The actress additionally stocks what it was once like reuniting together with her “One Tree Hill” co-stars and “Drama Queens” podcast co-hosts Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton on Bush’s sequence “Good Sam.”
Bethany Joy Lenz is opening up about her newest mission, “So Cold the River.”
The mental mystery — which is in keeping with Michael Koryta’s bestselling novel of the similar title — follows a documentary filmmaker Erica Shaw (Lenz), who’s employed to profile a death millionaire. While researching her topic and his mysterious native land, Shaw reveals an evil power, developing a perilous flip of occasions.
While talking with TooFab from the West Baden Spring and French Lick Resort in Indiana, the place “So Cold the River” was once shot, the actress spoke concerning the mission, together with what was once essentially the most tough scene to movie.
Lenz additionally spread out about internet hosting the preferred “One Tree Hill” rewatch podcast “Drama Queens” along her former co-stars Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton. She defined to TooFab how she believes the podcast has created a “shift in the narrative” about “One Tree Hill,” and mirrored at the podcast’s good fortune and the way she’s noticed the “OTH” fandom evolve.
Meanwhile, Lenz additionally shared what it was once like reuniting on display with Bush and Burton on a contemporary episode of Bush’s sequence “Good Sam.”
Check out the video above, and the whole Q&A under!
What drew you to this mission? Were you aware of the guide previously?
I wasn’t aware of the guide. I turned into acquainted in no time when I used to be forged, after all, however, no I hadn’t. I like homicide mysteries too, so I’m stunned that I did not come throughout this one but. But it certainly has a long-standing fan base right here in Indiana as does Michael Koryta. So I’m simply extremely joyful too that they depended on me with this mission. So many of us … it is this sort of loved belongings that it is a large deal right here.
What was once it like filming on the West Baden Spring and French Lick Resort in Indiana? Is it the primary time you’ve got been again on the lodge since filming?
Yes, it’s my first time again. We have been right here in January of 2020 after we filmed. So it is been two years within the pandemic in the course of it when everyone was once identical to, “What are we doing? Do we release it? Do we wait? Do we, you know, what should we do?” So it was once truly a deal with to be right here and picture on this position the place it has this sort of wealthy historical past. There [are] such a lot of other folks that experience constructed their lives round this position. I imply, it supplies jobs for a whole group and once more, you realize, the valuables of the guide itself was once such crucial piece to this group that to be depended on with that tale, to be the face of it, you realize, the only sporting that burden was once a truly, [I] took very significantly and it kind of feels to were — I’ve been welcomed in with open fingers through this group. So that is been truly beautiful.
Now, after taking pictures the movie and seeing the movie, do you’ve gotten a distinct belief of it?
I noticed it in my front room a 12 months in the past, no, six months in the past. And it was once truly nice to look. It was once nice to look everybody’s laborious paintings come in combination. I’m excited to look it a 2d time. Because the primary time you watch a movie that you just have been in or a TV display or one thing, all you might be fascinated by is all of the reminiscences that you just had at the set and the entirety that was once at the back of the scenes. And now I’ve been clear of it for lengthy sufficient that I feel the second one time round I’m truly gonna be capable to be function. I’m excited. We’re observing — the premiere is the next day evening.
This movie has such a lot of twists and turns however the final 10 or so mins are surprising. What was once your first response whilst you learn the script?
I learn the guide. … Well, I learn the script first after which I learn the guide so I knew what was once gonna occur, however I feel that is why it is this sort of nice payoff. It’s a gradual burn. So it truly suits squarely into the mental mystery style. I do not know if they are advertising and marketing it as horror or mental mystery, however horror lovers will have to cross anticipating a mystery, no longer a horror film.
There are some frightening portions, despite the fact that.
There are, however you realize, after I assume horror, there is a sure expectation degree that folks cross into. So when you assume it is a horror film, you might be gonna depart roughly feeling upset. If you cross in anticipating a mental mystery, you might be gonna get what you wish to have.
… Because I knew what was once gonna occur and I knew [of] the gradual burn, it simply truly helped — I feel it helped me figuring out what our finish function was once in order that I may truly measure the marks of the place Erica’s personality begins to switch and continues to switch alongside the best way.
What would you are saying was once essentially the most tough scene to movie? Which scene did you revel in filming essentially the most?
There have been a large number of tough scenes for various causes. One of essentially the most tough bodily was once there is a scene in a bath the place my eyes are open underwater. And I do not know when you’ve ever attempted to put again into water, however it is other than going directly down as a result of water hardly is going up your nostril … if you are swimming ahead, however whilst you lay again into water, it all rushes up your nostril and into your sinus hollow space. So it was once very tough for me to put again on this bathtub, like sink again into the water after which simply lay there at ease after which open my eyes. It turns out like this sort of easy factor to do. You can see why when Paul Shoulberg our [writer and director] when he wrote that why he concept, “Oh, that’ll be cool looking.” It was once very, very tough. And it took most certainly 15 takes and I simply I could not … each time I might return, water would fill my nostril. I used to be, like, spiting all of it up. I imply, it was once truly difficult. Finally I stated, “Gimme one more take. I went through labor, dammit. I can do this. I can muscle up.” So that is the shot that made it into the film.
And then I suppose emotionally essentially the most tough scene — one in every of them was once the interview scene with Andrew West when Erica interviews Josiah. … There was once a large number of trivia, emotional manipulation and trivia in that scene to get it precisely proper, it was once like, I felt like emotionally looking to stability a toothpick on best of any other toothpick. It felt truly laborious to get precisely the place Erica was once at there. I discovered it — I feel, I am hoping, — but it surely felt excellent to me.
