ALL ABOUT EVE
Phoebe Fox talks scares and sequel pressure…
How does it feel taking over the lead in Angel Of Death? Any pressure?
Absolutely. It’s a weight on my shoulders, with the success of the first film which was led by Daniel Radcliffe. I really enjoyed the first film, I thought it was amazing and incredibly, incredibly scary. But hopefully I’m up to the challenge.
Tell us about Eve…
She’s kind of a mother figure. Helen McCrory’s character, Jean, is the archetypal teacher of the 1940s. Eve is a more modern take on a teacher, more tactile and softer. Although she does have her own demons, and it’s that and the safety of the children that’s the driving force behind her putting herself in danger. Because there’s always that thing in horror of, “Why? Why are you going into the cellar with one lamp!”
Is it scary filming a scary film?
I think I’ve been the most scared on this set. [ Director] Tom Harper’s taken to just scaring me in rehearsals by jumping out at me. Yeah, some of it is scary, definitely. They’re filming it as dimly lit as they can, so sometimes it can be quite dark. When we did the first few days and we were in this rotting manor house, I had to go down into the cellar with just this one lamp, and that was the only lighting. I was scared. It felt like it was real.
And how is it to film with children?
It’s a learning curve! Tom’s always telling them off for asking pointless questions like, “Shall I say my line again in this take?” And Tom’s like, “Well, yes, you should always say your line in every take.” They’re really lovely, though, and they’re really good actors as well which is slightly unsettling.
The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death is released on Thursday 1 January.