Meet Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day‘s Newly-Minted Scream Queen

Happy Death Day, Blumhouse Productions’s heady horror flick about a young female college student reliving the day of her murder, hits theaters today, and while the film’s Friday 13th release may exploit obvious horror tropes, its high-concept hook is all new. Mixing Groundhog Day-on-acid existential dread with a litany of more-humorous-than-gory slasher hijinks, the film subverts the classic “final girl” archetype. Instead of a doomed damsel in distress, Tree (played by Jessica Rothe of La La Land) takes advantage of her unfortunate circumstances, using the time warp to uncover the identity of her killer. And like they were for Blumhouse’s recent hits Get Out and Split, audiences are here for this new brand of horror; early box office projections put Happy Death Day’s opening weekend at $ 22 million.

Below, we catch up with Rothe about becoming a scream queen, doing her own stunts, and the paranormal activity on set.

How did you get involved in the project?

I auditioned for the project a little over a year ago. I was in Atlanta shooting another film and I received the script. And it was funny because I was being relatively selective about the things I was [auditioning] for because I was on another job but I absolutely fell in love with it right away.

What drew you to the role?

Tree’s journey is something we don’t see very often especially for women in horror films. She gets turned from this snarky narcissistic stereotypical college student into this total badass who takes charge of her own life. And I loved the combination of humor and horror and thought there was just a lot of heart in the script. So I was set up with a Skype appointment with the director Chris Landon (Paranormal Activity) and the moment I Skyped with him I was like, oh my god, now I really have to do this job because he is just so funny and brilliant and wickedly, wickedly smart.

New Orleans during Halloween sounds pretty spooky… Were there a lot of ghost stories on set?

For sure. I love New Orleans but I definitely believe it’s haunted. And I’m not someone who… Well, I believe in ghosts, but kind of with a grain of salt. I don’t go around looking for haunted houses to climb around in. But yeah we shot for four days in a hospital that had been abandoned after Katrina, and that place is definitely haunted. 150%. Weird stuff kept on happening. Things kept breaking, people kept on almost getting hurt. I think one time our craft foods truck caught on fire and no one knows why. Just weird stuff was happening all the time. Everything was working, everything was running. There were just no people. Super spooky. So when we finished up we were all pretty relieved.

What is the balance between the humor and horror in the film?

It’s kind of a film unlike any other. We’ve been describing it as Groundhog Day meets Grease meets a John Hughes film. A little bit of 16 Candles thrown in. There’s not really a supernatural element other than the fact that Tree is stuck in this time loop and we don’t know why, other than that she eventually discovers that in order to escape the time loop, she has to figure out who’s murdering her at the end of each day and figure out who’s underneath that terrifying baby mask. In the process she also get the opportunity to really look at herself kind of confront her inner demons as well.

Can you talk more about tropes for women in horror and how this film shifts them?

One of the brilliant things about the construct of the loop is that Tree gets to learn from her mistakes. You see people in horror films… They run up the stairs when you know that they shouldn’t. They follow the creepy sound when it’s obvious that they should run the other way. The girls run around screaming without really fighting back. And Tree initially does those things not because she’s stupid or she’s weak but because she’s being attacked by an unknown assailant and it’s so unexpected that she doesn’t have time to prepare

But as she’s forced to relive this day over and over she really adjusts and grows and evolves into this awesome kickass heroine. And it also means that I get killed a different way every single time, which was really fun to do. I die every way from getting stabbed in the neck with a broken bong to being drowned in a pool to getting hit by a bus.

Was there a lot of fake blood being thrown around? What were some of the technical aspects of shooting the deaths?

It’s actually not a gory film, which I really appreciate because I think it shows you can make a horror film and it can be thrilling and terrifying without gratuitous violence. There were a lot of stunts. A lot of making a horror film, I learned, is extremely logistical. And you have to be very precise to make sure people are safe and don’t get hurt. I had an incredible stunt double. She helped me with a lot of stuff – either the stuff that was too dangerous for me to do, or walking me through how to do my own stunts, which I appreciated. Our stunt team was amazing.

Have you met any iconic horror heroines since the film, or are there any you would like to meet?  

Not yet, but I hope that happens. I feel incredibly honored to even be put in the same category as those women… everyone from Janet Lee, to her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, to even Drew Barrymore at the start of Scream. Chris and I talked a lot about what makes an amazing scream queen and what qualities from those women can we utilize to kind of make our film the best it can be. And so took a lot of inspiration from all of those women.

