This past week we had the pleasure to chat with Rachel Nichols, the star of the Alex Aja produced thriller, P2, which hits theaters November 9. Inside you can read about her role, how she landed it and what it was like working with Wes Bentley. The film centers on a corporate climber (Nichols) who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard (Bentley). With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.
P2 Star Rachel Nichols
She also chatted a bit about what brought her onto this project and how she related to the character, “There are a couple things – the script and the idea behind the script. It’s such a viable idea as parking lots to women are possibly the scariest thing you can imagine. I walk fast, keep my head up and have certain behaviors that most women have.” She continues, “[The idea of] being trapped in a parking garage appealed to me, the basic story was innovative..”
In terms of her character, there’s a lot of development, “Angela [claims] to have a boyfriend, [who] will come for me. She thinks it will work out. [But honestly] she’s too busy to have a relationship right now.” She continues, “Ideally you can look at it and say all work and no play makes Angela dead…. It’s more of the idea that she survives this.”
The big name behind the film is Alex Aja, who produced, Nichols talks a bit about how involved he actually was, “Alex Aja was on set all day long – he was highly integrated in the process. Frank, Alex and Greg wrote script together and wanted the idea of clearly this smart, talented and book savvy woman put in the position where she has to fight for her life. The more they made her prim and proper at the beginning, the better it was to see her transform.”
But the fans want to know, just how bloody is P2? “This is one of the great things about P2 – I’ve enjoyed films with extraordinary amounts of blood – this movie is not about the guts, shooting and wounds… but there are still a couple really gruesome scenes,” she continues, “The blood isn’t used to excess, which I really liked because wearing blood isn’t fun. It’s much more mental, there’s a point where I’m trapped under a car and he lets the air out of the tires!”
Another interesting direction the film took was to make the killer good-looking, she talks a bit about this, “We definitely talked about this – the idea of immediately, when you see the villain, that you see a dirty, disgusting guy with gross teeth… your mind tells you it’s the killer,” she explains, “Wes is so sweet in his first scene and Angela feels bad for snapping at him, hopefully the audience will even know that he is probably the bad guy, but maybe being charming, awkward and gaudy makes it for a nice turn.” – Mr. Disgusting
P2 hits theaters on November 9