Allison Miller wasn't doing anything scary when she first read the script for the movie Devil's Due.
She was working on an independent film, There's Always Woodstock, that had her writing and performing music and appearing in every scene. But there was something about the Devil's Due script that stuck with her: A young woman in the throes of wedded bliss discovers that with her first pregnancy, she is carrying the spawn of Satan.
"It feels like you know these characters," says Miller, 28, right, who spent her elementary-school and preteen years in Lexington and had her first acting experiences here. "They seemed like people who could be my friends, or were maybe me. I had just gotten married, and we hadn't been on our honeymoon yet, so reading about that was very fresh to me.
"Then, getting into the pregnancy, I have always had some fears and hesitation about that for my own personal reasons, and when it starts going that bad, it really got to me."
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The film has not been screened for the press yet. But according to Miller and trailers for the film, the demonic child begins to take over his mother and their surroundings.
"I was really the scary thing," Miller says. "I'm the one making you jump. When I was doing it, it was very fun. But now it's like watching a different person."
The experience of seeing a scary movie and being in one is different, Miller says.
"A lot goes into it, and there are all sorts of people standing around to make sure their elements work, so it's never actually scary," Miller says. "I was never scared making it."
But she does get to have fun hamming it up as her character, Samantha, becomes more demonstrative as the pregnancy progresses.
"Someone was telling me they were watching a documentary about the making of The Shining, and there was this really intense scary scene and they yell cut, and Jack Nicholson just starts giggling," Miller says. "That's exactly what it feels like: This is so ridiculous. I'm totally believing it and invested in it while it's happening, but then when it's done, I'm like, 'I just screamed like an 8-year-old.'"
The film's plot has been widely discussed as being similar to the 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby.
"I love Rosemary's Baby," Miller says. "We talked about it a lot during the shooting because there are a lot of components that are very similar. I didn't want to watch it while we were shooting because I didn't want to wind up imitating anything, and I knew I could never live up to Mia Farrow's performance."
Miller says there are stark differences from Rosemary's Baby and allows that "it's not a remake, more like an homage."
It is also a different type of project for Miller, whose credits include the 2011 Fox television series Terra Nova, which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg but canceled after one season.
Though she is busy in California, Miller gets back to Central Kentucky to see family. She got married in Winchester in summer 2012.
Devil's Due is her debut as a leading actress in a feature film, although she was also the lead in the indie There's Always Woodstock, which is starting to be submitted to the festival circuit.
During a Wednesday afternoon interview, Miller says she was scheduled to see the completed Devil's Due that night.
"We'll see," she says, "we'll see if I scare myself."