Shock Interview: 6 Souls’ Frances Conroy


ShockTillYouDrop caught up to Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) recently about her involvement in 6 Souls, opening in limited release this Friday and now available on VOD.  In the film, the actress plays a woman who lost her son – we don’t want to say more without delving into spoiler territory, however, we’ll give you the plot crunch for the story:

After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s (Julianne Moore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. But, Cara quickly discovers that Adam¬ís other personalities are murder victims and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming victims themselves.

Shock Till You Drop:  What jumped off the page for you about this project?

Frances Conroy:  I thought it was a very deep – scary – story that was being told.  I thought it was a wonderful part I’d be playing.  A woman who lives a simple life caught up in this situation.  I think, too, the chance to work with Julianne Moore and Jonathan [Rhys Meyers].  I was happy to be part of it.

Shock:  You chew some great scenery with Julianne and Jonathan – what excited and surprised you about working with the two of them?

Conroy:  Julianne and I – years ago – did a reading of a play together, but we’ve never worked together.  It was wonderful to watch her.  She’s completely involved in the work she’s doing and Jonathan I’ve never met before, but I think he did an extraordinary job.  Between takes, he was quiet, but he’s a sweetheart and the two of them are great in this story.

Shock:  Obviously, you enjoy delving into dark material from time to time…

Conroy:  Well, no matter what you do or role you’re in, you have to dive into it and what the writing gives you.  Ultimately, you have to realize the truth of the story and the character’s life in that story.  Something will be born there and people will believe the story.  Comedy, drama, it doesn’t matter.  You have to invest in it.

Shock:  What separates 6 Souls from the pack of supernatural films we’re getting?

Conroy:  It goes into a very spiritual realm and that’s what makes it truly terrifying.  It makes you question a lot of things.  It’s not casual scary stuff.  It sits in your bones, where it takes you.  I find that – in terms of selling it – it takes it into a compelling realm.

Shock:  You worked with two directors on this film…

Conroy:  That was interesting.  They’re close to one another and they know how to work with one another it.  It was interesting to be around and were in sync with one another.  There was a great balance.

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