In the new horror movie Jug Face, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, and Lauren Ashley Carter play members of a backwoods cult which sacrifices people to a pit-dwelling monster. Sounds creepily intriguing? Indeed it does. And we haven’t even mentioned the ghosts. Or the incest. Or, for that matter, the artisanal jug-making.
The directorial debut of Chad Crawford Kinkle, Jug Face is currently available on VOD and arrives in cinemas this Friday. Below, the endearingly candid Sean Young talks about the film — and much, much more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hi, how’s it going?
SEAN YOUNG: Good, good.
I was told you are in the middle of holding a garage sale.
I am. [Laughs] I’m moving into New York the day after tomorrow. All my stuff is there already. We’re just sort of wrapping up everything in this three-bedroom place that I’ve been at. I’m walking away now. You have my full attention!
If I was there, what bargain could I pick up?
I have this big, outdoor furniture set that I bought from a friend of mine who’s a stuntman for $1500. It’s this outdoor patio furniture that’s wrought iron. It’s a couch and two chairs and a coffee table and end tables and then a four-seater dining room table. It’s from the ‘50s. They don’t make them any more like this. I kind of hope nobody comes and gets it and I have to find a friend to use it for me for a while.
How much are you asking?
I want $1500 because that’s what I paid and I put all new glass on it.
That’s a bit rich for my blood.
I know. But it’s adorable!
I’m sure it’s lovely. Anyway, we should probably move on and talk about Jug Face. You may or may not take this as a compliment, but I thought you and Larry Fessenden made for a completely believable pair of backwoods hicks.
Oh I agree. Larry’s great, man. He’s fantastic. He was a lot of fun. Everybody on this was wonderful. There was no baggage anywhere. It was great.
When I spoke with Larry a while back, he told me that he thought you both have a little redneck in you.
Well, I think it’s true. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and I have a very, down-to-earth, Appalachian-girl feel. My kids call me “The Appalachian Cook” because, basically, if I can’t cook it in 20 minutes, I’m not going to do it. It has to be quick, and down-and-dirty, and eat-food-now kind of cooking.
You should pitch that to the Cooking Channel: Sean Young is The Appalachian Cook.
I know, I know. It’s hilarious, isn’t it?
What did you think when you read the script for Jug Face?
I thought, “Yay! Someone wants me to be in a movie!”
And beyond that?
The script I think is well-written. I’m not much of a horror-girl but I think what makes me unique as an actress is I’m not stuck-up and I really can do anything, given support and given a good crew, a good group. And this is a good group. I don’t watch horror movies myself but I know they’re very popular and it was a good character and I love Lauren and I really thought that it would go well.
You have a great sort-of reverse-chemistry with Lauren, by which I mean I absolutely believed in your characters’ rather twisted relationship and your tormenting of her.
Oh, I know. Isn’t it awful? I find it hard to play unlovable characters — because I’m so lovable that playing unlovable people is challenging. Did you notice how much the costumes helped the picture? Michael Bevins did the costumes and I thought they really added a lot to the picture, because they were all handmade by him. He didn’t go shopping and pick stuff out, he actually made everything, like they did in the good all days, when they actually made your costumes for you. I thought they added a lot.
They looked authentically itchy.
Yeah. And kind of dowdy. I was really impressed. I have another new movie that played the Long Island Film Festival called Send No Flowers. And that’s with Tony Lo Bianco and Gianni Russo and Russ Carmarda. I look really good in this picture. I mean, in Jug Face they actually worked really hard to make me look old and crappy. In Send No Flowers, if you can check it out, you’ll see that I actually look wonderful and cute and fantastic. When I saw Jug Face, I told Andrew (van den Houten, Jug Face producer), “Oh, Andrew, you don’t know how hard it is to see yourself look old when you’ve been one of the most beautiful women in the world.”
What’s the word, if any, on your involvement in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel?
Mmm, let’s see. Alcon — they’re the ones that own it and apparently they have Ridley to direct it — and when I met with them they didn’t make any offer-plans to include me. And when I called Ridley Scott’s office, he doesn’t call me back. So I guess they’re going to go, like, prequel or…I don’t know what they’re going to do. But my official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it. Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. It’s really stupid. That’s my opinion! I mean, you try to tell people something sensible in Hollywood and sometimes they just don’t listen, you know. And they usually pay the price too, because everybody’s an expert.
Do you know what’s next for you?
I think I’m going to do a play called Ava, that’s about Ava Gardner. It’s a one-woman show. The man who wrote it, Edward Epstein, I actually met it because I did a skating benefit for Ice Theatre of New York in June. Douglas Webster asked me to do it. I knew Douglas because I had done that Skating with the Stars show a couple of years ago and he was the choreographer. That show didn’t go on to a second season because none of the stars have any guts in California. [Laughs]. And it’s really hard to skate. I mean, really hard. So nobody wanted to contend with that. And I can understand why, because it was probably one of the most difficult things I’d ever done. But I got a lot out of it. So he asked me to do it again and I did and I got much better. Now I go to skating lessons for adults. It keeps you in real good shape.
Douglas knew a guy named Edward Epstein, who wrote Ava. Most likely, we’re going to mount it in Utah because we have people who want to do it there. But now we have interest from a couple of other people. So we’re just figuring out now how to proceed.
I could absolutely see you as Ava Gardner.
I know! I know! When I read it, I just couldn’t put it down. I mean, I’ve read so many scripts where, ten pages in, I’m like, “Oh, puh-lease. Send me something good!” Because a lot of stuff isn’t good and you’ve got to take what you can get. But this is wonderful. It’s funny, a lot of who she was, I can identify with — a lot.
Of course, if you move to Utah, you’re going to need that garden furniture.
At a certain point, you’ve just got to cut bait, you know what I mean? Lower your load!
You can see the trailers for Jug Face and Send No Flowers below.