Do you know what you’re being for Halloween this year?  

I do. I met my best friend on Halloween like three years ago. We met at a Halloween party and so Halloween has become our friend-versary tradition and this year we’re going as Spanky and Alfalfa from Little Rascals but in the ballerina costumes. So we’re going to be cross-dressing as boys cross-dressing as girls. It’s very intricate.

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In «Does This Mean I Still Have a Chance?» News, Idris Elba Is Dating a Former Pageant Queen

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Idris Elba might be one of the most eligible nonbachelors in Hollywood right now (if that’s even a thing). Yes, the extremely sexy British actor that we all have a ball lusting over isn’t exactly single. Hear that? It’s the sound of your heart breaking.

Idris is currently dating Sabrina Dhowre, a 29-year-old Somali model who is also a former Miss Vancouver. He opened up about his love while promoting the film The Mountain Between Us — it was while shooting the movie in Canada with Kate Winslet that he and Sabrina met — telling People, «Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.» The two made their first public appearance as a couple when they hit the red carpet together for the film’s Toronto Film Festival premiere in September.

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Before falling for Sabrina, Idris was in a relationship with makeup artist Naiyana Garth. They dated from 2013 to 2016, during which time Naiyana gave birth to the couple’s son, Winston. Idris has also been married twice previously: to lawyer Sonya Hamlin for six months in 2006 and to another makeup artist, Hanne Norgaard, from 1999 to 2003. He and Hanne have a daughter together, 15-year-old Isan, who has accompanied her famous dad on the red carpet at premieres and award shows.

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Yes, Dame Judi Dench Has Totally Played Queen Victoria Before

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If Dame Judi Dench’s latest role seems a bit familiar, there’s good reason. Dench stars in the new movie Victoria and Abdul, which is based on a true story about the unlikely bond between England’s Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who became one of her closest advisers. But Dench already had some practice with this particular monarch: she also played Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, for which she snagged both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win.

Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Image Source: Everett Collection

Judi Dench with costar Ali Fazal in Victoria and Abdul. Image Source: Everett Collection

While the film itself has been subject to some mixed reviews, there’s been almost unanimous praise for Dench’s stunning performance in the starring role. And if she garners an Oscar nomination, she’ll join an exclusive club: only six other actors in history have earned nods from the Academy more than once for playing the same character. They are:

  • Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for playing Rocky Balboa in 1976’s Rocky and 2015’s Creed
  • Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2007’s The Golden Age
  • Paul Newman, who was nominated for playing «Fast Eddie» Felson in 1961’s The Hustler and 1986’s The Color of Money, the latter of which he won
  • Al Pacino, who was nominated for playing Michael Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather and 1974’s The Godfather: Part II
  • Peter O’Toole, who was nominated for playing King Henry II in 1964’s Becket and 1968’s The Lion in Winter
  • Bing Crosby, who was nominated for playing Father Chuck O’Malley in 1944’s Going My Way and 1945’s The Bells of Saint Mary’s, the former of which he won

Also fun to note: Blanchett and Dench could become the only two people nominated for playing the same queen twice, should Dench have Oscar luck this year.

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s Husband

Queen Victoria may have led a fascinating life, but it certainly wouldn’t have been the same if her husband, Prince Albert, hadn’t been by her side for 21 years. So if the hit show Victoria has you wondering about the bright and dashing prince played by the gorgeous Tom Hughes, here are nine things you may not have known about him.

He Was German

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on 26 Aug., 1819, at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg, in Germany. His full name was Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, and he was the second son of Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his first wife, Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. He had a brother named Ernest.

He Had a Difficult Childhood

At the age of 7, Prince Albert’s father divorced his mother on grounds of adultery. She was exiled from court in 1824, forbidden to see her children again, and sent to live in Switzerland. The following year, the duke married Albert and Ernest’s cousin, the Princess Antoinette Marie of Württembergwas.

He Went to College

Ernest and Albert were at first privately educated at home. Later, Albert attended the University of Bonn, where he studied law, philosophy, music, and the history of art. He was also a good sportsman and was a particularly keen rider and fencer.

His Marriage to Queen Victoria Wasn’t Popular

Prince Albert married his first cousin Queen Victoria at the age of 20, on 10 Feb., 1840. At first, the royal relationship was far from popular. Albert was granted a smaller annuity than previous consorts, he was excluded from politics, and he wasn’t granted the title of Prince Consort until 1857.

