‘Obsessed’ star Larter tackles stalker role

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Friday, April 17, 2009
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She has played roles ranging from a high-school cheerleader (“Varsity Blues”) to a superhero (“Heroes”); and now Ali Larter can add an obsessed stalker to the growing list.

In “Obsession,” which hits theatres April 24, Larter stars as Lisa Sheridan, a temp worker who begins to stalk co-worker Derek Charles (Idris Elba), putting him and his family in harm’s way.

Larter spoke with reporters as part of her promotional tour for the film.

Playing a villain has always intrigued her, and Larter said when she was approached to play the role, she immediately jumped at the opportunity.

“The idea of playing a femme fatale role is something I’ve always wanted to do since I got into the business,” she said. “So there was no hesitation accepting the part.”

Larter said she found herself digging deeper into the psyche of Lisa Sheridan than any other role she’s played.

“Finding out the many complexities of the character was a challenge for me,” she said. “Talking with the producers and getting their different points of view helped me understand the character better.”

In the movie, there is a fight scene between Lisa and Charles’ wife, Sharon, played by singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles.

No stranger to action scenes, Larter said she tried to do as many of the stunts without using a double.

“I tried to do as much as the producers would let me,” she said. “I wanted to make the action sequences as believable as possible.”

Another difficult task Larter had to deal with was balancing a hectic schedule, she said.

“I was shooting ‘Heroes’ at the same time as I was filming for this movie, so I ended up working 12-hour days,” she said.

Although her character is a delusional stalker, Larter said she wanted the audience to sympathize with Lisa Sheridan.

“I want the audience to feel for her, because in her mind she isn’t doing anything wrong because she is in love,” Larter said.

A favorite among fan-boys for her role in “Heroes,” Larter laughed when asked if she would attract more “geeks” to attend the drama suspense film.

“I don’t know if comic fans will make it out to a showing, but I think they will be more open to the film,” she said.

For her future films, Larter said she wants to take on more lighthearted roles.

“I definitely want to get into more comedic roles for my next films,” she said.

Reach the reporter at garrett.may@asu.edu.