That scene was once truly, truly robust. It was once truly intense too.
Yeah. And so fascinating, I assumed, simply to look those mental dynamics enjoying out between the 3 of them. And then there was once one scene the place I simply needed to stare into the digital camera and Paul simply stated, “Run through the gamut of your emotions. Let’s see what happens.” I used to be like, “Okay.” And to simply let myself truly let cross and be that uncooked and prone, it was once beautiful wild.
Switching gears a bit of, what was once it like reuniting on display along with your “One Tree Hill” co-stars and “Drama Queens” co-hosts Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton on Bush’s sequence “Good Sam?” Did it really feel like no time had handed because you had shared the display in combination?
It 100% felt like no time had handed. It was once nice. I feel all of us assumed it could ‘motive we might been speaking such a lot, you realize, with the podcast. We have been interacting always. There’s a gaggle textual content. We communicate each unmarried day. So yeah, I feel all of us roughly assumed it was once gonna be simple, however there may be at all times that query. We’ve all modified such a lot in our lives and method our skilled acumen — as you cross all over your existence, you be told and also you pick out up various things and other folks regulate to what feels relaxed for them. So I feel we are all a little bit bit like, “Is this gonna be the same, or will it be different?” And it wasn’t [different.] It simply felt like coming house. It was once simple.
As discussed, you 3 host the “One Tree Hill” rewatch podcast “Drama Queens.” What has been essentially the most thrilling section about reliving and discussing previous episodes of “OTH?”
Oh my gosh. The most enjoyable section has been that it isn’t a crisis. … We have been all a little bit scared that it was once simply gonna be so cringy and so stuffed with dangerous reminiscences. As many as there are excellent, there have been additionally a large number of laborious reminiscences. And so I feel we have been all worried. Like, “Is this gonna hurt?” And the extra that we stroll down the street, the extra we learned, “Oh gosh, no, it actually feels great. It feels great.” For all of the issues that do harm, there is such a lot therapeutic and it is this sort of protected position and a protected area right here amongst us as sisters and pals and pros that it is simply been higher than any people may have dreamed.
Have you been stunned through all of the press pickups the podcast has gained and have you ever spotted a shift within the narrative across the display now that you have reclaimed it?
There is a shift within the narrative. Isn’t there? It’s so great. Oh boy, it is excellent. That’s the poetic justice. Like, that is the factor the place, you realize, it is simply what you at all times hope for whilst you’ve been, and I hate to harp on it … “Drama Queens” is so no longer concerning the laborious issues previously, however we do carry them up occasionally. So I do not wanna harp on it. But when one thing, whilst you’ve been wronged in existence one way or the other, it at all times feels excellent to look issues flip round and roughly have the recompense that you just deserve and that you just lengthy for, and no longer simply to receives a commission again, however to look it change into one thing even higher. Wow. That’s only a dream. So that is been truly cool.
The press pickup certainly has been one thing that we knew. I imply, it is at all times sudden when it really works, you realize? You take a large swing on this trade always and once in a while it really works and once in a while it does not and all of us had a sense … You know, it were given leaked. The podcast were given leaked the day earlier than it was once meant to air. ‘Cause we have been telling our platform iHeart, we have been like, “Guys, this is gonna be bigger than you think it is, like, be cautious with [it.]” They have been like, “No, no, no it’s fine. It’s fine. We do this all the time.” And then we were given the decision, you realize, middle of the night, like, “Ah! we told you. Our fans love ‘One Tree Hill.’ ‘One Tree Hill’ fans are just the best and they’re so committed. They’ll dig and dive and find.” So it was once roughly a laugh that they did that. And iHeart’s been superior to paintings with and so supportive and they are simply conserving the system going. It’s all nice. It’s gravy at this time. I’m like, “I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”
Have you discovered that the “One Tree Hill” fan base has grown and advanced because of streaming, and as a result of the podcast?
Yes, I’ve. And I’ve been amazed on the age vary too. We’ve were given new 13, 14, 15-year-old women observing, and boys. Some of them … as a mother, I’m like, “Oh you’re so young.” Some of the subjects are roughly mature. But you realize, no matter, they are no longer my children, no longer my circus. So sure, there’s a new target audience and that makes me truly glad.
I used to be announcing the opposite day … we did a “Drama Queens” reside earlier than the “Good Sam” episode. And we have been speaking about simply that, how there is a new target audience. And I feel a large number of them are observing it out of irony, you realize, as a result of, like, such a lot of issues, you realize, the mother denims are again in now, however it is ironic. It’s no longer love it was once when it was once critical within the 80s and 90s. It’s hipster now. You know, it is irony, however I do not care how they get into it — irony or no longer — the nostalgia hits you and the tales are actual and the children are actual and the sentiments are actual. And despite the fact that it is a drama and there [are] moments which can be heightened, this is likely one of the handiest displays on TV and these days even to be had on streaming platforms that truly offers with very actual teenager emotions, simply teenagers feeling their emotions. There [are] no vampires, there [are] no superheroes or primary style stuff. There [are] various the ones available in the market and they are all nice. But when you wanna in finding one thing that is simply gonna feed your soul as a young person, I feel “One Tree Hill” is a brilliant position to head.
“So Cold the River” is to be had to hire or purchase on Prime Video, Apple TV and Vudu, and is out now in make a selection theaters.