Hi!!! My name is Kristina Santiago. I am a local film actress and model. Im originally from the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation (Catt Territory). Lived in Hamburg but will be moving to lovely Angola, NY with my 9 year old mini Leila and my three fur baby cats Maxwell, Nola, and Orianna!!
What is the best thing about working in horror?
I grew up with an enormous love of horror!!! So the best part for me is being able to fulfill a lifelong fantasy of being a part of the suspense, fear, and shock that horror movies did for me!!
Can you say anything about your movie you have be in?
Currently i am working with the ever awesome Emir Skalonja on a couple projects. One about a local town legend, another about a post apocalyptic world, and one that im not too sure i can talk about yet?! But ive loved working with Emir so far and cant wait for everyone to see them!!
Why do you work in the film industry?
Ive always enjoyed making a fool of myself on stage growing up since second grade. So when stage life ended, i wanted to give film its shot and started auditioning in 2012. Got in a movie and fell in love instantly!!! My first film was a horror comedy where im topless and die immediately. It was a blast!!!
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Currently finishing up Emir Skalonja's "Massacre of Holland Rd". Then ill be in his upcoming films "Veronika" and "Anthropocene" which i cant wait to start filming!!! These are some amazing scripts Emir has written! The ideas are super dark, deep, and im really excited to be a part of!! I am also working on a film called "West End Girls" with Brian "Dudeman" Zabrycki which plays homage to slasher films with a twist!!! All awesome films coming this year!!
What was the project you learned the most from?
The first project i ever worked on. It didnt take off and i cant remember the name but during filming we had a dramatic director who never kept schedules, pushed peoples limits, all the actors but me were fired at some point in the middle of filming, and then i ended up quitting as well two months after when the director pushed me too far. It being my first project, i didnt know that what he demanded i didnt have to do. I thought i HAD to do things in the name of film but you really dont. You dont have to drop absolutely everything for only one persons vision. Film is a team effort and when you find that great team, filming comes together in the best of ways!!
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
Area 51??? I think....i have a shudder subscription so i watch horror movies regularly!! But Area 51 was pretty cool. It didnt get all super cgi like most alien movies do.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
Right now im loving up on the VHS series. I like where they took their stories using a first person perspecitve and some of the stories are really twisted and mind blowing.
How do you prepare for a movie?
Depending on the movie, i do all the typical actor stuff. I read the script over and over, i talk to myself a lot during those days in a mirror or my daughter helps me through them. I then listen to music that fits how im supposed to feel and center on those feels and do the thing!!
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
Uber famous-Ryan Reynolds because hes funny as ever and he is someone ive always wanted to learn from
Buffalo famous- Dominic Luongo, ive known Dom a very long time. I met him through my love of escape rooms and think hes sooooo effing good at everything he does with acting.....i just realized i like Dom for the same reasons i like Ryan Reynolds....he is a Buffalo Ryan Reynolds lol
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
Facebook and instagram....i have an imdb....but i do not keep up on it....i think i should....
What is your personal definition of horror?
Personal definition of horror to me is being able to control emotional responses of people when they are afraid. People do the craziest things when responding to fear. Some are better than others at controlling their flight or fight instincts but those that dont, those are the ones that will do the most damage soley on the fact you knew how to get into their heads.
Who is your current inspiration?
My daughter Leila. She watches me do movies and practice my lines and sees me model and often shes said she wants to be like me. Confident, happy, and achieving dreams. Peeps were straight up bullies growing up and I lost myself and my happiness because of it. So now i chase after my dreams and be myself and sure.....rub in that my lame dreams are helping me do greater things than i ever dreamed to my doubters. But more than ever, I want to be the example for Leila that you can do whatever you put your mind to and that if people think youre weird or dont like you, drop them!! On their heads...no dont do that, but leave people that want you to.