Nia Vardalos stars as Stacey Castor within the new Lifetime film ‘Poisoned Love,’ which premieres Feb. 1. Nia spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about her darkest function but, her empathy for Stacey, and extra.
Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story is Lifetime’s newest Ripped from the Headlines film. Nia Vardalos stars as Stacey Castor, who has discovered love once more along with her boss, David, after her first husband’s dying. However, when David is found useless of an obvious suicide, the police suspect some foul play, as David’s dying mimics that of Stacey’s first husband. The proof towards Stacey begins to fall into place and a suicide try by Stacey’s daughter, Ashley, complicates issues much more.
The film is predicated on the real-life Stacey Castor case. Stacey was convicted of homicide for the dying of David and tried homicide of Ashley. She was sentenced to 51 years to life in jail in 2009 however died of a coronary heart assault in 2016 on the age of 48. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Nia about why she needed to tackle the function of the notorious Stacey Castor. “I wanted to dive into a world I didn’t know, which is domestic abuse and drinking and violence and being a single mother trying to keep it together,” Nia stated. “It just felt so outside my comfort zone that I decided to make myself a little uncomfortable.”
Nia admitted her notion of Stacey modified throughout filming. “When we filmed in this house in a rural area and I realized how isolated she must have felt during the domestic violence, it really changed my perspective,” Nia continued. “I had a lot of empathy for everyone involved — the dead guys, Stacey, girls, everyone.” Despite her crimes, Nia does have empathy for Stacey. “I think that there’s possible abuse in her background and abuse in her marriage,” the actress continued. “Not that it constitutes anything that happened, but it’s understandable. It doesn’t excuse it, but it might explain it.”
Nia is greatest recognized for comedic roles in motion pictures like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Poisoned Love is undoubtedly her darkest function so far. Throughout filming, shaking off the darkish place she needed to get to mentally wasn’t one thing Nia might do when the cameras weren’t rolling. “It came back to the hotel room with me every evening, I felt feelings of just how futile it is for women who are still living in these situations,” she admitted. “I felt for the daughters, I felt for the husbands… I felt like an open wound the whole time. The final time I’ve had that feeling truly was once I was doing my play Tiny Beautiful Things, which is about individuals who write in looking for illumination or recommendation on this path to a wholesome life for forgiveness. I felt like that, too. I felt like a uncooked wound and I don’t suppose it’s a foul factor. I feel it’s okay to really feel like that typically.” Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story premieres Feb. 1 at eight p.m. on Lifetime.