As first impressions go, I don’t remember my impression of Ashlynn Yennie. I was busy hovering around her table, coming back every so often to meet with her except she was swarmed constantly with fanboys. Not the good ones either – no. The stereotypical Creepy McCreepertons looming and drooling over “that hot chick from The Human Centipede.“ I’m pretty sure this is the first time I actually felt really bad for a celebrity.
I figured I would do away with niceties and just get the most pressing question out of the way: How does one wrap their heads around the idea of “I’m going to spend almost an entire movie with my face in someone’s ass?”
When I went in for the audition they didn’t pitch it as this – “controversial European film” is how they said they were going to… you know. I went in and didn’t think it was real, I was like “this isn’t real, what is this?” Then I met Tom’s (Six) sister Ilona and she was just this amazing, beautiful Dutch woman who was like “No it’s a real movie – this is what we’re doing, it’s so crazy.” She showed us pictures and all these things. I left the audition and I could not get it out of my head. I was like this is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of and that’s when I was like, this is killer and I want to be part of this, this is so cool. There was a lot of talk about how they were going to do it without actually doing it and I trusted her completely.
Did you actually have to have your face that close?
It was all fake latex, for part one and part two. It was these fake latex butts that they made that laid over your real butt. So there was inches between you, and there was this bite that you bit down on. So it looks like you were there, but you were actually not really anywhere near it, but you were on all fours.
How was it for you after it was completed and you were able to see the finished product?
My world changed completely after the first one came out! We made the first one and didn’t see anything for one year. Didn’t see a picture or a clip – nothing. A year later we see the trailer and we’re like “Wow! What was that?” because we hadn’t seen any of the footage on set, like that scene when Dieter wakes the centipede up – we had no idea what that scene looked like. A year later you start remembering things because you forget things. Then it was so embraced by the horror community and I was brand new to this whole world and we were just thrown into it. We were getting invited to conventions and premiers and doing all this stuff but the horror fans were saying it was so rad. So my world just opened up and completely changed.
You liked it so much you came back for the second film!
Tom called and asked me. Before the first one was even released, he called me and asked if I wanted to be in the second one, he had this crazy idea. I was like, I totally dig it and yeah. Then he went through and told me all the disgusting parts and there were a couple of moments where I was like, I don’t want to do that, and I asked if we really had to do that and he said yes you have to do that. I trust him and he told me that he wouldn’t make me look bad and I was happy to come back for the second part.
Any idea if you’ll come back for the third part?
I think he killed me twice already, so I think I’m done. But I would come back for the third because I trust Tom completely. If he would ask me to be in the third I totally would, but at this point I don’t think I’m coming back.
Do you have any new projects happening?
I’ve done three films this year (2012). I have one in the horror genre called Schism and that is directed by Adam Gierasch, and he directed the remake of Night Of The Demons with Shannon Elizabeth and Edward Furlong. It’s his film; he wrote and directed it with his wife Jace. It stars Vinnie Jones and Callum Blue. It will be out in early 2013.
Then over the summer I filmed a movie with Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku and Michelle Trachtenberg called The Scribbler. That is based off a graphic novel. It has some horror stuff in it, but it’s more about this girl with multiple personality disorder and she is sent to this home. It’s like Girl, Interrupted meets Sucker Punch. We shot it in 3D – it’s pretty rad.
I filmed a romantic comedy that I just got off set a couple weeks ago and that one will be out in March next year (2013). So yeah, it’s been a good year. I’ve been productive and happy.
Is there a difference between the horror community and the mainstream community?
There is. There is a huge difference, especially the variants of the horror community versus going to Comic Con. We went to a couple of Comic Cons with the Human Centipede group and they did not embrace use whatsoever, so there is a big difference between the two. But I like all of it and you get to meet people. It’s great.
I had to ask her about the creepy fans surrounding her table – how much of a problem has that been?
It was when the movie first came out because people took it way too seriously or literally. I mean there are some creepers out there but the majority of the people are unbelievably awesome and I dig everybody.
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Oh my god! Cereal is my favorite food! You can’t do that to me. That’s like the worst question to ask me. My favorite food in the whole world is cereal. I eat any kind of cereal, but I am a sucker for Honey Nut Cheerios. Morning, noon or night I can eat those. Cereal is just awesome.
After wasting so much time waiting for the flies to buzz off, we didn’t have much time left for any more questions. Ashlynn is far more beautiful in person (so I guess I understand the drooling happening at her table) but she was surprisingly warm and open. I did learn a lesson from this experience – just push my way through if some guy is looming over a pretty girl’s table. She might actually need that excuse to extricate herself from a creepy situation.Have You Read...?