Interview with actor Riley Smith on his early days starring in horror films

Source: Big Daddy Horror Reviews
Date: November 1, 2010

Riley Smith, even if you don’t know who he is right off the bat by name, I am sure you have seen something that he has appeared in. This multi-talented young actor originally modeled, then switched over to acting. He started out in horror films and teeny bopper films. He know finds himself with his most challenging role in an episode of The Closer which is set to air in Dec. He then even proved to be a fine singer! Is there anything he can’t do?!? Riley Smith got his break with leading roles in two horror films- Lovers Lane with then unknown Anna Faris (who got her big break just one year later in Scary Movie, in part because of young Riley) and in the homo erotic Voodoo Academy which was developed for Charles Band’s Full Moon Pictures with David Decoteau directing. After appearing in these movies, more mainstream work followed. Riley had a small role as a gay cheerleader in Bring It On. He had a another small role with then unknown Scarlett Johansson in Eight Legged Freaks. Afterwards, bigger roles in more mainstream projects followed. However, Riley took a minute to reminisce on how he got started out. Here is what he had to say.

So who is Riley Smith and what are you all about?

I’m just a Blue Collar guy from Iowa who followed a dream and got very lucky.

So back when you were starting out, your first leading role in a movie was in a horror film, Lovers Lane. How did you become involved with that film?

Lovers Lane came to me through my manager who was close with the director and casting director. They gave me the script and thought it would be a fun campy horror film that was a great stepping stone to an early career. It was. I had a lot of found memories of the movie, the people and Seattle (Where it was shot)

What was it like back then to switch up from being a model, doing TV pilots, then to being the star of a low budget horror film and having to carry it?

The transition from model to actor was easy, because I always wanted to act. I just had to pay the bills and a short stint in modeling did that until I was fortunate enough to become a full time actor. Carrying a film or TV show is still a something that I learn from every time. It’s such a group effort and you can never give all the credit or blame to one person. Unfortunately, when it’s your picture on the movie poster and your face on every frame of the film or show, it’s usually you who gets the blame or credit. It’s hard work and a lot of luck to get a good one…

You can read the rest of the interview here.