The Cobra Strikes Again
“I am not use to not hitting the person in front of me. That’s just not in my DNA” Jessica Camara is a 26 year old boxer from Cambridge, Ontario. She holds the Provincial Championship title in her weight division (69kg) and is currently training for Nationals which will Qualify her for 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Last summer, she joined the cast of Extraction Day as a member of the SWAT team. Here’s her thoughts on the experience. What is your favourite memory of life on the extraction day set? Definitely the fight scene in the forest. As a fighter, I felt like I could just be myself; I didn’t have to carry a role so that was great. Hardest part of that was reminding myself to not hit Jeremy in our fight. I am not use to not hitting the person in front of me. That’s just not in my DNA. What was the funniest moment? When we were filming the SWAT scene at the warehouse, we had a part where we drove up to the building and we were supposed to rush out of the car… but the doors were locked – it was the child-locks that turned on every time we drove forward or pulled into frame. I think it happened about four times in a row so we kept having to do extra takes. It was kind of funny because all four of us were trying to be in a rush and we were just stuck inside this car, pounding on the doors. What was your worst experience while shooting this film? Well definitely the most challenging scenes were when we were running into the building – the “Breach”. It was humid day and we were wearing heavy, black SWAT gear and we kept having to do take after take. I was sweating – I was just drenched. It was exhausting but you had to be on point with your acting every time. It was a really long day of shooting. But getting to see the outcome, seeing it come together, is so rewarding. How did you land the role? Actually Matt contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of the SWAT team. I got really excited because I started thinking about the characters that Michelle Rodriguez playes and I was like, “I my gosh, I could totally do that!” I’m just so glad I got to be a part of it! When you agreed to take on the role, did you know what you were saying “yes” to? I definitely didn’t know. I had no idea! I showed up on set and I was blown away. I never thought it took that much work to finish just one scene. I really respect the process now. What was the craziest thing that happened to you on set? I remember going into the forest and trying to get to our location for a scene. It had just rained and I was wearing the SWAT boots and it was so muddy! I kept getting stuck and we were loaded down trying to carry things in so we didn’t have to make extra trips. So I was trying to manuver my way through the mud, and juggle gear… Probably looked pretty funny. Did you know that extraction day was going to be this big? I didn’t. I got to experience being in the scenes and then when I saw the trailer and all the edits I was just like, “Wow!” I got to see the quality of the movie and I can’t wait to see it all the way through! What do you think is great about Extraction Day? What I think is great about Extraction Day is the story behind it. It wasn’t made with a lot of money; it was made with a team that had a dream and a purpose and they just went after that. It took hard work and commitment and everyone just worked so hard to put it together. Why should people come see this movie? Because it features great local actors, it’s diverse, there’s lots of action and it has a great story behind it. Come see it! Go visit extraction day.com to get more info and your tickets to the show! Jessica Camara was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario. She is currently residing in Mississauga, Ontario to pursue her boxing dreams. In addition to her training and matches, she is a coach, motivational speaker and personal trainer. Her dream is to not only reach her highest heights in boxing, but to also impact the youth in her community, encouraging them to whole-heartedly pursue their dreams. You can see Jessica in Extraction Day this Monday (October 20th) and next Monday night. Tickets are available here.