*Editor’s note: Day of the Woman/Icons of Fright’s own Brittney-Jade Colangelo had the chance to chat with THE CONJURING‘s Kyla Deaver recently, and we thought you fright fiends would dig it. Read on!
Before Ed and Lorraine Warren stepped foot into the infamous home that inspired THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, they endured the haunted Rhode Island farmhouse of the Perron family, and their experiences were finally given the film treatment. James Wan’s upcoming supernatural horror film, THE CONJURING, boasts a star-studded cast including Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, THE ORPHAN) and Patrick Wilson, (INSIDIOUS, HARD CANDY) but this creep-fest has also assembled quite the impressive cast of child actors to play the Perron Family children. Up and coming actress, Kyla Deaver, plays April Perron, the youngest of the Perron children in THE CONJURING. Deaver is only 10 years old, and already has countless commercial and modeling gigs under her belt. She recently starred in the short film The Candy Shop, alongside horror heavyweight, Doug Jones (PAN’S LABYRINTH, HOCUS POCUS) to raise awareness to the dangers of child sex trafficking in Atlanta. Icons of Fright was lucky enough to have an exclusive interview with Kyla Deaver, and she was just as adorable as you could imagine.
Hello Kyla! I’ve got a couple of questions for you. I did some research and I see that you sing, you dance, you act, you pretty much do everything. Out of all the things you perform, which would you say is your favorite?
Probably acting and singing! My favorite thing to work on is probably movies and TV shows. I want to do acting for the rest of my life, I’d love to do Disney movies.
What’s your favorite movie?
Probably…hmm…there’s a lot to choose from. I’d probably have to say, OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.
The movie I’m most interested in is the one you just finished, THE CONJURING. That’s a pretty scary movie for someone your age.
It wasn’t scary at all, it was lots of fun! (giggles)
Not scary at all?
Nope. It was a lot of fun to be in. I was never scared. It was so much fun working on set.
What was it like getting to act like you were a part of a totally different family?
It was so much fun. I loved everybody. Everybody in the family was so nice.
Would you ever want to do another scary movie?
Yes. It was so much fun and it was fun to see how they do stunts and special effects like the really scary makeup.
Would you like to be dressed up scary like a monster?
Well, the movie you were in was set in the 1970s, which is before you were born, before I was born even. Was that a lot of fun to experience?
Yeah! It was a lot of fun to try on different outfits and see what they wore in the ‘70s. I loved wearing the pants that go up a little high (giggles).
Okay, I’ve got just one more question. Do you ever watch scary movies?
Sometimes? Do they scare you?
Nope! I’m brave, they don’t scare me!
THE CONJURING is released nationwide July 19th via Warner Bros.