“It’s the summer of 2014...
During some research, I stumble across a grindhouse movie poster featuring a beautiful young woman stark naked and covered in copious amounts of blood set against a bright yellow background with a title that boldly proclaimed NAKED ZOMBIE GIRL.
My interest is, to say the least, piqued.
“Brilliant idea, why didn’t I think of that?” I think, then, “Who is that stunning girl on the poster?”
Fast-forward a year.
While booking models for an upcoming photo series, I make the acquaintance of Meghan Chadeayne, a local model who--as fate would have it--was also the eponymous naked girl behind NAKED ZOMBIE GIRL.
Meghan agreed to meet with me for coffee and over the course of several hours and lattes, we discussed our love of all things horror, the goddess Lana Del Rey, our favorite cult films and of all the life events that had led to the moment of our crossing paths.
Like Betty Grable before her, Meghan left her home near Missouri behind in 2009 for a brighter future. After enlisting in the United States Navy, she had the opportunity to travel the world, an experience that would serve her well as she made her way to the bright lights of Los Angeles.
Talking to Meghan that first day, it felt like talking to someone I had known my whole life. She understood the stories I wanted to tell, the visual style I wanted to tell them with and the types of characters that I wanted to put into my work. We connected immediately.
It didn’t surprise me to learn that she had spent time studying Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design and was soon pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Over the next few months we exchanged various types of artistic work from poetry to screenplays. It quickly became obvious that our work easily dovetailed into each other and a partnership was born.
After collaborating on a number of photo projects together, Meghan went off to shoot the short film HOMEWRECKED, where her role as the villainous Marcy cemented my burning desire to direct her in a film of my own.
After casting her in a small role as Death in the experimental horror short MOTHMILK, we sat down and put together a dark comedy short film titled VIOLET with Meghan starring as the homicidal title character.
During our time together, I’ve watched Meghan grow from one-time naked zombie girl into a powerful and devoted actor. This charismatic "manic pixie dream girl" is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off camera and, I look forward to seeing what she does next." - Chad Michael Ward
For more information on Chad Michael Ward, photographer + filmmaker, please visit www.thechadmichaelward.com