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THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Danika Yarosh as Kelen, Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Danika Yarosh as Kelen, Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

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The Purge Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’

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Ben’s Jekyll & Hyde-like mask of sanity finally slipped to the point of no return on The Purge’s latest chapter, stealing away those he loves most.

This recap contains spoilers for The Purge Season 2 Episode 7 (“Should I Stay or Should I Go”).

Problems don’t go away just because you ignore them, and pretend they don’t exist… They just get bigger, until mild symptoms turn into irreversible damage. Tonight’s The Purge showed Ben’s wickedness has manifested itself past the reach of just the ‘God’ mask. They are one and the same now. Yet, Ben longs for someone who will understand him for what he has become. Twice now, Ben has spoken truth and openly confessed to his off-Purge crimes… Yet, he finds himself rejected over and over again by those he cares about the most. Most recently his girlfriend Kelen Stewart [Danika Yarosh] and now deceased Purging pal back at the dorm.

Thus, Ben continues to attempt to coverup tracks of a trail with no end. The evidence is piling up every day, festering like garbage in heat. However, Ben manages to evade his fate repedititley through an unseen force, one seemingly belonging to the NFFA. The New Founding Fathers covering up their own ‘glitches’ in the system so-to-speak from causing mass disruption and questioning. Though previously, Ben has owned no consequences for his unsanctioned Purging, this time… It’s stolen the person he loved the most. Forever.

Ben’s spiral into madness begins

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

It all started when Ben [Joel Allen] woke up without Kelen by his side, something was off, she always woke up after him. His luggage was suspicious, it appeared to not be the way he left it. Ben then realized Kelen had found the secret compartment he had left the ‘God’ mask in. She knew he was behind all the Purging going on back at their campus. It was all over. He rushed downstairs trying to maintain his composure, discovering Kelen was looking to Uber home without his knowledge. Ben offered to take her back himself, and Kelen found herself at the mercy of good manners.

During the car ride, Ben told Kelen he knew she saw the mask. Ben admitted to spiraling out of control after the farmer incident, how it felt good. He tried to get Kelen to see it his way but something seemed disingenuous about her reaction. Though Ben’s confession, only arrived because he thought Kelen chose not to tell police because she cared about him still.

Ben offered his knife to her, so she would feel protected and safe. The pair stopped for gas, and Kelen slipped the knife back in Ben’s luggage. Kelen went to the bathroom to write a handwritten note that she was being kidnapped, as Ben had taken her phone just prior to make a call home. Kelen then tried to act like nothing had happened back in the car, speaking of the future, vacations and puppies. Ben however, was unresponsive before he diverted from the route, stopped the car and slammed the bathroom note on the car dashboard.

Ben again asked she take his knife, this time asking Kelen cut him on the wrist or arm, to show her she doesn’t need to be scared. Instead after hesitating, Kelen stabbed Ben’s thigh and ran off. Ben, chased her on one leg crying, pleading for her to come back. Instead Kelen was brutally hit by a pickup truck on the highway as she escaped. Ben rushed to the scene and cried real tears before deciding to finish the job. Another impromptu Purge to cover his tracks…

Esme Carmona is Public Enemy #1

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Esme’s NFFA boss Curtis has put out the order on her and the whole city knows it. Ryan Grant gave her a blonde wig to wear tonight to mask her identity from authorities as presumably, The Purge whistleblower. Everything was going to plan at first before Ryan’s mother who suffers from alzheimers left her facility and began wandering around a park aimlessly. Ryan decided on the spot to divert from their mission and go pick up his mother, however, he would have to give the local cops his real Driver’s License.

Esme would make herself scarce as the officers assisted the retired vet Grant back to his car along with his mother. She would later reunite with Grant back at his place, avoiding a close call… But not before discovering a car for sale poster with a phone number meant for her on it.

Vivian Ross a friend to Esme? Or playing her for a mark?

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Connor Trinneer as Curtis, Charlotte Schweiger as Vivian Ross -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Connor Trinneer as Curtis, Charlotte Schweiger as Vivian Ross — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Vivian left a hint Esme picked up on, and seems to be on her side… Asking Esme who she can trust on the phone, placing doubt on Curtis’ leadership. However, maybe Vivian is just playing Esme for a mark and leading her on to a trap. Time will tell If Vivian Ross [Charlotte Schweiger] is friend or foe.

