Khandie Khisses talked to Bleeding Cool about her role in Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins' Show Pieces,
Khandie Khisses is many things. Veteran soldier, burlesque dancer, stand up comedian, occasional contributor to Bleeding Cool – and actor in Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins' Show Pieces, recently showing at London's FrightFest. We bumped into each other at the Kickstarter premiere.
Rich Johnston: His Heavy Heart reveals that your role in The Show is that of a goddess. Is that something you were aware of Jimmy's End? How did you change the way you addressed your role between the films?
Khandie Khisses: During the whole Jimmy's End experience I knew there was talk of a second appearance in the next film for Beryl (my character).I just wasn't sure what was in store for her. That said with Mitch and Alan involved, anything is and was possible.
There is no direct character change with the films as they progress. Beryl is still the slightly unhinged side kick to the clown Bobbles. However His Heavy Heart shows the more sinister side to their relationship. I have to say I do like the notion that Beryl is a macabre goddess. A macabre stripping bare bride goddess.
RJ: We learn a little of the clown's history in His Heavy Heart but very little of yours. Do you know where your character came from? Is her name really Beryl?
KK: Yes Beryl is really Beryl. I don't want to divulge too much of Beryl's past as this may be revealed later but needless to say some of her past is drawn from my own. Alan is fantastic at creating back stories for his characters. Every single person you see on that screen, no matter how fleeting he created a back story for them.
RJ: The first film took place in a relatively comfortable working men's club. The second in an abbey. Mitch Jenkins said that due to power concerns they had to choose light over heating. How did you fare in the cold and damp?
KK: Badly. The other characters bar Stef Peddie were in suits and I was in what was bra 'n pants. I felt like the kid who had left her P.E. kit at home. I spent 5 days freezing my arse off. They did provide heaters,blankets and hot tea throughout but lets be honest all that needed to be removed from scene when shooting. I wouldn't change it for the world. I had the most amazing time regardless. My costume has steel boning so this was cold against my skin and ultimately I was so sick after shooting I was hospitalised. Still the best time of my life.
Sadly the costume didn't fare too well and needed a lot of TLC. The constant damp has resulted in the fabric warping. My skin took a battering too with constant cold it started to breakdown and mark. All sorted with in days of filming ending. Best time ever though. Well worth it.
RJ: If The Show moves to feature film and TV series as the creators intend, do you expect to be reprising your role?
KK: I would love to. I would UTTERLY love to but that decision is in the hands of the gods AKA Alan and Mitch.
RJ: Do you think your career in burlesque – or even stand up comedy – prepares you for the idea of being treated, by some, like a goddess?
KK: I am not used to be called a goddess…its somewhat funny to say the least. I am overwhelmed by the attention from audiences and fans. None of which wouldn't be happening had I never started the journey with the Show Pieces team. I like to think I am still the down to earth idiot I have always been.
RJ: Has working on these films changed the way you see the world at all?
KK: For me, I never thought I was going to be an actor. I have however learnt that taking the plunge to try something new can really pay off ten fold. I have seen the somewhat seen how fickle the world can be, those who weren't interested in me before, are suddenly my best buddies and doors that had been closed are now springing open. I have learnt to be cautious and enjoy every second because it might never happen again for me.
Top photo copyright Khandie Khisses. Trailer below from His Heavy Heart. Show Pieces is currently on the film festival, and a longer, more complete version, can be bought from Lex Records.