Interview by Paul Salfen
“Halloween Ends”, set four years after the events of the second film of the relaunched “Halloween” franchise, follows Laurie Strode (Jamie lee Curtis) in a final confrontation with Michael Meyers. Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell; The Hardy Boys, Virgin River), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all. Dawson portrays the role of Nurse Deb, a determined nurse, who might appear to be the mindless beauty but don’t be fooled by her irreverence. She is already one step ahead of you. Deb is unrelentingly searching for the joy in the next moment. Fearless and in constant motion if she possessed wings, she would try to fly. “Halloween Ends” is slated for theatrical release on October 14, 2022. The film will also debut on NBC Universal’s Peacock streaming service day-and-date.
Additional credits for Dawson include her first television role in CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ and the short film ‘Flattest’ by Michael Gallagher which debuted at Cannes Film Festival. Prior to booking her role in ‘Criminal Minds,’ Dawson studied theatre at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. During her time at LMU Dawson immersed herself into the theatrical community pursuing roles in ‘Macbeth,’ ‘The Seagull,’ ‘Skin of Our Teeth,’ and ‘South Pacific.’ Upon graduating with a BFA in Theatre, Dawson went on to advance her formal acting training through Meisner-based classes with Andrew Benne, and landed at Stan Kirsch Studios, where she continues to train and hone her craft.
From a young age, Michele Dawson always wanted to be an actress, although she was shy as a child. A natural athlete, growing up in Atlanta Georgia she trained as a competitive gymnast and much of her childhood was spent inside a gymnastics gym or doing homework. Gymnastics helped break Dawson out of her shell through her performances on the mat, which led her to exploring her love for performing further, transitioning into acting when she graduated high school. While her career as an actress is Dawson’s key focus, she spends her free time practicing partner acrobatics, a passion she discovered through social media in 2019. Dawson performed all of her own stunts in her role in “Halloween Ends,” allowing her to showcase her athleticism on-screen.