‘Deadly Illusions’ star Greer Grammer and director Anna Elizabeth James discuss female sexuality in new film

'Deadly Illusions' star Greer Grammer and director Anna Elizabeth James discuss female sexuality in new film


[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]

“Deadly Illusions” is one of Netflix’s latest blockbuster movies.

The thriller, written and directed by Anna Elizabeth James, stars Greer Grammer as nanny, Grace.

The film follows Grammer’s character as she becomes entangled in the life of a wealthy couple (Kristin Davis and Dermot Mulroney) and the dividing line teases, “The line between fiction and reality begins to grow. fade. “

Grammer and James spoke to Fox News about the drama’s broader themes of female sexuality, sanity and, of course, the cliffhanger ending.

Fox News: Anna, where did the concept for the film come from?

James: I’ve had experiences in my old life as a stay-at-home mom that kind of reached the top. It turns out that some actual titles coincided when I was writing the screenplay.

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I also love Christopher Pike’s novels. I love this dark world that taps into our cerebral side. I wanted to create something that I wouldn’t fall asleep to.

Greer Grammer as the mysterious nanny, Grace, in

Greer Grammer as the mysterious nanny, Grace, in “Deadly Illusions”.
(Kiss and Tale Productions / Netflix)

Fox News: Greer, how did you approach playing someone struggling with a Mental Health disorder?

Grammeur: I was lucky to have worked with my acting coach before the shoot, so we go through different rhythms together … where Margaret goes out, where Grace goes, where the change happens, what makes her happy. sets off.

It was really a great thing because Margaret was triggered by touch. So whenever there was a touch that was at a sexual distance, her Grace personality disappears and Margaret comes out. If you were to go back and watch the movie, there are so many moments that you probably don’t spot where I’ve already changed.

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Fox News: Do you think the movie vilifies someone who is struggling with a mental health issue?

Grammeur: It was hard for us to hear [that criticism] because we have shown that [having] compassion is the first thing to have with people who are struggling. Grace is someone who is always in it [the family’s] life and they always treat it with compassion and love.

What does Grace want? What does she need? It’s so evident in almost every scene. She wants to be loved. She wants to be part of a family. And it is a basic desire that we all have.

Fox News: The film features a number of intimate scenes between Kristin Davis and Greer and Dermot Mulroney and Greer. Greer, what did you think of the sex scenes and Anna, why were those scenes important to the story?

Grammeur: Kristin was amazing but [the scenes] were also distressing. She’s so pro that any anxiety I had about it was completely relieved and we were just able to be actors and explore. It’s really cool that this was my intro in this world because I had never done one [sex] scenes like this before in my career. [Dermot] is a dream and also so professional.

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James: The film is told from a female perspective. We wanted to showcase female sexuality in a way that was like less is more. Could we create something more enticing and intriguing than pornography? It was sort of an internal thesis that I had. It’s something that fascinates me and I will probably always bring female sexuality to my work. We wanted you to squirm in your seat. We wanted you to feel something. We want you to feel alive. We want you to be struck by it and say why? Why is it hitting me so hard?

Dermot Mulroney, Kristin Davis and writer-director Anna Elizabeth James on set.

Dermot Mulroney, Kristin Davis and writer-director Anna Elizabeth James on set.
(Kiss and Tale Productions / Netflix)

Grammeur: In this world we live in today, women have open discussions about their sex life and about their sexuality. And I think it’s so important and I think it’s so important to [have stories] be told from a female point of view. We show that less can be more. Your mind can go to more places, you can be more excited. You can get all of these things just by looking at it without having to see explicit things.

Fox News: Greer, you grew up on sets with your parents, made the scene for teen television, and now you’ve moved on to more mature roles. Why did you keep playing?

Grammeur: I grew up playing all my life not just because of my dad [Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer] but also because of my mom [Barrie Buckner]. She was a makeup artist. I liked it. This is where I felt the happiest, even as a child.

Greer Grammer is the daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer and makeup artist Barrie Buckner.  (Photo by Todd Williamson / Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

Greer Grammer is the daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer and makeup artist Barrie Buckner. (Photo by Todd Williamson / Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

As I got older I started acting and it was really good for me as an actor to have that foundation. And that was really important with both of my parents. They said to me, “Don’t play because you want to be famous, don’t play because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

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I want to keep trying to study [acting]. I think that’s the most important thing for actors, it’s just to keep studying your craft and learning how to build a character.

Fox News: The film ends on a cliffhanger. Can you tease something about a sequel?

James: I think we decided to make an independent art and art film. We never intended to go this far. And we are thrilled and we are grateful to Netflix because, without this platform, it never would have happened. We wanted to leave the end open for interpretation. We would like to do a sequel. We would love to finish the rest of the story.

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Grammeur: We only know where the story is going because we started having these conversations after the film’s success. I mean, we might have talked about an idea or two during the shoot, but nothing really serious. Everybody asks me about the ending and who is [the woman walking] and all that. And I’m like, I don’t know, there’s no answer. It’s up to you to draw your own conclusion.

“Deadly Illusions” is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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