While Netflix’s original horror series Hemlock Grove is filled with blood, murder and bone-chilling creatures, you’d be surprised that star Famke Janssen is not a fan of the genre. Admitting that she gets rather squeamish at the thought of gore, the actress says she jumped on the project for its story.
Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and helmed by horror auteur Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove follows the adventures of Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård) and Peter Rumancek (Degrassi‘s Landon Liboiron) as they try to find out who’s behind the gruesome murders of teenage girls in their Pennsylvania town.
On the show, Janssen (known for playing Jean Grey in the X-Men series) plays Olivia Godfrey, an Upir and matriarch of the Godfrey household. Conniving and manipulative, fans saw her character meet a terrible fate at the end of season one when her son Roman teared her tongue out with his teeth and left her bloodied flesh next to her body.
But with the recent release of Hemlock Grove‘s second season, fans of Janssen’s Olivia will be glad that she’s back. As Janssen explains that her character goes through several physical and emotional changes this time around, the actress spoke to ANDPOP about what it was like to get her tongue bit off and how she feels when she’s forced to sing karaoke.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Hemlock Grove are currently streaming on Netflix.