Ryan Grant lets Esme stay even after learning truth

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Max Martini as Ryan Grant, Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Max Martini as Ryan Grant, Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Ryan Grant [Max Martini] was disgusted with Esme [Paola Nuñez] when he learned she was the one behind his best friend Tommy Ortiz [Jonathan Medina] being pinched during the robbery. Grant made it clear, he doesn’t care where she goes but she can’t stay here. However, Grant soon had a change of heart after Esme spoke of destroying the system she was a part of. How there’s just another cog in her place, pinching the next Tommy and placing him under arrest. Grant told her to wait, and soon afterwards was kissing her unexpectedly.

There’s more than one bounty on Marcus Moore

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Derek Luke as Marcus Moore -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: Derek Luke as Marcus Moore — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Marcus’ past mistakes on the job have been revealed as the cause of his bounty. The leader behind the bounty lost his wife in the ER due to Marcus’ making a fatally wrong judgement. There is no reasoning with this kind of suffering, particularly because Marcus did not even recognize the man when he moved into the neighborhood. Marcus Moore [Derek Luke] didn’t even bother showing his face and sent someone else to the proverbial wolves after the woman passed. Who’s said to have been a pillar of community. However, Marcus was given an option. Leave forever at 12 a.m. sharp and the bounty is off.

Marcus and Michelle Moore [Rochelle Aytes] obliged until they discovered Marcus’ son Darren Moore [Denzel Whitaker] couldn’t cross state lines. They went back and Marcus decided running was never the answer. They would just have to keep running. There would also be another Purge-hungry neighbor somewhere out there.

Ben spots a familiar mask in The Merrymaker store window

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

While Ben strolled through town, introspective and soul searching after the loss of girlfriend Kelen Stewart… There was a different kind of introspection going on, one featuring financial bottom lines. Despite selling a replica of Ben’s Purge mask being recognized as bad taste during an office meeting, the predicated number of sales was gangbusters. As such, the mask went into production immediately.

THE PURGE -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” Episode 207 — Pictured: Joel Allen as Ben — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Ben would spot the lookalike limited edition replica of his ‘God’ mask in The Merrymaker Purge supply store window. On sale now! A smile would come to Ben’s face. The likelihood of getting caught for Purging off hours just went down drastically, if not almost entirely. Not to mention, Ben is being recognized in a way his confessions did not yield him…

Be sure to watch my interviews with The Purge’s Paola Nuñez, Rochelle Aytes, James Roland and Krystal Houghton Ziv!

Catch more of The Natural Aristocrat’s coverage of USA Network’s The Purge in The Purge category page.

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Hannah Emily Anderson talks The Purge’s Jenna Betancourt (Interview)

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THE PURGE -- "What Is America?" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Hannah Anderson as Jenna -- (Photo by: Patti Perret/USA Network)
Photo Credit: Patti Perret/USA Network

Hannah Emily Anderson spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about The Purge’s elegant Jenna Betancourt, Jigsaw, upcoming film The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw, and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the acting industry.

The Purge’s ember haired First Lady, Hannah Emily Anderson, portrayed the courtly yet troubled Jenna Betancourt on the inaugural season of the TV series adaption. A naive optimist at heart, well meaning, and distracted by a volcanic love triangle. Jenna turned a blind eye to the true cost of doing business for too long… Until it came literally knocking on her front door.

Hannah Emily Anderson as Jenna Betancourt, Lee Tergesen as Joe Owens, and Colin Woodell as Rick Betancourt – GIF via USA Network

Few TV scenes have aged as well and stayed as culturally relevant, as Joe’s “guilty by association” verdict of Jenna during her husband’s mock trial in Season 1’s Finale. The Natural Aristocrat reflected on one of horror’s most criminally underrated scenes with Hannah Emily Anderson, jolting back into the fierce, edge of your seat intensity.

A visually stunning set piece that demands your full, undivided attention. One that sparks immediate panic and fear in any language, even if there wasn’t a single line of dialogue. Survival mode. A universal diorama even for those with no prior interest in the genre. Leaving you wondering, ‘What would I do in the same situation?’

