Andrea Russett has
mainly made waves with her millions of followers on YouTube, Instagram,
Vine, Twitter and other social platforms. Now she is part of a
revolutionary new experiment Ė Sickhouse Ė the first movie made
specifically for social media.
originally from Indiana where she worked as a radio DJ. When she was
moved to California, where she pursued her career as a YouTuber and
actress. Russett has become something of a social media superstar, with
2.5M subscriptions and 183M views on YouTube.
This is bearing
more fruit as the acting world is opening up for her. She has been in
movies such as Expelled (with fellow YouTube star Cameron Dallas)
and the short "Lovesick." Now Russett has been a big part of
creating the new movie Sickhouse, a wild experimental horror film
completely filmed via Snapchat.
gained a huge following on social media and YouTube. What's the best
part of it all?
like having millions of friends online that are always there for you at
any given time. For example, if I am having an off day, or I am feeling
upset, I can just go on Twitter and tweet about it. I get immediate
responses trying to cheer me up, or people are just trying to make me
smile, which it really cool. I am really blessed to have all these
people genuinely caring about me.
You went to Africa
not too long ago in partner with the Thirst Project, a charity to get
safe drinking water to people who do not have access to it. What was
that experience like?
It was honestly
the best experience of my entire life. I did a lot of fundraising two
months prior to the trip. I actually ended up going to Swaziland with
the Thirst Project, as part of a team. It was really cool, because we
were in a village and we really got to see firsthand how this issue was
really affecting people. The drought was doing all this damage. It was
life changing to see it all and be there helping out.
Where did you guys
get the idea to film
Snapchat? And what was it like to be filming the whole time from that
point of view?
brought the idea to me and asked if I would be interested. I was
immediately so intrigued and interested, just the concept of putting a
movie on a platform like Snapchat really interested me. It was very
different from any other thing that I have ever done, because you only
have 10 seconds at a time. It goes up right away and its happening in
the moment. There were a lot of struggles that went along with it, but
it was also a great learning experience. I was constantly learning as we
were shooting. It was really cool!
What was it like
working Laine Neil, Sean O'Donnell and Lukas Gage?
Oh my gosh, it was
constant laughter. They are the best group of people ever. I am really
thankful we got to do the movie together and we got along so well. I had
known Sean for about four years now. It was really cool working with
everyone, especially in between takes because we would scare each other
and just freak each other out. It was fun being around friends. It was
just like we were going on a normal camping trip just hanging out as a
group. It was really cool!
What was it like
being one of the producers?
It was incredible.
It was really awesome working and collaborating with Hannah who was
awesome to work with, I had a lot of input with what should be in the
film and what shouldnít be there and my opinions were valued as well
which was really great, the crew was perfect to work with and it was all
super collaborative and everyone was excited to hear my ideas and we all
worked really well together.
In the movie you
guys look terrified, but from having done it and everything looking
back, was it as scary as it was in the moment?
Oh it was def
terrifying, they told us the house was actually haunted and I believed
it, it was super freaky and there were a lot of freaky things that were
going on while we were shooting in the house and just being in the woods
at night in the dark is just creepy in general, like you hear one thing
and your mind thinks so many things and like you think you hear an
animal and your mind thinks someone in the woods trying to murder us
all, we definitely didnít have to pretend that we were sacred it was
What is the story
Itís the story
about these four social media obsessed teens that decide to take a trip
into the woods and find this place called Sickhouse and along the way,
the theme of social media being this virus is present and everyone's
phones are left behind expect for mine and Taylor is snap-chatting the
whole thing and we can see where she is snap-chatting too much and there
are conflicts that come with that and when we end up at Sickhouse things
go wrong as usual, but my favorite part of the whole movie is the last
five minutes itís just insane everything just hits the wall and its
Did you enjoy the
acting portion of the film and would you like to do more of that?
stick to YouTube. I will never get off YouTube. Itís like home-base for
me, but I do want to continue acting. Itís so much fun to take on a role
and be someone else and its super different from YouTube because on
YouTube I am myself and when I am acting I am a different person so I
really enjoying acting and I will be continuing acting in the future.
What were the best
and worst part about being there?
My favorite part
was the night we filmed the bonfire scene because we actually got to set
up camp and we had a bonfire and símores and tents and it really felt
like we were camping as friends, we were all scaring each other and
freaking each other out, it was a lot of fun. The worse part was
probably all the bugs. I really, really hate bugs and there were huge
spiders everywhere I looked, so that was pretty awful.
Would you ever go
back to the place where the movie was filmed?
I donít know if
would go back to the woods like that. We were literally in the middle of
the woods, which is terrifying. It was terrifying being there, but I
would go camping again for sure.
Do you think you
would do a movie on Snapchat again?
Absolutely, itís a
whole new platform. There is so much to be explored with it and so many
opportunities just waiting to be taken so I for sure would so another
movie on Snapchat.
If you could
describe the movie in three words to someone who hasn't seen it yet,
what words would you choose?
Raw Ė because a
lot of it was real life and we totally forgot we were filming at times.
Super raw, intriguing and unique.
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