It was so great to speak with Jill! She was very sweet on
the phone and appreciative of all of her fans from "All My
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Jill Larson: It's remarkable the power of "All My
Children." I still am stopped by people all the time who
want to talk about how much they miss it and everything.
1. Did you put on an accent for the Opal voice?
Jill Larson: I always thought I was sort of putting on a
completely different voice for Opal; one that was sort of
grating and irritating so, you can imagine how distressed I
was when people said, "Oh, I didn't know it was you until I
heard your voice." Anyway, no, I don't have an accent.
2. How did this part come about for you?
Jill Larson: I auditioned for it. My agent submitted me.
Initially, when I read the script, I was really uncertain,
reticent, about the whole idea. I just thought, "I don't
know how I would do this. It's too creepy. I don't know if I
want to be a part of it. I don't know if I could do it."
Then, I called my agent, and she said, "Oh, I know. It's
just awful. You don't have to go. Just skip the audition if
you want to." And then I started to think about it, and I
thought, "Well, usually in my life acting opportunities have
given me a chance to confront things that I'm afraid of."
And this was certainly something I was afraid of. So, I did
go in for the audition and, obviously, ended up doing the
role. So, it turned out to be a good experience for me.
3. Was it fun to make?
Jill Larson: Yes, it was really fun in ways that I had
never had the opportunity to experience and to discover
things within myself that I didn't know were there. So, yes,
it was really fun. I mean, there was one scene that we shot
where I just had a full-fledged blow-out temper tantrum,
slamming cupboard doors and throwing pots and pans, and
screaming, thrashing, rolling on the floor. Maybe you see a
child doing something like that once in a while, but once
you pass a certain age, that's behind you. I had never done
anything like that in my life, and it was really interesting
4. What was the toughest part about making it?
Jill Larson: I guess, just in terms of various things
like handling big snakes. That part was scary to me. I had
never touched a snake before. And, sort of making friends
with them, if you will. And then we had one or two different
scenes requiring me to be wearing either a slip or nothing,
and one was outside and it was November and it was like 30
degrees out and it was in the middle of the night, and I had
to be digging in the dirt on my hands and knees with my bare
hands and things like that that were uncomfortable. Just
generally reaching into places in myself that I had never
explored before -- the fears of Alzheimer's and losing your
mind and the ability to conduct your own life and having
someone come in and telling you how it's gonna be and
elements like that that are genuine fears of my own were
certainly part of the picture. One other thing that was
really creepy for me was I was sort of managing the snake
and I was managing the cold and everything, and then in a
scene in the hospital, I have to have fake blood, running
out of my mouth. For some reason, this was the thing that I
cannot do. I cannot do this. It was so kind of creepy to me
that I just thought, "I can't do this," but I had to, so I
did. Well, you know, the blood is just Karo syrup with some
kind of coloring in it or something, but that part was
really hard for me. It's kind of silly when you just tell it
like that, but it was really, really awful.
5. Do they tell you ahead of time what you're going to
have to do?
Jill Larson: Yes, they did in this movie mention some
special effects makeup and stuff that was very uncomfortable
to wear. It took a long time to put it on and was very
uncomfortable wearing it for long periods of time, and it
took forever to get it off, and it kind of destroyed my
skin. There were things like that are things that go
oftentimes with the territory of making a film, but it
wasn't to the extreme of some of these guys who are dropping
40 pounds and adding 50 pounds from one movie to the next.
It wasn't like that at least, but it was still a challenge
in its own right.
6. Would you call this a horror movie?
Jill Larson: Definitely, it is a horror movie. It has a
little more psychology in it maybe than some, although I
shouldn't say that because I have never seen a horror movie,
but it's based on a woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's,
and her daughter comes home and moves in with her to take
care of her. Then a PhD student who is doing her thesis on
Alzheimer's and the impact of it on the family and the
patient comes in. We agree to let her come with two guys,
the film crew, to photograph and document some of what
happens in the decline, and what they don't realize is that
I become possessed as the disease takes a hold on me and
turn into another person, I guess.
7. Did they use a lot of special effects with the green
screen and have you done much of that before?
Jill Larson: I had not done a lot of work with green
screen. No, I had done a little bit. There was a little bit
of green screen work, and I was interested to see that,
because you have only your imagination to tell you whether
-- You have to create what the green screen is going to be
giving the audience, so that was interesting, too, but there
was very little of that. This is a low-budget film and green
screens cost money.
