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‘Last Exorcism’ star Ashley Bell bends until she breaks

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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:25AM

Ashley Bell is the most flexible actress in Hollywood.

To promote “The Last Exorcism Part II,” she went a little too far in that department. “I got a call from CBS to shoot the poster myself, and a big part of the first film was I did all the effects myself.

“I got into the backbend again,” she says. “And I have the X-rays to prove it. I even have a stress fracture in my lower back. My doctor said, ‘Have you done any hyper-extending or backbends?’ I said, ‘Just these couple of times when I’ve been possessed. It’s an occupational hazard when you’re possessed by the devil.’ ”

Director Eli Roth was impressed, joking, “There are few other people who will bend over backwards for you.”

Bell was thrilled to do a sequel. “This time the devil sets up Nell really well. He sets up a home, a boyfriend and a first kiss, and then meticulously takes each one she loves away to torture her.

“It’s so scary. By the end of the first film, she’s ravaged with post-traumatic stress,” Bell says. “She’s broken. In Part II, we’re putting the pieces back together, but there are pieces missing. That’s where the devil steps in, haunts her and tempts her.”

In real life, is the 26-year-old an easy scare? “I’m really scared of the dark,” she says. “I can see a film and get nightmares. I saw this one last week for the first time and really scared myself.”

Soon, she will star opposite Danny Glover in the romantic drama “Chasing Shakespeare,” the superhero film “Sparks,” the drama “The Marine: Homefront” and a relationship comedy called “The Bounceback.”

“It’s not a love triangle. It’s a love hexagon,” she says.

The L.A. native and daughter of actor Michael Bell and Groundlings co-founder Victoria Carroll would even be up for more exorcisms.

“I taught myself how to levitate for this one. Just kidding,” she says.

“Honestly, I’ll levitate for you if the script requires it.”

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