Exclusive: Tricia Helfer on Playing Alisyn Camerota on Bombshell

It is the ultimate Me Too! Era story.

In Bombshell, the dramatic film follows a group of women who challenged Fox News head Roger Ailes on the toxic atmosphere created against women at the network.

The story mainly surrounds Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman). Kelly and Carlson are former employees of the television network, and Kayla Pospisil is a fictional character based on multiple Fox News employees.

The all-star cast to watch that also includes Alice Eve, Jennifer Morrison, Mark Duplass, and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, the former executive who had to resign in July 2016 due to sexual harassment.

LRM Online caught up with actress Tricia Helfer on the phone as she promoted Syfy’s Van Helsing. Helfer plays Alisyn Camerota, formerly a co-host on Fox & Friends, and called out Fox News for emotional harassment and bullying. Camerota is currently a CNN news anchor today.

Although a small role, Helfer acknowledges Camerota as a vital part of the process against Roger Ailes.

She said, “Also, there were a lot of other women there. There’s a bunch of us that come in a play very small roles. But, it’s intracule to build and show the story. It’s the stories that we will know very well. We’ve read it in the news and followed the story.”

As for playing a person, who is still alive today, Helfer stated, “It’s disconcerting in some ways to play somebody alive, especially to play this as a small role. I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to her. It is an important story. Her role and agreeing to speak up with a bunch of other people—all played their essential parts.”

Although her time was brief on-screen and on set, she had kind words about Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly.

“It’s a great script center around Charlize Theron’s character Megyn Kelly. She did an amazing job. Some of the prosthetics that were used subtly—it’s shocking. I walked on set and looked at the video village on a monitor and said, ‘Oh, wow! Wow!’ It’s just uncanny.”

Bombshell will be one of the biggest movies to be talked about as we’re gearing up for awards season. Jay Roach directs the film from a script from Charles Randolph.

Bombshell will be released in theaters later this month on December 20.

The full interview with Tricia Helfer on her role as Dracula on Syfy’s Van Helsing will be released later this week.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

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