I fell in love! Now I have 8 pairs. I’ve been wearing these in the hot weather and they’re super comfortable and cute!
Lorielle: (laughs) I know! My friend was casting his movie and he didn’t want to let me audition for the good girl. I insisted and got the part!
Simon: Now in addition to movies, you also host a daily show on the Web.
Lorielle: It’s called “Live with Lorielle New.” I’ve been doing it over 3 years now, and have had over 1.5 million viewers! It’s simulcast live every weekday at 5:15-6:00 on www.Ustream.com, www.Livestream.com, andwww.Stickam.com. You know, some of my guy fans are really liking the mens boots from BEARPAW – remember boys, BEARPAW isn’t just for the girls!
Simon: True! You’ve got some other endeavors afoot as well, I hear.
Lorielle: I sold my first painting recently! I saw a photo of it in the owner’s house, which was awesome.
Lorielle: Always! Interestingly, I studied business. Early on, I made every effort NOT to go into acting. I tried to be “practical” and “normal.” It didn’t work. So in spite of people saying “you’ll never make it!” I left everything behind and started acting. 50 films later…
Simon: Brilliant! Now before you run off, please tell me about this Web series you’re developing. I’m something of a Web celeb myself, you may have noticed.
Lorielle: You are! It’s with Regent Entertainment and since I wrote it, I get to be the hero! I play a female action hero who gets to kick the bad guys’ asses!
Lorielle: Honestly, for me it’s all about positivity. I want to make people smile. So if it’s movies or TV or the Web, or painting, as long as people enjoy it, I’m happy!
Photos: Chris Wolf