The Actress Who Plays ‘The Nun’ Is Actually Gorgeous In Real Life
It seems that everyone is talking about the nun in this new film entitled ‘The Nun’ has got everyone talking. The character that the aforementioned film is named after is played by actress Bonnie Aarons. The demonic entity from ‘The Conjuring’ film universe made its first appearance in ‘The Conjuring 2’ in 2016, and the villain was so popular, that they gave her her own spin-off film.
The Nun is a very disturbing and scary horror monster, and it is only one of the faces used by the antagonistic demon from the series known as Valak. This entity uses Catholic imagery to invoke fear in spiritual victims. While Valak has used multiple forms to scare its victims, the most memorable form is the ghostly nun that Aarons portrays. Well, you may be surprised to hear that the actress behind the monster is more gorgeous in real life than the scary face that she has become famous for.
She’s Cornered The Market On Demonic Nuns
As one of the monsters that connect the separate stories of ‘The Conjuring’ franchise, Bonnie Aarons has commanded attention from the series. She first appeared in ‘The Conjuring 2’ and then made a cameo in ‘Annabelle: Creation’ before she managed to get her own film.
The director of the horror film, Corin Hardy said that he never considered recasting the role of the demon sister when it came time for the villain’s turn on the big screen. He said, “Once I got the job of directing ‘The Nun’, I immediately said, ‘I hope we’ve made sure that the actress who originally played her is available.’ I didn’t want to think of casting anyone else.”
The Nun Isn’t Her First Rodeo
The movies within ‘The Conjuring’ world aren’t even the first films to use her striking facial features. Up until now, she has had a small part or has been in low-budget films that many people haven’t seen. She appeared in the Lindsay Lohan-starring film ‘I Know Who Killed Me’ in 2007, a movie that received mostly negative reviews. She also made a brief appearance in the Sam Raimi-directed horror movie ‘Drag Me to Hell’ in 2009, and also appeared in the 2010 horror film ‘Dahmer vs. Gacy’.
She Says Horror Movies Are Good For You
Actors don’t really take projects that match their tastes, since the point of acting is to go outside your comfort zone. Many times they have to go where their work takes them, but Aaron’s most important role to date is actually in one of her favorite genres.
At the premiere of the film ‘It’, Aarons talked about the positives of horror films. She said that the scarier and more disturbing a movie is, the better it makes the audience feel. She is quoted as saying “Horror films are really good for people’s health. You have an adrenaline rush-I’ve had lots of people tell me that, with depression, that it gets them out of depression because you get so much adrenaline going, and so many endorphins going.”
Director Corin Hardy told Daily Dead that Aarons “loves scaring people and she loves horror. She would be there on set, in between takes, constantly scaring [co-star Taissa Farmiga] or keeping her on edge.”
She Terrified Her Co-Star
Actress and Aaron’s co-star, Taissa Farmiga, who plays Sister Irene in the film, said that there were just moments during filming where she couldn’t handle how horrifying Bonnie Aarons was in makeup. She said, “I have to admit, there was a time or two when we were filming in these dark castles, and this specific scene was lit only by a candle. And Bonnie is in full demon nun garb, hair, and makeup, and I had to ask her to just step away for a moment. I was like, ‘Bonnie, I love you, but I’m just not going to look at you right now. It’s too much.”‘
When The Bum Steals The Scene
Even if Aarons had decided to retire from acting in 2001, she would still be credited to one of the scariest scenes in cinema history. In 2001, Aarons played a very tiny, but very important role in David Lynch’s surrealist masterpiece ‘Mulholland Dr’ a movie considered one of the best films of all time.
The film stars iconic stars Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, and it centers on the relationship between an aspiring actress and an amnesiac woman in danger. The story has tons of twists and turns. In one scene, Aarons plays a character credited only as “The Bum.” The scene was created in a way that her appearance is actually one of the scariest things ever seen. Vulture claimed that Aarons didn’t know her part in the film was even meant to be scary until she saw the film herself.
Don’t Do Drugs, Sweetie
Outside of the horror genre, Bonnie Aaron has had some noteworthy roles. She plays the Crackhead Bonnie in David O. Russell’s ‘The Fighter’ and a small character as someone’s mother in Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ Looks like Aarons is suited for any kind of role in any genre.
The Lighter Side To This Villain
Although Aarons has become normally associated with the horror genre, scary movies aren’t the only films she has been in. One of her most-famous roles outside of the demonic nun is Baroness Joy von Troken in ‘The Princess Diaries’ series. In the two films, she plays a political operator from the fictional nation of Genovia who has a dark plot against princess-in-training, Mia, to keep her from ascending the throne. She puts her features to work in these films to create a human villain. She also claimed that she wore more makeup in ‘The Princess Diaries’ franchise than she did in ‘The Conjuring 2’.
Critics Didn’t Think She Had The Looks For Hollywood
Working in the entertainment industry can be a difficult feat if you aren’t up to par with Hollywood’s standards of beauty. Bonnie has said that some industry pros have actually encouraged her to find another line of work.
She told Vulture in 2014, that her distinctive features have actually assisted her in landing some roles. She said of her casting in “Mulholland Dr.’ that “I don’t mean to brag, but David Lynch said he was looking for the most incredible face he could find. I actually met him at a ‘Twin Peaks’ party, and he was like, ‘Look at that face!'”
‘The Nun’ director, Corin Hardy told the Daily Dead, “Bonnie’s extremely striking and beautiful, and without makeup, she’s almost got this sort of classic Hollywood face about her, which is what makes her so special.”
She Knows Who You Are, And You Could Use a ‘Little Correction’
When she isn’t acting in other projects, Aarons also enjoys creating vlogs with her friends and family titled ‘And You Know Who You Are’. These videos are uploaded to her YouTube page and the videos are call-out sessions on what she sees as the most annoying kinds of people. The topic range from things like “Are you a smart ass?” Or “Are you deranged?”
The videos are described on YouTube as being produced in order “to help make the world a better place by encouraging those people who need a little correction, by letting them know that we know who they are.”
Breaking The Habit
By taking on the difficult role of Valak the demon nun, Bonnie Aarons has reached an entirely new level in her career. One can only hope that her career can only move up from here with horror films and genres beyond.
As of 2018, Aarons has two projects in the works, a superhero-themed video game of a series called ‘Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets’, and a role as “The Chrone” in the fantasy film ‘Wizardream’, projects that had begun post-‘The Nun’. It seems that she has certainly proven that she has talent, but now she has tons of options.