I hadn’t intended on re-covering so much of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. I’ve certainly visited this dark place enough times. But I feel this film carries with it a impact that’s as important as ever and because I can’t offer you coverage I have without letting you listen in on a conversation I had with Blanche Baker on bringing evil Ruth to life, I leave you with this interview. You may already know Blanche Baker as a lady who is eclectic in her working life. Her acting experience spans from such memorable roles as Ginny in Sixteen Candles to costarring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Raw Deal and a plethora of solid characters in between. Taking time off for her family since casting in Dead Funny, Blanche has kept mostly under the public radar since 1995, but with her recent leading role in the controversial Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door film from Moderncine’ as the cruel and subtle Ruth Chandler, Blanch Baker has firmly set her mark as someone who can give life to the flesh of the quiet killer much like Anthony Hopkins had done for Hannibal Lector or Christian Bale with American Psycho. It was my pleasure to discuss what it took to live out her role as the ruthless Ruth Chandler and how her experience might transcend to its shocked and uncomfortable audience.
*If you have yet to read the book or see the film, be warned that here there be spoilers.*