Femme on Fire: Caity Lotz

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Femme on Fire: Caity Lotz:

If superheroes were real, Caity Lotz would probably be one. This dancer-turned-martial-artist-turned-stuntwoman-turned-actress is set to star in the film Battle of the Year alongside a star-studded cast, finally getting to show off her dance moves on the silver screen. We caught up with Lotz after she came back from another stint of shooting Arrow in Vancouver to chat horror, Josh Holloway and why she can’t get enough of action films. Be sure to catch Lotz in Battle of the Year, which comes out in theaters this month.

Playboy.com: Tell us a bit about your character in the upcoming film Battle of the Year.

Lotz: My character’s name is Stacy and she’s the choreographer for the group. It’s a fun dynamic because it’s pretty much all b-boys and her. [laughs] It was a lot of fun on set and it was really cool to add that dynamic that Stacy brings to it because it brings that feminine energy into another world.

Playboy.com: What was your favorite memory from set?

Lotz: It would definitely be the fact that we were shooting in Montpellier, which is in the south of France. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds, but that was a lot of fun being there with everybody. I ended up traveling a lot when I had days off and got to go around Europe with everybody. I remember one day we shot in a really small café; you know, you’re just in the south of France in these small alleyways, and we shot a scene with Josh Holloway with us having dinner. It was so beautiful outside; it was such a quaint little place.

Playboy.com: Were you a Lost fan at all?

Lotz: Yeah, I was! I think I saw about two seasons and after that I kind of slacked off a bit, but I was always a fan of his character; he was great on the show and it was so fun to work with him.

Playboy.com: You’re starring alongside actors in this film from a lot of different backgrounds; there must’ve been a pretty interesting chemistry on set.

Lotz: Yeah, the b-boys, some of them had acted before and some of them hadn’t, so that was a lot of fun working with them. I’ve actually already worked with those guys before when I was a dancer, so I knew everybody. And then on set working with Josh Holloway was awesome; he’s a really nice guy, such a man’s man, and Josh Peck was a riot too…it was a lot of fun.

Playboy.com: It must’ve been nice to whip out some of your dance background on screen too.

Lotz: That’s the whole reason I wanted to do the film, because I hadn’t used my dancing at all with my acting and that was such a big part of my life, I was really excited to get to do both.

Playboy.com: That must’ve been interesting for you to incorporate that part of your life into your acting for the first time.

Lotz: I was happy the way that it all happened because I had already established myself as an actress. I think if it had been earlier on I would’ve been afraid to dance because then I would be “the dancer who can act” rather than an actor who can dance. So I think the timing of it made me really able to enjoy it because I felt very much that I was reconnecting with it and I felt secure as an actress.

Playboy.com: You went from dancing to martial arts to stunts. What’s the craziest stunt you’ve pulled off?

Lotz: I don’t know; for me the most fun is fighting, I love fight choreography. I’m getting to do some really fun stuff for Arrow; I’m having a great time on that.

Playboy.com: Do you still train in martial arts or are you just focusing on the choreography side of stunt work?

Lotz: I go in and out of it. I was doing Krav Maga for a while and I actually had to get knee surgery, but now that’s pretty much healed so I definitely want to get back to training.

Playboy.com: You’ve worked in sci-fi and horror films as well. What’s been your favorite genre to work in thus far?

Lotz: I want to say action, because it’s really fun to do the fighting and the fact that I get to be a badass, so I really enjoy doing that action stuff. But on the other hand I also really enjoy doing heavy drama.

Playboy.com: A thriller like The Pact must have been an interesting acting feat as you’re kind of doing it solo for most of the time. How did you get into that mind frame? Did it freak you out?

Lotz: It’s weird, I overthink everything in my life, but when it comes to my art and creativity I don’t. So I just did it, you know what I mean? I didn’t think about it like that, I didn’t view it as any kind of a challenge. It was what it was. It didn’t matter if I was in one scene or every scene. I didn’t think about it or put any pressure on it because it was just mostly me.

Playboy.com: You’re lucky to have that quality!

Lotz: Well, I don’t have it anywhere else in my life, so…[laughs]

Playboy.com: Do you believe in any supernatural stuff?

Lotz: I like to hear about ghost stories, but I don’t know! I think that there is maybe a sort of residual energy that can be left, but I don’t think it’s a physical presence or ghosts as we imagine ghosts to be. If there is something it’s not what we think it is.

Playboy.com: What do you have on your horizon?

Lotz: Well, right now, Arrow! I’ve been in Vancouver lately more than I’ve been here in L.A. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m super excited to be a part of the cast and get to work with everybody. The action on it is great. So that right now is my main thing. And also we have Pact 2 that will be coming out, as well as another film called The Machine which I’m super excited about. It’s a sci-fi in which I play a machine. It’s pretty cool; it was a really great character to play. It’s such a unique film, I can’t wait for it to come out.


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