Carpenter Talks On 'The Exorcism Of Emily Rose'

Jennifer Carpenter talked to SCI FI Wire about her title role in the upcoming supernatural drama The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

She said that she practiced in a mirrored room to perfect her character's various seizures, spasms, vocalizations and physical contortions. "My sister's a chiropractor, and she says I have an unusually flexible lower back, but I don't do yoga," the Kentucky native said in an interview. "I don't think I'm very bendy."

Carpenter plays a 19-year-old college student who becomes increasingly distraught over visions and seizures she experiences while away from home. A priest (Tom Wilkinson) eventually attempts to drive out what he believes to be demons possessing the girl, who nevertheless dies, leaving the priest charged with negligent homicide.

"I was in Italy on vacation with my grandmother and my mom, and I'd only seen 12 pages of the script, and I spent money I didn't have to come back to L.A. to have a shot at it," Carpenter, 25, said. "And while I was on the plane, you can't like get in the aisle and start practicing seizures. So I ... just sort of started playing it out in my mind how I wanted ... certain pieces to look. ... I got a room at [the company that was] going to work with us for special effects when we needed them. "

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