Abbey Hoes had fun with 'incredibly naive' horror character

Celebrating youngsters in a secluded country house: a tried and tested recipe for atrocities. In the book adaptation Vals turns a weekend away into a hell for four school friends. Actress Abbey Hoes smiling: "If I had been this character myself, I would probably have done the exact opposite thing."


Celebrating youngsters in a secluded country house: a tried and tested recipe for atrocities. In the book adaptation Vals turns a weekend away into a hell for four school friends. Actress Abbey Hoes smiling: "If I had been this character myself, I would probably have done the exact opposite thing."

As a near-namesake Abby, the 24-year-old Hoes plays a pupil who tries to keep friends with the shy Kim (Romy Gevers) and the bitty Pippa (Olivia Lonsdale). The tension rises when their friend Feline (Holly Mae Brood) suddenly disappears after a party night. For whom or what should the ladies fear?

With that story Hoes, who now has two Golden Calves to her name, could happily explore new territory. "You always have such a role in a horror movie of which you think: 'Why do you go in there again? Well, I could play that role! She is incredibly naïve. "

First time in a horror movie

"I had never made a horror or a thriller," continues Hoes. "Interesting to think about the approach of certain scenes, so that you hold a whole film tension, I think you can learn something from it all the way." Laughing: "This time I was allowed to walk around with a gun, which I had never done before."

Holly Mae Brood (24) had more experience with thrillers and horrors. She made her debut in 2016 with Sneekweek and was then shown in the Videoland series Dare . "It seems indeed that I am a bit in the corner of exciting films, which is quite funny, because there are not many thrillers in the Netherlands, maybe I have a bit of a creepy head, haha, I do not know what it's all about."

It is especially cozy on the Vals set, Brood recalls. "We had a kind of school trip feeling with it: every week a few days to the Ardennes, in a hotel and play games." Nevertheless, the recordings in January were not always comfortable. "When you are outside for hours, it gets cold, so we have special heat patches underneath our clothes, but I also like action, fighting, running, doing bizarre things, getting dirty."

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Book filming with small changes

Brood realized in the meantime that her new film would be viewed by many fans of the book of the same name. "People have often quickly formed an idea of ​​what it should look like, and our film version has changed slightly from the book, but I think it's just cool to see what has changed."

Olivia Lonsdale (24), previously seen in the crime film Prins and drug-thriller Silk Road , left the book Vals as far as possible out of consideration for the role of Pippa. "I have not deliberately read it The best thing is to finally be able to put down your own Pippa She is a manipulative girl, but with a sweet side She does not get enough attention at home, she opposes things. on the other hand, she also has something playful: a real bitch, but also a nice girl everyone is jealous of. Interesting to play. "

To convince that role convincingly, Lonsdale found inspiration with the devious character that Rachel McAdams broke through in 2004. "I used Regina George from Mean Girls as an example for Pippa, only with a slightly more serious approach, and it mostly came down to reading the script very often, and at a certain point you're really going to think like her."

Abbey Hoes also deliberately chose not to read the book. "I did not do that at Razend and Koning van Katoren , but I did read that later, out of interest, whether I'm going to do that with Vals ? No, to be honest, I'm too old now. I have just read The Japanese art of forest bathing , about Shinrin-yoku, but something different, haha. "

REF: https://www.nu.nl/film/5702150/abbey-hoes-had-lol-met-ontzettend-naief-horrorpersonage.html

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