Interview: Roman Christou

Roman Christou currently stars in The Curse of La Llorona. The story depicts the urban legend of La Llorona, the ghost of a woman who lost her children and now cries while looking for them in the river, often causing misfortune to those who are near or hear her. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. YEM spoke with Roman about his experience filming the movie.

Young Entertainment Mag: How did you first get into acting?

Roman Christou: I followed in my brother’s footsteps. I watched him get coached and work on self-tapes. I learned a lot from him and decided I wanted to give it a try.

YEM: Tell us about your new movie: The Curse of La Llorona.

Roman: It’s suspenseful with a lot of jump scares. It’s based on a Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman. She drowns her children out of anger towards her husband. She tries to kill other children to avenge the death of her children.

YEM: What character do you play in the movie?

Roman: I play Chris, the son of Linda Cardellini and brother of Jaynee Lynn Kinchen.

YEM: Linda Cardellini plays your mom in this movie. Were you familiar with her work before you two worked together on this movie? 

Roman: I was familiar with Linda from watching her in Scooby-Doo. 🙂

YEM: This is a horror movie about ghosts. Are you a fan of horror movies? What’s your favorite?

Roman: I didn’t really watch horror movies before La Llorona was made since I was only 10 years old when we filmed it. I’ve seen a bunch since and yes, I do like them, but the truth is I still get a little scared. I watch them with one eye open!

YEM: Is it difficult to film a horror movie? What was the most challenging part of filming?

Roman: The most challenging part was the action of the car scene. That was also my favorite scene. I don’t think filming a horror movie is any more difficult than filming other movies. It wasn’t really scary filming because you know what’s going to happen. There were a few scenes that were scary, but everyone is so professional and nice on set that they made it easier.

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