There is no escape from paranormal cyberstalking.
Actress Brit Morgan (Riverdale, Supergirl) stars in this horror film Friend Request in the supporting role as the best friend to a college student being stalked by a supernatural creature on social media.
The film stars Alyicia Debnam-Cary (Fear the Walking Dead), William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia), Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl), Brook Markham (Foursome), Sean Marquette (The Goldbergs), and featuring Liesl Ahlers as the demon.
LRM had an exclusive phone interview with Brit Morgan last Thursday for Friend Request that was playing nationwide. A lot of our conversation contained spoilers, so we saved this interview to be published after the weekend. It is highly recommended for true fans to watch the film before reading this interview.
In our conversation with Brit Morgan, she talked about the excitement for this movie. Not to mention, we went into lengthy details about her death scenes and the transformations on the makeup chair for this movie.
Friend Request is currently playing nationwide in theaters.
Read our interview transcript below.
LRM: You must be excited that your movie Friend Request comes out this weekend.
Brit Morgan: We’re pretty excited and ecstatic. We’re all going to see it tonight. We’re pretty excited. It’ll be pretty awesome.
LRM: I can tell you this…..you scared the bejeezers out of me. I was not expecting a lot of things from you. [Laughs]
Brit Morgan: [Laughs] I don’t think I was expecting anything either. [Laughs] It’s pretty horrifying.
LRM: Tell me on why you were attracted and how you were approached to be on this project.
Brit Morgan: The audition came through my agent just like any audition. I’ve read the script and it felt very special to me. And it’s three years ago for me now. I’ve never seen a horror movie with a social media spin. It’s really unique.
I also liked the relationship with the friend. They built it up really nicely. A lot of things about the film is really intriguing. It stood out! It stood out from the run-of-the-mill horror films I’ve read. So, that’s why I auditioned.
LRM: Tell me on how many different transformations you had to go through for this project. There seems to be a lot of special effects and makeup effects for your transformations. What is it—two or three different transformations?
Brit Morgan: Everything you’re asking me, I have to go back in my head to a few years ago. It would take a few seconds to remember. So yeah, I did.
There was a contact sitting. I think a lot of it was just the contacts. It was this big black, possessed contacts. It takes more time than you think. And then there were also these makeup tests.
A lot of this stuff was actually done in post-production for the special effects. It was a really, really good makeup team.
There were two different looks. There was the regular look and the full-on possessed look. There was a lot going on. There was a moment where I had to crash on to a car. You’re covered in padding and there was blood dripping from the mouth. It took a lot of time to perfect that kind of thing.
LRM: Let’s talk about that car crash itself. How many times did you have to do that? That was a pretty big scare for me. I did not see that coming.
Britt Morgan: Oh, yeah. We did scene quite a bit. I remembered thoroughly being exhausted. The director was compassionate with actors. He understands there was a limit on how many times you can do these kinds of things. We did it a lot.
It was disturbing. I was even scaring myself. You don’t really know on far they’re going to take it until they’re shooting it. There was blood all over the windshield. I know we did that for at least a couple of hours. We had to get it right with the timing and the scary factor.
LRM: They didn’t have to drop you, right? You basically just had to fall forward on to a windshield.
Brit Morgan: No. You just have to sell it that you’re being dropped. If they had to drop me, then it would’ve been terrifying. It’s a stunt double. If they do show the drop, then it’s a stunt double. Otherwise, it’s just me slamming on the hood.
LRM: Thank goodness. How about that hospital scene? You were laying there and ripping everything out. It looked uncomfortable is what I want to say.
Brit Morgan: It was. It was. It was very uncomfortable in every possible way. To be honest, it really felt like you were dead. The contacts were uncomfortable period. It’s playing with your body. You’re possessed. There’s ripping all these cords. You can’t really move during that whole bit. It was quite uncomfortable.
LRM: I have to say that it was cringeworthy to say it the least. Out of curiosity, how long did you typically had to sit in the makeup chair? Do you recall that?
Brit Morgan: I would say it would be about two hours for that type of thing. It isn’t that crazy. Sometimes it could be even longer.
LRM: Tell me this—what is the go-to thing you’ll do while sitting in the makeup chair? Do you read magazines? Do you go on social media? Do you just like to chat?
Brit Morgan: [Laughs] I do go on social media. It really depends on what scenes I have to shoot. If it’s a scene that I have to really tap in, then I’ll listen to music. It’ll be different music for different types of projects. It’ll be something to get me into that mood, that scene and that character.
