[Interview] Zainab Jah for FALSE POSITIVE
Courtesy of Hulu and A24
In John Lee’s FALSE POSITIVE, after months of trying and failing to get pregnant, Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) finally find their dream fertility doctor in the illustrious Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But after becoming pregnant with a healthy baby girl, Lucy begins to notice something sinister through Hindle’s gleaming charm, and she sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about him, and her own “birth story.”

Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings had the opportunity to speak with actor Zainab Jah who plays Grace Singleton, a midwife and a confidant, of sorts. During the interview we chatted about everything from bringing her own flair to Grace, working alongside Ilana Glazer, and more.

What did you enjoy the most about playing Grace Singleton? 

Zainab Jah: I love how straight-forwarded and grounded Grace Singleton was, especially while all around her [people] were losing their sense of perspective and reality. She is everything I would want in a friend. She’s not afraid to tell you some hard truths.

When approaching the role, how did you go about bringing your own flair to Grace? 

Zainab Jah: It was a very collaborative experience as Director John Lee and Ilana Glazer were open to ideas I brought to the table regarding Grace, particularly in how she dressed and presented herself to the world.

I love it when we get to see Grace’s office, it’s so lush and warm and welcoming. Was there anything you brought in to make that space feel more like your own? 

Zainab Jah: I didn’t bring anything to the space per se, the production and set-designers were on top of their game. In fact, my contribution was that I wanted to take everything with me (laughs).

You spend quite some time with Ilana’s character, Lucy. How was it working alongside her to help build up these scenes between you two?

Zainab Jah: It was great to see another non-comedic side to Ilana. She reached out to me before we started filming and we went on a couple of get-to-know-you ‘dates’, as it were. This really helped us build a relationship that enabled us to have a kind of shorthand in communication.

What’s something you hope people take away after watching this film? 

Zainab Jah: I would like for people to leave the movie thinking, “Be careful what you wish for!”

For more on FALSE POSITIVE, check out our review here. FALSE POSITIVE is now available to watch exclusively on Hulu.

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