Nicolas Cage’s Longlegs co-star first met him in character

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Maika Monroethe 31-year-old actress who stars alongside Nicolas Cage in the upcoming horror thriller Long legshas revealed that he remained in character as the titular serial killer for most of the shoot, including when they first met, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Monroe, who plays an FBI agent tasked with pursuing Cage’s character, said they were isolated from each other during production. “I haven’t seen him or taken any pictures of him. I only met Nick when they called for action,” she said The Hollywood Reporter. “Then I opened the door of a room and saw him for the first time.”

Cage wore heavy makeup, facial prosthetics inspired by botched plastic surgeries, and a wig for the film, and according to a new teaser, his performance in their first scene together was so terrifying that Monroe’s heart rate shot all the way up from 76 to 170 bpm when I saw him.

“I think I blacked out because it was probably one of the most insane experiences I’ve ever had on set,” Monroe said. “Nick Cage is such an icon. Everyone knows him, everyone knows what he looks like and how he talks. He is Nick Cage. So I was put in this room, and even though I knew it was him, there was no resemblance .” And, as you know, his performance is absolutely insane. So I was up against this monster, and it was so surreal, it made it really easy to tap into my character that day.”

“For that entire day of recording, he was in character with the voice of the Longlegs. And when we finally finished the last take and called it cut, that was the first time I heard his real voice,” Monroe recalls. “He leaned across the table and said, ‘I’m a really big fan of yours.’ I just looked around at the time and thought, ‘Did everyone just hear that? Did everyone just notice that? So it was a pretty crazy moment for me.”

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“They only share one scene together, which he really has the power over,” says director Osgood Perkins told io9 in a recent interview. “I was aware of the fact that I had two very counterbalancing, counterbalancing energies… I was able to tell them apart narratively, so there was very little interaction. Then when they connect, it’s a very charged moment. And so their opposite charges work even better.”

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Monroe, who was previously in a relationship with Stranger things star Joe Keerywas spotted packing on the PDA Ariana Grande‘s ex-husband of real estate, Dalton Gomez last year, and they finally made their relationship public by making things Instagram official last month.

Grande has also moved on with her Bad Co-star Ethan Slaterwho got together with the pop star shortly after divorcing his wife.

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