Queen Victoria Quickly Became Reliant on Him

After the death of Prime Minister Lord Melbourne in 1848, Prince Albert became Queen Victoria’s adviser and began acting as her private secretary. Despite his unpopularity, he exercised his influence with tact and intelligence, and he was the mind behind some of the greatest social reforms that happened during Victoria’s reign.

He Helped Address Many Public Causes

As adviser to the Queen, Albert encouraged her to have a greater interest in social welfare. Thanks to his progressive and liberal ideas, he helped to address the problem of child labor in factories and workshops, led reforms in university education, welfare, slavery, and finances, and took great interest in the arts, science, trade, and industry.

He Was the Mastermind Behind the Great Exhibition

On 1 May, 1851, Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition (also called the Crystal Palace Exhibition), which Prince Albert helped to create and promote. The event was a colossal success, and most of the money collected was then used to purchase land in South Kensington and build some of London’s most famous landmarks, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and what would later be named the Victoria and Albert Museum. The remaining surplus was used to set up an educational trust which provided grants and scholarships for industrial research — and it continues to do so today.

He Helped to Avoid War Between Britain and the United States

Right before his death, in the Autumn of 1861, Albert intervened in a diplomatic row between Britain and the United States during the American Civil War, which probably helped to avoid a war.

Queen Victoria Never Recovered From His Death

Prince Albert started suffering from severe abdominal cramps in August 1859 and died two years later, at 10:50 p.m. on 14 Dec., 1861. Three weeks before his passing, he visited his eldest son Bertie (who would later become Edward VII) in Cambridge — the 19-year-old had been spending time in Ireland training with the army, and the story of a prostitute named Nellie Clifden being smuggled into his bed had reached the royal family. Prince Albert returned to Windsor a sick man, and probably died of typhoid fever, although the fact that he was ill for two years might indicate that he had a chronic disease, such as Crohn’s disease, a renal failure, or an abdominal cancer. Either way, Queen Victoria never recovered from the loss of her beloved husband, and she blamed Bertie for his death, writing, «I never can or shall look at him without a shudder.»

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The Queen Is The New Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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Variety reports that the rumors are true, Claire Foy of The Crown will take over for Rooney Mara and play Lisbeth Salander in the Daniel Craig-less sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Claire will be ditching the fancy hat and gloves and donning some dark hacker gear to star in The Girl In The Spider’s Web. Director Fede Alvarez said this about casting her:

“Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can’t wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center.”

What he doesn’t say is how Claire is going to inject new and exciting life, and I have a pretty good idea: CORGIS! Claire should sneak onto The Crown set and swipe two or three of those yapping bitches (and maybe a photo of Prince Philip’s young butt from season one) and use them in The Girl In The Spider’s Web. Those corgis may not stand tall, but those little paws move fast and could probably hack a hell of a lot quicker than Lisbeth!



She Was Almost Killed 6 Times, and 17 Other Fascinating Facts About Queen Victoria

You probably already know all the facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her family, but what about Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother? The second season of Victoria won’t air in the US until January, so now would be the perfect time to brush up on your history. Here are 18 facts about the fascinating life of one of Britain’s longest-reigning monarchs.

Her Birth Was Eagerly Awaited

Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, instantly becoming fifth in the line of succession after the four eldest sons of King George III: George, the Prince Regent (later George IV); Frederick, the Duke of York; William, the Duke of Clarence (later William IV); and Victoria’s father, Edward, the Duke of Kent. Neither George nor Frederick had children, and both William’s daughters died as infants. As such, it was important for the Duke of Kent to have a child. When King George III passed away, he was succeeded by the Prince Regent, who was then succeeded by his only remaining brother, the Duke of Clarence (the Duke of Kent died in January 1820) — and Victoria then became the only remaining heir.

Victoria Wasn’t Her Real Name

The queen was baptized Alexandrina Victoria, but she always preferred to be called Victoria and therefore dropped Alexandrina.

She Had an Unhappy Childhood.

The princess spent most of her young life at Kensington Palace. Her father died of pneumonia when she was just 8 months old, and she was raised by her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent. The duchess was very close to her personal adviser, Sir John Conroy, who wanted to keep a firm hand on the princess in the event of a Regency. The pair imposed what became known as the «Kensington System» on Victoria, which prevented her from spending time with other children or even her father’s family. She was constantly being watched by adults, had to share a room with her mother, and wasn’t allowed to walk down the stairs without someone holding her hand. Later in life, Victoria described Conroy as a «demon incarnate» and explained that she «led a very unhappy life as a child . . . and did not know what a happy domestic life was.»

