‘Run’s Kiera Allen Breaks Down The Ending’s ‘Wild Twist’: It Leaves You With A ‘Feeling Of Shock’

What I love about that moment is that it is, in my experience reading the script, you feel like you’ve already seen the twist. O.J. So I immediately felt attached to this character and immediately felt that there was so much that I want to bring to this. She’s so gutsy. How does it feel to be at the forefront of making history for disability representation in film?Kiera Allen: It’s extremely exciting to be a part of this moment, a long-overdue moment for this kind of representation for the disability community. That’s one of the things I love about this character. To have that kind of support, but also to have such a formidable scene partner, was really a life-changing experience. I remember reading that final line. Run, now streaming on Hulu, is a new suspense thriller that will leave you guessing until the very moment. I’d seen all of her incredible performances in The People Vs. (Hulu)
In the film, Diane locks Chloe in the basement. I knew going into that day that this is what I’m going to leave people with. Diane has raised Chloe in total isolation, controlling every single move she’s made. It is a very intense moment, and it’s a very, very strong decision that she makes and a huge risk that she takes. I wanted to ask, was there a part of Chloe who was willing to die before she left her mother do something else to her?Kiera Allen: This is something that Aneesh [Chaganty] and I talked about a lot before shooting that scene. Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen in ‘Run.’ (Hulu)
The entire film focuses on Chloe and Diane’s relationship. She feels that the only way she’s going to be able to live her life and get free of her mother is to risk death. I feel like I leave the movie with this big adrenaline rush from that. I remember just sitting there on the floor of this dark basement closet and weeping, just tears pouring down my eyes in between takes because what the character was going through was so intense and so heartbreaking. Chloe is trying her hardest to get out of her mother’s clutches and locks herself in another room in the basement. She’s a young girl, but she’s also got this incredibly tender heart and this complicated relationship with her mother and the world around her. She truly is every actor’s dream that it makes your job so easy when the person opposite you is giving you so much. I was in the middle of the new season of American Horror Story at the time, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, when I got the news that she had been cast in the role and that they wanted to bring me out for a chemistry read with her, which was my final audition. So for a mainstream audience to finally see that is very, very cool. It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen a disabled person lead a thriller for an American studio. I’m so compelled by this story, and I probably worked harder on that first self-tape than I ever have on any other audition. To be able to work opposite an actor like that is just every actor’s dream. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kiera Allen about the ‘wild twist’ ending, Chloe and Diane’s final scene, and disability representation in Hollywood. In my view, Chloe does not want to die, but that choice is made out of a fierce desire for survival. Share This Article

