Who Plays Emma Borden On 'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles'? Clea DuVall Has A Long List of TV & Movie Credits
Lifetime is bringing Christina Ricci's Lizzie Borden back again. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, the network's eight-part, fictionalized sequel series to the 2014 TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, premieres on Sunday night and follows Lizzie's life post-acquittal, in which people around her keep dying in brutal murders and we're not sure who to suspect. Reprising her role from the TV movie, Clea DuVall plays Lizzie's sister Emma Borden, and she's an actress who you'll know from her extensive movies and TV roles.
If you take a look at the 37-year-old Los Angeles native's acting resume, she's been in some of the most notable and biggest movies of the past 20 years. DuVall has been in everything from teen movies and Oscar-nominated films to hit TV shows. In an interview with the International Business Times, DuVall said her role as Emma in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles would be somewhat different than in the TV movie that came before it. "Well, we really approached the series as though the movie was a very separate thing, for us, it wasn’t connected," DuVall said. "It kind of created a different history and so I think that in that story there was a lot more questioning."
So, where do you know her familiar face? Here are some of DuVall's most notable roles over the years.
DuVall made many big screen appearances during the teen movie boom of the late '90s — including in She's All That, Can't Hardly Wait, and But I'm a Cheerleader — but playing Stokely "Stokes" Mitchell in this 1998 teen sci-fi horror movie is one of her more memorable roles. Stokes is one of the last students standing when some kind of alien being starts infecting teens at the school in this cult hit movie, written by Kevin Williamson.
This 1999 film is best known as the movie that won Angelina Jolie an Oscar. Like Jolie, DuVall plays one of the patients at the mental hospital where Susanna Kaysen (played by Winona Ryder) is staying. DuVall's Georgia Tuskin is Susanna's always-lying roommate. Other now familiar names that starred in the gang of girls: the late Brittany Murphy and Elisabeth Moss, now star of Mad Men.
DuVall played hostage Cora Lijek in this 2012 Oscar-winning thriller directed by Ben Affleck. Cora was one of the six U.S. Embassy workers who were rescued from Iran under the guise of being filmmakers making a movie named Argo.
In an interview with IFC, DuVall said that preparation for the movie included the cast living together in a house for a week. "I think Ben was so smart to have us all live together because it really did give the effect that he wanted, which was that we were all people that knew each other very intimately because, by that time, we actually did," she said. "We all kind of moved around as this unit. The six of us were always keeping tabs on each other."
Now she'll have to keep tabs on her possibly murderous sister in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.
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