She Was Multilingual

Although she didn’t go to school, Queen Victoria had lessons given to her by her German governess. She was taught French, Italian, and Latin and grew up speaking both German and English at home. She was also good at math, music, and drawing and learned to speak the Indian language of Hindustani later in life.

She’s the Reason Monarchs Live at Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria was the very first monarch to live at Buckingham Palace — she moved there in 1837, when she was 18.

She Was Petite

Queen Victoria was quite small at barely 5 feet tall.

She Had Hemophilia.

Hemophilia, also known as the «royal disease,» is a mostly inherited genetic disorder caused by a mutation on the X chromosome. It impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots, which results in people bleeding longer after an injury. Unfortunately, it affected Victoria’s family: her son Leopold, Duke of Albany, died from blood loss after he slipped and fell; her grandson Friedrich bled to death when he was just 2 years old; and two other grandsons, Leopold and Maurice, died of the disorder in their early 30s.

She Was a Young Queen

Victoria had just turned 18 when she became monarch in June 1838. At the time, the British Empire included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and India, as well as islands such as Jamaica and Barbados.

She Clashed With Politicians

Victoria’s relationship with her numerous prime ministers wasn’t always easy. She was incredibly close to Lord Melbourne — so much so in fact that it tainted her reputation — but others didn’t make quite the same impression on her. She described Lord John Russell as «stubborn and rude,» referred to Lord Palmerstone as a «dreadful old man,» and said that William Gladstone was a «half-crazy and in many ways ridiculous, wild, and incomprehensible old fanatic.»

She Proposed

Queen Victoria first met Prince Albert, her first cousin, a few days before her 17th birthday. She immediately enjoyed his company, and with the encouragement of her uncle Leopold, King of Belgium, proposed to him on Oct. 15, 1839, (as she was the queen, he could not have proposed to her). They were married for 21 years, until his untimely death.

She Started Wedding Trends

At the time of her wedding, wedding dresses were generally colored, but Queen Victoria decided on white satin in order to best show off the lace that she had chosen (the move was designed to give the lace industry a well-needed boost). Orange flower blossoms (a symbol of fertility) were embroidered on her dress, and her train was 18 feet long. She wore a wreath of myrtle and orange blossoms over her veil, white satin shoes, and Turkish diamond earrings, as well as a sapphire brooch that belonged to Prince Albert. The young queen also decided that her guests wouldn’t be allowed to wear white, and she had the pattern for her dress destroyed so that no one would be able to copy it.

She Was a Designer in Her Own Right

Victoria had 12 bridesmaids, who were chosen according to their rank. They wore white dresses that were designed by the queen herself and were gifted turquoise brooches in the shape of an eagle.

She Never Had a Honeymoon

Although Prince Albert wanted to take two weeks off, Queen Victoria told him that she simply couldn’t take such a long break from her royal duties.

She Had a Huge Family

Although the queen famously didn’t enjoy being pregnant, the royal couple had nine children. Princess Victoria was born on Nov. 21, 1840, followed by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (born in 1841); Princess Alice (born in 1843); Prince Alfred (born in 1844); Princess Helena (born in 1846); Princess Louise (born in 1848); Prince Arthur (born 1850); Prince Leopold (born in 1853); and Princess Beatrice (born 1857).

Attempts Were Made on Her Life

At least six serious murder attempts were made during her reign. The first one happened in 1840. Queen Victoria was pregnant with her first child, and as she was enjoying a carriage ride in London, 18-year-old Edward Oxford fired two shots — he was accused of high treason but found not guilty by reason of insanity. Two years later, a man named John Francis made not one but two attempts to shoot the queen in her carriage, and another named John William Bean tried to fire a gun loaded with paper and tobacco. Two more carriage attacks happened in 1849 and 1850 — the first was carried out by «angry Irishman» William Hamilton, and the second by ex-Army officer Robert Pate, who hit the queen with his cane. The last serious murder attempt happened in March 1882, when the Scottish poet Roderick Maclean shot at Victoria with a pistol while her carriage was leaving the Windsor train station.

