Category Archives: Interviews

Jane Talks Challenges of the Remake

We toured the New Zealand set and spoke with actress Jane Levy, who undergoes a terrifying transformation in the movie! While on set, we had a chance to observe director Fede Alvarez and the cast and crew conducting movie making magic. We caught a scene where a cast member (we won’t divulge who due to spoilers) has become possessed by evil and he beckons to a fellow cast member. We saw that scene shot over and over again until Fede had gotten it from every angle and was satisfied with the dialogue. It’s clear, from watching him work, that Alvarez is a perfectionist and is concerned with making the absolute best film possible. In Evil Dead, Levy plays Mia, a young woman trying to kick an addiction. Her friends bring her out to a cabin in the woods to help out and only wind up unleashing evil instead.

Jane Levy (On the coolest things she’s done): The coolest thing I’ve ever done in my career so far is this one thing where Aaron [Morton, cinematographer] was on a zip line in the forest and I’m hands down in the mud and the camera is flying towards me and I have to outrun the camera. It was so fucking cool. And then I watched a little bit of the playback and it looks awesome.

Levy (On the on set conditions): In a way it’s like, I wouldn’t call it a good thing, but sometimes I don’t really have to act. I’m actually freezing cold, and I’m so tired that I’m crying, because I’m so cold and I want to go home. Really, just like my character, so you know, it makes the job easier sometimes, a little bit more real.

Levy (On the demanding nature of the role): But this is also like, an extremely physical job, and just like what Fede was saying, we’re doing everything that you see. I don’t know how much I’m allowed to give away, but at one point I vomit all over somebody. A lot of vomit. Like, a shit-ton of fluid. I had a tube practically down my throat, and I’m on top of this girl and vomiting all over her. When you actually do something like that – I don’t think I can actually describe the sensation – but I actually went to the corner and cried. I’m really sensitive. But I felt like I was really drowning my friend Jessica, it felt so bad. I was shaking.

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ELLE 10 Questions: Jane Levy

As the leading lady on ABC’s hit show Suburgatory, Jane Levy plays the displaced Tessa Altman, a cynical teenager who decamped to a zany suburban neighborhood from New York (unwillingly) along with her father (who you may remember as rich brat Elton from 1995’s Clueless). She also stars in the upcoming film Fun Size (which marks the directorial debut of The OC and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz) alongside Johnny Knoxville and Chelsea Handler. We caught up with Ms. Levy and had her fill in our Top Ten.

ELLE: What is your favorite smell?
Jane Levy: Beer.

ELLE: What do you consider the epitome of happiness?
JL: Sitting on my mom’s couch.

ELLE: How do you define luxury?
JL: Space!

ELLE: What is the last dream you remember?
JL: I was having an anxious work dream (which I have often). It was sort of in the vein of that movie, In Time (which I actually didn’t see), where the end of the world was coming and everyone was running out of life and time. Fictional characters were able to steal the lives of real, breathing people. In my dream these hoodlum TV characters were luring me into their fake world and trying to steal my real life. And I was falling for it! I woke up terrified that I would have to live in the television box forever!

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EMMYS: ‘Suburgatory’s Jane Levy

Jane Levy had only one credit to her name – Showtime’s Shameless – before landing the lead role in ABC’s Suburgatory. But watching the young actress hold her own as Tessa Altman against established actors like Jeremy Sisto, Ana Gasteyer and Cheryl Hines, it’s clear her talent is greater than her years. Now, the ingénue is on the radar of Emmy voters too.

AWARDSLINE: What has it been like carrying a show?
LEVY: I don’t really feel like I am [but] I’m constantly told that. At first, it was heavily narrated, and most of the show was about either Tessa or George’s storyline. But halfway through the season, [creator] Emily [Kapnek] realized that we have such a strong ensemble cast and she had to use them. I feel extremely safe, like I don’t even need to do anything because I’m surrounded by incredible actors and hilarious people. I don’t feel the need to be funny because of them.

AWARDSLINE: There are a lot of comedy veterans in the cast. What have you learned from them?
LEVY: Honestly, it’s hard to learn about comedy from comedians. Comedy is not something that you necessarily learn or can imitate. You’re funny or you’re not, and you hope what you’re doing is funny. But mostly what I’ve learned from them is not necessarily on camera, but how they act on set. They’re all extremely positive, supportive, funny professionals. When I’m really tired, and I’m feeling sorry for myself, all of them are always there telling me to suck it up. [Laughs]

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Jane talks Evil Dead

If you grow up in Marin, it isn’t too much of a stretch to play a suburban teenager on a TV sitcom. But a psychopath?

“For a while, whenever I was asked what my dream role would be, my answer was always to play a killer or a psychopath,” says Jane Levy, who grew up in San Anselmo and stars in ABC’s new comedy series “Suburgatory.”

Lucky for her, the 22-year-old is now in New Zealand filming a remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead.” Her dream has, apparently, come true.

“I get to do that in this movie, although I’ll be possessed while I destroy my victims. So basically, it’s a perfect job,” she says with a laugh.

Not that her regular job is all that bad. Levy has been earning kudos for her role as Tessa, a sassy New York City teen who gets shuttled off to the suburbs by her single dad (Jeremy Sisto) and, as horrifying as that may be at first, actually finds herself starting to fit in.

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