Interview With Kate Kelton
The Hot Brit From Harold & Kumar Go To
White Castle Is Secretly ...CANADIAN!
you’re a filmmaker, Kate Kelton is the type of actress
you want to have with you at every turn. Great to work with,
funny, and easy on the eyes, Kate, a Czech by birth, is
well on her way to becoming the next ‘Oh yeah, that
girl’ girl on the scene.
bored with Garcia's questions.
where might you recognize her from? Well, Harold
and Kumar Go To White Castle is her most recent
release, in which she plays one of a pair of British twins
with a new take on a classic Milton-Bradley game. She also
had a very memorable scene with William Shatner in American
Psycho II. Luckily, Kate actually agreed to talk
to me while she was on the set of a film short, The
Chick Magnet, and answer a few of my fanboy questions.
Planet: So, you’re a Canadian. How’s
that workin’ out for ya?
Kelton: You're making fun of me, aren't you? Aren't
Planet: Sorry about that. OK, seriously,
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle may end up being this
summer’s American Pie. What did you think when you
first got to look
over the script?
Kelton: I thanked my lucky stars I keep my trusty
Depends on hand for occasions JUST
Planet: In H+K, you have a strange, and
hilarious, bathroom scene where you
and your ‘twin’ play a game similar to BattleShip.
Care to explain the rules? How does one prepare for a scene
where you’re supposed to be in the loo? Which was
harder: the British Accent or the performance in the toilet?
Kelton: I actually can't explain the rules and
will admit we had issues working those out with the help
of our intrepid director, Danny Leiner (Dude, Where’s
My Car?), ultimately settling on victory by way of
given clickers that would set off a lovely pooping noise,
which we clicked away on with glee everytime we sunk a Battleshi*,
as it were. They were later replaced by much more convincing
sound effects added in post. But having both suffered from
Lactose Intolerance, my twin (played by Brooke D'Orsay)
and I felt we had sufficiently researched our roles and
its implications ... but I still won.
Kate this weekend!
As English is my second language (German being my first, being
born of Czech expatriate hippies who toured through Europe
in a VW bus coated in flowers for the first 7 years of my
life), my propensity for picking up accents is pretty embarrassing
actually: when in the company of anyone who has one I'll tend
to start speaking in said tongues! So I'd say the pooping
may have rated higher in the difficulty category...I have
only been Lactose Intolerant for a few years, whereas I've
been a nomadic immigrant my whole life!
Planet: Okay, off Harold and Kumar for
a moment. You worked with one of the greatest actors of
the last century, Mr. William Shatner, in American Psycho
II. What was it like getting to touch a legend? Any good
Kelton: Oh Chris, you little dog you. Yes, Mr.
Shatner was introduced to me in Make-up as "Bill, [my]
scene partner," and up until that point I'd had no
idea who I would share my 'bedroom' scene with. Now, I've
got a little pointed elfin ear I've told everybody, my whole
life long, came from being part Vulcan ... but I'll admit
that in the midst of registering the shock of crawling into
bed with my on-screen 'boyfriend' Bill, I neglected to tell
the one person it actually applied to!
once we were doing our scene, he had this strange habit
of tossing my head from side to side in between his cupped
hands, my guess is as sort of a 'love touch'.' and a few
frames of this slick move actually made it into the movie,
but to this day I still remain a little puzzled where he
may have picked up this particular gem.
Planet: Well, according to most of the behind the
scene Star Trek books, Shatner is more than a little freaky!
Anyhoo, Now, You’ve done some fairly high profile
stuff, like AP II and H+K, and you’ve done some short
films with unknowns. What’s the difference? If the
money were the same, which would you do more often?
Kelton: The differences really amount to the severity
of the heavy lifting required. But being understaffed also
amounts to being a wee more entertained throughout the journey,
whereas on some of these 'bigger' pictures, the amount of
dead-time on set is oft filled with an eerie sort of 'kid-glove'
placating of an actor - I've never been offered as many
bottles of water before, as if I didn't even have the acuity
to determine my own thirst levels! (But it could just also
mean I've just not had a large enough role in the bigger
films to warrant a lack of dead-time!)
really, I'd rather the massage offers proffered up on lowly
shorts by crews that immediately form a strange tight brethren
with the actors. So yeah, I guess my short answer is, if
the money were the same, I'd do shorts until I was blue
in the face.
Planet: You did the whole film school
thing. You thinking about getting back behind the camera
any time soon?
Kelton: I've actually continually bounced back
and forth between the two, co-producing some shorts and
music videos with crews I've formed bonds with through the
acting side of things, so that helps feed my need for more
control over a picture that inevitably gets relinquished
by filling an acting-only roll. But to helm a film completely?
I think I'm saving that for when I'm 50...I've just always
had a great feeling about 50 for some reason.
Planet: We met when you came down to San
Jose with the short Eden’s Wake and the feature Ham
and Cheese at Cinequest. What’s happenin’ with
Ham and Cheese? Any idea if more of the folks in the States
are gonna get a chance to see it?
Keltner: It's funny actually, because I knew Eden's
Wake would be premiering at Cinequest, and then I went
ot see a cast and crew screening of Ham and Cheese
and found out they were coming to San Jose, too!
the official Chris Garcia action figure.
that Harold and Kumar hit theatres on Friday, I've
gotten an e-mail from my peeps at Ham and Cheese
that hit select screens across Canada on said same day!
It's weird how my life works out sometimes. But I'll let
you know about US distribution as soon as I hear word; apparently
(Ham and Cheese star and ex-Kid In The Hall) Dave
Foley recently saw it, just LOVED it, and told our groovy
director, Warren P. Sonoda, that he would help in any way
he could to get this puppy out to the people. That always
helps an indy out!
Planet: You’re also a visual artist.
Do you find any connections between the acting and the painting?
Kelton: ‘To serve the piece' is the most
vivid connection that stands out. There is a lesson to be
learned by sincerely becoming a good sport, and one must
really be able to lend focused, unconditional support to
one's creation; without ego, nerves or expectation. And
that's ubiquitous for art and for film. So yes, I'd say
my training as an artist has definitely helped me become
a better actress; absolutely, yes.
Planet: Every interview has to end like
this: What are you working on next?
Kelton: Um...getting my US working papers?
it seems to be the priority, having met with a host of encouraging
casting directors in LA in the wake of this Harold and
Kumar premiere. There is nothing specific coming down
the pike at the moment acting-wise, but I'm looking forward
to next year's release of Cake, a film I just wrapped
shooting on with Heather Graham, David Sutcliffe, Cheryl
Hines, Sandra Oh, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, and Sarah Chalke.
It's a hoot and a half.
we're in post with a short I co-produced with Keram Malicki-Sanchez
called The Charge of the 0.8 Ziya, and then I'll
be producing another short film for Sarah Michelle Brown,
creator of Eden's Wake, which just recently got
into London's BFM film festival (Black Filmmaker Magazine
FF), the largest dedicated black film event in the UK!