Elizabeth Debicki Opens Up About Avoiding Horror Despite Starring in ‘MaXXXine’: “My Job Injects Enough Adrenaline”

Debicki stars in horror film MaXXXine despite her personal aversion to the genre

Elizabeth Debicki in A24's MaXXXine. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF A24)
Elizabeth Debicki in A24’s MaXXXine. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF A24)

Elizabeth Debicki, known for her compelling performances in various films and TV shows, is making waves again as she stars in the upcoming horror film, MaXXXine.

Despite her role in this slasher movie, Debicki reveals that her enthusiasm for horror doesn’t extend to watching such films in her personal life.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Debicki, who shares the screen with Mia Goth, Kevin Bacon, Bobby Cannavale, and other notable actors in MaXXXine, recounted a traumatic experience from her teenage years that turned her off horror films for good.

“Like every teenager, I went to sleepovers and birthday parties and got scared with people,” Debicki shared. She recalled a particularly frightening incident when she was 16, watching a horror movie with her best friend.

“Her dad, classic, went around the house and knocked on the window and scared the s— out of us,” she said. This prank left a lasting impression on her. “I was like, I never need to be that scared again. I’m a low-risk individual in life,” she added.

Mia Goth and Elizabeth Debick in A24's MaXXXine. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF A24)
Mia Goth and Elizabeth Debick in A24’s MaXXXine. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF A24)

“I don’t like rollercoasters, I don’t like horror films. My job injects enough adrenaline into me on a daily basis, and so I generally avoid them.”

While Debicki may not be a fan of watching horror movies, she recognizes the genre’s potential for delivering outstanding acting performances.

She praised Essie Davis’s performance in the 2014 horror film The Babadook as an example of the remarkable acting that horror movies can showcase. However, she admitted, “I don’t seek them out.

And if someone’s like, ‘Let’s watch this,’ I’m like, ‘Absolutely not.’ I watched Hereditary and I was like, ‘Well, I’ll never recover from that.'”

Despite her personal aversion to horror, Debicki’s involvement in MaXXXine marks an exciting chapter in her career.

The film, set to hit theaters on July 5, follows the story of Mia Goth’s character living in Hollywood in 1985, where she auditions for a horror movie and catches the eye of its director, played by Debicki.

MaXXXine is the third installment in a trilogy directed by Ti West, following X and Pearl, which were set in the 1970s and 1910s, respectively, on the same Texas farmstead.

Debicki expressed her admiration for Mia Goth, describing her as an “amazing actress and a very unique screen presence.” She further elaborated on Goth’s role in the film, calling her a “powerhouse” performer.

“It’s really beautiful to work with her on this because she is the thing we all orbit around, and that’s a really difficult thing to do as an actor,” Debicki said. “She’s kind of holding three films in her at once, and that really vibrates off her on set.

She has a lot of calm. She’s very sure about what she’s doing.”

The star-studded cast of MaXXXine also includes Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Bacon, and Halsey. With such a diverse and talented lineup, the film promises to deliver a gripping and intense horror experience.

While Debicki may avoid watching horror films in her personal time, her role in MaXXXine demonstrates her versatility as an actress and her ability to take on challenging and dynamic roles.

As fans eagerly await the release of the film, Debicki’s performance is sure to be one of the highlights of this highly anticipated slasher movie.

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