Beautiful, intelligent and talented actress, Kim Bubbs is a stylish cross between Grace Kelly and Linda Carter in her demure. The charming, Canadian born actress of the drama Her Only Child and the upcoming Jack Kerouac movie based on his adventures as a young man, On the Road, took time out from her busy schedule to tell us about the new horror film she appears in, The Thing.
Starburst: Hi, Kim, how are you doing?
Kim Bubbs: Great!
Let's talk about the highly anticipated prequel to Universal Studios' The Thing and your character.
The movie's a prequel to the John Carpenter film of the same name. I play Juliette, a French geologist assigned to a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica. While conducting experiments in the area we discover something frozen in the ice that's believed to be at least 10 million years old that isn't anything like in recorded history. When it's accidentally thawed out of its frozen state, it comes alive and begins to pick us off one by one, mimicking anything it touches. It becomes a psychological battle of wits because you don't know who to trust as it begins to infect the team.
Where did you film the movie?
Up in the Toronto area and in some of the local sound stages. The director, Matthijs van Heijningen was terrific to work with! He took so much care in making sure the actors were well fed and warm throughout the filming. He wanted to remain true to John Carpenter's version filming in the same area as the 1982 movie. He's a big fan of John's and has a lot of respect for him.
You can't but not like, John. I worked with him on three pictures, Escape From New York, The Thing (1982) and They Live - he's one of the nicest directors you could be on set with. He knows his shots and set ups inside and out and respects his cast and crew as they respect him.
That's the way Matthijs was on our film.
John's a good role model to have. Tell us about the effects work.
They were very impressive. Again, Matthijs wanted to respect John Carpenter's work in the 1982 version and used puppetry in many of the scenes in order to have a continuity look to the 1982 version. There is some CGI as well, but the puppetry work really adds to the depth of the film.
I remember seeing Rob Bottin's robo-dog Huskies when I first walked on to the Hartland sound stage in North Hollywood for the first time. I did a second take they looked so real. Was there anything like that on the set?
No. No, robo-dogs. (laughs)
What did you do to prepare for the character of Juliette?
I read John W. Campbell's short story, Who Goes There?, watched some of the 1951 version and the 1982 version. I also read a lot of books on geologists to get a sense of what conditions and environments they work in. I watched Werner Herzog's Encounters At the End of the World which is a fascinating look at the landscape and people who live and work in Antarctica. Have you seen it?
No, I haven't, I will definitely check it out. Growing up in Canada, what were your influences on wanting to become an actress?
I had the best of both worlds. My mother is French and my father is English so I got to have a parallel childhood growing up learning a lot about people. Canadians consume a lot of American television and I was able to see a lot of shows that influenced my decision on being an actress.
Are you yourself a big fan of the horror and science fiction genres?
I love science fiction and horror films, but sometimes they tend to stay with you after a few days. I saw Jaws at a young age when I wasn't supposed to, and it had an effect on me.
But, Bruce as they called it, was a robo-shark.
Robo-shark... tell that to a little kid!
I had a great time talking with you, Kim! I'm sure The Thing is going to be a big hit with the fans!
Thank you so much! It was great talking with you too!
The Thing is released October 14th in the US, and December 2nd in the UK