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Roxy Vandiver is an award winning actress and super model with a larger than life persona that you will never forget. She has starred in films like; Witchcraft 13, Spirit Camp, Killer School Girls From Outer Space, Princess, and Renfield: The Undead. She has also made appearances in Sweatshop, Jacob, and The Haunted Trailer. This talented lady is a part of the Texas film crew that stick together like glue; Jeremy Sumrall, Marcus Sabom, Rebekah Herzberg, Amy LaFavers, Julin Jean, Kerry Beyer, and so on. If you have the chance to make it to film events in Texas, chances are you will see them connected to the hip. She’s a natural in front of the camera and comfortable with her body. Never have I seen so much attitude and poise in a models portfolio before. This girl has it all!She has even appeared in two films with the infamous porn star Ron Jeremy. I had the chance to meet Roxy at Frightmare Weekend a couple of years ago but it was cut short. I was excited to interview her finally because she’s an inspiration to models every where.
What can you tell me about your childhood as far as religion, upbringing, and obedience? I see that you grew up on a farm.
(RV)I did grow up on an animal farm Northwest of Houston. We had horses, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits and geese. We raised animals for the love of it, not for slaughter or profit. I had an ideal childhood. I remember being very happy and very loved. My parents were pretty lenient and easy-going. I was not brought up in a religious household at all. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to Church.
And what of your teen years growing up as a Texan? What were you like in high school?
(RV)I was a total goth kid in high school. My friends and I were all musicians and stoners. In a small town in Texas, most people were afraid of us or thought we were freaks, but we didn’t care. As far as grades, I did very well in school and pretty much had my choice of Universities to choose from upon graduating.
What do you love the most about Texas and how would you convince non Texans to move here?
(RV)I love Texas. Houston in particular. What many people don’t know is that there are only a handful of cities in the world that have permanent venues for every type of visual and performing art. Houston is one of them. When it comes to celebrating culture we’re right up there with New York and London. Not to mention, we have the best food! No one does Tex-Mex and Barbeque like we do!
Did you ever see yourself becoming a model or an actress or is it something that you just jumped into?
(RV)I always knew I was destined for something more than a quiet mundane life, but I never thought I’d become a model or a starlet. Those things just sort of happened and I work my ass off promoting myself and my work.
You’re inspirational to me because you’re so confident in front of the camera. Have you always been this confident?
(RV)I’ve always been confident in my intellectual abilities, but I never really felt confident about my looks. Hell, I still don’t! I never thought people would want to take my picture, let alone pay me for it. I’m still always so surprised and flattered when people compliment me or say I’m beautiful.
What can you tell me about your first nude photoshoot?
(RV)I did nudity in my first ever photoshoot. Kenny Haner of Subsociety Studio shot me and I did FULL nudity. I guess I figured that I would only be young and sexy for so many years, might as well document it so I can look back one day and say, “Look how hot I was!!” I don’t remember being super nervous. Kenny made me feel really comfortable and we just had fun. I’ve learned a lot about modeling since. It’s a skill and it definitely takes time to develop.
You’ve won an award for “Best Actress” on more than two occasions. That must have been exciting for you.
(RV)Yes, I have. I won Best Actress for “Spirit Camp” at the City of Death Film Festival and I also won for “Princess” at the Splatterfest Film Festival. It was amazing!
Is there anything you will NOT do in a film?
(RV)I refuse to do rear nudity. Every woman has at least one part of her body that she doesn’t like – even models – and I’m not super fond of my rear.
And your favorite role to date is?
(RV)Nikki from “Spirit Camp”. That will always be a hard one to top. Making that film was the most awesome experience of my life thus far and it is very dear to me.
What would be the dream job for Roxy Vandiver?
(RV)I’ve spent the past year acting and modeling full time with no “day job”. I wish I could continue to do that, but small films don’t always pay well – or at all – so I do have to get a “job job” very soon. People assume that acting and modeling and being a local “celebrity” automatically means you’re rich. It doesn’t. I don’t need to be a megastar, but it would be nice to live comfortably off of my art.
