Carpazine:Thanks for doing the interview Manoush. Give the readers some background information about yourself?

Manoush:Hi Fernando. First of all let me say thank you for having me.Ok so I am Manoush, film actress since the 90ies and now singer again with the revival of UK band Bronski Beat. I am of German-American and Sinti (hence the name 'Manoush') origin and since I left New York residing in Europe now.

Carpazine:What makes a good horror actress?

Manoush:In general a good actress  is one who does the job with passion. If you are in for the passion you will always be great. If you are in for fame and money you will be disappointed and it will show in your performances.

Carpazine:What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

Manoush:Scare people, make them happily uncomfortable and make them remember their own deepest fears. I think that's all you really need to make a good horror movie and classy flick. Well nowerdays viewers love a good chunk of gore too - so add that as the icing on the cake.

Carpazine:Have you had any strange experience at movie premiere events? Crazy fans, odd questions, etc?

Manoush:Oh god yes haha. Once I had a guy run after me with S/M gear in his bag at a film convention, begging me to take photos with me holding him on a dog leash dragging him all over the place. He got quite pissed off when I told him I'm not gonna do it.  He got so worked up that finally security took him away. Other than that you have the usual experiences that all people in the public eye have: guys who try to get into your hotel room or who ask you if they can fuck you and all that stuff. Some people just have weird ways of giving compliments.I take all these things with humor.

Carpazine:Which films/actors inspired you the most?

Manoush:Meryl Streep for her genius acting skills. Definitely. I adore her - well knowing I could never reach this degree of acting perfection myself. Other than that I am trying not to be inspired - inspiration always holds a risk that you start mimicking or copycatting someone. So I am trying to avoid all that.

Carpazine:What films are you working on at the moment?

Manoush:Right now I am working on a new film with cult director Marian Dora, do a guest appearance in David Lunch's film 'Bittersweet Revenge' and work on 2 more movies with European independent directors. I can't talk  about the latter 2 projects cos there are non disclosure paragraphs in the contracts. Oh and I am negotiating with a documentary film maker who would like to film some of my plastic surgeries. Which I don't have a problem with - I don't make it a secret that I love enhancing my looks surgically a bit. Actually I'm quite fond of plastic surgery. It's a form of self expression. I'd do almost everything when it comes to plastic surgery. The extremer the better. For no particular reason. I just love doing it and also I refuse to accept the concept of aging so I am taking precautions for the future.

Carpazine:What is your favorite horror movie?

Manoush:I have quite a couple of favorites. Scanners by Cronenberg is a great movie. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Hammer's Dracula (1958) which I love for it's atmosphere. Oh Bride of Frankenstein - for obvious reasons haha.

Carpazine:What scares YOU?

Manoush: Believe it or not but actually nothing really scares me. I just don't give a damn. I'm weird that way. Sometimes I even enjoy doing dangerous things just for the kicks and the shit of it.

Carpazine:Who are some of your musical influences?

Manoush:Although I am making dancefloor music for years now I am a punk and rock' n roll chick. My biggest influences were the Sex Pistols and Motörhead I guess. But also totally different music like Classical music, Leonard Cohen and Lady Gaga.

Carpazine:You are working with Steve Bronski and Bronski Beat now?

Manoush:Yes Steve and I got together in December and decided to work together. It was cool. We met and we just clicked and sparked so we thought it just makes sense to team up musically. Last month UK composer and arranger Tony Mitchell joined us and here we are now. I also do a re-recording of my 2008 song "Fuck me I'm famous" with Jon Jon Foster which is a project that John and I do independently from Bronski.

Carpazine:When and how did you first become interested in music?

Manoush:Definitely as a child. I had an older cousin and she played music all day. She told me that as a child I just sat down in front of her record player and starting singing along for hours once I knew the lyrics. I'm still crazy about music and sing a lot.. while doing housework or in the bathtub or while working on my laptop.

Carpazine:Where can people find out more about you and your work?

Manoush:People who are interest in my work can just check out my Facebook: Manoush Vazquez. Yes although I did all my work just under the name Manoush I use my last marriage name on my Facebook cos they force you to use a last name for whatever the reason. Most of my movies you can also  find at

Carpazine:Thank you so much for sitting down with us! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Manoush:Just sending love to everyone I love,to everyone I like and to everyone who can go to hell !!

Photo Rita Fichtl-Spionjak