I kind of pictured him as a pied piper: I find him very different from Huck, and I approached them in different ways. A good samaritan happened to spot Alcala picking up the girl and called the police, which allowed them to get to her before Alcala could kill her. There is so much information available about Rodney Alcala and his crimes today. After I found out I got the role, I Googled him and read up on him all night, and it became absolutely daunting, and I started to feel physically ill.
I decided after that point to just concentrate on the task at hand — the script, the movie. If just reading about his crimes made you feel ill, what were the most challenging scenes to actually shoot? The hardest scenes were with the young children, like the opening scene with the little girl.
It was really upsetting. And yet, in order to fully embody him, you must have had to find some common ground or something you could understand about him. I had no idea that he had a steady girlfriend the whole time he was doing these killings. It was just a steady stream of information. The producers had been living with this story and this script for a long time, and they knew so much about him. But having that information about his family, which we touch on in the film, that helped me stay grounded.
At first I asked the producers if I could meet Rodney himself. Do you think the audience will walk away from the movie feeling like justice was served?
Hopefully people will come away feeling satisfied that he got what he deserved. And the fact that it was one of his victims responsible for that will give people some sort of hope and satisfaction, for lack of a better word.
Do you personally think he got the sentence he deserved? I think it took a really long time for him to get what he deserved. He kept slipping through the cracks of this flawed justice system, and it took way too long.