Born in Bloomington, Indiana, on January 28, 1975, Terri Colombino was the only child of an Air Force father and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after previously living in Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery, Alabama, and Abilene, Texas as a small child.
Colombino followed her acting dreams after college and landed roles on several television shows before joining the long-running CBS daytime drama, As The World Turns in 1998 as Katie Peretti, a role originally created for her.
The actress stars in imurders, a horror thriller, to be released on DVD October 13. The film also stars William Forsythe, Gabrielle Anwar, Charles Durning, and Billy Dee Williams, and revolves around eight members of an Internet chat room who are being gruesomely murdered in the privacy of their own homes.
HorrorSociety.com called imurders “a must-own film for those who like the suspense mystery flavor of horror movies!”
Colombino and musician husband Arthur “Artie,” have a five-year-old daughter named Julia Catherine.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Hi Terri, thanks for talking with me today. First, I realized from your bio that we share a city.
Teri Colombino: Oh, we do? Memphis, maybe?
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): No, Montgomery, Alabama.
Terri Colombino: Oh, really?
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Yeah. But, you probably don’t remember much about the city. You were a little girl when you lived there weren’t you?
Terri Colombino: That’s so cool. Yes, I was probably about 3-5 years old when we lived there.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): So, you probably don’t have fond memories of the town, huh?
Teri Colombino: (laughs) No, I just don’t remember it at all.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): You grew up in Albuquerque and you went to the prom with Neil Patrick Harris who was starring in Doogie Howser, M. D. at the time. What was that like?
Terri Colombino: Well, he was just Neil to me. He was part of our school half of the year and the other half he was shooting in L.A.
Of course, everybody knew what he did, but it was really important for him to just be a regular kid. You know, he could have gotten a tutor and not gone back to school and stayed in L. A., but it was really important to him to have that experience.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): He just acted like a regular guy?
Terri Colombino: Yep, he was always so talented, though.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): He’s still so talented today. How I Met Your Mother is a great show.
Terri Colombino: That’s my favorite show and he’s so good in it.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Well, imurders looks like a scary film. Tell us about it.
Terri Colombino: It’s more of a psychological thriller, which I prefer to the gore and blood of some horror films.
I actually was a fan of horror films as a child… and now they scare me so much that it’s hard for me to watch. But, this one was fun to be a part of because, you know, you get to see the behind the scenes stuff… but when you’re in it, you’re still in it. It’s still scary!
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): How did you get involved in the film?
Terri Colombino: One of the producers, Ken Del Vecchio, was familiar with my work on As the World Turns and that was the last role that they hadn’t cast yet. They were starting the next week so he basically just offered it to me, called my agent, and I read the script. And, also, some of the other actors in the film are with my agency, so I think he trusted in them about me (laughs).
It was kind of a big task because I was like, oh gosh, I’d better not let him down, but it ended up working very well with the show (As the World Turns), too. They were cool about it. I was doing a lot of double duty for a while which was a little bit exhausting, but also pretty exhilarating too, just to be able to play another character and to delve into something completely different.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville). You play a character called Sandra Wilson. Is she a heroine?
Terri Colombino: We don’t really know… which is so fun (laughs). She’s very complex and a little bit sad. She’s a sad character that’s kind of lost a little bit. So you don’t know really where that’s going. Could she be a serial killer or could she just be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): It seems to be a very relevant movie especially for today when everyone is on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. Are you on any of those?
Terri Colombino: I only have a Facebook.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): So you haven’t tweeted?
Terri Colombino: No, I still don’t understand it and you know what’s so funny about this is when we did this movie it was a year and a half ago when we shot it… and I didn’t even know what any of those were yet. And I had to use a Blackberry… my character is very technologically advanced and I had no idea how to do any of the stuff.
I felt really behind the times, but I’m always one step behind in technology, so it was fun being able to learn alongside everybody else. But, she had to know what she was doing, so I was kind of forced to learn.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): William Forsythe, a co-star in the film, usually plays the villain…
Terri Colombino: Well, there are a lot of different twists and turns that you’re not expecting at all and that’s what I love most about it.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Gabrielle Anwar, co-star of Burn Notice, is also in the film.
Terri Colombino: Yes, she’s great. There are so many good actors in the film. Unfortunately, some of us barely got to work together because we were so separated but that’s just part of the film… being separated and being friends with all of these good people that you’ve never met before, and you’ve never seen them… and you never will see them…
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Is the film in limited release?
