In Patrick Brice‘s latest film, THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, based on the novel by the same name from author Stephanie Perkins, Makani Young (Sydney Park) has moved from Hawaii to a quiet, small-town in Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask fo their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims themselves.
Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings attended the press junket for THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE and chatted with actors Dale Whibley (“Zach”), Diego Josef (“Rodrigo”), Jesse LaTourette (“Darby”), and Asjha Cooper (“Alex”), Makani’s close-knit group of friends, where we discussed everything from how the cast worked with one another to whether or not there were moments they felt fear on set and wrapping with the biggest takeaways from their individual characters.
How exciting was it to find out that you were going to be in this film, and did any of you know each other prior?
Dale Whibley: Me and Jesse were supposed to know each other [Laughs]. We were planning to be in a feature before doing the project and that got canceled. So, when we actually met in person, we’d started talking about that and I was like, oh my gosh, we totally would have worked together! It was mind-blowing to be working with Patrick and Henry and everyone who was a part of the film. It was a pleasure to work with everyone and it was mind-blowing to be a part of the experience.
Diego Josef: It was amazing. I was very excited to find out that I got the job. Then before I went to Vancouver, I got a DM from Dale and he’s like, hey, we’re in the movie together! and I was like, no way, let’s freakin’ talk. How are you doing!? [Laughs].
Jesse LaTourette: I did the director’s call back and I think Patrick was there, maybe Henry [Gayden] and others, and I just remember they were all chillin’ on a sofa and it was the most relaxed call back ever. They were genuinely so nice and such cool people that I thought this is going to be awesome. It’s so exciting getting to work with these people that are really genuine and true artists.
Diego Josef: It’s so funny after I did my audition of the scene where I’m running, that’s all I’m going to say, Patrick was like, wow, I really felt your fear [Laughs].
Speaking of fear, were there any moments when you were on set that you found yourself creeped out? The production design was so amazing I can only imagine how that must have been!
Asjha Cooper: I was definitely creeped out when we were inside of Dale’s house in a certain room. I can’t say anything more but it wasn’t a fun room to be in [Laughs].
Jesse LaTourette: There is an outdoor scene where things get fun and it looks so cool. I remember the van pulling up and being like, dude, I’m on a playground. This is awesome. The sets were incredible.
When it comes to horror, is that a genre you enjoy, and do you have a favorite scary movie?
Diego Josef: I’m getting more into the genre. I still want to see the last Conjuring movie, The Devil Made Me Do It.
Dale Whibley: The Conjuring series is great. Sinister is another really good one.
Diego Josef: I’m probably not going to watch The Ring, I’ve heard really scary things.
Dale Whibley: Oh, The Ring is great! Watch the Sixth Sense – my mom showed me that movie when I was a kid, scarred me [Laughs].
To wrap things up, is there anything you hope people take away from your characters after they watch the film?
Diego Josef: Please don’t take fentanyl.
Dale Whibley: That’s a good one, Diego [Laughs]. Don’t let your past define you. That’s a big one for me.
Asjha Cooper: Speak your truth.
Jesse LaTourette: It’s really exciting that there are more characters in conversations about the gender spectrum and it’s from the queer perspective. Netflix worked with GLAAD and they asked me questions. They did such a great job and I think people are really gonna like it. I think hopefully in the future we see more of these really good representations and not stereotypes.
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE is now streaming on Netflix.
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