Tonight the nightmares begin. TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, that is. The four-week series of eight spine-tingling tales kicks off at 8 pm/ET with "Battleground" (starring William Hurt), followed at 9:50 pm by "Crouch End," in which Claire Forlani and Eion Bailey play a couple who wind up in the very wrong part of town while honeymooning in London. TVGuide.com spoke with Forlani about embarking on this trippy trip.
TVGuide.com: I just watched your Nightmares & Dreamscapes episode, and that is some messed-up stuff!
Claire Forlani: Yeah, I haven't seen it, so I'm curious to know if it all works.
TVGuide.com: I'd hate to watch it while on any recreational drugs. Now how would you sum up the story line?
Forlani: What I really loved when I read it was, it was [about] this couple on their honeymoon, in this blissful, happy state, and basically they're invited to this business dinner in the Crouch End of London. They go off, and then it's all about you having this bad feeling you don't want to believe because it seems bizarre, even though things are creepy and weird. And then, in one day... I don't want to give it away, but that could be the [strangest] day of your life! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: To me it almost seemed your character knew there would be trouble in Crouch End, seeing as she initially "forgot" to pass along to her husband the invite.
Forlani: Oh? It's interesting that you read into that....
TVGuide.com: Were you a Stephen King or horror/suspense fan going into this?
Forlani: No, this was truly my introduction into this world. I've seen one horror movie in my life, and I've never been able to really read it, either, so this was my first brave step into it, and I'm thrilled to have done it. Now I have suddenly, overnight, become a fan.
TVGuide.com: It's a good role for an actress in that it's not a matter of screaming your head off for 40 minutes, but....
Forlani: It's more of a psychological thing, yeah.
TVGuide.com: I had to wonder what's worse being chased through Crouch End by hobgoblins, or being chased while wearing heels on cobblestone?
Forlani: [Laughs] I've got to tell you, I'm glad someone noticed that I did a lot of running in high heels! That was a lot of work!
TVGuide.com: So, you haven't seen the big special-effects scene at the end?
Forlani: No, I haven't, and I'm looking forward to that. How did it turn out?
TVGuide.com: I'm just curious how the script described what you're supposed to be reacting to. Or did it just say, "Hmm, we'll figure it out later."
Forlani: No, [director] Mark Haber and [cinematographer] Ben Nott gave me some really specific things to imagine, which was good.
TVGuide.com: It definitely wasn't anything I was imagining or expecting up to that point! Is the real Crouch End a foreboding place, somewhere you don't want to be? Or did they fictionalize its gruesome backstory?
Forlani: No, that's fiction. I've actually never been to that part of town in England, though.
TVGuide.com: On the theme of nightmares, have you ever had any recurring ones?
Forlani: [Laughs] What I consider nightmares, yeah. But, you know, that's personal.
TVGuide.com: Are we talking the old "teeth falling out" or...?
Forlani: Yeah, I've had that, and I used to dream of this hooded figure who would come up behind me and stab me in the back. Mmm-hmm.
TVGuide.com: Egads, that's rather vivid. While watching Nightmares & Dreamscapes, it hit me that you favor Angelina Jolie. Do you get that a lot?
Forlani: No, you're the first person to have said that to my face!
TVGuide.com: To your face. As if you have friends whispering, "Don't tell Claire, but she looks like Angelina Jolie...."
TVGuide.com: What else do you have coming up?
Forlani: I just wrapped a movie in Scotland called Hallam Foe, with Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot). And at the end of the summer Dungeon Siege, a film I did with Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and Matthew Lillard, is coming out. That's sort of a Lord of the Rings-type film.
TVGuide.com: And what's the bullet on Hallam Foe?
Forlani: It's a David Mackenzie movie, and he always makes films with very sort of dark, intricate relationships. I play Jamie Bell's stepmother and.... It's a pretty twisted story!
TVGuide.com: Are you liking the twisted stuff? You seem to be dabbling in it a bit these days.
Forlani: Well, it's always interesting to explore!