Cast & Crew Interview: Julie Hurford

Julie holding a Ruger Redhawk

Julie Hurford (Frances) on the set of Chartarum. (Photo: Mike Barskey)

What’s your name?
Julie Hurford

Tell us a bit about what you’ve done so far on the Chartarum project.
I was given the chance to play the role of Frances, the intellectual-janitor-enforcer who prefers to live below society’s radar and clean her guns. I also pinch-hit where needed – a little cooking/reheating, a little moldman clean-up, a little elbow grease – whatever. It was my first professional acting role, so I was happy to help in any way I could.

What was the thing that you found most interesting? (Or, what was your favorite thing?)
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to act (which I’ve never done before), and it was fascinating to be part of the film-making process. I’ll never watch a movie again with the same eyes, and I appreciate the efforts of directors and actors more than ever. I also have a better of idea of what a producer does (besides appear in the credits). On a more personal note, I learned that I’m not as wussy as I thought I’d be about taking cold showers – I actually thrive on them.

What do you do when you’re not working on Chartarum?
I’m a mild-mannered government employee working for the military-industrial complex. Past and present hobbies include gardening, reading, crafts, and belly-dancing.

What are your hopes for this movie?
That it is very successful, and achieves – at a minimum – cult status. Merchandising wouldn’t be bad, either.

What song are you currently hitting replay on the most?
Right now, I’m infatuated with Sally’s Song from Nightmare Revisited. Last month, it was Lady Gaga’s Telephone.

What’s the weirdest or most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?
Kibbee Nayee – (ground raw beef, olive oil, onions and spices). It was adventurous because we’re all conditioned from birth to avoid raw meat like the plague. It was very good, like seasoned steak tartar, and I didn’t die. I have also eaten alligator (cooked). It tasted like gamey chicken – not very exciting.

What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn seasoned with Tabasco sauce and Romano cheese.

What’s your least favorite household chore?
Snaking out the toilet – a necessary evil. One of the joys of being a homeowner is that you are always acquiring new skills.

Do you have a favorite chore?
It’s a toss-up between ironing a tablecloth for a holiday dinner or anointing my wood furniture with precious oils. I can’t choose between them.

You’re going on a year-long journey into space. What are the must-have books you’d take with you? (You have an electronic reader, so list as many as you like.)

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Black Swan – Mercedes Lackey
  • Conan the Usurper – Robert E. Howard
  • Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Hissy Fit – Mary Kay Andrews
  • Aromatherapy – Valerie Gennari Cooksley
  • The Tale of Genji – Lady Murasaki
  • The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria – Laura Joh Rowland

What’s your guilty pleasure movie (a bad one you love anyway)?

You have unlimited funds for dinner at any restaurant. Where do you go & what do you order?
I would go to San Francisco for dim sum – somewhere with a four-star rating.

You can also take a friend/SO and any living person along. Who do you take?
I would take my girlfriend, Leslie (the foodie), and Our Husband, Colin Firth. We’d chat about his next career move while stuffing ourselves with shrimp balls and pork buns.

Julie with curly hair

Julie Hurfod (Frances) with 80s hair. (Photo courtesy of Julie)

What’s your most regrettable fashion choice (clothing or hairstyle)?
My biggest fashion goof was perming my long, mega-thick hair in Virginia (a place more humid than Michigan – really).  I look relatively normal in the photo, but I woke up every morning to 10+ inches of hair sticking straight out, parallel to the floor. I looked like the love child of Bozo the Clown and Roseanne Rosannadanna. Thank God it was the 80’s.

Share something that scares you.
The decreasing English language skills of those born after me – very scary stuff.

Are you related to anyone famous or otherwise interesting (living or dead) that you can tell us about?
I may be related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson, but there’s no hard proof – just family legend.

What childhood toy do you wish you could have back again?
Roller skates, along with the skate key.

What’s one of the sci-fi high-tech futuristic thingys you’re ready for right now (think StarTrek or The Jetsons (“Where’s my flying car?”))
Hands down, the Holodeck.

How do you feel about bacon?
Yummy, but I don’t buy it much. Restaurants cook it better – mine is either limp and floppy or tough and carbonized. I just don’t have the knack.

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11 Responses to Cast & Crew Interview: Julie Hurford

  1. Roberto says:

    Eli’s Voice Of Reason!

  2. Julie Hurford says:

    Thanks, Eli. Was that before or after I whacked the first moldman?

  3. Leslie says:

    If anyone could play an intellectual-janitor-enforcer, it’s you! (Adorable pic) Personally, I am glad you participated in this project. Didn’t I tell you that filmmakers are obsessed…er, I mean, possess a true passion for their work? It’s fascinating! Zombies aren’t my favorite genre, but I can’t wait to see you in this!

  4. Kristin R (your favorite cousin) says:

    I am so proud of you! Great job! You are truly one talented lady. Xoxo.

  5. Janette Coneff says:

    Can’t wait to check out the movie! And I am with you on the futuristic question – how cool would a holodeck be! You could go anywhere and do pretty much anything without having to travel hours on a plane! I am for it!

  6. Lisa Schnelbach says:

    Here in the cave, we’re all looking forward to movie day!! Miss you!

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