This interview contains spoilers for The Purge TV Series and Saw film franchise.

THE PURGE — “Release the Beast” Episode 104 — Pictured: Hannah Anderson as Jenna — (Photo by: Patti Perret/USA Network)

The Natural Aristocrat : Have you been worried as an actress about the professional implications of the Coronavirus? Do you feel there’s pressure to work in a less than optimal health environment due to Acting being an ultra competitive industry? As in, “If I don’t do it, someone else will take my job.”

Hannah Emily Anderson: Yes, definitely! There’s just no precedent for this. Our industry is a giant machine that waits for no one, and I’m a little worried we’re all jumping back in before we’re really ready. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had another shutdown, though I’d like to be optimistic. It definitely makes me think twice about what i’m auditioning for. It has to be worth the risk.

On the other side of the coin, however, isolation has been a chance for me to sit back and take stalk of what’s really important in my life. So actually, though I’ve missed it, it’s been a blessing in disguise to put acting on the back burner for a bit.

The scene in The Purge’s first season in which Joe Owens gives Jenna Betancourt a pistol and a choice: Shoot her husband Rick dead or both of them (and her unborn child) perish, while simultaneously holding a gun to Jenna’s head, is one of the most underrated pieces of horror cinematography. What was it like shooting that moment?

AGREED! I remember needing a couple runs at it to really get the momentum and intensity going, so at the start there was a bit of panic that I wouldn’t be able to find it. But once we hit on it, it was SO satisfying and exhilarating. Colin Woodell and Lee Tergesen were right there with me. We made it as real as we could for ourselves, and everything else faded away. We were in our precious little acting bubble. Those are the best moments.

THE PURGE — “A Nation Reborn” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah Anderson as Jenna, Lee Tergesen as Joe — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Joe originally judges Jenna to be ‘guilty by association’, despite knowing nothing of her husband’s business dealings with him. The concept of ‘guilt by association’ has perhaps, never been more culturally relevant than now. Was it actually forward thinking by The Purge all along?

I think one of the coolest elements of The Purge is that it’s always been politically relevant. A big part of this show to me was the commentary on class, race, and power. If you’re white, if you have money- or even if you don’t- if you’re on the “right” side politically, you have power. The Purge night is an opportunity for those in power to abuse it, get rid of those they deem beneath them, to further their own political agenda, and to pat each other on the back for getting away with it. The satisfaction of the show for me is the retaliation.

I remember being asked back then if we could see The Purge becoming a real thing. We all said-under the current “leaders”-absolutely. I think the scariest thing is that The Purge already exists in a way, but it’s not just one night, it’s every day, and it’s more subtle. It starts with discrimination and ends with police killing innocent BIPOC. And it’s taken a lot of us a long time to see what’s really happening.

THE PURGE — “Rise Up” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah Anderson as Jenna, Colin Woodell as Rick — (Photo by: Patti Perret/USA Network)

Do you partake in emotional recall or method acting often when crafting a character?

I usually start a project from a more intellectual, analytical place and then I’ll pull from my own memories and feeling. It doesn’t have to be a real memory either. Often, scenarios I’ve imagined can be far more powerful.

In a 2017 Jigsaw film interview, while complimenting the franchise as meticulously detailed & smart, you made a lighthearted joke. “Whoever came up with this premise is messed up!” Do you feel there’s some truth to art imitating life in this respect? Does that thought ever impact your own creative process in portraying a character?

I think it’s eerily true that art imitates life. The characters on The Purge are consumed by fear and death. With Jenna, she has NO idea what’s going to happen at the beginning of her story: there’s an innocence there. Halfway through filming, my mom died (after a two year battle with cancer) and I felt like the lines between me and Jenna became very blurred at that point.

All of Jenna’s feelings became MY feelings and vice versa. Death was suddenly so real for me and I was then consumed by it. I remember looking at footage from the first episode while we were still filming and thinking-I’m not that person anymore. It was so surreal.

Jenna’s earlier breakup with Lila Stanton similarly forced her into making a choice. Despite being a relatively indecisive character on the series… There’s no hesitation when Jenna stabs Lila or pulls the trigger on Rick in the Season 1 Finale. What do you attribute to this dynamic when push comes to shove?