She Was in Mourning For Decades

Prince Albert sadly passed away on Dec. 14, 1861, age 42. Following the death of her beloved husband, Queen Victoria retreated from public life and adopted some elaborate mourning rituals. By neglecting her royal duties, her popularity deteriorated, and she was forced to reengage in public life in the 1870s. Although she had other relationships (notably with her Scottish servant John Brown), Victoria never remarried and never fully recovered from her loss. She continued to wear black for the rest of her life, slept beside an image of Albert every night, and even had a set of clothes laid out for him each morning until her own death, 40 years later.

She Bore Witness to Great Inventions

During her reign, Queen Victoria saw the world’s first steam railway — and was the first monarch to ride a train! It was also during that time that people had their photos taken for the first time, that electricity started to become more common in houses, that the first phone call was made, and that people went for their first car rides.

She Was the Longest-Running Monarch

Up until 2015 when Queen Elizabeth broke the record, Queen Victoria had been the longest-reigning British monarch in history, having kept the throne for 63 years and seven months. She died still wearing the crown, age 81.

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Open Post: Hosted By The OG Auto-Tune Queen Showing Future How It’s Done


Back in the day, the Gap paid randomly paired celebs gobs of cash to pretend like they actually wore that shit for the sake of a good ad. Like Madonna and Missy Elliot trying to out-do each other, or Sarah Jessica Parker ditching those Sex And The City broads to dance around with Lenny Kravitz. Those ads seemed to pay off, since you couldn’t really fire a spitball off in homeroom back in the day without hitting someone in one of those chunky GAP hoodies.

Fast forward to today, and the only thing crowding into a Gap is piles and piles of debt. Execs must be taking a page from the NBC reboot playbook, because we’re now seeing celebs pop up back in ads – like CHER! And…Future?

Before you go wagging your tongues, the thing kind of makes sense! Cher was using Auto-Tune long before it became the stepping stone toward a successful rap career. Cher takes the lead in “Everyday People,” because she’s Cher and seems to have a twinkle in her eye that says, “Take a seat, Future, and let the Present show you how it’s fucking done.” Even better was how she told the Evening Standard (via Billboard) that she had no idea who the hell Future even was before they crooned one out together:

“I didn’t know who Future was before this, but I knew it would be so fun to work with someone who is completely unlike me, and who is young, really talented and striving.”

The best part about this ad campaign is that every clip I can find is just them talking about singing together and not the obligatory “I love wearing my Gap jeans because they’re just so comfy” bullshit. You know Cher floated down from her Malibu mansion in her own Cher frocks and told those minions the only Gap she would be rocking that day was the one she requires to keep mere mortals a healthy distance away from her legend self.

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Queen Elizabeth II Offers Her Condolences to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

There has been an outpouring of support from celebrities following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Queen Elizabeth II is now offering her condolences to the victims, releasing a heartfelt statement late Friday night. «I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey,» she wrote. The queen went on to say that her «thoughts and prayers» were with those affected. Read her full letter of condolences ahead.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the victims of this disaster, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

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8 Surprising Things That the Queen Carries in Her Handbag

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most recognized figures in the world, and in public she is never, EVER separated from her iconic handbag. Her Majesty always carries a bespoke calfskin bag made by Royal Warrant holders Launer in the crook of her left arm, and she has around 200 of them which don’t come cheap, costing up to $ 2,346 a pop. Over the years, the mystique around the queen’s bag has increased, especially when it was revealed that she uses it to send coded messages to her staff. Apparently, if she places it on the table it indicates she would like to wrap things up in the next five minutes, and when she puts it on the floor, it signals to her lady-in-waiting that she would like her to come rescue her. But what secrets are contained inside the bag?

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The Reason Princess Diana Never Wanted to Become Queen Is Extremely Touching

Princess Diana grew up around royalty. She was born Lady Diana Spencer (her family had British nobility with royal ancestry), and she became a princess when she married Prince Charles in 1981. But despite her various titles and obvious connection to the monarchy, it turns out that Diana never had any interest in one day becoming queen. As soon as she became an official member of the royal family, she majorly repaired what some people considered to be a huge divide between the British royals and the country’s common people. She was affectionate, she was personable, and she deeply cared about the health and safety of others. And it was this passion that was her sole reason for not wanting to be anything other than the people’s princess.

Diana spoke about why she never saw herself becoming queen during her infamous BBC interview with Martin Bashir in 1995. «I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being queen of this country,» she said. «I don’t think many people would want me to be queen, and when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I’m married into. They’ve decided that I’m a nonstarter, because I do things different, because I don’t go by a rule book, because I lead from the heart and not the head. And albeit that’s gotten me into trouble in my work, but someone’s gotta go out there and love people.»

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