8. It's certainly an interesting idea, merging the
concept of Alzheimer's with horror. Do you know anyone who's
been affected by Alzheimer's?
Jill Larson: Yeah, my mother had Alzheimer's and one of
my closest friends, his mother had Alzheimer's, and I really
met her first, and she had declined to a dramatic degree and
was in a home and could not speak and may or may not have
known that my friend was her son, and she was in that stage
for 12 years, and that was obviously a very poignant and
difficult thing to watch. I was very grateful that when my
mother was diagnosed, she also had emphysema, so she did not
live as long with the disease as many people have. It was a
real emotional journey for me going through that. I felt at
times that I was kind of becoming my mother, and we're all
afraid of that. [Laughs]
9. Will fans of Opal enjoy this movie?
Jill Larson: I hope they will. I hope so. I don't know if
they'll see elements of Opal in this necessarily but that is
the thrill of acting. I hope maybe they will enjoy it
because they feel a connection to me as an actress.
10. What other projects do you have coming up?
Jill Larson: I did a small part that will be recurring in
a pilot for HBO at the early part of the summer. I haven't
heard whether it will be picked up or not. I am, of course,
keeping my fingers crossed for that, too. It's called "Rock
'n Roll" with Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano, and it's about
the music publishing industry in New York in the early 70s.
It's cool, too; so I hope that that will be having a chance
to be seen and have more episodes made.
11. Are you still in touch with other actors from All My
Jill Larson: Yeah, yeah. You know, some more than others.
I saw Linda Dano for my birthday, and I connected with Cady,
because she and I are both Libras. Our birthdays are just a
few days apart, and we always -- And I spoke with Bill
Christian. He, too, is an October birthday, so we spoke. I
had some exchanged with Natalie Hall, so we all try to stay
together as best we can wherever we are. We're all moving
around, and life keeps changing. I really miss AMC and
people who helped make it and people who watched it. We all
made a nice big family together. What we shared we'll always
have, and it's another form of a death.
12. Anything else you'd like to tell us about the movie?
Jill Larson: I want to say that I hope that you'll watch
the movie, and I hope that if you do, you'll let me know
what you think or what your experience of it was, and I hope
you have fun. I learned something really important about
horror movies. I've always been mystified by their
popularity, and they've always seemed way too scary to me,
but I've recognized that it's like going to an amusement
park. You've got to have those thrills and get scared, and I
think this one will deliver. This one is not overly gory, I
don't think. No one gets decapitated or those kinds of
things, but I think a lot of the scary elements come from
bringing the audience into a situation that many of us can
recognize, because many of us have been touched by
Alzheimer's in one way or another and recognize how
frightening it is. "The Taking of Deborah Logan" was
released on October 21 on Video on Demand, and I hope people
will watch, and I hope they'll have fun. I hope they'll like
THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN
On Early EST October 21, 2014
Available on VOD and DVD
November 4, 2014
Directed by: Adam
Larson (ABC’s “All My
Children,” Shutter Island), Anne Ramsay (Planet
of the Apes, A League of Their Own, NBC’s “Mad About
You,” ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American
Teenager”), Michelle Ang (My Wedding and Other
Secrets, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) and Ryan
Cutrona (Fox’s “24,” AMC’s “Mad Men”)
Mia Medina (Ang) has finally found
the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on
Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months,
cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah
Logan (Larson) and her
daughter Sarah (Ramsay). But as the days
progress, strange things begin to happen around Deborah
that are not consistent with any findings about
Alzheimer’s. It becomes apparent that there’s something
besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s
life. It’s an evil that is far worse than the
debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.
THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN has
a running time of 90 minutes and is rated R for
disturbing violent content, language, and brief nudity.
The film is co-executive produced by Adam Robitel, Gavin
Heffernan, Kurt Fethke and Scott Adler. Rene Besson,
Christa Campbell, Alex Cutler, Luke Daniels, Lati
Grubman, Dana Guerin, Jonathan Stein and Jason Taylor
serve as executive producers with Bryan Singer and Jeff
Rice as producers. Exclusive bonus features include The
Making of The Taking of Deborah Logan, Soundbites with
Michelle Ang, Anne Ramsay, Brett Gentile, Jeremy
DeCarlos and Adam Robitel.
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