took over for Jamie Lee Curtis
as Laurie Strode in Halloween II
. If that wasn't unnerving enough, she also had to run around screaming for over a month while dealing with Michael Myers. However, she was ultimately rewarded with a powerful mentor (Rob Zombie
) and a role in The Runaways
In an exclusive interview with PopEater
, Taylor admits the thought of filling Jamie Less Curtis' shoes was scary, but Rob Zombie eased her mind. "...I was really nervous especially when it hit the media and everyone was comparing me to Jamie Lee Curtis. But when I got on set, Rob [Zombie] came up to me and said, 'You are portraying Laurie Strode and not Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.' That eased me down a bit. When you are remaking a character, it is nerve wrecking... All I can say is have an open mind. This movie is more realistic and fresh. The original 'Halloween' films are amazing. I love them both, but there is no comparison."
She even had an early start when it came to watching horror films: "My dad is a mortician, and my mom started having me watch horror movies when I was nine. I am definitely a horror buff. I have tons of skulls, and the list goes on and on."
But she did have her childhood fears. "This is no joke. I was really scared of Michael Myers' mask when I was younger. My uncle had one in his room, and I would not go in there unless he was with me. That sounds super cheesy, but it's true... It's so funny now."
While previously turned down for a role in The Runaways, she was later offered a part as Lita Ford
in the film - and Rob Zombie was there to help. "Originally, I was supposed to do Sandy West, the drummer, but they gave that role to someone else. Then they offered me the bass player, and I didn't even know how to play. And then the producers came up to me and were like, 'What would you think about playing Lita Ford the lead guitarist?' I was like, 'What? We're filming in two weeks.' It was such a great opportunity, but a little overwhelming because I had to practice and practice... I had called Rob Zombie because I needed a bass and guitar teacher. He helped me through it because I wanted to be in this movie so bad."
Read about how Scout emotionally dealt with her horrific movie and the real-life disturbance of the paparazzi stalking Kristen Stewart
and Dakota Fanning
in the full interview at PopEater!
Story by Casey Johnson
Starpulse.com contributing writer