In a follow-up to our interview with rising star and heart throb Cameron Deane Stewart, this week we interview another Bad Kid, the beautiful and talented Augie Duke. Since her break out role starring as Veronica Harmon in Bad Kids Go to Hell, Duke has worked on 8 movies including, Teenage Bank Heist, Coyote, The Badger Game, and a guest starring role in the very popular television series The Mentalist. The list just goes on and on.
How is your role in Bad Kids Go To Hell similar and how is it different from who you really are? Of all your roles you have played, which acting role would you say is most like you as a person?
Veronica reminds me of a couple teenagers I knew growing up. Her mean side reminds me of girls that used to pick on me. I can’t ever say that I was that mean or vengeful. My brother was a Goth growing up so he was a huge influence on the character style for me. I was neither a Goth nor the most popular girl. I would have to say the wanting to be liked more then anything during high school was something that Veronica and I had in common. Veronica just has a different way of showing it.
When I think about every role has a part of me in it. Then of course I have to stretch that by imagining myself into a completely different character. I can’t really say which is harder because it’s always a mix.
That’s a hard question. I have to say that they were all so incredible to work on. I really enjoyed being a cold hearted, bitter young bank robber in Teenage Bank Heist. The recent one I finished was really fun because I was able to play a women with a broken heart out for revenge, but the revenge backfires The Badger Game. ( “uh oh…am I being type cast?”). Each character has her own goals and they all conflict. It’s sort of a dark comedy.
The role I play in Bad kids was one of the most intense and challenging I have played. It has made me a braver and more resilient actor. But I have to say that it certainly helped in playing the “Bad Kid” in The Mentalist.
The fans of Bad Kids are amazing and I truly mean that. I will admit that being complimented by lots of people who have seen the film does boost my confidence . To know that I have affected people makes me feel good as it was one of the major reasons I became an actor.
Honest…truth…I did not know much about comic books. But, wow! Comic book fans are so creative and exuberant. I love comic-cons now. The energy there is just amazing.
Horror films are a blast to work on. I always says it’s like going to sleep away camp and staying up late. I would not say it’s my favorite genre. I would have to say character driven films and comedies are more of my thing. So much truth in them. That’s what made Bad Kids Go to Hell so different from other movies that get grouped in the horror genre.
I have been fortunate to have worked with some respected actors , I will never forget reading with Helen Mirren. She was very kind and supportive and her presence really inspired me in the beginning of my career. I came close to getting the part which was disappointing but just the experience was worth everything. Judd Nelson is one of a kind and I mean that. He really has a warm, shy side to him, and in my eyes is a genius. He showed me some mind blowing inspirational videos on YouTube when we hung out on set. Ben, right off the bat made you feel welcome and comfortable and he is such a pro on set. He is always ready to go and is open to new ideas.. I always want to call him Uncle Ben..
When I was 12 I had the biggest crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Yep..