Makenzie Vega is convinced people will tune in to watch her tale of terror on the Chiller channel, even if they would never admit to watching scary movies.
“Even if you think you know what is going to happen, you can’t help but watch. Even if it is through your fingers,” Vega says.
“Fender Bender,” the first original movie production from Shout! Factory, has California native Vega playing a young woman who is involved in a minor traffic accident. She thinks the guy who hits her is a little creepy, but she goes through all of the necessary steps to make an insurance claim, including taking pictures and trading pertinent information.
That swap of info becomes a major mistake. The man shows up at her house later that night to terrorize her.
The killer never anticipates he might have picked the wrong victim to attack.
Vega’s character is a strong woman who has pure intentions. In the middle of a terrifying assault she’s not afraid to fight back.
Making the movie meant a lot of night work and dealing with intense situations. Despite all the demands, Vega found “Fender Bender” to be one of the best jobs she’s had as an actress. The 22-year-old Los Angeles native has rolled up a long list of acting credits, including a role on “The Geena Davis Show” and in the feature film “Sin City.”
One of the things that made “Fender Bender” so much fun was the light atmosphere on the set. Just before shooting an intense scene, cast members started tapping their fingers and humming. Before the cameras rolled, they sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“It was so rewarding at the end of the day, even though it was predominately night shoots. We were all in a little slap-happy kind of mood,” Vega says.
Her biggest acting job was playing Grace Florrick, the daughter of Julianna Margulies’ character on the CBS drama “The Good Wife.” Vega called the ending of the series “bittersweet,” but she is happy to have been the part of a quality show for so long.
As for any future scary movies, there’s only one kind she won’t make. Vega has a real fear of large, dark open spaces.
“There is so much potential for danger in the shadows,” Vega says.
“Fender Bender,” debuts at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3, on Chiller.
Start your engines
The new cast of the BBC America series “Top Gear” will make its official debut 9 p.m. Monday, May 30. Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and The Stig take over for Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
After Clarkson was given the boot, the thinking was that Hammond and May would stay with the show. Even Evans was certain there would not be an empty stage to fill.
“I got a phone call in my living room when I was just putting the final touches to a special that I was doing, which was going to air live, asking if I was interested in having a conversation about ‘Top Gear,’ and so I said yes,” Evans says during an interview at the TV Critics Association meetings. “Then when they told me that James and Richard weren’t going to do it anymore, and just carry on, and I was very excited about being given the chance to work on the biggest TV show in my world. So that’s how I got the job.”
Evans is a new face to viewers on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, but in England he’s a broadcast legend as radio and television host, a producer, a news columnist and a businessman.
The change in hosts is the latest in the 38-year history of the show aimed at car enthusiasts. This switch was more notable because the three previous hosts had been on the show for at least a dozen years each.
Evans and the other hosts drove more than 7,500 miles of on- and off-road challenges to test the latest cars. Episodes were filmed in nine countries across four continents.
Better red: “The Americans” will conclude its series run on FX with two more seasons. A 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017, followed by a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2018. The Season 4 finale airs 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, on FX.