I didn’t know what to expect as the only girl in the group. I thought it might be awkward, but it wasn’t. We were outside, riding bikes, having fun. We had the whole experience, all of us together, and that kind of helped with our bond.
on working with bill: “We actually weren’t allowed to see him until our scenes, because we wanted the horror to be real,” Lillis recalls. “Everyone had different reactions, but all of us were like, ‘Wow, what did we get ourselves into?’ One look at him, and… you know, he’s a really scary clown that wants to kill us. I was a little bit shocked,” she laughs. “But then he went up to me afterwards and was like, 'Hi, how’s things?’ He’s really nice, but I didn’t know how to react."
“[Beverly and I] are similar I think in the way we move through life— one thing at a time and try not to let it get us bogged down,” Lillis said. “I think of myself as a realist. And I think she is too.”
Lillis has read parts of the novel and wanted to interpret the character in her own, saying that she was appealed by Beverly’s strength. “How she could withstand so much in her life and still keep going on. I don’t think the way I interpreted Bev is much different from the character in the book. At least I hope not.”