Underdweller Interview #4 - Ophelia Black

We all know the Burlesque Underground and the Seven Families, but who are the people behind the notorious characters we love to hate and hate to love?

Blacklight brings you a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the cast and crew of the Adult Playground.

Let the Games Begin!

Name: Ophelia Black

Which character/s do you play in the Underground? Scarlett Ophelia Michaels (Baelian Black’s bodyguard and House Security).

What other jobs/responsibilities do you have during a Funday? Front of House and door warden, Stage Management support when needed and all around runner/ fixer-upper for shows.

How did creation of this character come about? By sheer force. She slowly started to peek through until I had no option left but to let her out.

What’s your favourite Underground memory involving your character? When Scarlett first told Eden she loved her out loud. It was such a raw and almost shattering moment, especially for someone who very rarely lets anyone let her see behind her walls.

What do you do to help you get ‘in the vibe’ on a Funday? I have my own Underground playlist, and I will take a moment to put on my war paint (blood red lipstick) and my green contacts. It gives me a mask that I can shut myself away behind and keeps me safe.

If you could play one other character, which one would it be? Probably Raoul, for the clothing and the sheer shininess.

What’s your funniest Underground moment? Raoul, “Ladies and Gentlemen, some man-stealing cunt” when introducing Bella 😂

What moment in the Underground has upset/disturbed you most?  The recent resurfacing of Nikolai and Asinoe’s blood-curdling screams.

What’s your favourite onstage act? Bella’s black lace fans (Todliche Haute). It’s just incredible. Or Pippy’s ‘Pussy Love,’ because it forever cracks me up.

Go-to song for your character? Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, or Undertaker by Puscifer.

Favourite quote from your character?  When Belladonna was melting away after fully taking over the first time, Scarlett had taken her first full look at her when they met in the hallway and told her that she “always liked her in blue.” It was such a tornado of a time that it caused them both to just stop and be for a moment before going back to the crazy.

What is the hardest thing or something odd about physically portraying your character? Scarlett doesn’t like people, so it’s hard for me to get in that head space because I really do like people…most of the time.

What’s been the most difficult thing for you to do/overcome with your character and how did you over come it? Not to comfort people! There are so many emotions flying around the Underground…someone’s always upset. Scarlett is so stony that she feels awkward comforting people, and again, this is completely alien for me!

What can we expect from your character over the next 6 months? A personal journey in the direction of finally truly trusting another human, and the complete abyss of sharing her life with someone.

The Burlesque Underground plays bi-monthly in Melbourne. For event info visit: https://www.facebook.com/burlesqueunderground/

All characters and story lines remain the property of N.Ristovski and the Underground. All character writings within the Underground are fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Copyright © 2015. Natalie Ristovski.

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