By Tony Sokol
Lary Love Dolley talks about the new abnormal
Scary kids grow up to be scary adults and Lary Love Dolley, an indie filmmaker and actress, doesn’t care how she grows, scary is in her DNA.
Lary Love Dolley, who played Hat Check Girl in the 2009 film “Cigarette Girl,” has been making her own films.The aspiring self-made scream queen talked exclusively to Daily Offbeat about her process and the psychoses that go with it.
“I made ‘Ectoplasm’ and submitted it to two film festivals, Etheria and Grolsch Works Short Film Festival, but I won’t know if it has been accepted until months and months from now.”
“The 8 mm short I wrote and acted in, ‘Invocate,’ about an amateur necromancer, took the audience award at the 8 mm film festival here. It was a horror short time code New Orleans 8 MM Film Fest,” the director of darkness said brightly.
While she shoots her own films, Dolley takes leisurely advantage of her New Orleans home. She got featured as a party goer in HBO’s “Treme.” But she prefers her own film magic. “I intend to create a series of horror shorts based on the signs of the zodiac called `Horrorscopes,'” she mentions, casually.
Lary Love Dolley is creating her own niche in film, exploring themes that are already relegated to under-represented genres and seeking roles in psychological thrillers or supernatural horror, but “when I read sides for horror there are no parts written for someone that looks like me.” She shines in a futuristic cult detective film, but she’s “not the sassy sista girl, the hooker/junkie, or problem solving sidekick.” With all the freedom film has enjoyed, “preconceived notions about certain types of people, women of color are the bane of this industry and leads to the perpetuation of stereotypes,” she says. “I’m an out-of-the-box girl in an in-the-box industry.”
Lary Love Dolley is not just the dark, creepy Goth chick you might see getting inked at a local tattoo parlor, she surrounds herself with black. She dresses in black, “not wearing all black is alien to me,” she says. She identifies herself as Black, not African-American. She “won’t be seen in The Help or Tyler Perry movies. ” She studies black magick. Lary’s skits are infused with black humor. “I would love to do films in the vein of Cronenberg, Lynch, Jodorowsky or Burton,” she says. But because those filmmakers work largely with their own ensemble casts, she won’t be seen there any time soon. Where she has been seen are in low-budget, indie films. She carried a gun and sported long blonde hair as Hat Check Girl in Guerilla Monster Films’ Sin City-vibed Cigarette Girl, directed by Mike McCarthy. She had a small part in HBO’s Treme.
Lary Love Dolley was born in Memphis on July 4th, but she’s not the typical all-American girl next door, unless you live next door to a graveyard that has been desecrated for occult rituals. “I am an actress and aspiring screenwriter living in New Orleans.” Lary moved to New Orleans and studied acting under Mary Bliss Mathers, and has lived there for several years. You might call Dolley’s style as gothic, but she says “I consider myself a Rivethead actually,” and she has had more than 13 hours of tattoo work done. She has tattoos of “a huge mummified cat, Bastet, Sekhmet, a quote from Lolita, an iron maiden, two eyes of Ra, and a ring-pop., thinking of having that removed, the number 13 in an art deco font, a rabbits foot, a quarter sleeve of a witch flying on a broom, a night sky, a full moon and bats.”
Lary is working with filmmaker Allendra Keishone who is shooting some of Dolley’s short skits for what they hope to present as part of a larger picture. “We are going to shoot my Craft skit and she is interested in working with me more.”
“By writing parts for me I can’t complain about shitty roles.” She had previously tried collaborating, but the writer she approached thought she might be fishing for ideas. “I have my own reservoir of sick and twisted ideas. I don’t need to steal.”
Lary’s got the inquisitive mind to work almost any angle of the camera. She looks beyond the acting and the writing when she’s in production. “Each time I am on a set it is a learning experience; seeing the equipment in action, how different crews work and all the technical aspects.” She explores every possibility in art and in life. “I was a stripper for a limited time, a vocalist in a metal band, and a piercing apprentice in a shop run by old-school bikers.” Lary’s magnetism is making her a stunning visual presence. Lary was featured in Bizarre magazine as an Ultra Vixen and was named Goth Babe of the Week on a popular website. She was also photographed as part of From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, a sprawling collection of photography of contemporary America. She was painted on the set of Cigarette Girl by the artist Pandora Taggart. She also dances and plays drums. Lary was the singer in the grind-core band Tortured C*nt Meat.
Lary follows the Left Hand Path “which in layman’s terms means I study and practice those subjects that are considered ‘evil’ and dark
by 99.7% of the population.” but hasn’t used its magickal properties to further her entertainment career. She is more of a researcher and experimenter, though she does have natural gifts. “My stance is that the path least traveled is the path most feared.”
Lary is “a walking talking encyclopedia on abnormal psychology, true crime, and the occult.” She made a thorough study of the mind and mind sciences and is something of a psychonaut, taking traditional flying ointment to help her on vision quests. “I am totally into neuroscience and anything to do with the brain.” Understanding mind processes led her to experiment. She didn’t take chemicals to get “fucked up,” but as a serious study of the chemical interaction with the brain. “I was a beast in chemistry during school. All the formulas, equations, and chemicals just intrigued me.” She’s not averse, though, to smoking pot.
Lary loves all kinds of horror and has always been a horror writer. Her classmates called her “Scary Lary.” Her most recent work was a “modernized retelling of the story of Elizabeth Bathory set in New Orleans.” She is writing a web series but she’s coy about it, teasing only “that weird kids grow up to be scary adults.”