My first introduction to actor Munro Chambers was when I watched the 2015 film, Turbo Kid. Before then, and since then, he’s gone on to star in a slew of TV shows and films, two of which had premiered at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival, establishing himself as a powerhouse of a performer. Though he has racked up a multitude of varying roles, he has always stood out to me as playing complicated and, as some would say, shady characters. In Jovanka Vuckovic’s feature film debut, RIOT GIRLS, we see Munro portraying the leader of a rival gang who uses disturbing and violent actions to make sure his followers stay in line.
For the North American premiere of the film, I had the opportunity to interview Munro where we talked about his role as Jeremy. The film, which is set in the mid-90’s during a post-apocalyptic experience, centers on two rival teenage gangs on opposite sides of the track who go head-to-head after the adult population is decimated due to a mysterious epidemic. During our chat, we discussed everything from playing villainous characters to the inspiration behind his role as Jeremy.
Hi Munro, it’s a pleasure to speak with you again! To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about your character Jeremy in RIOT GIRLS?
Munro Chambers: Jeremy is the leader of the Titans who rule the West Side. He has very little tolerance for anyone who tries to spoil his party or get in the way of how he chooses to rule.
Jeremy comes off cool and calm but there’s a psychopathic tendency just beneath the surface that most certainly raises its ugly head throughout the film. When it came to getting into that headspace, were there any inspirations that you drew from?
Munro Chambers: There were a lot of film references that Jovanka and I discussed leading up to filming such as Lost Boys, The Outsiders, Warriors and Lord of the Flies to name a few. As far as getting into the headspace for Jeremy, he is a boy who has trouble losing any form of control. So we played with a lot of fear and insecure emotions that would lead to his rage and trigger his malicious actions.
I don’t want to give anything away, but there is an interesting scene that plays out that reveals a secret of yours. Do you think that is one of the reasons Jeremy acts the way he does – knowing that time isn’t unlimited?
Munro Chambers: I think it definitely does. We are seeing Jeremy at his most vulnerable. From members of his crew not being reliable or efficient, to the East side stealing trucks and starting to close in on HIS side. It all starts to become to much for him and it leads him to be more vicious with his decisions.
The last film I saw you in was Knuckleball and you also played a villainous character. What is it about these roles that you find yourself drawn too?
Munro Chambers: I’ve been very lucky to be able to take on roles like this over the last few years. I think they are incredibly challenging and complex. To try and dig into a character and find out what makes them tick, what made them turn into such a malicious person, and how their fear, insecurities and sometimes pleasures drive them; that’s what I find myself drawn to. I’ve always looked up to actors with great range and depth. So anytime I get to portray a character that challenges me or is something I’ve never done, I’ll jump at the opportunity.
Lastly, was there a favorite scene that you did in RIOT GIRLS that you are looking forward to seeing on the big screen?
Munro Chambers: There’s a scene or two that I’m excited about, but I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say is that there are some great moments that show real vulnerability and emotion. Overall, I’m just thrilled to see the final product. It was so much fun and a pleasure collaborating with everyone involved and I hope that comes across on screen.
For more on RIOT GIRLS, check out my review here.