Reading native Jillian Murray is a junk-food junkie but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her in “Wild Things: Foursome” (2010, Sony, unrated, $25), a twisty, sun-lit noir that finds the actress flitting around Miami in various stages of undress.
Murray insists she didn’t bother working out — or denying her sweet tooth — prior to shooting the straight-to-DVD thriller. “There’s no way I can go without my Tastykakes,” she says by phone from Los Angeles. “I actually found a place out here that sells them. All I need is a bite of my Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes and I’m good.”
For the last nine years, she’s worked steadily in indie films and TV. She was a recurring character on Disney’s “Sonny With a Chance” when she booked “Wild Things: Foursome,” the third sequel to the 1998 Kevin Bacon/Neve Campbell thriller.
The film might be as deep as a layer of suntan lotion but director Andy Hurst knows how to serve up sex, greed and double-crosses. Murray, in a departure from her usual girl-next-door roles, stars as a grifter from the wrong side of the tracks who sets out to take down the son (Ashley Parker Angel) of a rich Miami businessman. Or so it seems.
“The movie is almost like a game,” says Murray, 26. “It’s fun trying to guess who did what to whom. There are so many twists and turns. And you never know who’s doing the seducing and who’s getting seduced.”