In Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3, Stefanie Scott plays Quinn, an everyday teenager who draws the attention of deadly spirits from The Further. Fans of the franchise will know that the terrifying, Purgatory netherworld isn’t exactly the ideal hangout for the living, American teen.
Scott, whose next outing with Blumhouse is the adaptation of the classic ’80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, chatted about playing both a horror heroine and a badass rock star.
Quinn is a brand new character in the Insidious franchise. How did it feel walking into this established series?
It was incredible. The films already have a fanbase with people that are so, so passionate about the story. I was so honored to be a part of it.
As an actress who’s done so many different genres, what was the most challenging part of this film? What was the process dealing with the supernatural – as well as real-life – problems?
I just wanted to make it as grounded as possible, so you could really feel for Quinn and understand what she was going through. Not just watch it from outside, but feel like you were included in her life and struggles.
You do a great job with Dermot Mulroney building that father-daughter relationship. What was it like working with Dermot?
It was so great. He’s been in millions of movies. So, for me, it was awesome to work with him, as well as be surrounded by so many people with so much experience.
Is Quinn a character you can see coming back in future films?
I would love to! I don’t know of anything yet, but I would love to do a chapter four.
Congrats on everything so far! Tell me about Jem and the Holograms – another Blumhouse production – because I, for one, am excited!
I know! You’ve got the hair! That was one of the best parts of the movie set – that everyone on the crew dyed their hair. I’m not even phased anymore. People with rainbow-colored hair, I think it’s the coolest thing in the world. I had orange hair! It was a beautiful experience for me. I got so close with the girls. It’s a heartwarming movie and – at the same time – we’re young, badass rock stars. It’s going to be a really cool, young voice for people growing up.
Insidious: Chapter 3 opens in theaters June 5, 2015.