Honestly, you have been involved with so many sexy and creative photoshoots, it’s hard to pick just a few favorites. What are some of your favorites and some of the more challenging shoots?
(RV)Every shoot comes with it’s own set of challenges. Choosing outfits, trying to mix it up and think of new poses and looks, trying not to get eaten alive by mosquitos, trying not to pour sweat in the summer or freeze my ass off in the winter. My favorite shoots are pretty much any work I’ve done with Kerry Beyer because he’s simply genius, but I also love some of the recent work I’ve done with Tony Rodriguez. We shoot on location more. I love the work we did on the beach as well as the shots of me in the red ballgown at the abandoned mansion. THAT was mosquito HELL !!! I hated having to spray OFF all over that vintage gown!
I’m surprised you and Rebekah’s America’s Bad Kids photoshoot for John Torrani didn’t cause a stir with so many simple-minded people in the world. How did the two of you collaborate this idea?
(RV)Well, John Torrani is a close friend of mine and Bekah’s and Americas Bad Kids is his company. He asked us to do a sexy photoshoot together for the company. I introduced Torrani to a British magazine called “FRONT” which he loved. The photoshoots are fun and silly without too many crazy backdrops or props. They have a kind of sexy impromptu feel to them. We tried to do something in that vein. Kind of gritty, kind of over exposed and playful. One person criticized the style of photography. I had to explain that the shots were styled like that ON PURPOSE. We weren’t shooting for Vogue fucking magazine, and we weren’t trying to pretend we were.
What are your views on “Women in Horror Month?” If you’re not aware, there’s a movement going on. A few women have chosen February to celebrate all the ladies in the industry. The creator first appeared on The Gash to talk about this idea a few years ago. I know Rebekah is supportive but doesn’t believe there should be a month to celebrate it. She thinks we should celebrate all people all the time and not stereotype. I was just wondering if you agree with her on this, Black History Month, etc…
(RV)I know Rebekah’s views on the issue and to be honest, I have no strong feelings either way on the subject. I don’t think it’s hurting anybody and if someone wants to shine a spotlight on Women in Horror, good for them. I do think we should be celebrated every month, but I also don’t see the harm in calling extra special attention to us for a bit.
So you and Rebekah are best friends and “married” on Facebook. You two seem to catch grief about this from time to time. How do you deal with such negativity?
(RV)We are and we are. Though, if it isn’t obvious to everyone….there is a child growing in Bekah’s belly and she often talks about her boyfriend. We are both straight women. We are “married” on Facebook because we had a very silly, drunken night together and decided to make it that way. We didn’t think anyone would notice or care, but boy were we wrong. It kind of took on a life of its own and yes, some people say shitty things to us about it. My way of dealing with the negativity is to ignore it. A lot of people are big and bad over the internet and they’ll say horrible things, but I make it a point never to get involved in the fights and I don’t even read that crap. I have more important things to do than fill my head with the nonsense of people who don’t even know me.
Can we expect any crazy acts by you and Rebekah this year at Texas Frightmare Weekend?
(RV)Well, considering Bekah will be 8 months along in her pregnancy by then, I don’t know how many wild antics she’ll be up for. I guess I’ll have to get into enough shenanigans for both of us! I’m planning on having a great time and even if there are haters present, I won’t let them ruin my fun!
Would you say that you’re a hardcore horror fan?
(RV)I’d say I’m a hardcore Film Fan in general. I love horror, but Bekah’s way more hardcore in that arena. I love all film. Chick flicks, dramas, action, comedy. I play in all the ponds!
I realize you have been interviewed several times. What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked?
(RV)I have been asked some weird-ass questions in my day. It’s hard to pick just one. I did actually get asked this once : “You’ve been invited to Korea to accept an award for a movie you were involved in. At the awards dinner you discover that the main course being served is dog, a traditional Korean dish. Would you have a problem eating it?”
My answer was yes, I would definitely have a problem.