Actress Lily Collins believes she received otherworldly approval for one of her roles.
The 30-year-old actress stars in the upcoming Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” as Liz Kendall (based off the real-life Elizabeth Kloepfer), Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who soon came to suspect that her seemingly perfect boyfriend harbored shocking secrets.
Director Joe Berlinger’s latest Netflix offering tells the Bundy story through his girlfriend's eyes, following their romance to its ultimately dark end. Former teen heartthrob Zac Efron, who stars alongside Collins as the twisted Bundy, has talked about the mental hardships that came with taking the role, and it seems that delving into Bundy’s twisted story had a profound effect on Collins too, albeit a supernatural one.
While preparing for the film over the Christmas holidays last year, Collins began waking up every night at 3:05 a.m., an occurrence she ultimately attributed to having been visited by the ghosts of Bundy’s victims, she told The Guardian this week.
“I would go downstairs and have a cup of tea, trying to figure out why I had woken up again,” she said, adding that she later “started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle.”
It was enough to drive her to do some research online, she said, explaining, “I discovered that 3 a.m. is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited.”
She then began to feel that she was being visited by Bundy’s victims, but the realization didn’t scare her, she explained.
“I didn’t feel scared — I felt supported,” she told the outlet. “I felt like people were saying: ‘We’re here listening. We’re here to support. Thank you for telling the story.’”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” debuts on the streaming service on Friday May 3 after it screens at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday. Ahead of the film’s release, Efron and Berlinger have denied claims that the movie glamorizes Bundy, a man who admitted to murdering dozens of women and who is believed to have killed many, many more before his execution in 1989.
“I wanted to make this film for the victims,” Efron said during his own interview with The Guardian earlier this week.
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