Jon Mack is what some may refer to as a bit of an all-rounder. When she isn’t starring as ‘Jane’ in Saw VI Jon is also both a model and musician.
As lead singer of Auradrone, she released her first album Whitelite Britelite in March 2009 before releasing a remixed version a couple of months later, and as an actress Jon starred as film legend Ava Gardner in the Emmy Award-winning Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
EatmyBrains caught up with Jon to talk about her varied career and especially Saw VI.
EatmyBrains (EMB): Starring in Saw VI is a bit of a departure from appearing as Ava Gardner in a biopic. What was it about the latest Saw movie that had you wanting to sign up?
Jon Mack (JM): I've been a fan of the series from the beginning and jumped at the chance to be involved with such a major horror franchise because I think I'd been a fool not to. What's not to love here? It's got everything wrapped into one...interesting plot twists, characters, gore, psychological mind bends and of course, Jigsaw.
EMB: I know that for contractual reasons you are not permitted to discuss the plot of Saw VI however are there any little snippets at all that you can tell us about your character, Jane, and what audiences can expect from the movie?
JM: All I can say is that she holds some similarities to the Amanda character from the first film. We have much in common so let's see where it leads from here.
EMB: Do you have a favourite moment in any of the previous Saw movies, such as anything particularly grisly or are you more inclined to hide away and not look at the screen during those moments?
JM: I still LOVE the bear trap scene in the first film. It's brilliant. I also really liked the pendulum trap in Saw V. Something about the sound of that thing and how it reminded me of Poe's House of Usher gave me the creeps. I loved it!
EMB: How did it feel being a newbie on set for Saw VI?
JM: Great. I was welcomed to the family straight away. Everyone treated me just like I was home.
EMB: I’ve been informed that your character Jane plays a very similar part in proceedings to that of Amanda in the previous movies. Can you elaborate on that or will the powers that be at Saw headquarters be waggling their fingers for giving too much away?
JM: I'm afraid that I will get a finger waggling if I reveal any more. You will understand more once you see the film I think.
EMB: Any amusing stories from the set you care to share or perhaps anything on set give you the shivers?
JM: I've told the story before about being next to Jigsaw in the makeup chair and how humorous yet unnerving that was. The hairstylist mentioned that she doesn't even like to be in the room alone with the puppet. I swear that thing must come to life at night. It feels like it's watching you across the room. That and seeing some of the traps in person was pretty cool, not that I'd like to be in any of them.
EMB: What can you tell us about the two movies you are appearing in for the SyFy channel in 2010?
JMOne is called Mongolian Death Worm and I star in it along with Sean Patrick Flannery and Victoria Pratt. It comes out in March 2010.
The other film I can't say too much about yet other than it bears some similarity to the film Ruins that came out a couple of years back. It's got a surprise villain as well...not the usual creature film.
EMB: Do you see yourself starring in any further horror genre pics?
JMWhy not? They're a lot of fun to make and I enjoy the fantasy of it all.
EMB: Any particular horror character, whether it be the villain or the heroic lead that you would love to play if they ever made that movie again?
JM: I still love the film An American Werewolf in London and would love to be in that if they ever remade it again. Of course, vampires are ideal as well but I think we're being saturated right now with vampires so I'd like to see more werewolves. That or perhaps The Bride of Frankenstein. I love the idea of being reanimated by a mad genius.
EMB: The Saw movies continue to bring in big bucks at the box office which must be great for future film career opportunities and increasing your profile in the public eye. That must be all good, right?
JM: Absolutely! Nothing bad about that at all...work is good!
EMB: Do you see yourself appearing at horror fairs and meeting up and signing things for the fans?
JM: I am really considering that and would love to get out there and meet fans. Fans are what keep us all going so I'm grateful for the opportunity to have face time with them and connect in person.
EMB: You’re the lead singer of Auradrone and have recently released a collection of electronic rock music called Whitelite Britelite, along with a remix album. What can you tell the readers of EatmyBrains about the band and are there any plans to perform some dates in the U.K?
JM: The band is my baby and I guess I could be the brainchild behind it even though I collaborate with a few talented players as well. It's a blend of electronica and post-modern rock.
My influences range from Nine Inch Nails to Underworld to Blondie to Bowie to PJ Harvey to Bjork and many others. It's definitely got its own sound but you can hear that I'm a child of many musical facets as well. We are currently performing in L.A. but plan on getting out and doing shows in other places in the New Year. The U.K. is definitely on my agenda at some point in the near future.
EMB: You have another string to your impressive bow, you are also a model. Out of the three careers – actress, model and musician, which gives you the greater buzz?
JM: Music is my first love but I started acting as a child and am now falling back in love with that as well so it's a toss up. They both give me different things and it's like comparing apples to oranges. I love jumping into another world or character when I act but I also love the freedom of self-expression that music gives me. Modelling is great as well but I think I'm more of a doing type of person so I like to be active in my creation.
EMB: Many thanks Jon for speaking with EatmyBrains. We wish you well in all of your careers and look forward to seeing you on the big screen soon in Saw VI.
JM: Thank you! It was a pleasure!
Saw VI is in theatres October 23 and Jon’s album Whitelite Britelite can be bought from the sites listed below...