Exclusive Interview with “The Lullaby” Star Reine Swart

Uncork’d Entertainment gives birth to evil with the chilling The Lullaby, in theaters and VOD March 2.                                   

Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe will do everything in her power to protect her son. Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in a Darrell James Roodt film, opening in theaters across the U.S and available on VOD 3/2.

-PH: Where’s home for you Reine?

-Reine: I’ve been living in Portland, Oregon for over a year and now we are moving to Southern California. I am originally from South Africa and in South Africa I called Centurion home.

-PH: Do you generally prefer to stay close to home and work?

-Reine: I don’t have a preference, although come to think of it, it is sometimes nice to go back to your own home everyday. On the other hand when you shoot away from home, then you learn so much of a new place, which is also cool. Thus I’ll stick with no preference.

-PH: Where did the Lullaby film? Close to home?

-Reine: Parts of it filmed very close to where I grew up and other parts filmed in this beautiful ghost town in South Africa called Kaapsehoop. Kaapsehoop was further away and grateful to have experienced this amazing small town.

-PH: How did you psyche yourself up to play this emotionally-draining role?

-Reine: I did a lot of research on postpartum psychosis. It is really a scary mental illness and that definitely assisted me to prepare for the character. I also did not want to judge my character, but instead wanted to understand Chloe. 

-PH: Do you know if the writer based the character on anyone?

-Reine: A lot of the behavioural aspects in the film were based on previous cases of women with postpartum psychosis. 

-PH: Why did he think of you for the part – any idea?

-Reine: I auditioned for the part and truthfully I think I freaked them out more than anything else. In the casting room I was the only one who looked like a train wreck.

-PH: What have you got coming up?

-Reine: You can see me in 20th Century Fox’s “The Empty Man” and a few other indie films including “Losing Addison” and “Siklus”.

-PH: Would you say you gravitate towards a particular genre?

-Reine: I like drama, horror and everything surreal, thus these type of projects do resonate with me.

-PH: Tell us about a geeky guilty pleasure of yours – be it a film, a video game, a boardgame, cheesy TV series…

-Reine: As a kid my parents made me play chess and I never really liked it, because I wasn’t good and my sister was one of the top kids in South Africa. More recently, I’ve learnt that I actually like it, because at least I can play better than the norm (or so I think).

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