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THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

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The Purge 209 recap: Ben Gardner asks Turner to Purge, Esme hunted

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All Ben Gardner ever wanted is someone to join him rather than judge his Purging tendencies, Esme Carmona is hunted for the NFFA’s lucrative bounty on her head, and Tommy Ortiz’ freedom brigade arrives… But not without mishap.

This recap contains spoilers for The Purge Season 2 Episode 9 (“Hail Mary”).

Tonight’s The Purge began with a captivating intro of a young Ben played by Carson Minniear watching an NFFA targeted children’s show, titled Ms. Lorelei’s Corner. Viewers were unaware it was Ben watching the series at first… It simply appeared to be a youngster mesmerized by the female host Ms. Lorelei [Mary K. DeVault], who was promoting The Purge to impressionable eyes on-screen. “The Purge allows grownups to deal with their bad feelings to do whatever they want!”

A blonde girl named Zoe asked the host “Can they kill people?” which brought a beaming, smiling Ms. Lorelei to say “Yeesssssss!” The youngster watching the series on TV would soon start bashing one toy with the other, savagely… Before his mother would walk in and say “Ben, it’s time for lunch honey! What are you watching?” Young Ben would then be juxtaposed/transform to current Ben before The Purge’s memorable theme song/intro played.

Thus, it was revealed that Ben always had violent tendencies inside of him, even back in his youth. The Purge allowed those feelings to surface, when they might have remained dormant otherwise. Quite a fascinating chicken or egg scenario when it comes down if people are born to Purge or become Purgers.

Ben forces Turner to make a choice, Purge or be Purged

In a stunner of a scene, Ben forced Turner to Purge his first victim tonight by taping what appeared to be a machete to Turner’s hands and pushing down on his arms to finish it. Ben had promised to personally Purge Turner if he refused to take out their frat house buddy who was strapped to the dinning table. Turner cried as their friend died while Ben Gardner looked to be going through some kind of orgasmic-like trance.

Ben was thrilled, proud of Turner for ‘popping his Purge cherry’ and wanted him to join on his hunt. Turner hesitantly played along, asking for a mask. Ben grinned from ear to ear as he found a dark mask before realizing Turner had deceived him and ran off. Gardner would chase Turner before a confrontation with a gang all donning replicas of his own God Mask.

He attempted to appeal to the gang, saying he was one of them, showing the mask but to no avail. Ben managed to take out a would-be Purger behind him, much to a sigh of relief honestly to fans of the show. As Ben Gardner [Joel Allen] has been a standout character all season long, you just don’t want his story to end.

Just like deceased former pal Andy Tran and girlfriend Kelen Stewart, Ben desperately longs to be accepted rather than shunned for his recreational Purging. But he is rejected over and over again. Whether it be Turner [Matt Shively] or the group wearing his mask.

Clint take ‘revenge’ after accepting a peace offering

Clint would arrive with the neighborhood ‘watch’ to personally Purge Marcus Moore by his own hand. A neighborhood that would soon turn on him when they realized they might suffer losses themselves for Clint. A momentary hostage Sam Tucker [Jay Ali] was freed in a trade for an unarmed Clint to the Moore household. Marcus [Derek Luke] however had no intention of Purging Clint but rather come to a peaceful resolution.

It appeared Clint forgave Marcus… Until he stabbed Michelle Moore when her back was turned! Clint believed by taking Michelle’s life, they would be even. Blood for blood. The love of his life was lost so should Marcus. Marcus would plead with the neighborhood to allow him and his wife Michelle [Rochelle Aytes] to go to a hospital. They obliged, accepting that Marcus had freed Sam and didn’t Purge Clint despite it being his right.

During the rush over, they would accidentally hit a sprinting Ben Gardner! Marcus and his friend would pick him up, not knowing the fate that will likely befall them once Ben is healthy once again.

Esme Carmona hunted for NFFA’s massive bounty

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tyner Rushing as Skye, Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Tyner Rushing as Skye, Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

$500,000 is the price the NFFA laid on Esme Carmona’s head, #1 on their watchlist. Everything seemed to be going Esme’s way early on, hackers feeding false feeds of Esme showing her face on camera… Much to the suspicion of her boss but they still took the bait. It appeared like Esme was in the clear, until her car was hit during Purge chaos and rolled over. The shooter, a Friday the 13th looking Jason / Halloween Michael Myers-like hybrid spotted her. Recognizing the bounty on his phone. He would pursue Esme and for the first time, it looked like all might be lost for the former NFFA surveillance employee.

