The Thelma & Louise star, 60, returns to TV this fall in a hair-raising new take on The Exorcist, premiering Sept. 23 on Fox. She plays a successful businesswoman and mother who fears that something demonic has taken possession of her home.
What’s the difference between the original 1973 movie and the new TV show?
It takes place in the same world, but the story is completely different. It begins the way the movie started, with it gradually sneaking up on you with little clues dropped here and there until it gets really out of control.
What about the horror genre is appealing to you?
I like to be scared. There’s something about spooky atmospheres, unexplained noises and things like that, that’s very exciting. I’m less attracted to things jumping out, but psychologically scary, twisty things are really good.
Like Robert Redford and Robert De Niro, you have your own film festival, every May in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The whole point is to champion women and diversity in front of and behind the camera, which is an expansion of what I’ve already been doing with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
What’s left for you to accomplish?
I’m kind of spoiled. I got to be so many cool things. I got to be the president on
Commander in Chief. After that show, I was like, “Well now what am I supposed to do? I’ve been the president.” I love acting and I just hope more good things that really speak to me come along every once in a while.