Interview: Roman Christou on ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Warner Bros latest horror outing The Curse of La Llorona, is the sixth addition of The Conjuring Universe which started back in 2013. Based on the Mexican folklore of La Llorona, the film follows the Garcia family in 1970s Los Angeles who become haunted by a deadly spirit.

We spoke to star Roman Christou, who plays Chris Garcia, one of the two Garcia siblings who is haunted by the La Llorona ghost, to discuss what it’s like starring in the latest instalment of The Conjuring Universe.
 

 
NA: Congratulations on your first feature debut in Warner Brothers upcoming horror film, The Curse of La Llorona! What can you tell us about the movie?

RC: The Curse of La Llorona is about a family that becomes the victims of the weeping woman, aka La Llorona. The story is about how they try to survive her evil spirit. It’s based on a Mexican folklore that is a very popular story told in the Latin community.

NA: How would you sum up your character Chris?

RC: Chris is a boy who is a brave as well as a protective brother and son. He wants to take his dad’s role as the protector in the family.

NA: How much research did you do on the folk tale that the film is based on? I think this is quite a unique aspect of the film.

RC: I read about the folklore on many websites to learn a lot about the story of La Llorona and how she drowned her children. So many kids have grown up with the story of La Llornoa and are afraid of her. I’ve met grown adults who are still afraid of La Llorona.

NA: What was the best thing about starring in a horror film?

RC: It was exciting to film! There was a lot of action. Being able to see how it all came together was very cool.

NA: Do you have any funny stories from set?

RC: It was funny sitting next to La Llorona (Marisol) between scenes and talking about regular things and then when the scene starts she’s trying to kill me. She’s so super nice but when she was in character she was super scary!

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NA: Who would you say your favorite supernatural character is in TV or film? We’re huge fans of Castiel (Supernatural) and John Constantine (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) here!

RC: The Flash and Deadpool are my favorite supernatural characters. I like that The Flash is so creative and I like that Deadpool is so funny and breaks the 4th wall.

NA: Without giving anything away, what would you say is your favorite moment from the film?

RC: My favorite moment in the film is the car scene for sure. There was so much action. It was filmed down by the LA River in the evening. There were a lot of firsts for me that night, rolling up a car window being one of them.

NA: What was it like attending your first premiere!

RC: It was so much fun but the truth is I was a little nervous. It was my first premiere so I didn’t want to mess up. I got through it and the best part was reconnecting with the other actors and crew.

NA: Which other genres would you love to tackle in the future?

RC: I love comedy. I would love to audition for more comedic roles. I also love horror movies now!

NA: Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

RC: Not currently, but I am auditioning a lot and just being a regular kid.

The Curse of La Llorona is set for release on the 3 May 2019.

Nicola Austin

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