At the end of the day, it’s about survival. Survive at all costs. Protect her unborn child at all costs. In those fight or flight situations, something more powerful and immediate takes over.

THE PURGE — “The Forgotten” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah Anderson as Jenna, Colin Woodell as Rick — (Photo by: Patti Perret/USA Network)

Jenna comments, “I think the moment we decided to take money from the devil, whatever the reason. We opened the door to this.” Do you feel the best of intentions inevitably become stained due to being preyed upon by those with means? As in, the Dreamer vs the Investor.

It depends on the people involved. It depends on the investor. Relating this to the film industry: I think creatives-aka the dreamers-come up against this idea a lot. It’s a strange world where art and business collide. We’re different breeds entirely. Actors, writers, are floating around with our hearts on our sleeves looking for big business to care what we have to say and help give us a voice.

I think sometimes the best idea or the best person for a job can get lost in the mix. Whoever has the money has the control and usually gets the final say and that can be really unfortunate. BUT, when I look at people like Bill and Melinda Gates, for example, I’m filled with hope and optimism. They’re the dreamers AND the investors. They use their power for good, they make s**t happen.

Does Karma always have a way of finding a return address?

I sure f**king hope so!

THE PURGE — “Rise Up” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah Anderson as Jenna, Colin Woodell as Rick — (Photo by: Patti Perret/USA Network)

Were you expecting to be in The Purge’s second season or potentially make a return in a now-cancelled Season 3?

I had originally signed on for five seasons but knew there was no guarantee and that it might become an anthology series. I was hopeful, but at the end of season one I really didn’t see where our story lines could go. It felt like the end. Plus, I couldn’t imagine doing it without my Colin Woodell and Lili Simmons!

Would you be open to a cameo as Eleanor Bonneville in the upcoming Saw sequel, Spiral?

To work with Chris Rock? Hell yeah. Sign me up.

What can you tell us about the character of Bridget Dwyer in your upcoming film, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw?

She’s a solemn and devout Irish mother and wife who’s overtaken by grief and descends into madness. So… basically a romantic comedy.

Will The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw still be released on its original release date, October 6, 2020? Considering film & television production has understandably slowed to a crawl all over Hollywood.

Unfortunately I’m not sure on this one! I know it’s premiering at a couple festivals but I’m not sure I can talk about that yet 🙂

Thanks Hannah!

Thank you!

Follow Hannah Emily Anderson on Social Media:

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– Follow Hannah Emily Anderson on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

– Get the latest updates about Hannah Emily Anderson’s latest film, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw on Twitter! The film is set for a world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, (* a virtual film festival this year) running from August 20, 2020 through September 2, 2020.

– Relive Jenna Betancourt’s journey with The Purge Season 1 Blu-ray on Amazon!

Read & watch more exclusive interviews with The Purge’s cast:

Joel Allen talks The Purge’s Ben Gardner, Intense Scenes (Interview)

Mary K. DeVault talks Ms. Lorelei’s Corner on The Purge (Interview)

Rochelle Aytes talks The Purge’s big mystery, acting life (Interview)

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Mary K. DeVault talks Ms. Lorelei’s Corner on The Purge (Interview)

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Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei on 'Ms. Lorelei's Corner' during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 "Hail Mary" cold opener - Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network
Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

Mary K. DeVault spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about portraying host Ms. Lorelei on The Purge’s pro-NFFA, pro-Purge children’s program, Ms. Lorelei’s Corner.

The first minutes of The Purge’sHail Mary” are a beautifully set piece of New Founding Father propaganda, 1984 Orwellian-styled dystopia, classical agitprop. Ms. Lorelei’s Corner was one the show’s landmark cold openers, instantly palming your attention and holding it there. Impressionable youngsters being led by the glitz and glamour of their charming host to the party-in-power’s agenda leanings. The razzle-dazzle of their teacher shepherding not only the audience in attendance but an entire nation’s youthful viewers watching on television.

Actress Mary K. DeVault played Ms. Lorelei, spinning into her grand entrance donning a richly colorful Disney-like Princess dress with long gloves. Trustworthy at first sight, capturing the audience’s heart, subduing their mind blissfully from thinking too critically of the lead message. A soothing visual to Purge viewers at home, recalling their own childhood programs, with layers of complexity waiting to be explored.

