You wouldn’t think there would be a sequel to the Lizzie Borden movie, let alone a series of weekly Lizzie Borden adventures. But after the success of the Lifetime movie Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, the network decided to tell the continuing story of the Borden sisters. Christina Ricci returns as Lizzie, acquitted of axe murder, and Clea DuVall returns as her sister Emma.
After the Television Critics Association panel on the series, we got to talk with DuVall about returning to the role of Emma Borden. We also discussed some of her classic movies, from the ‘90s Girl, Interrupted to the Oscar winner two years ago, Argo. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres April 5, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
Did you ever think you were going to play Emma Borden again?
Clea DuVall: “No, I didn’t. No, I didn’t at all. It was a real surprise.”
Have you read up on the further history of the Bordens?
Clea DuVall: “Not a ton. I did a little bit when we did the movie, but because this show is completely fictionalized, it really feels like we’re playing new characters. The historical accuracy is not as important in the show.”