When people think of Child’s Play, two images come to mind: one of the sinister Good Guy doll known as Chucky, and the image of innocent six-year-old Andy Barclay, portrayed originally by Alex Vincent. Andy is one of the main protagonists of the original Child’s Play film and would go on to become the arch-nemesis of Charles Lee Ray as the franchise evolved. While the role of Andy has been portrayed by others, the character’s aging up has allowed the flexibility for Vincent’s return to the role as seen in Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky. Now he is back in filling those shoes again in the CHUCKY TV series.
Many have come to know Christine Elise as Emily Valentine in Beverly Hills 90210 and its reboot BH90210, as well as pertinent roles in shows China Beach, ER, and In The Heat of the Night. However, we’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t bring up her work as a story producer over the past decade, working on shows Cold Justice, Tamar & Vince, and more. She also made her directorial debut with the short Bathing and the Single Girl, which she would then adapt to a full-length novel. For horror fans, many think of Elise in her role as Kyle, Andy Barclay’s foster sister, in Child’s Play 2. She reprised the role briefly in Cult of Chucky and now she is returning as Kyle in the CHUCKY TV series.
In the new television series CHUCKY, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage ‘Good Guy’ doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town’s deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky’s past creep back into his world and threaten to expose the truth behind his mysterious origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.
Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings’ Shannon McGrew had the immense pleasure of speaking to both Alex Vincent and Christine Elise, both of whom are reprising their roles as Andy Barclay and Kyle respectively. During their chat, they discussed what it was like to come back to these characters and to the Child’s Play universe once again and what they are most excited for audiences to see as the CHUCKY series progresses. Because of their particular roles in the series, we did try to keep spoilers light or non-existent.
How does it feel to be back together and to be doing this project?
Alex Vincent: It feels incredible to be back with the CHUCKY family. Every time that I get to come back and portray this character that I started when I was six years old is super fun. This time, in particular, with the addition to the fact that the cast is so much bigger, and there are so many tremendous actors in it, Andy gets to share the screen with Kyle, for the first time in a very long time. Christine and I are very much like brother and sister in real life, and we have been very close especially for the last eight to 10 years. So, this was something we wanted really badly a chance to work with each other again with these characters. So for this to all finally come to fruition after years of looking forward to the possibility, and then it actually happening has just been to dream.
Christine Elise: Two years ago, I did the 90210 reboot and had the same sort of rare opportunity to go back to work with people that I’ve known for 30 years, many of whom I consider family. That’s a really rare thing to have happen for most actors, but certainly, I can’t believe it’s happened to me twice in three years. Between Alex and Don [Mancini] and Jennifer [Tilly]…I knew Jennifer before I even had done Child’s Play 2. So it really is, in many ways, a family and literally with Brad [Dourif] and Fiona [Dourif], and in the older movies with Kevin Yagher and Catherine Hicks look like literally family. So it’s like a lottery win.
We’ve only seen a very small snippet of what you guys do. We’ve seen you arrive. You’re here. You’re murdering the Chuckys. Is there anything that you’re both looking forward to having the audience see? I know that might be a little spoiler-y.
Alex Vincent: Have you seen episodes five or six?
I’ve seen episode 5.
Alex Vincent: You’ve seen things that we haven’t seen yet and we’re excited for everyone to see everything that not only we do, but the characters that we love in the show also, and I can’t wait for Fiona to just blow everyone away with what she has coming up. So yes, if there’s anything in particular that I’m looking forward to seeing their reaction, it’s a lot of stuff that’s in the finale. There’s a lot. I think the last 15 minutes of the show…I’m the anti-spoiler, so I don’t get anything out. I’m like a vault, but I think the last 15 minutes of the show is really going to blow everyone away. So yeah, that’s what I’m really excited for.
Christine Elise: I am too excited to see everyone’s reaction. Jennifer Tilly is always awesome in everything she does, and she just makes the most out of nothing. She’s incredible. And yeah, Fiona’s got some stuff that’s gonna blow people’s minds. I think that people have no idea what they’re in store for. The shit’s gonna really hit the fan in five.
I think people are excited to see both of you back to also working together, and I think I’m excited to see how that unfolds. Because we’ve only seen a little bit.
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