Interview with Sarah Habel, Star of “Atomica”

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Sarah Habel has done her fair share of roles in both films and television. She has had pivotal roles in films like The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations and Hostel: Part III. Most recently, she appeared as music teacher Miss Grundy on the hit TV series Riverdale. She takes the lead role opposite Dominic Monaghan and Tom Sizemore in the sci-fi drama Atomica, due for release in theaters on March 17 followed by a Digital HD and VOD release on March 21 from SyFy Films.

World Film Geek talked to Sarah Habel about the film.

First of all thank you Sarah for taking the time to talk about Atomica.
It’s my pleasure, thank you.

What attracted you to the project?
For me, it was the role itself. I mean this was a role that was completely not me. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to work with Dagen [Merill, the film’s director], Tom [Sizemore, who plays Dr. Zek], and Dominic [Monaghan, who plays Robinson], it was a no-brainer.

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Sarah Habel as Abby in Atomica

Your character of Abby is quite an interesting character. In your own words, how would you describe her?
She is a grown-up Girl Scout (laughs). She’s completely focused on the mission. She’s determined to find out the truth. She does the best she can. And she’s restrained, like she feels she is way over her head. So, she is pretty much impenetrable and does as much as she can.

What would you consider your favorite thing about making the film and what would you consider your favorite scene of the film?
My favorite thing about the film is the people I got to work with. We were like a family and me getting to learn from Dominic and Tom with their years of experience, I thought that was pretty cool.

The walk and talk scene with Dominic was kind of tight, and was cool, because it showed him in a more human way than his character conveys. The scene with Tom where he goes through the pain and the times we connect because it shows Abby as she tries to figure out which side she should be on.

You had most of your interactions with Dominic Monaghan. What was it like working with him because I noticed in one particular scene, he goes on about drug use and I swore at one point, you were going to bust out laughing. Did that actually happen while making the film?
(Laughs) I’m sure that almost happened, and that was the thing. To remain so connected with this very interesting character. It was quite a difficult thing, especially for me, to try to engage with him. So it was a very defining moment for me. And I couldn’t laugh because it was a Steadicam shot where it was like walking five minutes half a minute, and you have the cameraman walking with this camera on his back.

I could imagine what would happen.
(Laughs) Oh, I’m sure.

What was it like working with Tom Sizemore as while he had a minimal yet pivotal role in the film?
He was so cool. I was so excited to work with him. He was a true professional and I felt I learned about acting with him. Like only himself as an actor and he was showed true showmanship. So it was great working with him.

I have to say this, I recently saw you in Riverdale and it was truly a great role for you. Do you have any other projects in the works?
Ah! (Laughs) Well, thank you! You’re either a lover or hater. Well, as of now, it remains to be seen what the future holds for me.

Finally, do you have a message for the fans out there?
Yeah! In terms of the movie, it is a fun movie, a thriller. I hope it will make you jump out of your seat a little. There’s a message with Abby, in terms of her finding out the truth, upholding her mission. I hope everyone will get to see her as a strong character so I hope you get to enjoy that.

Exactly. This is one of those movies you can’t really miss a second of it or you will pretty much get lost.
Yes. It’s a wild ride!

Atomica comes to theaters on March 17 then on VOD and Digital HD on March 21. I hope everyone gets a chance to see you in the film. Thank you again Sarah for taking the time to talk about the film.

Well, thank you for taking the time to talk to me.

A Special Thank You goes out to Katrina Wan PR and Sarah Habel for making this interview possible.

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