During an exclusive interview with The Natural Aristocrat, Mary K. DeVault discussed crafting The Purge’s Ms. Lorelei on-screen, her background in children’s theatre, and the deeper question of Nature vs Nurture when it comes to the series’ characters. DeVault loved every moment of working on the series, calling it a top production all around and relishing the opportunity to work with Ms. Lorelei’s Corner audience members like Zoe .



Interview with Mary K. DeVault on Ms. Lorelei’s Corner:

The Natural Aristocrat : I recently asked one of your Purge co-stars Amye Gousset (Lena Dash) about the whole Nature Vs. Nurture aspect of The Purge. Viewers see Ms. Lorelei’s Corner, a kids-oriented Pro-Purge show, juxtaposed with a young Ben Gardner smashing up a doll on the “Hail Mary” opener. Do you feel Ms. Lorelei’s Corner is what influences Ben to become violent, that he was born with those tendencies, or it’s a mix?

Mary K. DeVault: I did have some interesting theories on that! I just thought the character was so well written. There’s things like The Warrior Gene, which is based around studies that it could be biological. How some people could have this in them already but it needs culture and society to really bring it out. Not everybody becomes a killer or an aggressive person. I feel the writers really did their research when they put these kind of things in there. It creates something for you to think about.

I find this character very interesting in that way because it gives you a lot to play with. I mean because you have to think as an actor, does this Ms. Lorelei actually go out on Purge night. You have to make your choice for yourself. I think the better choice is that, ‘yes she does and she enjoys it’ because she’s expressing her Purge enthusiasm to these children.

Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei on ‘Ms. Lorelei’s Corner’ during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” cold opener – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

I’ve always wondered for these kind of scenes, do the youngsters realize and understand what they’re saying, material wise?

As a character, the children really look up to Ms. Lorelei and believe everything she says because she’s their role model. In real life? I don’t think so. In one scene I was supposed to be really close to Zoe’s face and I know it’s kind of frightening even as an adult to have someone really close in your face. (laughs) I was like, ‘I gotta go chew some gum!’

I tried to talk to her beforehand just so she sees me as a person, and not this scary person up in her face and be upset. I also think that they understand that they’re acting because all the kids were just amazing. They were so fun, after we’d say cut, they’d be kids again.

It is interesting… I understand what you mean. Would it scare them or would they believe what I was saying as a person and not understand that it’s acting? I think they’re all in the business themselves and know what’s going on or have been told what’s going on.

Young Ben Gardner watching Ms. Lorelei’s Corner on The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” cold open – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

What was it like for you in general? Is it surreal to work with young actors?

Amazing! Everybody was on the same page, I felt that the way they wanted to see the character was the way I understood the character. It was fun! I really felt that the direction and the costumes… Even the way they filmed it, coming out of the apple box and spinning around really helped create the atmosphere. I was really with it.

Did you draw on any children’s hosts that you watched yourself as a kid to kind of craft Ms. Lorelei?

(laughs) That’s funny, no but I actually did a lot of children’s theatre when I was starting out. I probably drew more on that as Ms. Lorelei because it came very easily to me to play this character… And I do believe it came from doing children’s theatre! Because you’re trying to give that same kind of grand experience and relate to the children.

Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei during ‘Ms. Lorelei’s Corner’ on The Purge – Screen captured GIF Credit via USA Network

Who did your costume for Ms. Lorelei’s Corner? I thought the design fit perfectly.

Wardrobe’s amazing on that show! The casting was pretty quick so I had to get to wardrobe immediately and try some things on because we were shooting the next day. I thought there were some great clothes but the first ones I saw just didn’t feel right… I was like ehhh. Then there was one dress I’d seen before the audition! (laughs) It kind of called out to me, and it was not the dress you see.

They had to alter it a great deal with all the decorations and the ruffles underneath. They altered it in a matter of hours, it was amazing! They wanted more of a 70s outfit in the script I think, because it was a flashback when he was a child and a different era.

Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei dancing spin intro on ‘Ms. Lorelei’s Corner’ during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” cold opener – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

I liked that they gave Ms. Lorelei those gloves, it really added to the character.

