‘Evil Dead’ remake irresistible for Jane Levy from ‘Suburgatory’
BY CINDY PEARLMAN March 28, 2013 9:22PM
Jane Levy in "Evil Dead."
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:07PM
You can take the girl out of “Suburgatory,” but can you take suburgatory out of the girl?
In “Evil Dead,” Jane Levy of the ABC sitcom plays one of five friends who head out to a remote cabin in the woods. There they discover the Book of the Dead, which summon up the demons living in the nearby woods.
“By the end of the movie, I was running back to suburbia,” Levy insists. “I will try never to complain about a suburban existence again.”
The remake of a 1981 horror cult classic was no vacation for the 23-year-old actress.
“There was no CGI. Every terrible thing you see happen to me in this movie was actually happening,” says Levy.
“I was buried alive, with a plastic bag on my head to start. I was borderline of a panic attack, but I told myself, ‘You’re doing this for a movie.’ ”
An oxygen tube kept her safe from suffocation. “When the director yelled cut, I’d dig the dirt off of my face,” she says, adding, “This is the real sexy part of the job.”
Levy still wanted in when it came to creeping people out. “I read the script and thought, ‘This is the most ridiculous horror film I’ve ever heard of in my life.’ Plus, I knew it would be so different from what I spend my time doing, which is working on an ABC comedy.”
She’s not much of a horror fan, “but I’ve always been fascinated by the horror genre. I guess I can understand that need as a human being to want to be scared out of your mind. I hear from other people that they have this morbid curiosity and the need to just want to scream.”
There were other parts of “Evil Dead” that she couldn’t understand. “I did have to projectile-vomit on an actress’ face. You do that with a tube of goo down your throat and then you just spit it out,” she says. “It was gross, but a cool shot.”
The second “Suburgatory” season ends April 17, and ABC hasn’t said whether the show will return for a third.
“The season ends with a lot of relationship drama,” Levy divulges. “Some between Ryan and I, and some between Dallas and George.”
During the summer break, she is signed to film “In a Dark Place,” a thriller. “I’m hired as a nanny in England,” she previews. “When I show up, the people introduce me to their son, who is really a porcelain doll. I need the money, so I stay. Then uncomfortable things happen.”
It might take a hit or two to set her apart from lookalike Emma Stone. “I do get, ‘You really look like her,’ ” Levy says, laughing. “I don’t think people believe that I am her.”
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