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“30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’s” Girl With the Dragon Tattoo speaks!

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by: on: 2013-01-17 15:41:24

Debuting this week on DVD and Blu-ray is the latest
catch-all genre parody, 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY…aw, hell, it’s too
long to run in this intro. Fango spoke to one of the actresses spoofing a
legendary recent screen heroine with a penchant for leather and piercings.

On the set of the Kane Hodder/Bill Moseley-starrer OLD 37,
we got a chance to chat with Olivia Alexander, who plays a mean girl in that
movie and a bad-ass one in the new comedy. “It’s called 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL
ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO—longest title
ever,” says Alexander, who plays the eponymous Girl for writer/director Craig
Moss in the film, released by Fox Home Entertainment. “I play a 16-year-old
girl who is absolutely having an identity crisis, and she’s in love with her
neighbor, who happens to be Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. He’s trying to
emancipate my pants, essentially, and the film kind of goes from there. We
poked fun at just about everything we possibly could.”

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It was a dream role for Alexander, who cops to being
“obsessed with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO,” and jumped at the opportunity
to have some fun with the iconic role played by Noomi Rapace in three Swedish
films and Rooney Mara in the U.S. screen version. “I got the audition on a
random Friday night, and my manager was like, ‘Do you even want to go on a
Saturday?’ ” she recalls. “And I was like, ‘Are you kidding—yes! To parody Rooney Mara and David Fincher, I’m
there!’ I love Anna Faris and I’ve always wanted to be in a parody film ’cause
she’s one of my idols, so I went into the audition with crazy makeup on—I did
the hair, the whole thing. And I got the part, and had a great time. I spent a
good month and a half, the entire course of production, with bleached eyebrows.
I wanted to get the real piercings, ’cause I read Rooney Mara did it and I
wanted to be as bad-ass as her, but they wouldn’t let me. But I had the
bleached eyebrows and a mohawk and amazing fake tattoos, and it was just a
blast.

“And
then, to play a character who’s not sexy or hot in any way—that was a first for
me,” she continues. “It opened up a different side of myself for me to explore.
It was tiring, but a crazy learning experience. I just hope I did it justice,
because when you do a film like this and you’re making fun of people, it had
better be funny, or you’re just an asshole, you know? It was an amazing
experience, and I hope people like it.”

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