1/ She’s best known for her work on TV.
Before Truth or Dare, where Violett Beane stars as one of the Lucy Hale’s college chums tricked into playing the eponymous cursed party game, you probably saw her on the medical drama The Resident and the superhero smash The Flash. “The Flash was a turning point for me,” the Florida-native tells us over the phone from LA. “I had been auditioning a lot and sending in tapes, but I wasn’t sure if it was what I was going to do. And then getting booked on The Flash [to play speedster Jesse Quick] really woke me up to the world of acting, and made me really love it.” Her next gig: God Friended Me, a drama series about an atheist who's befriended by God on Facebook.
2/ She read for Truth or Dare three times.
“The first time I went in, it was with the casting director who made me feel at home during the audition. The second time was with the director, Jeff Wadlow. The third time, I did a chemistry read with Lucy Hale. After we did our read, I was asked to step outside. I waited for maybe a minute, then they called me back in and Jeff offered me the role in the room, which was really cool.” But the wait outside the office at Blumhouse Productions was nerve-wracking. “I was like, ‘Why am I out here? What’s going on?” Beane recalls, with a laugh.
3/ She loves horror movies.
“I’m a huge fan of psychological thrillers and Blumhouse Productions actually made a couple of my favourites, Get Out and The Purge. I’ve always loved horror movies, so to be a part of one was really cool.” What frightens her more, ghosts or serial killers? “To me — this also applies to the horror movies I watch — the scariest thing is a real person who harms you, as opposed to a ghost. When I see those kinds of [supernatural] movies, I’m scared, but not as scared as watching something like Disturbia that involves a real person.”
4/ She worships Meryl Streep.
“She’s so insane. Her career is unbelievable. I also love Brie Larson. I think she does some really interesting work, and you can tell that the projects she’s a part of really mean something to her. I think that’s really important in this industry, because there’s so many big blockbusters and things you could do for money or whatever, but you have to stand behind what you put out there, and I think she does that.” Elsewhere, Beane lists Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenebaums is pretty great”) and Christopher Nolan (“he does insane stuff”) as her dream directors.
5/ She loves home makeover show Fixer Upper.
“I have a lot of hobbies (laughs)! I love baking and cooking, and one day I’m going to have a café where I make my gluten-free and vegan desserts. I also love renovating furniture. When I buy a house someday, I want to get one that’s torn down so I can redo it.” She’s also an advocate for environmental and animal causes and gun control. “I was raised as a Quaker, which is a peaceful religion that’s all about communication and talking through your problems. I think the world would be better off if we all can just have a great conversation. There’s a lot of violence and hate in the world, so I’m constantly trying to spread love and light when I can.”
Main photo: Storm Santos
Truth or Dare (NC16) is now in cinemas. The Resident is on Fox+ and The Flash is on Netflix and HOOQ. Follow @violettbeane on Instagram.