If not, then I love catching up on social media, reading articles and updating myself on the news. It’s like resting a little bit before I have to go into work.
LRM: Are you a fan of horror movies yourself?
Brit Morgan: I love horror movies. Yes!
LRM: Oh, really? What are some of your favorite horror movies?
Brit Morgan: I just saw It last week, which I loved. My most recent horror movie is The Conjuring. I’m a huge fan of The Conjuring. I think The Conjuring is a classic. I do also love The Exorcist. I just love the idea of possessions. I don’t know why. In fact, I don’t know why I love horror movies so much. I love seeing them every year, especially now.
Oh, my God. Wait. What’s the one with Liv Tyler? Is that The Strangers? That movie is amazing. They’re all being hunted and stalked.
LRM: Yeah, it is.
Brit Morgan: I was really obsessed with that film. A really well-done horror film to me is just the best. I just love it!
LRM: Wow. You are a horror aficionado. So doing Friend Request is a dream come true then?
Brit Morgan: Okay, I’ll tell you. I like watching them than doing them. I will say that. All the dying and doing all the scary stuff, it’s harder than just watching it.
The greatest thing about Friend Request was that we were all becoming good friends. It’s about the crew and the cast.
As far as doing all of this scary stuff, I rather just watch it. [Laughs] If you know what I mean.
LRM: Have you seen this film yet? Do you scare yourself?
Brit Morgan: I hate to tell you, but I haven’t seen it. We’re all going to see it tonight. I haven’t seen it and a few others haven’t seen it. A couple of guys have seen it. It’s just that we’re all over the place. The producers are German and they had screenings when we haven’t been around. So I haven’t seen it.
But, I’ve watched so many behind-the-scenes and so many clips. So when you’re talking about the hospital scene, I’ve been watching some clips and stuff. I had seen on what had made the cut, but I just haven’t seen it in its entirety yet.
I can’t wait. Was it spooky? Did you get a couple of scares in there?
LRM: Yeah, yeah. I had a very loud “Oh, shit” moment there. I had to yell that out. And at one moment, I had to slam my fists on the armrest one time.
Brit Morgan: [Laughs] Oh, shit!] [Laughs] That makes me happy.
LRM: I easily can be scared, especially with those jump scares. I don’t know about you. Are you easily scared?
Brit Morgan: Easily scared. Easily, easily, easily, easily.
LRM: How was it acting alongside with Alycia Debnam-Carey? She’s a big star today on Fear the Walking Dead. Are you BFFs?
Brit Morgan: Yeah, she is. And we’re pretty close. She’s wonderful. I just love Alycia. She’s an amazing actress and an amazing person. She’s one of my closest friends. I love her.
LRM: Let me ask you—are you a big social media person youself? What is your go-to social media outlet?
Brit Morgan: I’m not a social media person at all. Not even a little bit. I do have an Instagram and Twitter account, but I tend to be a more private person. The inclination to post a lot isn’t really natural to me. But, I’m trying. I’m trying to be a little bit more active on it. It just doesn’t come like super-natural to me.
LRM: Then doing this movie is pretty ironic for you then.
Brit Morgan: Totally. It is. I don’t even have Facebook.
LRM: [Laughs] Well, let me start wrapping this up with you. Can you talk about some of the future projects you may actually have?
Brit Morgan: Yeah. I’m coming up on this season of Riverdale on CW and also on Supergirl on the CW as well. My stuff will be coming out on this upcoming year. I’ll be a recurring character on Riverdale, so I’ll be there a bunch. And I will have an appearance on Supergirl as well.
LRM: Oh, my gosh. I love that show Riverdale. I totally bingewatched that in one night.
Brit Morgan: It’s pretty good, right? They’ll be introducing my character in the second season.
LRM: I can’t wait for that.
Brit Morgan: Oh, yea!
LRM: One last question, did you get to keep any of the souvenirs on the set? Maybe the contact lenses?
Brit Morgan: I don’t ever want to see those contact lenses again! [Laughs] Those were so uncomfortable. I took some of the costume. I took home Olivia’s shoes. I don’t know why. That’s what I ended up taking. I still have them in my closet. It’s the shoes that I wore in that car splat. Oh, yeah. I got those shoes.
LRM: [Laughs] Must have those shoes.
Brit Morgan: Must be the shoes. Yeah.
LRM: Awesome. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you, Brit. I certainly hope you enjoy your own movie tonight.
Brit Morgan: Thank you so much. Thank you for talking with me. I’m glad you had a chance to see it. I really appreciate it.
Friend Request is currently playing in theaters nationwide.
Source: Exclusive to LRM