Alex Wolff went to hell and back for his role in “Hereditary.” Wolff plays a teen struggling with traumatic grief in the new horror film.
“I mean, it’s upsetting to go through that, acting or not acting. It’s like, phew, going home being like, what did I just put myself through?” he explained. “And it’s tricky to go in a room and have to do these such raw things that feel so small and intimate, that feel so personal, and have a whole crew there. So, it sort of forced me to re-evaluate what it means to be vulnerable kind of, you know?”
That vulnerability took a toll on the actor, and Wolff said he had to grapple with the role after the film wrapped.
“Letting it go after it was over may have been the hardest thing. Having to rebuild up my social skills and constructs, ‘cause I kind of blocked it out and stayed quiet for most of the months that I was doing it, and to kind of return to being polite, trying to be charming, and all those different things that I had built up in these years. In this movie, I sort of broke them all down,” he explained.
The intense horror film is out in theaters now.