(laughs) Yeah! I do a silly web series, Ginny on the Rocks, and in some of it I wear gloves so I thought it would be cool if Ms. Lorelei had gloves!

Oh, so you personally made that request?

Yeah, I don’t know why, I just thought it would be cool if she had gloves! (laughs) You just have this gorgeous kind of outfit, and if you’re in a children’s show, you’re going to accessorize it. Just to make it fun for the children to watch, and make it a little Princessy and Mickey Mousey, so they can say “Ooooo, that looks cool!”

How do you usually prepare for a role? Do you have any kind of rituals that you’ve kept from the beginning?

I do, it’s like if you’re reading a novel and you see the character in your mind. I try to put myself in the character’s mind and after years of doing it, it really comes faster. You know immediately if you connect to a character. In this case, I definitely did! Sometimes you get it, and sometimes you don’t, they go a different way… But you kind of know from all the past characters you’ve played and all the work you’ve done on other characters in theater, television, movies and and everything else for that final product. It all comes up and adds to that.

I just immediately clicked with this character and I knew exactly in my mind who she was. I also watched two Purge episodes and I don’t normally watch horror! (laughs) I watched Season 2 of The Purge after my episode aired, so I knew what was going on more. I thought the writing, production, and everything about the show was extremely high quality.

Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei making a subliminal heart/’love’ symbol on ‘Ms. Lorelei’s Corner’ during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” cold opener – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

The idea itself is just such a good concept for a horror! If you don’t watch a lot of horror, you’re kind of like, ‘I don’t know if I could watch this!’ But it’s like Ben, after your first purging it just keeps getting easier! (laughs) I really enjoyed Season 2 and I watched two episodes from Season 1 before I went into the audition.

I thought I’d have more time to watch but things really move quick and the next day you’re in there. I needed to know the tone of the show because the opening scenes are very different from the actual show itself somehow but yet they’re the same. They’re a little bit more heightened, almost a separate entity but they go right into it.

I felt it was one of the best openers of the season.

Thank you! I did too. (laughs) I mean, I really also enjoyed that first audition, that was kind of creepy.

Did you know you were auditioning for The Purge?

The first episode in the opening scene was this woman auditioning to be the voice of the part. I can’t remember her exact lines but it was pretty cool. I thought it was really well written. It just blows my mind that people can come up with consistently good writing, week after week. They really put a lot of thought into how they’re going to present the series.

I was amazed at the production quality, the directing and writing, everything about it. Sometimes as an actor, you just see a character and you’re like I know this is my character! I just wish it would be on a recurring basis.

Mary K. DeVault as Ms. Lorelei excited on ‘Ms. Lorelei’s Corner’ during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” cold opener – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

For sure then, you’d like to reprise Ms. Lorelei on The Purge in a future season?

Oh, I’d like to return to the show or any show I’ve done! You get attached to your characters and you don’t want to let them go. You’ve worked with them for a couple of weeks or from the audition to the time you’re shooting. Well, everything happens so fast, you don’t get that much time. You think about that character and after you shoot it, it’s like a play, a theatre piece, it’s a little difficult to let it go. You want it to return.

Especially, with Ms. Lorelei there’s so many layers to that character. There’s so much more you could do there.

Yeah, there could be other characters that watched Ms. Lorelei’s Corner… I don’t know what they have planned for next season, I think there will be a Season 3. Which will be interesting to see!

How did it feel for you to deliver that line when Zoe asks, “Can they kill people?”, and you respond “Yessssss… They can!” Complete with a massive smile and a giggle.

I had to really make a decision in my mind, ‘Does this woman go out and Purge?’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, I think she does and I think she enjoys it.’ That wouldn’t be me! (laughs) So, I had to find that spot for the character where this is okay, and I’ve been told it’s good for you. You have to as a character really believe that!

It was interesting and complex, particularly, since I used to do comedy a lot more. You sometimes play people who have views that are creepy and you have to connect. I’m not saying to go method and go out and do it (laughs) but really put yourself in that person’s shoes and their beliefs.

They believe what they believe because of everything around them, truly thinking it’s okay. I think Ms. Lorelei thinks she’s doing a good thing, I don’t think she believes she’s doing anything wrong. She’s letting these kids know there’s this whole other world out there, that they can enter into once they’re able. Which builds the suspense creepily!

