In each post, we will introduce you to the cast and crew of The New World Horror. Tawnie plays Aisha in The New World Horror, and recently played Megan in another indie horror film, Don’t Go To The Reunion.
Aisha was born in a Sunni Muslim family. Her father was a poet and school owner, running a chain of schools in Pakistan. Aisha’s father would educate her at home. Aisha begged her father to be enrolled in the local school, even though the Taliban forbids girls to be in school. Aisha didn’t care…she wanted to go, and she did finally convince her father to let her go to school. Suddenly, her father’s schools started becoming a Taliban target and one school, although empty at the time, was bombed. His father was furious and scared. When Aisha was 15, three members of the Taliban approached her at the bus stop. They shot her in the head and the neck. She remembers seeing Daniel taking care of her on the street, but it all seemed like a dream. Eventually, she woke up in a hospital in London and the first person she saw, even before her father, was Daniel. She knew then that he saved her life. He later asked her to marry her and Aisha immediately said yes. They stayed in England and Daniel finished up his degree at Cambridge. The couple moved to the United States, and Aisha went to school at UW Madison to study nursing while Daniel worked as a biology professor. Aisha also enjoys helping Daniel at his lab at the university, until the New World Horror….
Tell us about your character and how you are going to portray her.
Aisha is an incredibly strong willed and intelligent woman who has come through the huge difficulties in her life to grow and learn from them. She is an exceedingly caring person with great power on empathy, but she also has a very strong moral code; though she may not hold other people to her own moral standards, she is very hard on herself. She is certainly not afraid to speak her mind and tell the truth whether it is difficult or not and doing the right thing is always her guiding light. I am unbelievably excited to do all of the research and dialect work for this role and really bring some snap into the character.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is by far my favorite horror film. I love that they take the genre so far as to turn it into a satire of itself, but still maintain incredibly well done effects and nods to traditional horror humor. I think that the acting is phenomenal and the script is well-thought out allowing multiple perspectives of the same situations. And I like laughing, which this film allows me to do a lot of.
What are you most looking forward to about working on this movie and why?
My favorite thing about starting a new project is getting to know new people and learning the different ways that they work. I love finding new ways around the challenges presented by a script and working to make a great final product.
How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
I think this depends on which type of zombie we are discussing. Are we talking the fast and strong zombies or the slow and stupid zombies? Either way, the key to surviving any sort of apocalypse would lie in the assembly of a good team of people, and finding the right location in which to weather the storm. (partially stolen ideas from my boyfriend, Ethan Eichstedt-Anderson)
About Tawnie: Tawnie is a Milwaukee-based actor who is somewhat new to the world of horror films, though fans of the indie horror world might recognize her as Megan Cunningham in Don’t Go to the Reunion. She holds her BFA in Theatre-Performance from UW-Whitewater and has worked on the stage extensively, recent credits include Venticelli in the World’s Stage Production of Amadeus, Georgeanne in Theatre Unchained’s 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Gibril/Jibber/Ifrit in TheateRed’s world premiere of A Thousand Times Goodnight. Tawnie is crazy excited to get to work on this film and hopes that you will all enjoy every second of it.