An actor, singer, and fashion guru, Chester Lockhart is positioning himself to be the ultimate jack of all trades. Whether you are familiar with their acting chops, music background, or their friendship with Todrick Hall, one thing is for certain, Chester Lockhart is a name to remember. For their latest project, they find themselves on the run from a sadistic killer on New Year’s Eve in MIDNIGHT KISS, the newest installment of Blumhouse’s Into the Dark series.
For the release of the film, Nightmarish Conjurings had the opportunity to chat with Chester about their latest role as Zachary, in the horror anthology. During the interview, Chester discussed everything from his love of the horror genre as well as visibility for the LGBTQ+ community.
I absolutely adored Zachary. Can you talk a bit about what interested you in the role?
Chester Lockhart: In real life, I’m quite the eccentric little fairy and so when I read the role, I was just like super stoked. First of all, I’m a huge horror fan and have been my entire life, so I was just dying to be in a horror movie, period. When I saw the project, that it was a truly queer-centric horror movie being produced by a major horror studio like Blumhouse, I was all for it. When I read the role I was like, “Hunny, this is me, this is mine.” I was just immediately taken by it.
Speaking of the horror genre, correct me if I’m wrong, but did I see on IMDB that you were an extra in the first Purge film?
Chester Lockhart: (laughs). You know what happened? I had a small part, a few lines, in the original Purge that I filmed but didn’t end up making into the final cut of the movie. Back then, they kept everything very under wraps and The Purge wasn’t an established series yet, so I didn’t know anything about it. I saw a picture of myself on set in the mask but it didn’t make it into the movie.
Well, as fate would have it, you had the opportunity to work with Blumhouse again for Into the Dark. One thing I noticed right away was that your character wore some fabulous outfits. Did you get to help in choosing those?
Chester Lockhart: Oh, absolutely. Whenever I film anything, usually I’m asked, but I always bring a suitcase full of my own stuff to choose from. In the film, you can see me wearing accessories and shoes and other stuff that are mine. I don’t want to say I’m a control freak but I have a very clear vision of what I like (laughs).
How was it working with such a strong LGBTQ+ cast and crew?
Chester Lockhart: It just felt so good. Obviously Carter [Smith], the director, he has such a brilliant eye for everything and that’s why I think the movie looked so great and was so beautiful to watch. But beyond that, these stores, these people – Erlingur [Thoroddsen] wrote such a cool story about real, authentic people that I think comes across on screen. These are just real people that you know are your friends. It feels very real, low-key and relatable. I think sometimes we make such a fuss about if the characters are LGBTQ and they have to have these enamoring heartbreaking storylines but in reality, we are people. We are fighting for representation as regular people. So I loved, loved working with people who were so fun. It was such fun being on set with Augie [Prew], Lukas [Gage], Scott [Evans], Ayden [Mayeri] – everyone was just so fun to work with and we grew really, really close at the end of it.
Talking about visibility and representation is so important. Was it exciting to see yourself represented on screen?
Chester Lockhart: It was just so sweet. It was just refreshing to be part of a project that feels so natural. Even ten years ago you couldn’t even find, especially in the horror genre, gay characters that were relatable that didn’t have this crazy, run-off storyline. All the main characters, the entire plotline, is gay, queer, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay (laughs). I’m not saying it’s not great to see myself on screen, but it’s even better to have characters that I relate to on-screen in my favorite genre which is notoriously not LGBT related.
MIDNIGHT KISS is now available to stream on Hulu. For more, check out our review of the film here.