Elisha Cuthbert has returned to horror — however now as a mother. The 24 alum performs Keira Woods in The Cellar, who desperately tries to avoid wasting her daughter who mysteriously vanishes within the basement of their new house.

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“There was a number of the explanation why I took the position,” Cuthbert, 39, exclusively told Us Weekly. “However I feel the No. 1 purpose was kind of the place I’m at. You realize, as an actor in my life with my very own youngsters, I've two youngsters and studying the script and feeling like I might relate to the journey that Keira takes and that she would kind of go to the ends of the earth and put herself in any kind of hazard to avoid wasting her youngsters. And so I actually thought, wow, that is one thing actually attention-grabbing to play with as a result of a number of horror movies you’re type of racking your mind going, ‘Why are these characters going into these harmful conditions?’ However for me, I felt like there was one thing so sincere about the truth that, after all, this lady would do something and put herself into any scenario to avoid wasting her daughter.”

Cuthbert shares two youngsters along with her husband, former hockey player Dion Phaneuf, whom she married in 2013. Her position because the matriarch of the household within the Brendan Muldowney-directed movie is a brand new idea for the actress.

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“It’s nice. I feel you convey one thing to the desk that I’ve by no means gotten to convey to the desk previous to having youngsters. I’m embracing it. I like it. I like that I’m right here nonetheless doing it and dealing and attending to play new variations of myself in that approach,” she defined. “You would do it with out youngsters too, and type of discover methods to get there as an actor, however I imply, to have youngsters, it's exceptional as a result of it does form issues and alter issues for you.”

Cuthbert is used to starring in thrillers, nonetheless. Earlier than The Cellar, she appeared in 2005’s Home of Wax and 2007’s Captivity.

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“I do like horror movies, however I’m significantly better at making them than I'm watching them. I'll say for those that are nervous about watching horror movies, it is a actually nice center floor the place this isn’t actually gore,” she instructed Us. “There’s a sophistication to this. There’s a psychological facet to it the place it builds. It’s gonna scare you, however I feel there’s one thing actually stunning concerning the movie additionally.”

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The ending took the Happy Endings alum by surprise. “The one factor that basically blew my thoughts was kind of the place it takes you and the way it ends. It’s mind-blowing for me as a result of I didn’t see it coming,” she defined. “As a film lover, I assumed that is so nice. It obtained me. Nothing will get me. That was actually compelling, for positive. And I feel lots of people will discover it attention-grabbing. I feel individuals are both gonna like the thought of that ending or not. So it’s gonna be attention-grabbing to see what folks consider it.”

The solid, which additionally consists of Eoin Macken, Abby Fitz and Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady, truly resided within the haunted mansion that the fictional Woods household moved into within the movie. “That added a component of kind of creepiness,” Cuthbert instructed Us. “Additionally with the ability to movie within the Irish countryside the place they've that kind of misty rain and the environment positively set the tone for the movie, however whenever you’re making them, is it scary? Not essentially, however bodily demanding and intense. I’ll say that. So going into Home of Wax, going into Captivity, going into now The Cellar, all these experiences have been all very, very intense.”

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The placement proved to be a soothing change for the actress, however possibly not precisely like a rom-com. “I did benefit from the peace and quiet. I’m not gonna lie. It actually felt just like the film The Vacation. I felt like Cameron Diaz. I simply didn’t have Jude Law knocking at my door,” she joked, “which was nice.”

The Cellar made its world premiere at SXSW. It’s presently streaming on Shudder and in theaters.

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