To start things off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is Deanna Grace Congo. I am an actor/producer/magician. On a lighter than horror note, I currently post Magic Mondays on my YouTube channel, DC Magic Girl. Iíve had the pleasure to get my creative side involved in a variety of aspects of filmmaking in the indie horror film scene over the past 7 or so years, both acting in and/or producing multiple films with national and international releases, including our most recent film called ďAbominable.Ē
What is the best thing about working in horror?
I think the best thing about working in horror is having the freedom to create insane pieces of art without actually harming anyone. Thereís something thrilling about being able to bring crazy scenes to life while knowing the efforts that went into making that idea a reality to walk through and film in.
Can you say anything about your movie you have been in?
Iíve played major and minor roles in a handful of horror films in the past few years. I really enjoyed working on ďThe Mummy: Rebirth.Ē My character, Dr. Dragich, didnít say much, but I enjoyed working both behind the scenes to create some of the scenery, and walking onto the scenes as a snooty villain. I loved the Egyptian scenery and set design! The mummy was actually quite scary, even close-up! Playing Clover in ďElvesĒ gave me an opportunity to think of ways to kill people with a holiday twist! Lol and ďThe 13th FridayĒ is just a great, creepy college kid fun film. We scouted out some really creepy, actually haunted locations to bring that film to life. Lots of eye candy for horror buffs in that one.
What inspired you to be a actor?
Iíve always wanted to be an actor, thinking back on it. What inspired me was relating to and admiring characters in things that I watched growing up.
How did you prepare for the role?
Preparing for a role is different every time. Sometimes visiting the places we will be filming sparks creative juices. Watching horror films with a similar tone helps a lot, too.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
For me, the greatest moment in my film career was waking up and seeing my face in the headline of an article in the Hollywood Reporter! That was such an amazing feeling! It was an article about ďAlien:Reign of Man.Ē It was a film we shot in Iceland, Ireland, salt flats, LA and elsewhere, so we poured a lot of our time and resources into getting incredible scenery to make this sci-fi/horror alien film a reality.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
We just released ďAbominableĒ this past month, actually. And on the upcoming list, we have been working on a sci-fi tv series, called ďParagon,Ē starring Danny Trejo, Justin Price, Franziska Schissler, Khu, Lisa May and Cameron White. I was blessed to play a small role in the series. My character is a magician, which I had a great time with! I got to do some fire magic and sleight-of-hand for that role. It is one of my career goals to combine magic with film and tv. Those are the two things I really want to do with my Hollywood career long-term. If anyone is casting a magician, Iím right here.
What was the project you learned the most from?
I think the project I learned the most from was ďDark Moon Rising.Ē That was my first time working on a feature film. Spending as many hours on set as possible helped me learn about the technical side of filming. I held lights, boom mics, whatever I could to be on set even when I wasnít filming. That film sparked a passion in me that this is where I wanted to be.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
The last horror film I watched was ďKiss the Girls.Ē I thought it was creepy and well-made. There was a good psychopath character in that movie. You canít wait for them to catch that guy! Iím more into psychological thrillers than slashers, so I enjoyed it.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
I donít really have one specific favorite horror film, but I did recently re-watch ďPet Sematery,Ē which scared the living daylights out of me as a child, and still found it pretty scary. ďThe ZodiacĒ and ďMothman PropheciesĒ are a couple others that come to mind when I think of good horror films. The psychological thrillers get me every time.
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
If I could work with any actor I want, my top choice is Sandra Bullock. Iíve always admired her and really relate to her movie characters. She is one of the few people I am most inspired by.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
You can see all of the films Iíve worked on on my IMDb page, Deanna Grace Congo. I also have close to 100 magic videos on my YouTube channel, DC Magic Girl, where I try to post on every Monday. If you like magic tricks, definitely check it out! There are not a lot of females who do professional close-up magic like I do. I keep the videos short and fun and post a really good variety. I also have Facebook pages for both Deanna Grace Congo and DC Magic Girl, though Iím not a big fan of social media.
What is your personal definition of horror?
My personal definition of horror is creepy entertainment where no one actually gets hurt. Itís an opportunity to explore the dark side of our human psyches and let our minds wander in a safe way.
Favorite country or place?
I love to travel, but my favorite place to go is always home. Iím a Western Massachusetts girl at heart and always will be. Thatís where my family is.
Did you know anything about Sweden?
I have never been to Sweden, but I hope to one day go! I hear itís a beautiful place and Iíd really like to see it firsthand.
Anything else you want to mention?
I canít thank my parents enough for supporting my career choice to follow my dreams of creating art for a living. I know a lot of artists do not have supportive families and friends and it means everything to me that I am blessed to have this support system! I thank God for every day of my life. Without my faith, Iím mostly sure I would be dead in a gutter. God is my reason for existing. I acknowledge my shortcomings as a human and my love and dedication to Jesus before everyone who asks me my reason for living.