GEENA DAVIS

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

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.

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