- Calum Worthy, who plays Nick Godejohn on the Hulu show The Act is opening up about what it took for him to get into character.
- His character is based on the real-life Godejohn, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s mother.
- Calum says he would watch disturbing videos and look at crime photos to prepare for his scenes.
If you’ve ever seen The Act, you know that Nick Godejohn has done some, er, questionable things in his life. First, there was that whole porn in McDonald’s incident. Then, there were reports that he gets off from having sex with dead people. And, oh yeah, there’s the part where he murdered his girlfriend Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s mom.
Well, Calum Worthy, who plays Nick in the true crime miniseries says his role screwed him up a bit. Calum told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview that he went through an “intense research process” to get into Nick’s mind before shooting began.
“I knew he had a lot of very dark thoughts throughout his life, so I played disturbing videos at night before I went to set, and I’d wake up and they’d still be playing so I’d kind of be haunted by those images,” he said.
Nick is currently serving a lifetime sentence in prison after he was found guilty of murdering Dee Dee Blanchard, who had Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The condition manifested in Dee Dee convincing her daughter Gypsy she was terminally ill, bound to a wheelchair, and mentally disabled even though she was perfectly healthy.
“Then after we filmed the murder scene, because we filmed it in chronological order, I would have the picture of Dee Dee Blanchard’s crime photos on my phone, and so it’d be the last thing I’d see before I go to bed at night and the first thing I’d see when I woke up, and I’d constantly be haunted by those images,” Calum said.
Calum said the process was tough mentally (um, yeah), and it even impacted his personal life. “I felt like I was pulling away from a lot of family and friends,” he said. “I didn’t reach out as much. I was off social media for about five months while we filmed it because it didn’t feel right to be on social media playing such an intense character.”
Apparently it was all worth it: The Act has gotten a ton of critical acclaim and even has some Emmy buzz.
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