Emily Criss Rives as Zoe featured on ‘Ms Lorelei’s Corner’ during The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” – Screenshot / Photo Credit: USA Network

You mentioned your web series Ginny on the Rocks earlier, can you elaborate more for fans who haven’t seen it yet?

It’s a single camera sitcom but three-four minute episodes starring my character Ginny Penelope Talbotowski. I just wrote the latest set of episodes! It started off originally with my sister taking a directing class, a GoPro camera, and wanting to do a creative project together.

I saw you recently played the character of Melinda in film The Black String. What was that experience like?

Yeah, The Black String is a movie starring Frankie Muniz and I’m in towards the end of the film, I play this scary psychic! It was a really cool part, enjoyed it a lot. The film went the festival route and it was just picked up Amazon.

Curious, do you watch your own work often? Do you ever watch your own takes?

I don’t always. When I first started, I did watch. I was like “Oh my God!” When you first see yourself on-screen, you’re like, ‘Oh wow, that’s weird.’ But then when you keep doing it, you’re seeing yourself as the character, you’re not seeing you anymore. I wonder sometimes how they’ll put a scene together, editing wise. But I don’t evaluate my performance because I always kind of like it! (laughs)

Thanks Mary!

Thank you!

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Relive The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 “Hail Mary” in its entirety by purchasing the episode on Amazon!

Check out The Natural Aristocrat’s interviews with The Purge’s Joel Allen on Ben Gardner and Amye Gousset on Lena Dash!

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In Memoriam: Who made it through The Purge Season 2 Finale?

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Who got Purged and who made it to Purge another day? Find out who made it through the night on The Purge Season 2 Finale episode “7:01 AM” tonight on the USA Network!

Major spoilers below! If you plan on watching, think twice before proceeding.

Let’s get the big guns out of the way right here, right now. Ben Gardner is alive and well and has a future on the franchise! After taking out several doctors for robbing other Purgers of their Purging rights as governed by the NFFA… Ben set his sights on Marcus Moore. Alluding to The God Mask quite literally “You know who’s God? I am!” and almost succeeding in Purging him.

However, Marcus was able to drug Ben by injecting an unknown fluid into his neck/shoulder. Marcus chose not to purge him, leaving him outside of the hospital for the moonlight purgers to get him. Almost contrasting to animal wildlife in a way. Three months later, Ben was shown sharpening a knife before credit roll… Marcus, Michelle, and son Darren all made it as well as Marcus’ friends from back home.

Esme Carmona and Ryan Grant weren’t so lucky… Ryan Grant went down, guns blazing in order to stop the NFFA from reaching Esme in time before the sirens hit. In theory, this would mean an arrest rather than Purge of Esme when inevitably caught in the broadcast station. In reality, she was shot point blank by the NFFA anyway after her broadcast to the world… Off Purge no less!

The rest of Ryan’s crew would make it, Tommy Ortiz, Sara Williams, and Doug Vargas all survived, and were richer for it. In a surprise, Sofia Carmona, Esme’s sister turned up alive three months later and attended Darren Moore’s rally.

Meanwhile, it appeared the first major victim would be Vivian Ross. As the NFFA’s director shot her after moving aside for Esme and Vivian.

However, Vivian miraculously made it three months later after all… Despite, being seen motionless and at least unconscious (appeared to have passed on) when Ryan Grant walked by her. Vivian Ross actress Charlotte Schweiger had teased fans on Twitter prior if her character would make it through the night prior.

Ben Gardner is here to stay folks! Season 3 comeback imminent?

Featured Coverage of The Purge on The Natural Aristocrat:

– Interview with Amye Gousset on The Purge’s Lena Dash, Urge2PurgeApp

– Interview with Joel Allen on Ben Gardner, The God Mask, and the intense scenes in The Purge Season 2!

Recap of The Purge’s latest episode “Hail Mary” (Season 2 Episode 9).

– Breaking News: Ethan Hawke to reprise James Sandin on The Purge Season 2 Finale

– Be sure to watch my interviews with The Purge’s Paola Nuñez, Rochelle Aytes, James Roland and Krystal Houghton Ziv!

Catch more of The Natural Aristocrat’s coverage of USA Network’s The Purge in The Purge category section.

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