Porterville native competes for 'Scream Queens' crown
Porterville native Christine Haeberman, 28, will be featured in the VH1 horror-themed reality series “Scream Queens 2”, premiering tonight at 10/9c.
Haeberman and nine other contestants on “Scream Queens” will compete to land an acting role in Lionsgate’s upcoming “Saw 3D” horror film.
The cast will endure a horror film boot camp with intense physical challenges, work with creatures, gore and stunts while building on their acting skills, a VH1 press release said.
Actress Jaime King will be the show’s host and also judge along with acting coach John Homa and Tim Sullivan, director of “2001 Maniacs” and “Driftwood.”
Among Haeberman’s greater accomplishments has been the opportunity to be a part of the VH1 series, she said.
“I hope this will open a lot of doors for me as far as moving forward, hopefully it will lead to more acting roles,” she said.
Haeberman, a Monache High School graduate, has an artistic nature and appreciation for the arts, mom Karen Haeberman said. Mrs. Haeberman, a Porerville resident and retired teacher who taught for 36 years at Bartlett Middle School, applauds her daughter’s career.
“I’m very happy that she’s pursuing her dream. This has been her passion for many years, even when she was a little girl she’d act out scenes with friends or even alone,” Mrs. Haeberman said.
Since age eight, Haeberman performed in various plays at the Barn Theatre and at Porterville College. She also worked for a Porterville movie theatre.
“She’s not just talented in acting, she does oil painting, sketching, she always loved to sing and took dance lessons from Dance Horizons. She’s very artistic... but her one true passion is acting,” Mrs. Haeberman said.
Haeberman attended the University of Redlands and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a minor in Theatre.
Following college, Haeberman moved to Berkeley for two years, where she worked in local community theatres and decided that to make it in the film industry she had to move to Los Angeles.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with boyfriend Justin Fields, a USC graduate and aspiring screenwriter.
“I moved to L.A. five years ago to diligently pursue acting,” she said. “[Being an actress] has its up and downs. Somedays I want to quit and feel like I should be like everybody else and get a real job,” she said.
Haeberman’s most recent work involves a sci-fi film titled “The Millenium Bug,” to debut this Fall and an independent horror film titled “Murder Loves Killers Too,” available on DVD.
Since her appearance on the show, Haeberman said she has learned to gain more confidence in her performance.
“I admire that she doesn’t like to be a star, she doesn’t care about being famous — she sincerely loves acting. It just makes her literally glow from the inside out,” Haeberman’s mom said.
Contact Denise Madrid at 784-5000, Ext. 1047 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.