In the horror film Hereditary, one particular scene stands out. It’s when Toni Collette’s character says, “I am your mother,” in a chilling and unforgettable way. Fans might not be aware that this particular scene was shot in one take.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Collette said that she and the other actors in the scene had only briefly discussed it during a stay at a Salt Lake City hotel. After this revelation, fans have taken to social media to express their shock and admiration for Collette’s talent.
No Rehearsals Needed
In the interview, Toni Collette revealed that the “I am your mother” scene was spontaneous. It appears that Collette lived up to the high expectations set by director Ari Aster for her performance in this scene. While speaking to Vanity Fair, Collette revealed that “there was really no rehearsal” for this scene.
“And there was really no rehearsal I have to say. We talked about it briefly, one day in a hotel in Salt Lake City and when we came to shoot scenes. I think Ari just trust to…and he hired peoplewho did know. We got it, what do they say on Twitter ‘We knew what the assignment was?’ Yes, so I came on set and did it a few times.”
It’s difficult to imagine this scene being anything other than one of the film’s most iconic sequences. Many have praised Collette for her acting ability, saying that only a trained professional could pull off such a convincing performance without any rehearsal. Without any rehearsal, Collette was able to capture the raw intensity and emotion of the scene.
The extent to which Aster trusted his actors is one of the most intriguing aspects of this disclosure. The director gambled on the film’s success without first practicing the scene with them. However, it is now obvious that the decision to trust paid off.
Toni Collette brought authenticity and spontaneity to the scene that might not have been possible with more time spent rehearsing. Collette’s skill and Aster’s faith in his actors pay off in a surreal and intense scene.
The “I am your mother” scene is one of the most memorable parts of Hereditary, Its significance to the film is hard to overstate. The tone of the entire film is established at this moment, which is both terrifying and tragic.
The movie Hereditary would drastically differ if this scene were cut. Such spontaneously improvised brilliance is a testament to cinema’s ability to produce lasting impressions.
The Fans Share Their Reaction
Many fans have taken to the internet to respond to the news, with many praising Collette’s acting abilities and the film as a whole.
The director said "Take Five!" but Toni Collette heard "Change Lives!" & Went with it. pic.twitter.com/03hYB8TpsM
— TomMCJL 🍿 (@TomMCJL) April 18, 2023
That’s called being in the moment and connecting deep enough to the circomstance so the words and emotions naturally come with it. 🙌 you don’t have to think about lines. You feel the scene and circumstance👏
— 𝒫𝑒𝓇𝓇𝓎𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 (@Perryod69) April 18, 2023
This scene cemented Toni Colette as one of my favorite actresses of all time. I remember literally holding my breath in and getting choked up watching this scene in theaters because it’s just so damn powerful.
— Davinci 🧚🏽♂️ (@justdavinci) April 18, 2023
the “that fucking face on your face” line makes a lot of sense now that she said she didn’t rehearse 😭
— Lari (@bisexualsuho) April 18, 2023
This is what you calm ACTING. FEELINGGGGGGG the emotions of the character. Not just acting an emotion.
— Black Mojo Dojo (@dojo_black) April 19, 2023
Fans have also noted Aster’s unusually high degree of faith in the acting abilities of his cast members. The fact that their faith was rewarded spectacularly increases the scene’s and the film’s iconic status.
Hereditary can be streamed on HBO Max.