West Islip’s Felicity Mason stars in “Stalker’s Prey 2” this weekend.
The Lifetime channel’s “Stalker’s Prey” was one of its highest grossing films to date. West Islip’s Felicity Mason stars in “Stalker’s Prey 2” as Diana, the trusting mom protecting her children from a shark-attack savior who turns out not to be the man they thought he was. The movie premieres on Saturday on Lifetime.
Felicity Mason is an actress as well as an artist. Painting full-time for the past ten years, Felicity Mason now has her first role in a movie in quite some time.
“It took me a long time to realize that maybe painting is better in conjunction with the acting because I really missed being on set,” Mason said. “I really missed being on set. I missed the collaborative spirit.”
Before starting a family on Long Island six years ago, Mason was born, raised in Australia and began her career there, too. In 2003, she played the lead role in “Undead,” a zombie science-fiction comedy horror film. Including other film appearances and a venture in producing, Mason appeared in over 30 commercials in Australia.
But she grew up wanting to be a painter, like her mother and her grandfather. Although Mason has had her hand in several aspects of painting, she takes a particular interest in impressionist-style landscapes.
“If you asked me when I was a kid 'what do you want to do,' I would have said I want to be a painter,” she said. “I always felt like I was not sure whether I was doing what I was meant to be doing, so I ended up — when I turned 30 — actually [putting] the acting on hold and went back to college and finished my degree in fine art.”
Mason was discovered by a talent agent while in school and began her acting career. In attempting to finish her degree on multiple occasions, those plans were interrupted by opportunities in film.
“I was just never able to finish it. I would get a movie and have to defer. And then I would go back to college again and get another movie and have to defer again. I [decided] I need to put this acting on hold so I could just finish this degree.”
Painting full-time for the past decade, Mason is planning an art showing at the end of the calendar year.
“I have been booking around for a pop-up space. I am working with about 25 pieces to exhibit later in the year, which I cannot wait to do,” Mason said. “It should be really fun, and it will be pretty much about all the local places that [my family and I] love to go to: Fire Island, Greenport, Montauk, Sag Harbor... There will be paintings of all the places that I love.”
Mason, her husband, and her 4-year-old daughter live in West Islip. She described the location as the “core” of Long Island, being relatively equidistant to Montauk and New York City.
“And we go to both,” Mason said. “In the summers, we are out east. And when I go to auditions, I have to go into the city. It is so close to the city, and it is such a good lifestyle.”
Although her drive all along has been to be a successful painter, Mason longed to be back on the acting scene and is now trying to facilitate a dual career. She recently filmed two American commercials and is playing a primary role in a Lifetime movie that the channel anticipates to gross higher than “Stalker’s Prey.”
“Stalker’s Prey 2” was primarily filmed in Niantic, Conn., and includes scenes shot all along the Connecticut coast of the Long Island Sound. Synthetic Cinema filmed for just under a month during late spring and into the beginning of the summer in 2019. Mason described “Stalker’s Prey 2” as a mixture of “Jaws” and a stalker movie.
“I am not necessarily a fan of the genres of certain movies that I have been involved with, but this particular film — thriller, boating, set around the water — it is a movie that I would have watched even if I was not in it. I am excited about this film coming out,” Mason said.
She added that, considering the ongoing social distancing associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the cast and crew have yet to see the film in all its entirety.
“Typically, with a movie, you get to see the film before the rest of the world sees it,” Mason said But this time, they had to cancel the premiere because of the coronavirus. “All of the cast and crew, pretty much, will be watching this for the first time with everyone else on TV on Saturday, which is not the standard.”
Mason said that Saturday’s premiere is a great opportunity to distract viewers from everyday reality, as it pulls you in.
“They keep you guessing. Generally, what goes on in a thriller is a lot worse than what is going on in a lot of people's lives. And it gives you an unexpected twist at the end. With everyone being on lockdown right now, it is a good time to watch it, if you have the time,” she added.
“Stalker’s Prey 2” will air four times this weekend: Saturday at 8 p.m., midnight, Sunday at 6 p.m. and the following midnight. All the showings will air on Lifetime.