Slashing through convention: Riki Lindhome

Slashing through convention: Riki Lindhome

“It’s so bad. I want to do everything,” exclaims Riki Lindhome.

The Last House on the Left star is certainly capable of anything she decides to do. Not only does the vibrant young actress steal every scene of Last House she’s in, but she constantly has a full slate — acting, writing, directing and making music. To say she’s busy is an understatement, but she still manages to arrive at The Newsroom on Robertson Blvd early. No one’s early in Los Angeles —except Riki.

Sitting in the chic restaurant in the midst of a rare Beverly Hills downpour, Riki is exuberant. Clad in a long sleeve blue shirt and dark jeans, her sapphire eyes glimmer at the very mention of Last House. Riki lit up the screen in memorable supporting roles in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and The Changeling.However, Riki’s performance as Last House’s sadistic and psychotic Sadie will no doubt launch her into the collective consciousness as an actress to be reckoned with. She makes Sadie sexy and sinister, and the part instantly appealed to her.

Riki has quite a musical personality. Not only does she give Sadie a balletic rhythm in Last House, but Riki has her very own band, Garfunkel & Oates. It’s a chance for Riki and her collaborator Kate Micucci to write and perform some smart, sharp and hilarious folk songs. They’re like the female Tenacious D, and Hollywood’s taken notice. One of their songs even popped up on Scrubs. Riki has written and directed various video shorts for the band, including the uproariously funny and clever video for their song “Present Face.”

For Riki, balance has become an art. “I feel incredibly fortunate. The parts I’ve gotten to play are always polar opposites. It makes me feel like more of an artist.I can explore more things, and I don’t have to go on just one side. For me, it took a long time to get started because I didn’t really know where I fit. Every role I’ve played is really different. People don’t know where to put me; they never have. For years, it was always a stumbling block. It wasn’t until I started doing my own thing — writing and doing all this stuff on my own — that it started to gel. I don’t care anymore. I stopped trying to fit in, and I just do what I think is cool.”

Just like any real maverick. Clint would be proud.
– Rick Florino

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