Esme barely edged out her pursuer, locking the door mechanically while shutting off the NFFA’s feed for 60 seconds to evade detection. Literally, barely making it out of the situation alive. The pursuer grew bored of being unable to open the door and appeared to leave the premises..

Tommy Ortiz: ‘We have to stay together to survive’

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Damien D. Smith as Andre, Billy Blair as Prisoner #3, Jonathan Medina as Tommy Ortiz, Kyler Porche as Young Prisoner -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Damien D. Smith as Andre, Billy Blair as Prisoner #3, Jonathan Medina as Tommy Ortiz, Kyler Porche as Young Prisoner — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Tommy Ortiz believed his best friend Ryan Grant and crew would not let him down. He promised his fellow prisoners if they stick together they can survive whatever is coming… But if they separate it’s over. The prisoners surprisingly had faith in Tommy and remained as one.

Ryan Grant buys in to Purge Hunt Auction

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Calene-Black as Joanne Garner, Max Martini as Ryan Grant -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Calene-Black as Joanne Garner, Max Martini as Ryan Grant — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Ryan Grant bought his crew entry into the Daughters of the NFFA special hunt. The group was fully confident freeing Tommy Ortiz would be a cinch as long as they laid low and didn’t attract attention to themselves. They had the firepower on their side in leaps and bounds…

Modern weapons traded for ancestral ones as part of Hunt

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: NFFA Members -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: NFFA Members — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Then the news came, the Daughters of the NFFA dictated that this ceremonial hunt would use classic weaponry like their ancestors. All would still be okay in theory, as long as they freed Tommy before anyone grew the wiser that they were on the prisoners’ side.

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

No anonymity in Purging without a mask

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: NFFA Members -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: NFFA Members — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

However, one slighted Purger had met them before. Silas Barker [J.D. Evermore]… The man whose house they’d attempt to thieve. He would take shots at Ryan and the group. Ryan fired back, hitting Silas’ brother down dead. There was no going back for Silas now. He would get vengeance in any way possible.

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Max Martini as Ryan Grant, Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams-- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Max Martini as Ryan Grant, Chelle Ramos as Sara Williams– (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Tommy Ortiz and prisoners rescued

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r)  Pictured: (l-r) Damien D. Smith as Andre, Billy Blair as Prisoner #3, Jonathan Medina as Tommy Ortiz, Kyler Porche as Young Prisoner -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Pictured: (l-r) Damien D. Smith as Andre, Billy Blair as Prisoner #3, Jonathan Medina as Tommy Ortiz, Kyler Porche as Young Prisoner — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Ryan [Max Martini] would manage to free Tommy Ortiz [Jonathan Medina] and the other prisoners as they dispersed but was shot with a dart by Silas Barker. He passed out…

Ryan Grant buried alive

THE PURGE -- "Hail Mary" Episode 209 -- Pictured: Max Martini as Ryan Grant -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: Max Martini as Ryan Grant — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Only for Silas to bury Ryan alive in a horrifying scene where he told him to “Eat Dirt” before piling pounds and pounds of dirt right on his face. Tommy Ortiz would manage to save the day, realizing what happened in haste after shooting Silas dead. Ryan Grant was not breathing and for a second it appeared he really had passed on but a couple of hits on his chest from Tommy brought him back to life. Tommy joked he was the one doing the rescuing after all…

Check out The Natural Aristocrat’s Interview with Joel Allen on Ben Gardner, including Ben’s connection to ‘The God Mask’ and the intense scenes in season 2 of The Purge!

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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 [Emily Criss Rives].



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

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: 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 [Emily Criss Rives] 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 [Carson Minniear] 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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Be sure to subscribe to Mary K. DeVault’s YouTube Channel and Web Series ‘Ginny on the Rocks’, follow her adventures on Instagram and IMDB to see more of her television and film work.

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!

More coverage of USA Network’s The Purge is available on The Natural Aristocrat’s The Purge category section!

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

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Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network

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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Amye Gousset talks The Purge’s Lena Dash, Urge2Purge App (Interview)

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Amye Gousset Headshot Photo - Photo Credit: Amye Gousset
Photo Credit: Amye Gousset

The Purge’s Amye Gousset discussed NFFA radio guest Lena Dash featured on The Bobby Sheridan Show, the Urge2Purge app’s death threat popularity system, and much more with The Natural Aristocrat.

