Elizabeth Smart Won't Watch Her 'Terrifying' Lifetime Movie Again

She produced and narrated I Am Elizabeth Smart, which chronicles how she was abducted then raped and brutalized for nine months. 

Elizabeth Smart doesn't want to see her life story again. The 29-year-old's abduction and escape was captured in the new Lifetime film, Smart was both a producer and narrator on the movie. She saw it once but says that she doesn't want to see her case on the small screen again.

"I'm pretty proud of it and I've watched it and, no offense to Alana [Boden, who played Smart in the film], she was great, but I never want to watch it again," she tells E!. The movie, which premiered this weekend, shows Smart's 2002 kidnapping when she was 14 years old. The depiction was very accurate. "That's how good it was." She continues, "I had been over the script probably about 100 times...then I narrate a lot of it, so I had seen a lot of the difference pieces and then finally watching the whole thing come together in one format, it was terrifying." 

Smart was kidnapped and brutalized by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. She was held captive for approximately nine months. The case made national headlines. Since her rescue, Smart has become a correspondent and victim's rights advocate. 

She is now married with two kids but says that she wanted to watch her life story alone. "My husband was downstairs watching the kids and trying to put my daughter to bed and I was just upstairs in our bedroom and I was watching it. And I kept thinking, I don't have to watch this right now! I don't want to watch this! I'm just going to put it away, I can come back after I've had a breather," she said. "Then I said, no, I have to watch it. I have to know how it turns out...just because it was so accurate. It was terrifying  and so intense and part of me was like I don't know if I want to feel all of these emotions again."

[Photo: Getty Images]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crime Time is your destination for breaking crime news, original reporting, and information about Oxygen's programming. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our Martinis & Murder podcast!

You May Also Like...

Recommended by Zergnet