by Michelle Swope
Amber Benson is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, produced and starred in her own films Chance (2002) and Lovers, Liars & Lunatics (2006)
Amber will star in Seraph Films’ upcoming feature film, The Nightmare Gallery. The project is a co-production with AWOL Studios. The story follows Amber Benson as an anthropology professor as she investigates the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. A mysterious collection of occult artifacts leads her on a nightmarish, Da Vinci Codeesque journey toward an unspeakable truth that will threaten her career, her marriage, and her sanity. – Seraph Films
Since starring on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you’ve been involved with several horror projects. Do you prefer horror film over other genres?
I love working on horror films because you get to explore thoughtful questions about society, without preaching to anyone. Horror is so layered that you can just enjoy the horror part, if that’s all you are interested in, or you can dig deeper and think about what the filmmakers are trying to say…the message tucked in underneath the blood and gore.
What appealed to you the most about the lead role of the professor in The Nightmare Gallery?
I thought she was well written and smart. She didn’t make dumb choices to further the plot. She was a bit of a bad ass and I that always speaks to me as an actor.
In The Nightmare Gallery, your character is married to another woman. Do you think there is a lack of strong LGBTQ characters featured in horror films in general?
I think there is room for improvement in the representation of women, LGBTQ and POC characters across the board in every aspect of entertainment.
When did you first know you wanted to be an actress and was there anyone, famous or otherwise, who inspired you?
I was in a ballet as a kid and I realized I didn’t love doing the dancing, I loved being onstage and having the audience clap for me. I think my parents inspired me…they always told me I could be anything I wanted to be…and they were right.
I understand that The Nightmare Gallery is scheduled to begin filming this summer. Do you have any other upcoming projects after The Nightmare Gallery that you can tell us about?
I’m going to be working on a show that my friend is directing…and then I’m just gonna be writing, writing, writing…which is primarily what I do now.
As a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have to ask – Do you have a favorite memory of working on the series that you can share with us?
Probably the funniest moment was walking into a pole in the musical episode, thinking no one had seen me do it…and then watching the episode and realizing my pole hit had made the final cut.
Thank you so much Amber, for taking the time to talk with HNN! I really look forward to seeing The Nightmare Gallery and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
My pleasure…very excited to get The Nightmare Gallery up on its feet. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Amber Benson’s IMDB