Acting great Danny Trejo is joined by a stellar cast for the new action thriller Darkness Descends, starring alongside Danny are True Blood’s Darren Darnborough and NCIS; Los Angeles’ Kinga Philipps. Actor and producer Frank Krueger created this exciting film that also features multiple EMMY winner Kristoff St. John, Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Peter Dobson (Party of Five) and WWE superstar John Hennigan.
We had the opportunity to talk with Kinga Phillips, who co-produced and starred in this enticing film!
Hello Kinga, Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. Could you start off with giving us some insight on what the film Darkness Descending is about?
DD is an action thriller about a journalist who enters the world of the mole people underneath the streets of NYC to film a documentary about their lives, but in true Hollywood fashion, she finds more than she bargained for. She ultimately becomes a part of the story she is covering. The most interesting thing about DD is that the story is based on actual events.
What was the first thing that sparked your interest about Darkness Descending?
I had read stories about the mole people and it’s a fascinating subject so my interest was immediately sparked. I really liked the Chelsea character as well. I tend to gravitate toward the tenacious female roles and enjoy playing them.
Did you find that you were able to connect with the character you played on screen?
Absolutely! My background is in journalism and I have shot many documentaries on people and places that are fascinating and dangerous. I also related to the fact that she was equal parts tough as nails and vulnerable. You can’t have one without the other.
I tend to gravitate toward the tenacious female roles
What was it like working along side Danny Trejo?
Fantastic. He’s such a character on and off screen. In spite of his looks, he’s the nicest guy around. I mean, that face…look at that face! I also appreciate that an actor of his level is professional and committed to his craft. Independent films are, in my opinion, often the most creatively fulfilling for actors but not always the most comfortable. Danny was a trooper, along with the rest of our fantastic cast and crew, filming mostly nights in a smoldering hot warehouse.
Did you face any challenges being both one of the producers as well as acting in the film?
It was actually a huge benefit to be part of the creative process from start to finish. No one really understands what it takes to see a film go from paper to release unless they have the privilege to work as a producer. It was a wonderful insight.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about acting?
The best advice I have ever received came from a journalism professor in college. He said “If you’re not in over your head, you’re not in deep enough.” That applies to everything in life, especially acting. It’s important to always push yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Routine is lethal to creativity.
In spite of his looks, Danny is the nicest guy around
What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
I’m feeling really fortunate right now because I have some really fun projects coming out. The Mourning, 6 Ways to Sundown and Born Free are all films coming out this year. I also do a lot of presenting work for Travel Channel where I get to do lots of adventuring, travel and exploration.
This exciting film is about to be released into the UK market and will be available on iTunes, as well as Asda, Sainsbury’s and HMV.
Look out for Interviews with Frank Krueger and Darren Darnborough.