Bahar Soomekh Exclusive Interview

Bahar SoomekhBahar Soomekh will star in super scary Saw III, which hits theaters October 27th, just in time for Halloween. She’ll also come straight to your living room in a new TV show called Daybreak, which starts in January 2007.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are you up to right now?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
Saw III
is coming out in October, October 27th, so that’s just around the corner, so we’re doing a lot of press, getting prepared for the big release for Halloween weekend. And then in January I have a pilot coming out called “Daybreak” on ABC with Taye Diggs. The best way to describe it, sort of like a 24 slash Groundhog Day, if that makes any sense, it’s really cool. It was just one of those auditions, getting the job.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How does your role in Saw III coming up compare to your other work?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
Saw
, I got the lead in Saw, and it’s whole other genre. This is more of a horror, psychological thriller, and very emotionally intensive work. It’s funny because it’s really scary and disturbing material. People ask, like, oh you’re on set so it’s probably not that scary, but it’s exactly the opposite. As an actor you have to believe it’s real. So it’s very dark.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Can someone see the third installment without seeing the other two?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
What they really tried to do with the third one is make it a stand alone. There will be a lot of questions answered and it will be very satisfying to the fans of Saw. It can stand alone and they will still be screaming, and scared and satisfied. I’ve got to tell you, the first month I was on set, I had nightmares. I literally had nightmares the first month I was on set, because it was so intense and so gnarly, you know? Everything was so, the stage and the setup was just so real and intense, that I literally had nightmares the first month. That’s an interesting little tidbit about filming the movie.

THE STAR SCOOP:
So the intensity that you see on screen really does happen in the filming.

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
The director is hilarious, and we had so much fun in between takes. Everyone was a big family and they had such a great time, but there is such an intensity. Because, as an actor, you have to believe it’s real, like those things that are happening are happening to you. So it’s really, really, emotionally a difficult and dark place to go. And then you yell cut and the director’s doing practical jokes and everyone’s having a great time. So, it made things a lot lighter, and we were able to handle it a lot better.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Has it changed your perception of being able to watch horror movies, now that you’ve been in one?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
Ohhh my gosh yes. I’ve so toughened up, you don’t even know. I was the little freaked out dork, and now I’ve definitely toughened up. I can handle horror films a lot better than I used to.

THE STAR SCOOP:
So, you’ve done both TV and film. Which do you prefer?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
I grew up, I learned English watching TV, so I’m a huge TV fan. There’s something very intimate about having someone in your living room. Film, it’s so grand. There’s something really powerful about that as well. I don’t have a preference, I love them both.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where would you like to see your career go from this point?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
I would love to do a broad spectrum. It’s cool to be able to do a horror. I’d love to work a lot, a lot more comedy work, make people laugh.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You were born in Iran. How did you end up as a Hollywood actress?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
I’m an American, I consider myself an American. I came here when I was three, and I’ve lived in the U.S. the majority of my life. It shows that anyone can come to the U.S. and make your dreams come true.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there a message you want to get out there?

BAHAR SOOMEKH:
The most important thing is be clear on what you want to do, and fight for it, and not give up. The one thing, especially in the entertainment business is perseverance. There are so many people that will tell you, you can’t do this, and you can’t do that, you don’t have the talent for this, but you have to have the self-confidence, and you have to have a good support system whether it’s family or friends, especially in the entertainment industry, to keep you strong and help you through the process, because it can be very difficult. But self-confidence and a love of what you do, that’s the best thing to get you going on achieving any of your dreams.

Bahar Soomekh will star in super scary Saw III, which hits theaters October 27th, just in time for Halloween. She’ll also come straight to your living room in a new TV show called Daybreak, which starts in January 2007.

The Star Scoop:

What are you up to right now?

Bahar Soomekh

Saw III is coming out in October, October 27th, so that’s just around the corner, so we’re doing a lot of press, getting prepared for the big release for Halloween weekend. And then in January I have a pilot coming out called “Daybreak” on ABC with Taye Diggs. The best way to describe it, sort of like a 24 slash Groundhog Day, if that makes any sense, it’s really cool. It was just one of those auditions, getting the job.

The Star Scoop:

How does your role in Saw III coming up compare to your other work?

Soomekh:

Saw, I got the lead in Saw, and it’s whole other genre. This is more of a horror, psychological thriller, and very emotionally intensive work. It’s funny because it’s really scary and disturbing material. People ask, like, oh you’re on set so it’s probably not that scary, but it’s exactly the opposite. As an actor you have to believe it’s real. So it’s very dark.

The Star Scoop:

Can someone see the third installment without seeing the other two?

Soomekh:

What they really tried to do with the third one is make it a stand alone. There will be a lot of questions answered and it will be very satisfying to the fans of Saw. It can stand alone and they will still be screaming, and scared and satisfied.

Soomekh:

I’ve got to tell you, the first month I was on set, I had nightmares. I literally had nightmares the first month I was on set, because it was so intense and so gnarly, you know? Everything was so, the stage and the setup was just so real and intense, that I literally had nightmares the first month. That’s an interesting little tidbit about filming the movie.

The Star Scoop:

So the intensity that you see on screen really does happen in the filming.

Soomekh:

The director is hilarious, and we had so much fun in between takes. Everyone was a big family and they had such a great time, but there is such an intensity. Because, as an actor, you have to believe it’s real, like those things that are happening are happening to you. So it’s really, really, emotionally a difficult and dark place to go. And then you yell cut and the director’s doing practical jokes and everyone’s having a great time. So, it made things a lot lighter, and we were able to handle it a lot better.

The Star Scoop:

Has it changed your perception of being able to watch horror movies, now that you’ve been in one?

Soomekh:

Ohhh my gosh yes. I’ve so toughened up, you don’t even know. I was the little freaked out dork, and now I’ve definitely toughened up. I can handle horror films a lot better than I used to.

The Star Scoop:

So, you’ve done both TV and film. Which do you prefer?

Soomekh:

I grew up, I learned English watching TV, so I’m a huge TV fan. There’s something very intimate about having someone in your living room. Film, it’s so grand. There’s something really powerful about that as well. I don’t have a preference, I love them both.

The Star Scoop:

Where would you like to see your career go from this point?

Soomekh:

I would love to do a broad spectrum. It’s cool to be able to do a horror. I’d love to work a lot, a lot more comedy work, make people laugh.

The Star Scoop:

You were born in Iran. How did you end up as a Hollywood actress?

Soomekh:

I’m an American, I consider myself an American. I came here when I was three, and I’ve lived in the U.S. the majority of my life. It shows that anyone can come to the U.S. and make your dreams come true.

The Star Scoop:

Is there a message you want to get out there?

Soomekh:

The most important thing is be clear on what you want to do, and fight for it, and not give up. The one thing, especially in the entertainment business is perseverance. There are so many people that will tell you, you can’t do this, and you can’t do that, you don’t have the talent for this, but you have to have the self-confidence, and you have to have a good support system whether it’s family or friends, especially in the entertainment industry, to keep you strong and help you through the process, because it can be very difficult. But self-confidence and a love of what you do, that’s the best thing to get you going on achieving any of your dreams.

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