Beyond 'Twilight,' Korey is best known as an indie movie queen. She garnered accolades for her role as Blue Girl in Carl Bessai's 'Unnatural & Accidental.' She's poised to wow audiences again in 'Stained,' which is being released on DVD on Aug. 30. This time around, she channels her inner dark side to play a schizophrenic serial killer.
Despite all of her serious roles, Korey is actually quite a goofball. She'll have a chance to showcase her silly side in the upcoming flick 'Fishing Naked,' which costars her 'Twilight' buddy Bronson Pelletier. Moviefone caught up with the Canadian-born, L.A.-based actress to get the lowdown on shooting 'Breaking Dawn,' learning stunts from Kevin Sorbo and why she was hand-picked to play a killer.
How did you get involved with 'Stained'?
My demo reel came across director Karen Lam's table. When I was offered the role, they said you're going to play a schizophrenic serial killer. I'm like, what did she see from my reel? Apparently when I'm smiling it looks like everything is great, and when I'm not I look like I can kill somebody. So I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing!
How did you prepare for it?
You have to go into a dark place to play a character like that so I was listening to the kind of music that triggered those kinds of emotions. It was really interesting to delve into that part of your psyche.
No kidding! What kind of music were you listening to?
[Laughs] Actually, it was My Chemical Romance. It's a pretty emo band.
'Breaking Dawn' is coming out soon. What was it like filming that?
Bittersweet. Obviously it's great to be back on set and see everybody, but I knew it was the last movie. I remember being at dinner and just looking around and it was like, 'Are we all going to be friends when this is finished?' I compare movies to summer camp. You have these great relationships and you bond, and then when summer ends you're all like, 'We have to keep in touch!' Then life moves on and you go your separate ways.
How has the dynamic on set changed between 'New Moon' and 'Breaking Dawn'? Was everyone more relaxed and comfortable with each other?
We see each other at 'Twilight' conventions and stuff like that, so we've gotten to interact a lot more than you would on another movie where it finishes and you don't see each other. So that strengthened our bond as a wolf pack unit. You could definitely tell that the movie had changed, as in the budget and the level of movie. When we were filming 'New Moon' the hype was really just starting to pick up and I think that 'Twilight' had just been released internationally, so it wasn't the crazy hoopla that it is right now. Obviously that was intensified by 'Eclipse,' and then 'Breaking Dawn' was another level.
That's really interesting. Are there any tangible examples you can think of? For example, were you having caviar at the craft services table or anything crazy like that?
[Laughs] Nothing crazy like that, because obviously they want to spend the funds on making the best movie possible. There's more people. The security was really intense, because we've had incidents. Like on 'Eclipse' these fans somehow made it onto set. It was actually kind of funny because they obviously had the plan to make it on to set, but then they didn't know what to do when they got on set. So they were standing there and the crew and all of us are staring at them staring at us and everyone's like so ... what now? [Laughs] So security was definitely bumped up.
Are you getting approached by a lot of 'Twilight' fans now?
I don't get recognized, especially when I don't have my bangs. I rarely tell people that I'm an actor in general, but when it does come up they say 'Oh, what character do you play?' When I say I'm the girl with the scar they just stare at my face and say, 'You look really different!' I'm like, 'Yeah, because half my face isn't covered with a scar!' I think people are expecting to see Emily and not me, so I actually don't get recognized.
I know that you just released your first single, what was that process like?
It was amazing! I got to work with Stevie Salas, who has worked with Justin Timberlake and Mick Jagger. He brought this all-star team of musicians like Pink's drummer and Marcus Curiel from P.O.D. and I got to see his magic unfold.
What else do you have coming up? I understand you just did something with Kevin Sorbo?
Yes, it's a movie called 'Avarice.' It's a sci-fi thriller. It was an independent movie so we didn't have a stunt person, so we're doing the scene and Kevin Sorbo was teaching me stunts, and I was like, cool, Hercules is teaching me stunts right now!
What kind of stuff was he teaching you? Were you jumping off buildings or anything like that?
I wish. At some point in my career! No, it was just punches and hits and getting thrown around and stuff like that. And then I'm actually doing a movie in September with Bronson Pelletier, who is in 'Twilight,' and it also has Elyse Levesque from 'Stargate Universe.' It's a comedy. It's sort of an 'American Pie' with a supernatural twist. I do all of these really intense movies, and that's awesome, but sometimes I just want to laugh. I like comedy and I think it's one of my strong points as an actor, but for some reason I think people just see me being serious, which I'm not at all.
Is there anything else you'd like to mention?
For up-and-coming actors or anyone who wants acting advice, I started a Tumblr page and I do everything from Acting 101 to 401, and it goes in steps like how to find an agent, how to do headshots and stuff like that. I always get the question how do I get into acting, so I made a page for it.