SHERYL LEE

Sheryl Lee became very attached to Laura Palmer. Once Lee began thinking on the background of this character and who this character actually was, Laura wasn’t just a character for her to play. She became a sort of ‘real girl’ that Lee felt the need to protect and defend. Because of this closeness Lee felt to Laura, she allowed Laura to be seen as a real person and not just some scripted character. “Laura has a wild streak in her, and I do, too. I just try to keep mine under control, which is, in the end, what would keep us from being friends. It would be hard to watch what she’s doing to herself.”

“I have a deep place inside me that is Laura’s place. I felt close to Laura very quickly after I started thinking about who she was. Even though she’s dead, my feelings for her have continued to grow. I know it sounds weird, but as Laura’s secrets become known and people start saying bad things about her, I get very defensive. She had her reasons.”

“People thought she was this all-American girl living a perfect life, but things are never as they appear to be. She had secrets.”

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“I had a very difficult time feeling finished when the show went off the air and allowing it to just go, and this helped me. It was a wonderful exploration to be able to go back in there and do all the things that people had talked about that Laura had done for so long.”

“One reason I wanted to do this film is sometimes I feel defensive about my characters. At fifteen everyone loved Laura – she was the homecoming queen and sweet – and then people started hearing that she had done coke and had a lot of sex and walked on the wild side. But people don’t take that path unless they’re in pain and feeling lost. I don’t think these are things to judge.”

”For Laura to go through all the things that you only heard about on TV was very interesting. People don’t take the path Laura took unless they’re in great pain. So for me, the film wasn’t necessarily about defending her – it was about showing that every one of us has the potential to walk on the wild side.”

“I never really thought of Laura as sexual because she’s a victim of abuse. Sex and love have completely different meanings for her. And she had to go that far, to that hell. Playing her helped me to face my dark side and embrace it. The more we deny that we have a dark side, the more power it has over us.”

“Playing a character like Laura Palmer, your brain does strange things to you. I still have nightmares in which I’m riding with Bob on an old abandoned train.”