Local child actor debuts in ‘Those Who Deserve to Die’

It isn’t your typical 11-year-old woman who can paint a blood-thirsty killer with a bone-chilling gaze, however, Alice Lewis isn’t any typical child actor. Now a petite and poised 14-year-old, she started filming three years in the past on “Those Who Deserve to Die,” a gory psychological thriller by Atlanta filmmaker Bret Wood that premieres June 18, at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, and he or she dominates each scene she’s in.

Although it’s her first appearing function of being aware, Alice was already a professional in entrance of the digital camera when she started filming and a web cosplay sensation since a few of her images went viral 5 years in the past.

Striking photographs of Alice dressed up as Eleven from “Stranger Things,” Jon Snow from “Game of Throne,” Ziggy Stardust, Wonder Woman, Marie Antoinette and Furiosa from “Mad Max: Fury Road” fill her web site (maliceofalice.com) and Instagram web page (themaliceofalice), all shot and designed by her mom, Kelly Lewis, knowledgeable photographer who teaches portraiture at Creative Circus portfolio faculty in Atlanta.

Dreaming up characters to paint, rummaging by way of thrift shops for provides, stitching costumes and scoping out units for his or her shoots may seem to be an uncommon mother-daughter pastime, but it surely has confirmed invaluable to Lewis and Alice’s bonding expertise, which obtained a late begin in life.

Alice was a new child simply two weeks outdated when she first entered the foster care system. Over the subsequent a number of years, she transitioned forwards and backward between her beginning household and foster households till she got here to stay with Kelly and James, a pastor at Community Bible Church in Stockbridge, at age 7.

“I was her seventh mom,” Lewis stated.

The very first thing Alice remembers about Lewis was her scent. “I loved the way she smelled,” she stated.

But Alice had developed a deep mistrust of adults. Nothing Kelly and James may persuade Alice this was her ceaselessly residence.

“She didn’t believe anything we said,” Lewis stated.

It wasn’t until the household took a trip to Disney World that Alice really believed she was residence to keep. Other households had promised her journeys to the Magic Kingdom that by no means materialized.

“We didn’t tell her where we were going until we started seeing the billboards,” stated Lewis. And even then, Alice demanded to see the tickets earlier than she would imagine it.

Six months after she arrived at the residence, Alice was adopted.

The cosplay photoshoots advanced organically, stated Lewis. “It was never our intention when we adopted her. She was already playing make-believe and dressing up. One day we were roaming around Target looking at dresses, and I said, ‘This one looks like the Dorothy dress,’” referring to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Back at residence, Alice donned the pale blue gown with a pair of pink Converse Chuck Taylors, and Lewis thought she regarded so cute, she obtained out her digital camera to take photos.

“She just started doing little princess poses and acting like Dorothy,” stated Lewis. “I didn’t have to coach her.”

Next got here Alice from “Alice in Wonderland,” Margot from “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and “Carrie.”

Lewis began incorporating instructional parts into their picture shoots. For Joan of Arc, they learn an ebook concerning the saint, watched films and made the armor collectively.

“We were complete strangers at first, so it gave us something to bond over,” Lewis stated.

It was clear Alice was pure. She began taking appearing lessons and finding out privately with actor Neko Parham, and he or she signed up with a modeling company, touchdown gigs with The Home Depot and Zoo Atlanta.

When it got here to discovering a child to play the function of Berenice, the dangerous seed in “Those Who Deserve to Die,” director and screenwriter Bret Wood stated he wasn’t precisely certain what he was on the lookout for.

“I didn’t want it to be a typical horror movie with a spooky little girl, like ‘The Shining’ or something like that,” stated Wood. “I wanted her to have a voice, to have a personality. To not just be this cute, scary girl.”

Wood began the casting course of by perusing headshots on native appearing web sites. All the child actors he noticed have been smiling and cheerful trying. Then he noticed Alice.

“I think in her headshot she had blue hair, a leather jacket and an angry scowl on her face, and immediately I went, ‘Who’s this?’”

The extra he discovered about Alice, the extra he realized she was proper for the function.

“I thought, here’s someone who is going to bring something of her own experience to the role rather than me have to dictate what she was going to act like, what she was going to look like, what she was going to sound like.”

Lewis wasn’t involved concerning the gory nature of the film and Alice’s publicity to its violence. She had already been uncovered to horror movies at an early age.

“When she came to us, she had seen every horror movie with her birth family,” stated Lewis. “She loved it. That’s her favorite genre. For her, it had a little bit of nostalgia because it was something she did with her birth family.”

On set, “she was not fazed by it,” stated Lewis, who designed the movie’s costumes. “She was so fascinated with the behind-the-scenes stuff and the special effects. Getting to see how all that stuff comes to life in the film made it even more magical.”

Alice doesn’t have some other appearing gigs lined up in the meanwhile. Like most teenagers her age, she’s simply having fun with the summer season and getting ready to begin high school in the autumn. The sole distinction is, she’s additionally trying ahead to her large display screen debut.


“Those Who Deserve to Die.”Screening adopted by Q&A with principal forged and crew. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. $10. Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. 404- 879-0160, landmarktheatres.com.

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