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Kristanna Loken Talks w/411 About Black Rose & More

May 31, 2017 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz

The 411 Interview: Kristanna Loken

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Kristanna Loken is a former model turned actress who has been working in Hollywood since 1995. A veteran of both TV and movies, she’s probably best known for her turn as the villainous TX (Terminatrix) in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and as the star of the short lived but awesome Sci Fi Channel show Painkiller Jane, based on the comic book of the same name. Loken’s other TV credits include Mortal Kombat: Conquest, The L Word, and Burn Notice. Loken currently co-stars in Black Rose, an action movie directed by and starring Alexander Nevsky. Loken recently took time out of her busy schedule to speak with this writer about Black Rose, her career, and more.

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Bryan Kristopowitz: How did you get involved with Black Rose?

Kristanna Loken: Alexander has been a fan of mine, and we met while I was doing PR for T3. I read the script and then met with Alexander. I liked my character and Alexander’s vision for the film.

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BK: How is Alexander Nevsky as a director?

KL: Alexander is very flexible and open to new ideas and collaboration. He is easy going and fun to work with.

BK: What was it like filming in Russia?

KL: The people were very warm and welcoming. We had some great locations that are uniquely Russian and you couldn’t replicate in the US. I would love to go back and have some time to explore.

BK: What was the hardest part of making Black Rose? The easiest?

KL: The most difficult part was getting into the mindset of experiencing what it would be like to lose victims under your watch as a cop. I actually watched a real female beheading video to help feel the depth of what the victims would be experiencing. This was extremely difficult and painful. The easiest part was getting the job as it was offered to me.

BK: Who is more intense, Robert Davi or Alexander Nevsky?

KL: They are both intense in their own way, Nevsky physically and Davi mentally.

BK: Do you enjoy working in the action genre? Do you consider yourself an action star?

KL: I love working in the action genre, I really enjoy getting down and dirty. I guess I do consider myself an action star of sorts as I’ve portrayed some pretty iconic action characters.

BK: Do you prefer playing heroes or villains?

KL: Good question. Villains tend to be more colorful in how they are portrayed, which is fun. Heroes are more altruistic in their intent and belief which has value in their message.

BK: What’s it like working with Uwe Boll?

KL: Uwe is a very unique man with an even more unique style and approach to his films. He is outspoken and really doesn’t care what other people think about him.

BK: How has the ascendance of television changed Hollywood? Is it harder to find good movie work? You’ve done both in your career, you’ve starred in your own TV series.

KL: TV is bigger than ever in my opinion, the quality is also better than ever. The smaller films sometimes get lost amongst all of the good TV content that is available. Independent films used to take this place of TV shows. TV is now just as edgy, raw, as films are and can have very large budgets.

BK: Was Painkiller Jane ahead of its time?

KL: I’m not quite sure in what regard you mean, but I absolutely loved doing that show and playing “Jane Vasco”.

BK: Will we ever see a Mercenaries 2?

KL: One never knows, it could be possible.

BK: Any upcoming projects that you can tell us about?

KL: I started a production company called Trio Entertainment with 2 partners. We have 10 films on our slate and a TV series. I am very excited to be both in front of and behind the camera in various capacities.

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BK: Did you actually have to eat that fish pastry thing?

KL: No, I left that to Alexander 😉

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Once again I want to thank Kristanna Loken for participating in this interview and david j. moore for setting it up.

Black Rose is now available via Redbox everywhere and will be available via Netflix in July.

You can check out Kristanna Loken on Twitter here.

You can check out Trio Entertainment’s website here.

Image 1- courtesy Trio Entertainment

Image 2- courtesy Alexander Nevsky

Image 3- courtesy lylesmoviefilms.com

Image 4- courtesy The Action Elite