After braving the horrors of 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville: The Awakening, Taylor Spreitler takes part in another popular horror franchise in Leprechaun Returns. With the eighth Leprechaun movie now on Digital and On Demand from Lionsgate, we caught up with Spreitler in a new Q&A feature to discuss her role as Lila in Leprechaun Returns, working with Linden Porco (who plays the title character this time around), and watching the Leprechaun movies with her friends to get ready for the release of the new movie.
Hi Taylor, thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, and congratulations on Leprechaun Returns! What was the audition process like for the role of Lila?
Taylor Spreitler: Hello there! Thank you so much! I was actually in NY filming Kevin Can Wait when I heard about Leprechaun Returns and their interest in having me play Lila, and I couldn’t resist playing such a fun role, so I hopped on a plane to South Africa a few hours after wrapping my show!
Were you a fan of the Leprechaun franchise before joining it? Did you and your fellow cast members watch any of the previous movies to get a feel for how to approach the new movie?
Taylor Spreitler: I had heard of it and actually after I was done filming, my friends and I would have Leprechaun weekends and we watched all of them before this one came out!
Linden Porco really brought a lot of personality and energy to the role of The Leprechaun. What was it like working with Porco when he was wearing The Leprechaun makeup?
Taylor Spreitler: He was such a trooper and such a blast to work with! He would always come up behind me and start doing his Leprechaun laugh to scare me!
Looking back at your time on set, is there a favorite or funny moment in particular that stands out?
Taylor Spreitler: The whole experience was amazing and we all had so much fun! I think my favorite days on set were when someone had a death scene and would be all bloody, but just hanging out having a coffee and chatting normally between takes! It was always a bit confusing!
What was the most challenging or rewarding scene to shoot?
Taylor Spreitler: The basement scenes were my most challenging. I’m not a big water person and they were on our last day of shooting, so I was tired and they took quite some time, but it was also the most rewarding scenes because after those scenes we had wrapped the movie!
With Leprechaun Returns now on Digital and On Demand from Lionsgate, do you have any other projects coming up that you’re excited about, and where can our readers go online to keep up to date on your work?
Taylor Spreitler: Nothing I can really talk about yet! You can keep up with me and see tons of cute puppy photos on my Instagram @taylorspreitler
In case you missed it, check here to read our Q&A with Linden Porco.