Exclusive: Kathryn Newton talks about her role in body-swap horror Freaky

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Photo credit: Universal

Kathryn Newton will soon be joining the MCU in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, but before that, you can see her get bloody in body-swap horror Freaky.

The movie is finally coming out in UK cinemas this Friday (July 2) and sees Newton play Millie who's just trying to survive high school when she unwittingly becomes the next target of serial killer The Butcher (Vince Vaughn).

However, when a mystical dagger causes her to swap bodies with The Butcher, Millie faces a race against time to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent, while The Butcher gets busy using his new disguise to continue his killing spree.

Talking to Digital Spy, Newton revealed that the trickiest part of pretending to be a middle-aged serial killer was forgetting to be herself because "Kathryn is such a dork".

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

"I'm way more Millie than Butcher in real life. I was so grateful to have rehearsals with Chris [Landon] and Vince because their ideas really brought the best out of me. To have people to collaborate with on a character, you just get so confident and I had to have confidence as the Butcher," she continued.

"Just the way the Butcher carries himself is just stronger than even I do. I learned that I don't stand up very straight in real life. Being really grounded in the character and the reality that you're going to kill somebody, it changed everything."

Since Newton spent most of the movie playing The Butcher in Millie's body, she ended up getting the full horror experience that involved a lot of blood and stuntwork. It was actually the blood that ended up being the harder aspect though.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

"The blood has to be very specific and in the right place every time. Once you get bloody, it has to look right for the days to come, so you being covered in blood is actually more difficult than the stunts," she recalled.

"I love doing stunts, I love doing fight scenes, so physically, it's a blast to do that on set. You're surrounded by such a good team that it doesn't have to be that difficult. Using a chainsaw, I had to figure that out pretty quick, but I figured it out."

Freaky is out in UK cinemas on July 2.

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