Vanessa Marano and Natasha Henstridge star as Jennifer Wallendorf and Mrs. Wallendorf in Adam Sherman’s This Game’s Called Murder. Sherman serves as writer, director, and producer. The film was released in theaters and on demand December 3.
THIS GAME’S CALLED MURDER is a dark and wickedly funny film about the eccentric members of the Wallendorf Family. Mr. Wallendorf, a fashion mogul and designer of iconic red high heeled shoes, Mrs. Wallendorf, his conniving brutal wife, and Jennifer Wallendorf, their daughter and a social media powerhouse who’s just trying to figure out love, friendship, and world dominance. The eccentric Wallendorf’s struggle to maintain the facade of a prominent successful family while their violent nature rips them apart.
Marano is best known for her role as Bay Kennish in Switched at Birth. She recently collaborated with her sister, Laura Marano, on a film based on Alyson Noel’s award-winning young adult novel Saving Zoë, which was released in theaters and VOD. They also partnered with EqualityNow to spread the word about how prevalent sex crimes and trafficking are online. Earlier this year, the actress filmed the CBS pilot, Super Simple Love Story.
Some of the her other notable credits include Gilmore Girls, The Comeback, Silicon Valley, Scoundrels, Dexter, Without a Trace, Medium, Trust Me, The Young and The Restless, The Brooke Ellison Story, Marry Me, Finding Nemo, Easy, The Clique, Stopping Power, Dear Lemon Lima, The Secret Lives Of Dorks, Senior Project, and Restless Virgins. Marano can also be seen with guest-starring roles in Perception, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Parenthood, Medium, Love Bites, Ghost Whisperer, Past Lives, Six Feet Under, Malcolm in the Middle, and Grounded for Life.
Henstridge is best known for her work in Species, Ghost of Mars, and The Whole Nine Yards. Her film career that has spanned over 35 movies to date. She won the Best Actress Gemini Award for her role in Would Be Kings and starred in the Golden Globe-winning TV show Commander in Chief. The actress’ television credits include Eli Stone, She Spies, The Secret Circle, CSI: Miami, Hawaii Five-0, and voicing Miss Ellen on South Park.
She is the youngest actress to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Temecula Film Festival, and recently was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Award from her homeland of Canada.
Sherman’s notable work includes Dead Doll, Happiness Runs, Crazy Eyes, Nobody Needs to Know, and Marfa Girl.
I spoke with the trio about mixing the darkness of This Game’s Called Murder with the comedy aspect, their favorite thing about portraying these characters, what their tagline for the film would be, and more!
Watch my interview below for the full discussion: