Interview: Haunting of Cawdor Star Shelby Young

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Hey nerds! Wanted to share this interview with Shelby Young with you. If you don’t know her by name yet, you probably will in the future. At 23 she’s already amassed a solid IMDB profile. Acting in things like American Horror Story, the Social Network among others. Her current project is the indie suspense thriller, A Haunting In Cawdor. It’s an enjoyable flick with a lot of young talent, anchored by Saw series veteran Cary Elwes. I don’t know if I’d label it Horror per say. The story does contain horror elements but steers more towards the paranormal suspense thriller genre. Anyways, I was impressed with Shelby’s performance as a troubled teen with some serious dark secrets. I hope you guys have the chance to check it out!

Enough rambling, let’s get to the interview! You guys don’t want to read my babbles.

Your character, Vivian, is quite disturbed. What did you do to prepare to get into the role?

I didn’t have too much time to prepare, actually! I was offered the role of Vivian on a Friday night and was on the plane to Michigan to film the next day. Phil Wurtzel (the writer/director) and I were able to discuss the character in depth once on set though. I’m a big fan of “Girl, Interrupted”, “Donnie Darko” and “Black Swan” which all have unstable characters throughout, I almost feel like the fact I’ve seen each film over ten times helped get me into that mindset. I sort of slightly based Vivian on Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman in Black Swan).

Cawdor is the castle in Macbeth–which is entangled with the plot of the film–do you have a favorite play by the bard?

Hm, probably Hamlet. I love the character of Ophelia (again, an unstable character). Macbeth is a close second, though!

The film was shot in our backyard-we’re based in Detroit–how did MICHIGAN treat you?

Michigan was great! I stayed at the Firekeepers Casino & Hotel and had an absolute blast. All of the local crew were so kind and I even got to attend my first ever college football game! Go Blue!

Cary Elwes, is one of favs–did you ask him to recite Princess Brides lines? I know I would’ve.

Haha, I did not. But Cary was amazing and so gracious to answer any questions other people on set had about his Princess Bride experience. He’s a real class act.


You were on 62 episodes of days of our lives-thanks imdb–in soaps anything can happen– what was the craziest story arc you were involved in? And if you were a soap creator what would it be about?

Hmm… there are two that come to mind. I had a short stint as a wannabe prostitute, that was interesting. And then I was involved in helping
one woman see a baby she had originally stolen? She switched two babies and the one she was raising wasn’t hers, I think hers was still-born (but I can’t exactly remember). Anyway, she was found out after raising this other woman’s baby for a while, so of course she bonded with this baby. Once the actual mother got her child back she was doing everything she could to keep this woman away from the baby. But then my character, Kinsey, came in and felt bad for Nicole (the kidnapper) so I arranged play dates for them in the park. If I were to write an arc on a soap it would probably have to do with an evil twin, that was one of my favorite things about soap’s when I was a kid, the evil twin posing as the good twin storyline.

I saw you also do some voiceover stuff, very cool. You did the voice of Annie in Dead Rising 3–any chance of you popping into the movie series that accompanies the game?

Anything’s possible! I had so much fun shooting that project because it wasn’t only voice acting, I also did all of the motion capture for the role of Annie. Even though the character doesn’t look like me, all of her movements are mine. That technology is crazy! But I love voiceover work so much, I was so lucky this past holiday season to record about eight Toys R Us commercials and they were all fun character voices, mostly dolls so a lot of kid voices. I also just did a movie trailer as a British woman, that was super cool too. I love that in the world of voiceover you can be anything, just because I’m not actually an 8 year old boy doesn’t mean I can’t play one on a cartoon! I would kill to voice a character for Disney, or to be on any animated show or movie.

Few last questions,

You’ve already have been in a bunch of stuff–what projects do you have in the works?

I’m attached to star in a sci-fi thriller, but other than that I can’t really talk about anything! I hate having to avoid this question, it comes up a lot, hopefully I can open up more in depth soon.

Also where can the fans catch A Haunting in Cawdor?

A Haunting in Cawdor will be playing in limited theaters and on most VOD platforms starting March 11th!

Thank you again, enjoyed the flick. Best of luck!

Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the film! 🙂


Haunting of Cawdor: In this tense tale of psychological terror, Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a young twenties woman who’s serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her 90 days of probation takes her to The Cawdor Theater, a dilapidated summer stock theater run by Lawrence O’Neil (Cary Elwes). Lawrence, a failed Broadway director, is now reduced to staging amateur productions with young parolees and raging over the mistakes from his past. Vivian’s arrival in Cawdor starts a terrifying series of events that brings Lawrence’s secret past to the present. After Vivian views an old taped stage production of Macbeth, a force of evil is unleashed which soon turns its sights on her. With the help of Roddy (Michael Welch), a local outcast, Vivian sets about trying to discover who the supernatural killer on the tape is before she becomes the next victim.
-From Friel Films

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