Interview with Bad Kids Star Augie Duke

Posted on September 25, 2013 by

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.

Bad Kids Go To Hell  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?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Dat Mai captures Augie Duke as Veronica in this great movie still. www.maiphotography.com

Dat Mai captures Duke as Veronica showing how she just wants to be liked by others. www.maiphotography.com

Bad Kids Go To Hell

 Do you find it more or less challenging to play roles that are closer to your “true self”?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Bad Kids Go To Hell  You’ve stayed really busy since starring in BKGTH. What have been some of your favorite  roles?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Augie Duke in Teenage Bank Heist.

Augie Duke in Teenage Bank Heist. Type cast? No way!

Bad Kids Go To Hell  Has any of your previous experience in BKGtH been applicable to more recent roles?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Augie Duke guest stars as the head "Bad Kid" opposite Simon Baker in The Mentalist.

Augie Duke guest stars as Krista,”The Bad Kid” opposite Simon Baker in The Mentalist.

Bad Kids Go To Hell  You’re quickly becoming quite the heart throb among fans. Have your interactions with fans  changed since you starred in BKGtH?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

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Bad Kids Go To Hell  Since working with Bad Kids Go To Hell, have you gotten more involved with the comic book  community? Had you ever been to a comic-con before? What has been your experience with comic-cons since working on BKGtH?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Duke with co-stars Amanda Alch and Ali Faulkner at San Diego Comic-Con

Duke with co-stars Amanda Alch and Ali Faulkner at San Diego Comic-Con

Bad Kids Go To Hell  Since BKGTH you worked on a lot of other roles in the horror/thriller genre. Is this one of  your favorite genres? Do you find yourself enjoying one genre more than another?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.

Bad Kids Go To Hell  Your role in BKGtH has allowed you to work with iconic actors such as Judd Nelson and  Ben Browder. Did you pick up any new tips or advice from these interactions? What are some other iconic actors that you have worked with that you really learned a lot from and would love to have the chance to act with again if given the opportunity?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM 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.. :)

Duke on set with Judd Nelson and Chanel Ryan

Duke on set with Judd Nelson and Chanel Ryan

Bad Kids Go To Hell  So, how can your fans keep up to date with all things Augie Duke?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM I love interacting with my fans. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and IMDb.

Bad Kids Go To Hell  Finally, what is something no one would ever know about you, but will hear it here first?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 1.06.48 PM When I was 12 I had the biggest crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas.  Yep..

"Yep.."

“Yep..”