Luke David Blumm may be a sweet kid in real life, but he really knows how to scare you on screen! The 11-year-old tackles his largest role yet as David in the Irish-American horror film Son.
Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh (Never Grow Old, The Canal), Son also stars Andi Matichak (Halloween franchise, Assimilate) and Emile Hirsch (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Into the Wild, Milk).
Film synopsis: After a mysterious group of individuals breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to steal her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. Breaut soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasingly sporadic psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts to save him, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive but soon, she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son.
How did you get into acting?
Luke: It’s not really an interesting story, but my dad [Matthew Sean Blumm] is an actor and he asked me if I wanted to become an actor. And I did.
Ivan the director, said that your dad really helped you get ready for this movie, what’d he do to help?
Luke: My dad was an acting coach, and he tells me to focus and calm down so I will be able to play the character.
You play David, what’s he like?
Luke: He’s a very nice kid. He’s really calm and cool. He’s nice to everybody.
What was your favorite part about playing David in this movie?
Luke: My favorite part about playing David? Probably the fact that it’s a horror movie. Ever since I became an actor, I’ve always wanted to be in a horror movie. And getting covered in blood was fun. It was definitely the most fun of anything that I’ve been in. It was very exciting.
Do you like watching horror movies?
Luke: Horror movies are my favorite genre! My favorite movie is a horror movie.
Awesome! Which one?
Luke: It. The remake.
What is it about horror movies that you like?
Luke: I like the fact that horror movies give you excitement. And I get really excited and scared. I like feeling scared, it makes me feel very immersed in the movie, I think that’s the right word.
Did you ever get scared on set?
Luke: No, My dad taught me a long time ago, and since I’ve watched horror movies since I was really young, that none of the stuff in the movie is real. The scary things aren’t real. So, I don’t get scared very easily, I guess. I mean, obviously, I get scared of the dark, but that’s something all humans are afraid of.
What do you do to kind of decompress and relax after filming?
Luke: After every take, to calm down, I’d walk around, talk to my dad and look at what the take looked like. I’d just try to calm down and then get ready for the next take.
What was the hardest part about playing David?
Luke: I think the hardest part about playing David was probably the makeup. I had to sit in the makeup chair for a long time. But it was pretty fun in the makeup chair, too. I had a lot of fun with this movie.
Is it tough to memorize lines or does that come kind of easy to you?
Luke: For me, memorizing lines kind of is easy. I just have a good memory, I think. My dad also helps me out with the lines.
What are some things you like to do when you’re not filming?
Luke: When I’m not shooting a movie, I’m either in school or at home playing video games. I’m a big fan of video games. I love the Legend of Zelda, that’s my favorite.
I’m taking this last question straight from the movie so you may recognize it- If you had eight arms, would you hide them down your shirt or would you show them off?
Luke: I would probably hide them down my shirt. Yeah, I think I’d hide them and then show them off every once in a while. I’d do half and half, I guess.
Son in now theaters, On Demand and Digital.