Hor­ror star not a fan of the genre

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Toni Col­lette’s new film Hered­i­tary might be a hor­ror, but she is not a fan of the scary genre.

In Hered­i­tary, she plays Annie, a mother deal­ing with su­per­nat­u­ral go­ings-on in the wake of her own mother’s death.

Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and new­comer Milly Shapiro co-star as her fam­ily, who all en­counter var­i­ous grue­some sce­nar­ios.

But Col­lette told Bri­tish news­pa­per Metro that, given a choice, she wouldn’t watch a hor­ror movie.

“It’s not some­thing I re­ally seek out,” she said. “I don’t like watch­ing them. My mind is al­ready too fer­tile. I just don’t need those images.

“I have enough wor­ries in life. If I’m try­ing to get to sleep at night, that’s when some­thing will pop into my brain from some film and then there’s no hope.

“When I was a teenager, go­ing to slum­ber par­ties, there was a phase of peo­ple watch­ing films like Night­mare on Elm Street.

“I just wasn’t in­ter­ested. I wanted to watch John Hughes films.”

Over her nearly 30-year ca­reer, Col­lette, 45, has starred in ev­ery­thing from in­die favourite Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine to box of­fice smash The Sixth Sense, which earned her an Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

She’s still best known for her break­out role in the Aus­tralian com­edy Muriel’s Wed­ding.

“Yeah. I was 20 when I did that and I’m 45 now, so it was 25 years ago,” she said.

“Closer to the time when the film came out, I got so sick of peo­ple say­ing, ‘You’re ter­ri­ble, Muriel!’ But peo­ple still say it to this day.

“I’ve re­al­ized there are so many films and so many sto­ries told, but for one film to stick with peo­ple and re­main so heart­felt, and for them to feel so fond of the char­ac­ter, is re­ally in­cred­i­ble. So it’s a good thing.”

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