Today, female nerds are lucky enough to have the internet and to have blogs, twitters, facebooks, etc. where we can voice our opinions and be heard by our community. Still, I wanted to reach out to the ladies who have made an impression on me Â and specially feature them on Defective Geeks. We bring you our new feature – the Lady Geek Spotlight! Each girl we choose are given the option of either doing an interview or a guest blog for us.
I ‘met’ Stephanie through SponSIRs and right off the bat she had an incredibly positive attitude about female geeks coming together as a community and sticking with each other… I was immediately a fan. Stephanie currently lives in Los Angeles, a proud redhead, an actress and an incredible singer. Just watch the video on her website – StephanieHayslip.com – when she performed for Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino. I love a multi-talented woman who is not afraid to show it off. She’s loud and she’s proud of it! Read our interview below and get to know this badass Lady Geek.
DEFECTIVEGEEKS: What is the origin story of your geek? When did you first know you were a geek?
STEPHANIE HAYSLIP: I think I first knew I was a geek when I was joining a “Star Trek” fan group that met at the public library by myself at the age of 9. Bajoran nose, Vulcan ears and all. Â But I was the 8 year-old kid wanting to marry Edward Scissorhands long before it was popular, too…
DG: Tell us how you got into performing in broadway! Do you plan to take your career to the big (or small) screen?
HAYSLIP: Haha, not on broadway yet, but working on it! I love the stage, it’s my first and forever love, but even there my geek can’t be contained. Most drama freaks want to listen to “Les Mis,” or Patti LuPone, or Ethel Merman. I’d much rather listen to Evil Dead: The Musical, Bat Boy, or Â Toxic Avenger. And don’t even get me STARTED on Carrie: The Musical, or Dance of the Vampires. Â Truly, truly genius that is oh so misunderstood. As for plans to go to film or tv, this is what I have to say – I would love to be a sci-fi star. You can keep your anonymity much easier because you aren’t as well-known most of the time, and no “vanilla” TV series nor movie has ever done for me what a sci-fi/fantasy/horror series or movie has done for me. I just think that there is a level of storytelling and emotion that you can get when you move out of the normal, everyday storyline and add a touch of magic to it, whether it be aliens, ghosts, vampires or dragons. Â Even little gnomes that poop chicklets.
DG: Broadway, stage… either way, we think you’re a star ;] Tell us more about these geek-musicals and where can we find them!
HAYSLIP:Â Oh wow! Hmm…I could end up doing my own podcast solely on geeky musicals, but no one would listen, so let me pick a few of my favs (and the ones you can actually find a recording of – “Carrie” for instance is a classic disaster that is still talked about 20 years later on Broadway, and the only recordings of it are old videos posted to YouTube and bootlegs.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Baby. I’ve been in love with Ash since I was knee-high to a pig’s eye and a huge fan of the movies for ages. Â (A girl gets raped by a TREE. Â What the fuck???) Â And this musical covers both the 1st and 2nd movies of the trilogy. Â If they did an Army of Darkness musical to round out the collection, I might die and go to heaven. Anyway, the tongue-in-cheek in this one is more than worthy of the cheese that is the original movies, and “Bit Part Demon” is one of the greatest moments in the show, small and memorable as it is. Â There was even a “Splash Zone” in the theatre to warn people in the front that they may get slimed with blood and other viscera. Â Score. RECOMMENDED LISTENING: “What the F$ck Was That?” and Â “Bit Part Demon”