Jessica Lowndes Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Scoop From A Deadly Adoption0 Comments

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Posted on 23 Jun 2015 at 3:11am

It’s been two days since A Deadly Adoption premiered, and we still can’t stop talking about all the crazy that went down (check out Anna’s list of the 15 craziest moments here). So of course we had to hop on the phone with Jessica Lowndes (Bridget/Joni) to get the scoop on what went on behind the scenes, why Will Ferrell wanted to make the movie, and whether Jessica will re-team with him and Kristen Wiig in the future. Read on!

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Glamour: The movie was amazing. Was this your dream role to do something so outrageous and fun?
Jessica Lowndes: Thank you! I felt very lucky to be a part of it. It was a dream come true. Initially when I got the offer I was super confused by it and wasn’t sure if I was being punk’d or if it was some sort of joke, but I got to set and it was happening! I had the time of my life shooting it.

Glamour: You didn’t have to audition for the role, but how was the project pitched to you?
Jessica: I read the script and knew Will was the brainchild [behind it] and wanted to do a serious movie, so that’s how we did it. We played it 100% straight. It wasn’t intended to be a comedy, and it definitely was a serious film. I think the more a character or actor cares about something, the funnier it appears to be. In this case, there’s definitely some melodramatic moments! It had people confused and laughing—it was like any other Lifetime movie! [Laughs]

Glamour: Did Will ever tell you why he wanted to make the movie in the first place?
Jessica: I never even asked him! We just went to set like it was any other film, and I was actually really surprised to see how serious he was about it. He was determined to make it a serious film and have all those moments be truthful and real, and that’s what we did. There were definitely moments that felt super surreal, like having a wrestling match and a girl fight with Kristen Wiig, which was the coolest thing ever. And kissing Will Ferrell—or Anchorman—that was also awesome and yet bizarre! [Laughs]

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Glamour: When the news first came out that there was going to be this Lifetime movie with Will Ferrel and Kristen Wiig, everyone freaked out, but then Will said that the project was being pulled. Had you already filmed it by that point, and did you know it was still going to happen?
Jessica: We filmed it in the fall. I wasn’t allowed to talk about it, which was so difficult. He really pulled it off. The news happened to break on April Fools Day, so I didn’t know what was going on! But yeah, I’m just so happy it happened.
Glamour: But were you really worried that the project wouldn’t air?
Jessica: I wasn’t entirely sure because throughout the entire process I haven’t been sure all along of what was happening [with anything], but I knew it was too good not to [do it]. I wasn’t too concerned. I felt like it was definitely going to see the light of day.

Glamour: Did you base Bridget/Joni on any deranged characters from TV or film?
Jessica: I’m a huge Glenn Close fan, and I love Fatal Attraction, so I watched that before shooting the film. I was trying to get into my inner bunny boiler. We shot completely out of order too, so that’s why I was switching back and forth between nice and mean character. It was really fun.

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Glamour: Tell me about the scene where you ripped the magazine cover. Was it hard not to laugh in those scenes—or were you determined to nail it in one take?
Jessica: [Laughs] Some shots we nailed in one take, others it took us a few! That scene was actually one take I believe because we only had one magazine [to rip!]. So we couldn’t mess it up, and I had to tear it perfectly! There were a lot of funny moments though, obviously, because Will and Kristen are naturally funny people. I played Bridget very soft-spoken and shy in the first half of the movie, and then they wanted me to change my voice. Once the little girl sees the mysterious baby bump, that’s when I got to go full psycho and I had a blast! That’s when the full eyeliner made its appearance.
Glamour: Oh, the eyeliner! That might have been the scariest moment for me—seeing that look on the bridge!
Jessica: [Laughs] You know, it was so fun, because I didn’t actually get to see the movie until [it aired] on Saturday and when you don’t recognize yourself in a film it’s the coolest thing ever!

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Glamour: What was the hardest scene for you to get through?
Jessica: The garage scene with Kristen was challenging because I’m out of mind and the monologue is pretty intense and crazy. I just gave it everything I had. And the stuff on the bridge when I was yelling at Will and screaming “Robert!” over and over. In the past, I’ve always loved those hyper-charged, over-the-top, melodramatic scenes. I got to play that a lot on the first few seasons of 90210. In order to sell it, you have to play it 100% straight. I think that’s why this movie worked—because we committed to it.

Glamour: My two favorite lines are: “Your mommy is dead. I’m your new mommy,” and “[You can take] your stupid fruit stand with your organic vegetables!” What were yours?
Jessica: Ha! I definitely loved “the fruit stand and organic vegetable” line. That was just amazing. I loved the scene when I come in and see Robert and I tell him he’s acting very strange. I just love that line. I love when I run in and tell the little girl, “Your daddy is dead!” Also, “I’m your new mother now!” There was so many funny moments and ones that flew under the radar too. Just the fact that my character eats ice cream and burgers and fries and drinks coffee and doesn’t eat breakfast and she’s pregnant…just little moments like that and you’re like, “What?!”

Glamour: What was it like working with Alyvia Alyn Lind, who plays the young daughter, Sully? I was afraid this movie was going to scar her for life.
Jessica: Oh, we are buddies! We’re going to go to Disneyland together. I absolutely adore her. She’s so talented. I didn’t want her to be scared of me though! Even when the movie aired on Saturday, she was texting me and it was the cutest thing ever.

Glamour: Where did you watch the film on Saturday night?
Jessica: At the producer’s house. We had a screening in the backyard and it was so awesome. Some people weren’t sure if they were allowed to laugh or not. At the end, everyone was silent and wanted to see what was going to happen. It was great.

Glamour: What are the chances Will or Kristen will put you in their next movie? I feel like they owe that to you now.
Jessica: [Laughs] Maybe like a comedy! A comedy where I don’t play a psychopath! Lifetime keeps bringing me back as the [girl that] steals men and tries to kill them! Obviously it’s so fun to play the villain, but I would die to work with them again and hope we can.
Glamour: You need a reunion or at least have you three present at the Emmys.
Jessica: That would be so awesome.

Glamour: What’s next for you?
Jessica: I have a couple films coming out in the fall. One is called Eden, and it’s a survival thriller shot in Malaysia. Like Lord of the Flies meets Lost. And then I have another film called Abattoir and it’s a psychological thriller. Then I’ll be shooting a really cool indie with Cam Gigandet coming up soon.

Can’t get enough of A Deadly Adoption? Check out our piece on the 19 actors you had no idea were in Lifetime movies here.

Photos: Lifetime

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