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Shelley Duvall speaks on The Shining’s gruelling film schedule in rare interview

Shelley Duvall has taken part in a rare interview reflecting on her experience filming classic horror film The Shining.

The 71-year-old actress, who played Wendy Torrance in the Stanley Kubrick classic, opened up about the pressure of filming some of the most dramatic scenes in the 1980 movie.

Shelley, who has not worked as an actress since 2002, has been reclusive in recent years.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter from close to her home in Texas Hill County, the retired actress reflected on the ‘difficult’ filming process which included countless re-takes.

“[Kubrick] doesn’t print anything until at least the 35th take,” she explained to the publication.

“Thirty-five takes, running and crying and carrying a little boy, it gets hard. And full performance from the first rehearsal. That’s difficult.”

As for getting into character, Shelley also revealed that she would listen to sad songs on her Walkman in order to fully immerse herself and get into character.

She added: “You just think about something very sad in your life or how much you miss your family or friends.

“But after a while, your body rebels.

Shelley Duvall in The Shining
Shelley Duvall in The Shining

She added: “It says: “Stop doing this to me. I don’t want to cry every day.” And sometimes just that thought alone would make me cry.”

The actress said she was surprised that she was able to cry so much during filming throughout the film.

Upon her working relationship with the director, Shelley added that Kubrick was ‘friendly’ and often wanted to spend time with the lead actors.

“He was very warm and friendly to me,” she said.

“He spent a lot of time with Jack and me. He just wanted to sit down and talk for hours while the crew waited. And the crew would say, ‘Stanley, we have about 60 people waiting.’ But it was very important work.”

The Shining star Shelley Duvall's struggle with mental illness
The Shining star Shelley Duvall appeared in an interview with Dr Phil in 2016

Prior to her recently interview, Shelly’s last public appearance was for a shocking episode of Dr. Phil in 2016 that was largely criticised by viewers.

At the time, fans condemned the show for exploiting the actress while she was struggling with her mental health.

The controversial interview was also a topic that she touched upon, adding: “I found out the kind of person [Dr Phil] is the hard way.”

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