‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’: Meet the New Last Girl Sarah Yarkin

The star of the new Netflix sequel is “scared of everything,” but something about the new movie has her hooked. Plus: The weird “Yellow Jacket” rumor she didn’t know existed.

Do not let Her IMDb page fools youbecause despite her scary roles like “Happy Death Day 2U,” the comedy series “Motherland: Fort Salem,” and the zombie comedy “Eat Brains Love,” the actress Sarah YarkinTheir personal preferences do not have a natural tendency to run in the direction of horror. That’s fine when it comes to comedy (“The Good Place,” “Single Parents” or, also, “Happy Death Day 2U”) or singing, but when it comes to something like a starring role in a sequel According to Netflix’s new chiller classic “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Yarkin knows she’ll have to get out of her own head.

The multi-hyphen star in David Blue Garcia’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” as Melody, who – along with close friends Dante (Jacob Latimore), Ruth (Nell Hudson) and sister Lila (Elsie Fisher) – visits little Harlow, Texas, to turn it into an influencers’ paradise, only to find that the ghost town is hiding a lot of secrets. Namely the existence of Leatherface, who has spent decades in hiding and is suddenly reminded of why he is so obsessed with killing people with his trusty old chainsaw.

“I’m not a horror person,” Yarkin said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I’m scared of everything, so I’ve never seen [the original film]. But I clearly knew it was a big deal, and such a cult classic. I said to myself: ‘I’m not going to make myself watch the whole movie, the original, unless I get the part.’ And of course I got the part, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to do this. I had to watch this for research. I need to know what I’m getting into. ‘”

Yarkin watched Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original alone one night – “I Don’t Know What I Was Thinking!” – and was photographed with what she saw. “It was a lot more psychological dementia than I thought it would be,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I said, ‘Oh, that’s a horror movie. There will be a girl running and screaming, who is about to die. ‘ But the original, grit and grain and family aspect was so creepy, I just didn’t expect it one bit. “

While there are a host of other “Chain Saw” titles on offer – Hooper’s film has so far spawned seven other successful films; Garcia skips all of them and is considered a direct sequel to the only first movie – Yarkin just watched the original movie, better keep yourself grounded.

“I wanted to be clear about what I was doing and the real focus of my script,” she said. “I approached it like any other role I have been given. This character, who is she? What is the given situation and how do I make her human, and how do I connect with her? How do I make her a real person, based on the fact that people don’t want to die? Because good horror movies have to care about people, otherwise it doesn’t matter.”

From the outset, Yarkin was not interested in taking on a role that would be conventional “horror porn”; instead, she wanted something a little more nuanced. “What I really love about this script is that Melody is not the usual cliché of the last girl,” Yarkin said. “She’s not a tall, hot blonde running around in a miniskirt brutally murdered or overly sexually aroused in these ways. Without nudity, you don’t see Melody relating to any other person in a romantic or sexual way. Real love is just for her little sister, and I find that really refreshing.”

That’s not to say Yarkin doesn’t have to go down and get dirty to cater to the suspense and chills of the movie. The movie is bloody and gutsy (and includes a huge chainsaw, of course), but Yarkin is undeterred by the raw stuff. Well, until she had to shoot it.

“There are a lot of days when you read it in a script and you’re like, ‘This is going to be fun!’ And then when you actually do it for 10 hours that day, for three days in a row, you’re like, ‘Wow, this is a completely different experience,’ she said. Case in point: crawl space scene.

Midway through the film, Melody tries to escape Leatherface by pushing through a cramped and dirty basement. Above her, the amnesiac killer wields his iconic saw, repeatedly plunging it to the floor just inches from Melody’s head. Yarkin filmed the scene over several days.

“They built this whole crawl space in the soundstage, and it was unbelievable. You have to climb a ladder to get inside it, and they covered it with tons of dirt,” Yarkin said. “Once you are there, you in over there. I have knee pads and I’ve been crawling in them for two or three days straight, all day, crying. I was drenched in blood. I can’t imagine what head space I’ve been in, and I never want to go back there. Now that I think about it, I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s horrible,’ but I think my body was like, ‘You just have to keep crawling. You just have to go. ‘”

Yarkin personally might not like scary things, but she definitely has a knack for it. That may be part of the reason why a certain subset of the internet is eager to see Yarkin in another fearsome property: the “Yellow Vest”. When series star Liv Hewson took to Instagram with Yarkin from the series premiere party – Yarkin and Hewson are best friends, and the pair often take each other to their big events – the photo caused a stir in the audience. fan community dedicated to the series.

Now, a Reddit thread about ‘gram is one of the top hits when you name your Yarkin on Google, with plenty of fans trying to untangle her relationship with the show and whether she might appear in it. or not. The actress knew nothing about the subject, and quickly brought it up as she was talking to IndieWire. And, by her own admission, it turns out those Redditors might be up to something.

“You know what? I auditioned for the show and I thought the script was phenomenal,” she said. “I don’t get it. But when Liv told me they were in it, I was overjoyed, because I was a fan of the pilot I read about. I watched it all pretty quickly. I think the show is one of the best I’ve ever seen. ”

There’s probably still a chance for Yarkin to get her “Golden Jacket” wish, and we’ve got a quick look at some of the possibilities emerging next season. “Is the daughter of someone we haven’t met who’s still alive?” she speaks. “Okay! I mean, I love the show. Yeah, let’s get the rumors out of there. I love it!”

Netflix will release”Texas Chainsaw Massacre“In select theaters and on streaming platforms on Friday, February 18.

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