Behind the screens of Sarah Sparrow with Grace Monroe
We caught up with “Sarah Sparrows” leading actress Grace Monroe behind the scenes to get the scoop on what its really like playing possessed.
What are the challenges you faced playing this character?
I think it’s very easy to over play a character like Sarah. The hard part is getting the right mix of a young innocent girl that really has no idea what is happening to her and the huge contract of the Devil. There are so many movies that focus on possession; I chose not to watch any in preparation for the role. I wanted to be able to interpret what I thought Sarah would go through and the intense characteristics of the Devil. No one can prepare you for that so you have to trust your instincts and I hope that I did it justice.
What was the best part about playing Sarah?
Its not often you are given the opportunity to play a character with such a diverse range of emotions. But for me the physicality of it was the hardest and most rewarding part. Being tied down, flinging your body take after take with huge emotions rushing through you is extremely taxing. It took a lot of energy to give the same amount that you have given the first 3 takes to the 20th take.
Are horror films as scary to shoot, as they are to watch?
Yes and no. We had one scene we shot around midnight down in a forest. It was myself; Harry the director and Lee who played the priest. It was pitches black, the wind was blowing the animals were howling and here we are running around the woods, a scared myself a little.
What’s it like shooting in VR?
Shooting in VR is taxing for many reasons, but the main reason is the amount of continuous takes you have to do to get it right. Because you are essentially playing it out like a play, one long shot, if one person mucks up of the lighting is wrong you have to go right back to the top. You have to be so on point every time, there is next to no room for era.
The Exorcism of Sarah Sparrow is available for purchase now via the VeeR store on Oculus.