Oct 9 2018
Rebecca Rittenhouse, Star of Hulu’s Horror Series ‘Into the Dark,’ Will Make You Laugh and Terrify You
Halloween isn’t just a holiday—it’s our entire October mood. So celebrate the best time of year with a month’s worth of stories that will keep you up all night long. (Binge-watching and eating candy, probably. Same, tbh.) Cheers, witches!
This post contains spoilers for the premiere of Hulu’s Into the Dark, “The Body,” streaming now.
The premiere episode—really, it’s more like a movie—of Hulu’s Into the Dark, titled “The Body,” is one-size-fits-all horror. There are plenty jumpscares and even more gore to satisfy even the pickiest of genre fans but you’re never too scared.
“I feel like it’s more funny than scary—there are some breaks in there for people who feel like they can’t handle horror,” describes Rebecca Rittenhouse who stars as Maggie, a coder who works for a Silicon Valley bro type and is having a quarter-life crisis while dressed up as Marie Antoinette. (The episode unfolds over the course of a Halloween party.)
She’s not interested in eating cake though. She’d prefer the mysterious hot guy, Wilkes (Tom Bateman), who shows up at the party dressed up as a hitman with a fake dead body as a prop. Spoiler: It’s not a prop.
As the night goes on, we learn Maggie is nothing like you’d expect. And you’re on her side even if you’re terrified of her. “The Body” is a fun romp with enough self-aware humor, you’ll forget you’re terrified. Grossed out, even.
“It’s kind of love letter to horror movies,” Rittenhouse says. Here, Rittenhouse talks about Into the Dark‘s unlikely hero, her favorite horror flicks, and hope to cope if you’re afraid.
On Maggie and what motivates her:
“Maggie is super smart, definitely a feminist. She feels like the world is unfair towards women, and you see that come out in some unexpected ways. She’s also a woman who’s on the verge of maybe going a little bit crazy. But you’re rooting for her the whole time.
She’s thought a lot about what she wants her life to look like, and how far will she go. She’s definitely not in a place where she has all the answers. She’s very human—that’s all I can say.”
On imagining what’s next for Maggie:
“She wants to fill Wilkes’ shoes, so I think she’d start by calling his contacts and going from there. You know, female characters are just as interesting as male characters, and I think we’ve proven that people will go to see their stories. I hope we do get a sequel for ‘The Body,’ I think it would be fun.”
On scary movies:
“It’s not that I love watching horror movies—I really don’t. It’s hard for me to sit through it! But I have an appreciation for it, a cerebral relationship with it as a genre. Just cover your ears, then go home and watch an episode of Friends. It’ll fix everything.”
On her horror movie faves:
“Oh my god, I love The Ring. I can’t handle The Strangers. I love the classics: Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining… For some reason I really couldn’t handle Candyman, that really freaked me out. Because I wash my face twice a day, so the idea of somebody appearing behind me in a mirror is like, Nope, can’t do it. There’s something about older movies that makes all of that seem bearable.
Oh, I love Hitchcock movies, too. Rebecca is one of my favorites—not just because I have the same name. It’s very freaky.”
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