Actress Melissa Barrera has been blazing her way through Hollywood one starring role at a time. Since filming Scream, Melissa Barrera has landed a starring role in another horror film, the new upcoming thriller Bed Rest written and directed by Lori Evans Taylor, which is expected to be released on July 15, 2022. In a recent interview with Collider, the Scream leading actress discussed how playing the role of Sam Carpenter gave her the tools she needed to prepare for the new scream queen role.
Scream Taught Melissa To Trust Herself As An Actress
During the Q&A, Melissa Barrera confessed that before filming Scream, she was a method actress who would resort to extreme measures like isolating herself from cast and crew members on sets and shutting down emotionally to put herself in the proper headspace for her character “if I had a very emotional scene or exhausting scene, something that requires a lot of me emotionally I would just shut down because I thought I had to save energy to be able to deliver that and it made me not have fun sometimes.”
The Scream actress says that filming Scream taught her that it wasn’t necessary to resort to extremes to prepare for roles. In turn, Melissa learned a very valuable lesson as an actress: to trust her natural talents and capabilities “I learned in Scream to trust myself. That I can get to the places that I needed to get to without having to be serious and sad and in that headspace behind the scenes.”
Scream Prepared Melissa For The Emotional Challenges of New Thriller Bed Rest
Melissa Barrera plays a bed-ridden pregnant woman who suspects her house is haunted in the upcoming thriller Bed Rest. Melissa described the upcoming role as challenging “it could’ve been a lot. I could’ve been destroyed after that movie.” However, she says she learned to still have fun despite the dark, heavy nature of the role; another lesson she credits to her time on the set of Scream “I was very exhausted emotionally, but I also had a lot of fun, and that’s something that I took from Scream. ”
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Scream is the fifth installment of the Scream franchise. It stars Melissa Barrera as well as Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. You can catch Scream now, only in theaters.