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Talk I was lucky that by the time we started shooting, we had this friendship and this bond. Her disability is a part of her identity, but it doesn’t define her identity. It doesn’t define her journey. I worked with the Royal Court, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and a bunch of really wonderful theater companies in and around New York. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Kiera, who is making her feature film debut, about all things Run, which is the first major thriller to star a wheelchair user in 70 years. I was training in New York as well and going to school. The script just gave her so much space to be all of those things, to go through all of those highs and lows, and to really just be so expansive in who she was and how she went through this journey, which was so exciting for me as an actor. Four rounds of auditions and three months later, I was told that I got the part and flew up to Winnipeg and spent a few months in Canada. Avery Thompson
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‘Run’ is one of the best thrillers of 2020. Nor is it reduced or hidden. It just leaves you with this feeling of shock. Chloe pulling out those toxic pills her mother was going to give her all those years ago and telling her to open her mouth sent chills down my spine. Click to Subscribe to Our HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get more celeb news. She ends up drinking that toxic liquid that she knows could be fatal. That was the first day, and then on the last day, I shot my portions of the roof scene, which were shot on a set where they recreated the roof of the house. I’m in college right now for creative writing, so I was kind of honing my craft in New York. But she immediately put me at ease. I remember when they were setting the camera up, we did it from a few different angles, so I shot it a couple of times. I definitely felt for the character in a very real way in that moment. To be able to speak with Chloe’s mother with love, but then to be able to flip and turn the tables like that was very satisfying, especially knowing that people aren’t going to see it coming. I worked with a wonderful off-Broadway theatre company called TBTB, or Theater Breaking Through Barriers. It was also just something we hoped that audiences would really be invested in and have that sense of pulse-pounding intensity. She is just a strongly defined character, but so multi-dimensional at the same time. I felt like I knew her from the first page that she was on. She was just given the freedom on the page to be so many things and so exciting in so many different ways. What was it about the role of Chloe that really stood out to you?Kiera Allen: The character was immediately so vivid for me, just on the page. What was your reaction when you read the ending?Kiera Allen: That is certainly a moment. It’s just one part of who I am. But it was all done very safely, not to worry. We talked about it a lot in advance, even during the audition process, because we wanted to make it look as cool as possible. So to be able to play a character that reflects that, in so many ways, is so cool. And the rest is history. Over the course of the film, Chloe fights to break free from her mother’s grasp before it’s too late. I think that’s one of the things I really love about this movie is that it repeatedly put you in a position where you feel like you’ve got it figured out, and you feel like you know the twist, and then it pushes it further. You have to have it set up where people would have that reaction of really having fear for this character. The movie follows the complicated relationship between Chloe (Kiera Allen) and her mother, Diane (Sarah Paulson). So it was very cool for my first day of shooting any feature film to be able to see someone who from the back look just like me, crawling across the roof of a two-story house. She is really such a powerhouse and also such a kind person. That was a really wild twist and really cool to shoot as well, especially knowing that was going to be the end of the movie. Simpson, in Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, Blue Jay, and all this incredible work that she’s done. And I hope it’s the first of many. So when I first met her, I was definitely pretty nervous just because of her monumental talent because she was someone who I admired so much. She’s gutsy. Kiera Allen stars as Chloe in ‘Run.’ (Hulu)
This is your feature film debut. It was really, really heartbreaking to shoot that scene. Kiera is a force to be reckoned with and proves she’s one to watch in the years to come. And that’s how I feel about myself. Kiera revealed her reaction to the movie’s last moments where Chloe turns the tables on Diane when she goes to visit her mother in prison and so much more. It barely gives you time to absorb it before the movie is over. It’s just a part of who she is. You think the twist is that she still has a relationship with her mother, and she still loves her mother. It’s just something you don’t get to experience every day as an actor. There are so many reasons why I want to do this. Disability is not who I am. Actually, on my first day of shooting I got to see my stunt double doing her portions of this. I had lots of support, and then I just crawled across the roof pretty much all night. What was your journey with acting before this point?Kiera Allen: Before this, I was mostly working in theater. She gets to be a full person. Even though she’s terrified, she makes that decision because that’s what she needs to do to get out, to live the life that she wants to live. I’m really excited for people to see this because I know so many amazing disabled actors who’ve done such incredible work, but it just hasn’t been seen at this level of exposure before. The roof scene had me biting my fingernails the entire time. Obviously, we need to talk about the ending when Chloe turns the tables on Diane when she goes to visit a dying Diane in prison. Everything was blue screen, and I had a harness. It was definitely an intense day of shooting in a lot of ways, especially because we shot that final scene I think more than halfway into shooting, so like the traumatic experiences that Chloe had had at this point I lived through to shoot, so I had these very real, intense memories to draw on and overcome. She’s a burgeoning engineer. I feel extremely lucky that it’s in this film. I was lucky to have some time with her before we started shooting. We went out to eat a couple of times and just got to know each other. Talk to me about what it was like filming that scene.Kiera Allen: Even before we got on set, we knew that this was going to be a really, really important part of the film and an important part of her journey. I just spent the whole weekend locked in my room, writing notes, rereading the scenes because I was so excited for the opportunity to bring her to life, even if it was just for that one audition. Exclusive Interview

November 20, 2020 12:40PM EST

‘Run’s Kiera Allen Breaks Down The Ending’s ‘Wild Twist’: It Leaves You With A ‘Feeling Of Shock’

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6 Photos. It was all very safe. What was your first impression of Sarah Paulson?Kiera Allen: I was certainly a fan of Sarah’s work before I met her, so I was definitely a little intimidated. Even just in the chemistry read, which is like a fairly high-pressure situation because it’s technically still an audition, she immediately made me feel so comfortable, so at home, and supported me from the off. It was great fun and definitely something to get your adrenaline pumping. ‘Run’ is the first major thriller to star a wheelchair user in 70 years. When this audition opportunity came along, my manager submitted me for it, and I got a self-tape audition. It’s really, really rare that you see a character that allows you to paint with so many colors. And then it goes one step further. I feel so grateful to have worked with this team on this kind of project. She was not reduced to any one part of her identity or her personality. This is such a special, wonderful film and such a rich part that is written so differently from so many parts I’ve seen written for disabled characters.