This article was last modified on March 21, 2012.

Interview with Kristanna Loken, “Awesomest Maximus”

Kristanna Loken is an American model and actress best known for her roles as in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne and Painkiller Jane. She is full-blooded Norwegian and hails from New York, though her roots are in Wisconsin, my home state of 31 years.

I had the distinct pleasure of briefly speaking with Kristanna about her newest release, “Awesomest Maximus”.

GS: You’ve done the convention circuit. I assume you love meeting the fans. But what do you hate about conventions?

KL: (laughs) Well, I think it’s probably sweaty palms. I shake a lot of hands when I’m at conventions, and sweaty palms is a little tricky to get around. But honestly, I really do enjoy getting out there, meeting the people and talking to everybody about what’s going on. People have a lot of interesting questions for me, and if I didn’t have those people… they’re the ones who keep me going. It’s an interesting experience and it’s fun.

GS: Did you have any Wisconsin stories or things you’d like to say about this lovely state?

KL: Yes. I spent a lot of time in Wisconsin growing up, as you know, because both of my parents are from there. I spent summers on the lake, and about 85% of my aunts, uncles and cousins live there so I get back fairly frequently. It’s a nice little taste of home.

GS: And it’s especially nice this week.

KL: You have good weather?

GS: It’s 78 right now. (This was on March 14, 2012 — still winter!)

KL: What?? That’s warmer than it is here. Wow.

GS: What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about Uwe Boll?

KL: Good question. I like to call him “crazy brilliant”, because I do think there’s a method to his madness. He’s really good at getting people together and organizing his films. And I think it was a nice departure for him to do something like “Darfur”, which I was in but also worked on the producing side. We did that film unscripted and it was bold to do a film about genocide in an unscripted format. There’s also a lot of freedom as an artist — it was the first time I had done a film like that and it was a learning experience. So, again, there is a method to his madness.

GS: Fair enough. He just gets so much flak from people…

KL: I know. Anybody who will go into a boxing ring with their three worst critics, now that’s a little outside the box. And there’s a brilliance there. Definitely a craziness, but a brilliance, too.

GS: What drew you to “Awesomest Maximus”?

KL: The script came to me, and I was happy to do something a little bit different, which this movie definitely is. It was really fun to do a comedy. I found the script to be funny and very politically incorrect. Pushing the envelope, which I like to do with my work in any regard. And Will Sasso is a real talent, so it was a variance of things that ended up having me say, “this is a good idea”.

GS: The humor is hard to characterize. Obviously, it’s crude and juvenile. But there is an underlying intelligence there, too.

KL: Yeah, exactly. You’re right. It’s clever in its broadness.

GS: There is a certain prop in the movie, I don’t want to say what it is, but you and Sophie Monk have this prop… and I’m curious where it is now.

KL: (laughs) I’m assuming you’re talking about the black appendage?

GS: Yes.

KL: I have no idea where that currently resides. (laughs)

GS: I’m just curious if it ends up in a supply closet somewhere or if someone gets to keep it…

KL: It’s a really valid question. Maybe someone can find out about that. Does it go into anonymous props? Is it someone’s souvenir?

GS: You were recently in Eastern Europe… What is Kazakhstan like?

KL: It’s a real experience. I was there for a month. The people were very welcoming, and interesting in their look. They’re Asian, but they speak Russian. It’s been a free democratic country for 20 years and it’s like the 5th largest country in the world. It’s a huge land mass with a lot of natural resources, so they’re building it up. They’re a proud people that really want to share their country with the world. I was impressed. Some interesting foods, that’s for sure. I had fermented horse’s milk, which was a little bizarre.

GS: Were there logistical issues, or was it like shooting here?

KL: I think the film industry is very new to them. Communication was a bit of a challenge because people don’t speak English there. And, in their defense, why should they? For me not speaking Russian, it was a bit challenging. But we had interpreters and we got by. They seem very keen on growing the film community. They’ll get there.

GS: I see our time is running out, so thank you… perhaps I will see you at a convention.

KL: Yes, you might. Thanks!

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