Linda Blair

The Exorcist

Interviewed by Richard McCaffery

Why do you think "The Exorcist" has stood the test of time?

Great film-making, a great novel by William Peter Blatty. William Friedkin did a great job directing. Great camera work, lighting, special effects, and acting. I think that's why it has lasted all these years.

You were 14 when you made the movie. Did you have a sense then how controversial the film was?

No not at all. I had been working in New York since I was five doing modeling commercials. When I got the part I was excited and got wrapped up in the film. I never asked who the Devil was. I made the film and it was a lot of work, there're no two ways about it. But I did my job. I was professional. The movie was over, and my life changed.

How was it received back then?

The press went wild. People went wild. It was scary. Warner Brothers sent me all around the world and I met a lot of people. People were scared of me and didn't know what to make of me. I would tell my story and I was kind of normal. That wasn't very interesting to people back then, so there were a lot of rumours: that I was in a mental institute, stories about my first boyfriend, that I was controversial. I didn't see it like that, and I think years later people have gotten to know me. It's better this time around. It's better being an adult.

What's it been like starring alongside S Club 7?

I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the cast. I remember what it was like being young and remember "The Monkeys" TV show. It's the same kind of humour. I had a great time. The kids are great, they work really hard, and they are such good role models. I'm really proud to be part of "S Club 7 in LA".

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