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Interview with SONYA SMITH

Summer, 2006, Sonya Smith flies from Mexico City to Los Angeles especially for the theatrical premiere of "Cyxork 7" projected in its original HD-24p format at the Fine Arts Theatre. Director John Huff took advantage of her appearance and did a quick interview.


JOHN HUFF: Sonya Smith, in "Cyxork 7" you play a director who is trying to cross over from documentaries to features but "Cyxork 7" represents a crossover for you as well, doesn't it?

SONYA SMITH: Yes, it does. I've done most of my career in the Spanish language market doing movies and telenovellas (laughs) I don't know, I've lost track how long (more laughter) and, yes, this was my first opportunity to do an English language movie and I'm very very pleased and flattered to have been chosen. I had a wonderful time, it was a wonderful experience and I do take it as a breaking point, an entry point for me in the American market but nevertheless I always want to stay involved in the Spanish language market because that is the market that opened its doors to me first and I love all the fans and all the great people I've had the opportunity to work with. So, I guess, you could say now I'll be swimming in both waters hopefully.

JH: Wonderful. How would you describe "Cyxork 7"?

SONYA SMITH: "Cyxork 7" is like satire, it's black comedy and I think it kind of makes fun a little bit of 'the industry.' Everyone who has anything to do with the industry will find a little bit of themselves in "Cyxork 7," identified, laughed at, but always in a playful way. And I think that kind of wraps it up, you'll just have to see the movie! There's a line that my character Angela says: "The movie will speak for itself." So, see, John, I remembered.

JH: I'm entranced. How would you describe your character Angela?

SONYA SMITH: Angela is this naïve willing director who is wanting to cross over from documentarian to feature films and she is eager to please everybody. She hopes that this movie nobody wants will be her break and she puts her hopes in it and tries to do the best she can but she has a lot of obstacles in her way.

JH: A lot of human obstacles.

SONYA SMITH: Exactly, a lot of human obstacles. Nobody really wants her to direct this movie, nobody likes what she's doing but she's there. She's very persistant and throughout the story she goes through changes that occur within her character and in the whole storyline.

JH: How would you describe the character, Max?

SONYA SMITH: Oh, Max, Max, Max: that control freak. I think he tries to live vicariously through Angela. He tries, through her, to achieve something he hasn't don himself as a writer or director. He tries to control her which she allows in the beginning but later on we see a change in Angela and she starts cutting herself free from his grasp.

JH: We talked to Ray Wise about 'truth in acting' and you seem bound to tell the truth when you act but we're curious, what sets off your 'BS Meter'?

SONYA SMITH: BS. I think all artists have a special sensibility, well, everybody does but maybe it's a little more acute with an artist, actors and such. I always try to trust my gut instincts and I try to go with the flow of a scene and react with a response to what is in front of me. And the BS I despise the most is the BS that occurs lots and lots of times amongst people. I think one should always be honest and truthful with oneself and like people for who they are and what they can share with you. That's the most important thing.

JH: Thank you, Sonya. We all love you.

SONYA SMITH: Thank you!