Victoria Pedretti talks about Bly Manor’s hidden meanings and comparisons to Hill House

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From Digital Spy

The Haunting of Bly Manor and Hill House spoilers follow.

Victoria Pedretti already had a few independent film credits to her name, but it was her turn as Eleanor “Nell” Crain (and the bone-chilling Bent-Neck Lady) in Netflix’s hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House that would prove to be her big break.

Not only was this acknowledged through award nominations, but Pedretti has continued to land starring roles in other popular shows – such as Netflix’s You – and on the big screen, taking on Mason family member Leslie Van Houten (better known as Lulu) in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

We recently had a phone interview with the star to talk about her most recent project: a return to the Haunting anthology with Bly Manor.

A loose adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Bly Manor is narratively completely different to Hill House. It did, however, bring back much of its main cast. Alongside Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas and Kate Siegel are among the returning faces.

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Photo credit: Netflix

“It was an extremely different experience to Hill House,” Victoria Pedretti says of filming, during an exclusive chat with Digital Spy. “Compared to the first season, where Mike Flanagan directed every single one of the episodes, this season he directed the first episode and then we had all of these wonderful directors come in to work with us for the rest of them.”

The leading lady, who plays Bly Manor’s new au pair Dani Clayton, notes how “incredible” and “unique” they all were, but also reveals how each new director changed the process.

“The director’s work differently… So yeah that definitely kept us on our toes. It was kind of unfortunate because it felt like every time we were finally really getting into the swing of things, and really getting to know each other and how each other worked, before moving on to another director.”

With the immense popularity of Hill House, Bly Manor brought along with it some fairly high expectations. As such, Victoria admits that she “certainly” felt a level of pressure in returning to the franchise.

“I really want the fans to feel satisfied,” she tells us. “Not only that but I want them to continue to feel challenged and excited as they were in the first season. The first season took many risks I think, within the genre of horror, and that’s part of what intrigued so many people. So to continue to surprise people as well was something I had a lot of thoughts about.”

As demanding roles go, we imagined that working on a horror, where frame after frame requires nervous or tense energy, would have been somewhat exhausting.

“It was,” Victoria admits. “But I don’t think I fully realised how exhausting it was at the time – adrenaline is a really powerful thing that keeps you going.”

Telling us how she

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Dorinda Medley Shows Blue Stone Manor’s Halloween 2020 Decor

in 2019, Dorinda Medley declared, “Decorating for Halloween is a tradition, a sport and my favorite game,” and it seems this year is no exception. 

On September 15, The Real Housewives of New York City cast member shared a video showing the festive décor at her Berkshires home, Blue Stone Manor. In addition to a black Headless Horseman figure and a glowing candle placed on her kitchen island, Dorinda also has two bowls filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins. “So it begins!” she captioned the clip, which featured the song “Headless Horseman” by Xander Owls as well as a Headless Horseman GIF. 

While decorating last year, Dorinda shared her top decorating tips for the holiday. “I shop my Halloween goods at [Amazon], [Target] and some vintage stores here in the Berkshires,” she wrote at the time. “The secret is to go with the flow and be creative. Blood, smokes and skeletons EVERYWHERE!”

When looking for her festive decorations (who could forget the skull radio she had at Blue Stone Manor last year?), Dorinda also heads to other stores including T.J. Maxx, where she bought a silver pumpkin and several Halloween-themed snow globes in 2018.

As we’ve seen in years past, getting into the Halloween spirit is a family affair. In 2018, Dorinda showed off her parents’ house which was decked out with a Grim Reaper doorbell, a creepy witch in their front yard, and pumpkins and glowing orange lights around the property. 

Now, with her 2020 decorations already in progress, we can’t wait to see how Dorinda once again takes the spookiest of holidays and makes it nice.

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