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Victoria woman hits red carpet for movie premiere

By Jessica Rodrigo
Aug. 30, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.
Updated Aug. 31, 2013 at 3:31 a.m.

Amber Monroe, right, plays the part of Tanya in "Making of a Serial Killer," a sci-fi thriller filmed in Houston. Monroe will hit the red carpet with the cast and family from Victoria for the public premiere of the movie Saturday in Sugar Land.

The red carpet is a milestone for budding actors.

For Amber Monroe, it is another chance for her to critique her own work on the big screen.

The Victoria native hits the red carpet Saturday during the premiere of "Making of a Serial Killer" in Sugar Land.

Monroe, who now lives in Houston, plays a supporting role in the film. Her character is named Tanya.

The premiere will be her first time to see the film from start to finish. She said it's still a little weird to see herself on the screen, but she is excited to have her family see it.

It's a thinking film, she said, not a horror film as the name might suggest.

"I think a lot of people will enjoy it," said Monroe, 23.

Her family from Victoria plans to attend the red carpet event to celebrate her newfound stardom, said Angella Salas, Monroe's older sister.

"We're just all really excited about it," she said. "I think she's gonna do it, and I think she's getting there."

Salas, 36, along with four of her daughters, dad, two brothers and a slew of out-of-town relatives, will head to Houston on Saturday afternoon to show their support for the young actress.

Monroe, who moved to Houston in 2008 to live with her aunt, said her family has always been there for her and have attended as many of her screenings as they can. They also help her rehearse for auditions.

"They make me feel like I've done a lot, and it helps boost my confidence," she said.

She lived with her aunt while she finished her senior year at Cy-Fair High School and is now living on her own. She earned her associate degree for sign language interpretation from Lone Star College and started studying at the University of Houston to become a speech pathologist last year. Between studying and homework, she also works as an assistant to a behavioral therapist and a server at Johnny Carino's.

"It does get hard sometimes, but you gotta make it happen if you want to do something with it," she said.

Luckily, Monroe's schedule is flexible enough now that she lives on her own to make ends meet at home and to build a name for herself in the Houston film scene.

Eventually, she wants to break into the action film scene. She said she's often typecast as a nice girl, which is something her sister said isn't far from the real-life Monroe.

"She's one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet," Salas said. "She's got a heart of gold."

After multiple cast changes, the director, Russ Miller, moved Monroe from an extra to a supporting character in "Making of a Serial Killer."

"There were a lot of changes, but I actually get to play something I've never played before," she said. "I play an evil character this time, which is weird for me because I'm such a nice person."

Once Miller finalized the role, Monroe said the ball started rolling with the film.

The film was shot over a two-year span and is one of the bigger roles she's filled so far. She's also been in a few short film projects and is filling a role on a web series, "More Than Human."

For as far back as Salas can remember, her younger sister was always attending casting calls in Houston for movies and short films, hoping for a chance to act.

"I've always loved acting," said Monroe. "This has been a great learning experience."



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