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Maika Monroe Is Horror’s Newest Scream Queen

In our Q&A collection Last Call, we get right down to the underside of each final thing with a few of our favourite celebs — from the final time they have been starstruck to the final music they listened to. This week, Maika Monroe takes our name.

Maika Monroe first broke out as a horror icon in 2014’s “It Follows,” which she adopted up with turns in “The Guest,” “Tau,” and “Greta.” Earlier this year, she cemented her scary film dominance with Chloe Okuno’s “Watcher,” which premiered at Sundance and was launched this summer time. So POPSUGAR needs to know: How’s it really feel to earn the scream queen title?

“It’s kind of crazy, honestly,” Monroe tells POPSUGAR. “I try not to think about it too much, you know? I’m just trying to work on projects that mean something to me and I think that people will enjoy.”

But Monroe is a lifelong horror fan, so it isn’t stunning that she’s additionally drawn to the style in her career — even when it did not occur utterly on objective. “The first movies that I remember being absolutely terrified by were the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ films,” she says. “Honestly, the most terrifying film — and I can’t say that I recommend it to anyone — I’ll never forget seeing “The Hills Have Eyes.’ . . . I used to be traumatized from that.” She was “obsessive about” “The Shining,” “The Birds,” and “Rear Window,” too.

“You go to see movies to feel something and for me, watching a horror movie, it’s so intense, the feelings and it’s feelings that you don’t have every day,” she says of the style’s attraction. “It’s this heightened world and there’s something so fun about that, to kind of disconnect from the current world and just feel these incredibly strong feelings.”

And Monroe loves the way in which horror movies can touch upon actual life conditions. In “Watcher,” Monroe performs Julia, a lady who strikes to Bucharest together with her husband and turns into satisfied a person is stalking her. Her husband shrugs off her fears.

“Her husband that is supposed to be closest to her, when he doesn’t believe her, I think it’s most heartbreaking,” she says. “I will assume that a lot of people will relate to this and especially women.” To Monroe, the film is not simply in regards to the thriller side, but in addition “gender anxieties and the devastation of having one’s fears reduced to this nagging female hysteria that I’ve experienced personally.” She says, “There’s nothing really more frustrating than that.”

As a burgeoning horror icon, Monroe took a visit to one of the vital iconic locations within the historical past of the style — Dracula’s fortress. She visited with the remainder of the “Watcher” cast throughout filming in Romania. “Dracula was Vlad the Impaler actually, and so it was honestly truly horrifying because they had all the torture tools that Vladimir would use,” she says. “It was insane because it’s like, you have this idea of this crazy castle and it was that, and it was so fun.” The cast had dinner in one of many fortress’s rooms, ingesting wine and eating by candlelight, which Monroe says was “terrifying and so cool.”

Monroe has two main films up subsequent on her slate. The first, “God Is A Bullet,” is directed by Nick Cassavetes and in addition stars Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, January Jones and Andrew Dice Clay. Monroe performs a lady who’s escaped a cult, and tries to assist a detective infiltrate the group. “I’m covered pretty much head-to-toe in tattoos, which was . . . very wild,” Monroe says of her half. “We were filming three months in Mexico City and it was incredible and challenging.”

She’ll additionally star in “Significant Other,” which she describes as a “kind of dark comedy,” reverse “White Lotus” star Jake Lacy. “He’s a genius,” she says of her costar.

Keep studying to see what else Monroe needed to say in regards to the final film she watched, the final book she learn, and extra.

Maika Monroe

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What was the final horror film you watched?

I simply rewatched “The Babadook,” which I like.

What was the final day on the “Watcher” set like?

I keep in mind the primary AD gave this very emotional speech and I simply keep in mind everybody, all of the crew, we have been all standing and listening to this speech and all of us have been turning into emotional. I feel the final scene that we truly filmed was actually me sleeping in mattress, which was so humorous, and we have been laughing. Such a foolish finish to such an intense movie.

When was the final time you have been starstruck?

I used to be invited to a Lakers recreation. LeBron James, I used to be like, “Okay, that’s cool.” And he was simply right there. I simply was dying.

What was the final music you listened to?

It was in all probability Omar Apollo, as a result of I noticed him carry out final evening in New York.

What was the final album you purchased or streamed?

Probably “Revolver.”

What is the final photograph in your digicam roll?

I despatched my two closest mates [a photo] of me with a mimosa and this very massive poster of my face.

What was the final present you binge-watched?

“Survivor.” I’m actually obsessed. I’m watching essentially the most present season, however as a result of it is so annoying having to attend per week, I went back to a season that I hadn’t watched.

What was the final film you watched?

“The Worst Person in the World.” Love that film.

What was the very last thing you purchased on-line?


What was the very last thing you probably did for enjoyable?

I simply went to Jamaica. It was fairly enjoyable, sitting on a seaside and studying a book. It was nice.

What was the very last thing you probably did for self-care?

At this resort that we have been staying at, there was aloe and I put aloe vera throughout my body as a result of it was so sunburned and it felt nice.

What was the final book you learn?

Well, I’m not completed with it, nevertheless it’s actually known as “Beach Read.” It’s simply so charming and tacky and nice.

What was the final present you acquired?

Probably from my mother. My mother makes superb jewellery. . . . She made this necklace for me, so she’ll present me little earrings and stuff that she makes.

What was the final piece of recommendation you acquired that modified your life?

Don’t take your self too significantly. I do know it is cliche, however when somebody says that, I do not know, it is simply necessary.

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