Café: How did you get the lead role in your first film, the quirky 1980 science fiction musical The Apple?
|Catherine Mary Stewart rocking out on|
The Apple's soundtrack album cover.
Café: Night of the Comet was a cult classic even before zombies become a pop culture phenomenon. Why do you think it has grown in popularity over the last 30 years?
|Comet co-start Kelli Maroney and|
Catherine Mary Stewart.
Café: You and Kelli Maroney were delightful as the zombie-kicking Belmont sisters in Night of the Comet. Was there ever any discussion of a sequel or pairing the two of you in another movie?
CMS: Kelli and I had and still have a great relationship. As much as we both would have liked to do a sequel (and still do), there has never been any serious discussion about that with the powers that be. I suppose if there's enough uproar from the fans MGM/UA (I believe they own the rights) might consider it.... In terms of working with Kelli again in another project, I would be delighted!
Café: The Last Starfighter was one of the best teen-oriented films made in the 1980s and featured a terrific cast. What was it like working with Robert Preston, Lance Guest, and Dan O'Herlihy?
|Robert Preston in The Last Starfighter.|
Café: Last November, you participated in a Weekend at Bernie's reunion at the Rhode Island Comic Con. Why do you think Bernie's remains such a fan favorite? And what was it like reuniting with Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, and other cast members?
|Weekend at Bernie's.|
Café: Several of your films have gained exposure over the years. Even a clip of the The Apple was shown on an episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (about a restaurant owned by your Apple co-star Allan Love). Which one of your other films do you think deserve more attention and why?
|Michael Pare and CMS.|
Café: As one of the many performers who honed their acting skills on a daytime drama, what was your reaction when many long-running soaps were cancelled?
CMS: Hmm, well I suppose it's the nature of the business. Audiences change. I feel badly for the actors who were put out of work, but hopefully they found other opportunities. Days of Our Lives is still chugging along. I tune in every once in a while just to check it out. I'm astounded at how many actors that I worked with on the show are still there! Soap operas are a great spring board for actors new to the business. It is a great way to learn discipline. I've never worked as hard as I did on soaps.
Café: Unlike some of the young stars of the 1980s, you have stayed steadily busy in film, television, and theater throughout the years. What's the secret to your success?
|CMS and Matt Bomer on the USA|
Network TV series White Collar.
Café: What are your favorite kinds of films?
CMS: I am a fan of pretty much all genres of movies. I like foreign films to documentaries, musicals to drama, old and new. I love a good honest laugh, shriek and cry. I love movies that have interesting characters and stories that I can invest in and ponder. If I have a feeling that I've been taken on a journey that leaves me satisfied and even transformed on some level, I am happy!
Café: What upcoming projects are you working on that you'd like to share with the Café's readers?
CMS: I'm looking forward to directing a short film this spring. I also have a project that I've been developing about a heroic true-life woman that was responsible for saving millions of lives in the 1980s. Of course, I'm always on the look out for acting work!
You can learn more about Catherine Mary Stewart at her web site www.catherinemarystewart.com and by "liking" her on Facebook (click here to visit her page).