Terri Colombino: It’s an independent film and was just bought by Anchor Bay. It’s being released on October 13, I think in Wal-Mart first. And then to all of the other major venues.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Your husband was one of the musical artists for the film. Is he in a band?
Terri Colombino: Yes, one of his songs is in the background of a murder which is pretty cool. He has a band called the Arthur Colombino band. He’s on MySpace and everywhere… his music is amazing and really perfect for film. It is kind of a mix between U2 and maybe more R&B like Maxwell.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Now, turning our attention to As the World Turns. Katie has been through a lot, hasn’t she?
Terri Colombino: Yes, and she’s about to go through a whole lot more. The stuff that is coming up in the next couple of months is heartbreaking.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Anything you can tell us about?
Terri Colombino: Well, I can say that something tragic is coming up that affects a lot of people.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Perhaps concerning Austin Peck who is leaving?
Terri Colombino: It might be, yeah. It airs at the end of October, I think. But, be on the lookout for that. There are some really amazing performances.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Possibly a new love interest for Katie?
Terri Colombino: I don’t think so, not just yet… although she does usually go from one to the other, doesn’t she?
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Yes she does. Someone told me that I had to ask you where Snickers the rabbit is.
Terri Colombino: Oh I know, I have been asking that recently also. Wherever I used to live they would always have the little cage and the stuffed rabbit sitting there and then if they ever needed him for a scene, they’d bring in the real one.
But, I don’t think they can afford Snickers anymore so we just don’t talk about him. I think Snickers costs about $500 a day…but, he’d also be pretty old by now. I think I found him about 9 years ago.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): A character on The Young and the Restless carried around a stuffed cat for a while. Actually, many thought it was real and was stuffed after it died.
Terri Colombino: Oh, is that what it was… because some actress brought a stuffed cat purse to the Emmys. Was that it?
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Yep, that was it. I think they are saying that the cat wasn’t previously alive… it was just a fake cat that was stuffed. I just recently interviewed Cady McClain. You two don’t have many scenes together, do you?
Terri Colombino: No… actually more recently we had a couple of scenes together, but nothing really juicy. She is really fantastic.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Yes she is. What do you think of the future of daytime TV now that Guiding Light is almost over?
Terri Colombino: We’re all wondering the same thing. It’s hard to say. I definitely think that due to these economic times they are difficult to afford. The budgets keep getting cut and it just becomes more and more difficult to create a quality piece when you have to cut so many corners.
There are so many reality/talk/judge shows that are so inexpensive to produce that businesswise it just doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, though, you’re letting go of something that people really want and would definitely miss if it’s gone.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Any rumors on the set of As the World Turns?
Terri Colombino: No… I mean we’ve heard it ever since I’ve been on the show. Oh, there are five more years left… two more years left… one more year left. But, until we have that “big” meeting we’ll just keep truckin’ on. I think that what saved us is we didn’t completely change our format like Guiding Light did. I mean, we dabbled in it, but…
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Yes, a cousin of mine did not like the new camera work on Guiding Light.
Terri Colombino: I don’t think that helped them at all.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): What do you think about All My Children moving to the west coast?
Terri Colombino: I know, I can’t believe it. But, that’s a good sign that they’re going to spend the money to move that entire production, so they are probably pretty confident that it’s going to be on for quite a while.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Of course, it would be hard to replace some key players like Susan Lucci if she doesn’t move from New York.
Terri Colombino: Yeah, you can’t even try to replace her.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): You have a five-year old little girl. What do the three of you do as a family?
Terri Colombino: We go to the zoo and she’s really into swimming this summer. Julia just learned how to swim without her swimmies. We’ve just been enjoying the summer.
She loves movies and she came with me to the studio the other day and she really likes to be on camera so that’s a little scary (laughs). So, I’m a little worried about that!
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Terri Colombino: I love to get massages (laughs). I like to go to the movies, too, and watch other actors to learn from them and to get engrossed in a story.
I’m thinking about taking a class to learn to speak Italian. I took it in college and spent a semester in Florence, but I never really kept up with it so that’s something I’d like to do.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Have you ever tried Broadway theatre?
Terri Colombino: I have never tried that. I have a major fear of it that I’d like to conquer at some point, but right now it’s just tough to get anything.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Is that a fear of being in front of a live audience?
Terri Colombino: Yes. I basically started in TV and film and that’s where I’m most comfortable to stay, but someday I’ll do it just to conquer that fear. There is just not a lot of work out there right now.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): Well, I hope imurders is successful with the DVD release.
Terri Colombino: Me too. It’s a great movie and it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat… you just can’t figure it out until the end.
Interview by Melissa Parker
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