Hunting Vampires.

JCooper_130910_9879-Edit-1From child actor to science student and back, actress Mariel McAllan chats to us about filming Night Kaleidoscope.

How did you get into acting?

It was actually my parents that got me into it when I was 5. They tried to get me to read books and I wasn’t really interested. I just wanted to make my own stories with a silly troll and an action figure so they thought acting would be good because I had a crazy imagination. I gave it up when I became a typical awkward teenager and decided to focus on my exams. When studying for a science degree I got back into doing classes and then made the decision to pursue it professionally after I graduated. Luckily for me I got a good agent and I am getting some work.

How did you get involved in Night Kaleidoscope?

 I have worked with the writer and Grant before but it was only for a small part and as an extra so I am grateful that they trusted me to take on a much bigger role in this film. I also knew Patrick from training with the same acting coach and being close friends with his flatmate.

What was the most challenging part of your character?

 I play Isobel. She was a tough character to play because she has moments of being a victim and is completely vulnerable at times but then she surprises you by having this strange fight in her and you suddenly see her strong side.

 What was your favourite part of filming Night Kaleidoscope?

 There were a lot of good moments on this film. Overall the best part of the film was working with such a strong cast and crew. I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true. Grant really respects everyone and respects their skills, which is rare. Every day of filming was like a big childish fun game of chasing after vampires and it was easy just to go into that world because the other actors were so strong. I had it easy, all I had to do was react off all the amazing performances they were giving. Grant is so calm and he let’s you get on with it and occasionally offers little hints and technical points.  The rest of the crew were top of their game so scenes were filmed in no time.

 What’s your favourite horror movie?

I am terrible with horror films. I am that person that jumps the highest at the jumpy bits and can’t sleep for months after a scary film. If I had to pick one, I would probably say the Ring. Although the Grudge also gave me loads of nightmares too. Basically the films with the terrifying girl that look like me that chases you in the dark, freak me out for some weird reason.


Mariel is due to take part in the new play “A Journey Around My Room” by physical theatre company  Stark, which will be on at the Mackintosh Church between March 29th and April 2nd in Glasgow. For more information check out Stark Theatre’s website – Stark Theatre .

To check out some of Mariels other work, head over to her spotlight profile – Spotlight

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