During the chat, they asked Barrera for a horror movie that scared and scarred her most. In hindsight, one can view her answer to that question as the stars starting to align.
“I didn’t remember the title of the movie, but I remembered that it was about a tooth fairy, a scary tooth fairy. And at the time when I watched it, my room was in a mezzanine and the creature would fly up and through the window, you could see it and it was a dementor type of creature. And so I remember describing that and they all start laughing and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And they were like, ‘Is it, Darkness Falls?’ And I was like, ‘Yes! That’s it! That’s the movie that traumatized me!’ Jamie was like, ‘That’s the first movie that I wrote.’ And William was like, ‘That’s the first movie that I produced.’”
That meeting sent Barrera’s hopes and expectations for the new Scream movie soaring. Now she just had to nail her audition and actually book the role — or so she thought.
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“I hung up, I started preparing for my audition. The next day I get a call from my team and they’re like, ‘So we got a call from Project X and from Radio Silence and apparently your Zoom went really well.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, cool because I really liked them.’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. They offered you the part.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ They were like, ‘Yeah! They just offered you the part. You don’t have to audition anymore.’ That was the first time that ever happened in my life.”
Yes, that moment marked a huge and very exciting first for Barrera, but she admitted that receiving an offer without an audition can also spark some doubt. She explained:
“In that moment I was so happy and so relieved that I didn’t have to audition, but I was also petrified because I was like, now when I show up and they see me act, what if they hate me and they fire me on the spot? It was just a whole mix of emotions. And then I had to do a Zoom audition with Jenna [Ortega]. They were casting someone to play my sister and they had a few actresses and I had to read with them, and I considered that my audition as well and I just bombed. I just felt like I sucked. I was like, ‘They are for sure gonna fire me after this.’ And they didn’t, thank god!”
Eager to hear more from Barrera? Stay tuned because we’ll have her episode of Collider Ladies Night for you this weekend. We covered everything from her time studying at NYU to the invaluable lessons she learned working on telenovelas and so much more. She even ranked the first four Scream movies!
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Special previews of ‘Scream 5 streaming′ in theaters Thursday
Scream 5, which was filmed in Wilmington, will officially be in theaters on Friday with special previews hitting the big screen Thursday night at 7 p.m.
It has been over a decade since “Ghostface” frightened movie goers in Scream 4. The original Scream was released back in 1996.
The latest installment of the horror franchise sees a return of the original trio Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox.
Locals might recognize a lot of scenes throughout the movie.
Exterior scenes were filmed at Williston Middle School and inside Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Boulevard.
Crews were also on the streets in downtown Wilmington filming driving scenes and filming kicked off with scenes at a home on Country Club Road in September of 2020.
Filming in the area wrapped up in November of 2020.
The movie is officially in theaters Friday with special previews Thursday at 7 p.m. There are showtimes at both 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at The Pointe 14 and showtimes at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. at Regal Mayfaire. There will also be a Thursday night showing at 7:00 p.m. at the AMC CLASSIC Wilmington 16 on Cinema Drive.