I am something of a secret ‘cine-loner’: an afternoon with Me, Myself and I, airplane mode on, at the Prince Charles Cinema is my ideal form of self-care. Of course, there’s an exception to the rule when it comes to the horrors. I wouldn’t advocate watching a properly scary film solo (hats off if this is your thing). And yet, here I am, in a screening room on a Wednesday night watching the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation, Doctor Sleep, sans friends. It’s a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining, based on King’s 2013 novel of the same name, and picks up from where it left off 40 years later. Mr King has a knack for writing resilient and empowered women – and his latest horror heroine is no exception.
Rebecca Ferguson stars as Rose in Doctor Sleep, who she describes as a “leader, alluring and beyond ruthless.” The Swedish actress has always relished playing complex characters. A quick IMDB highlight reel: she’s starred as an assassin-cum-MI6 agent in the Mission Impossible universe (she’s signed up to the 7th instalment), real-life opera star Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman and starred in the adaptation of the record-breaking literary thriller The Girl on the Train and a royal rebel in The White Queen.
Like her on-screen personas, Rebecca is no shrinking violet. In person, she oozes confidence, is intensely focused and, yes, is pretty damn alluring. One of the biggest learning curves in her rapidly blossoming career, she says, has been learning to “say no; to step away and question the larger group, always.”
Below, watch BURO.’s exclusive interview with Rebecca Ferguson to talk getting into character, “fucking cool style” and horror IRL…
Doctor Sleep is released in UK cinemas October 31st