Amye Gousset played The NFFA’s Purge-positive radio guest Lena Dash on The Bobby Sheridan Show during The Purge’s “Happy Holidays” cold open. A devout, morally righteous NFFA party member or a public relations spin apologist, depending on how you look at it. Are certain people predisposed to Purge or simply a product of their environment? The Natural Aristocrat asked Gousset about her own feelings of the Nature Vs. Nurture argument towards Purging… A line which is quickly blurring following last episode’s (“Hail Mary”) youngster Ben revelation.

Did Ben Gardner always have violent tendencies or did Purge sanctioned TV like Ms. Lorelei’s Corner act as a proverbial stepping stones? Speaking of blurred lines, Gousset commented on Lena Dash’s ‘Death Threat’ popularity system on the show’s Urge2Purge App as postmodern social media commentary, Ivory Road, and using her own Southern accent as a character choice.

Interview with Amye Gousset on The Purge’s Lena Dash:

The Purge Season 2 Episode 6 (“Happy Holidays” – From left to right: Bobby Sheridan [Dermot Mulroney] and Lena Dash [Amye Gousset] – Screenshot Photo Credit: USA Network

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: Lena Dash bragged on The Bobby Sheridan Show that she broke a million ‘death threats’ on the Urge2Purge App (1,284,715 to be exact). That “It’s been great” for her brand. How do you feel about this very postmodern social media commentary? Purge TV specific or a glimpse into the future?

Amye Gousset: Social media is obviously very prevalent in the lives of most people in modern society. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, they all have a system for letting someone know they “like” what they read, or who the person is. I think the “death threat” tracking in the Urge2Purge app fits in very nicely with where society currently is in the Purge universe.

It makes sense that, with the annual purge being the “event of the year”, that those who more people want to harm would be considered celebrities. However, I feel that is completely for just The Purge universe only, I don’t see it as the direction social media is headed in the real world.

Dash makes no qualms about throwing the aggressor (Ben Gardner) under the bus as having a history of depression rather than blame the NFFA’s system. Explaining away Gardner’s off-Purge acts to innate issues, nature rather than nurture.

Last episode’s (“Hail Mary”) cold open showed a young, impressionable Ben having Purge-like tendencies early but also impacted by the children’s show, Ms. Lorelei’s Corner. What are your thoughts about the blurred nature vs nurture argument when it comes to Purging?

From my perspective (not my character’s), I don’t think you can say it is just nature or just nurture. I could see some people wanting to participate in the Purge because it is just something they want, it feels comfortable to them, or maybe something inside them is broken. But, given how the purge has become this annual event, that is almost celebrated, depending on how people are raised, or who influences them growing up in that world, the idea that purging is “nurtured” into people also has to come into play.

Photo Credit: Amye Gousset

Do you feel Lena Dash’s veiled threat toward Sydney Rivera on-air to personally help her experience The Purge “up close and personal” next year was legitimate? Essentially, where does playing up for The Bobby Sheridan Show end and reality begin?

I’d like to flip that question back on you. How did YOU interpret the delivery of that line? 😊

Is Lena’s authentic sounding Southern accent your natural speaking voice? I’ve read you employ several different accents (BBC British RP, Australian, NY, Southern) as an actress but Mississippi born and raised. I felt the Southern accent really added something special to the Lena Dash character, sold it as more morally righteous in a way. Reminiscent of Donnie Darko’s teacher Kitty Farmer by actress Beth Grant.

Thank you! Yes, that is my real accent. I’m a born and raised southerner. I can say that playing her with a southern accent was a choice I made for the role. It just felt right for Lena and I’m so glad Jen McGowan (the Director) agreed. And Donnie Darko is a great movie!

The Purge Season 2 Episode 6 (“Happy Holidays” – Lena Dash more than hints at showing Sydney Rivera The Purge up close and personal next year – From left to right: Bobby Sheridan [Dermot Mulroney] and Lena Dash [Amye Gousset] – Screenshot Photo Credit: USA Network

What memory or memento stayed with you the most from shooting that Purge cold open? Whether on-camera or behind the scenes with fellow cast members.

I heard some great tales from Dermot [Mulroney] about off screen antics on his other films, including one of my favorite movies, “My Best Friend’s Wedding“.

Really funny guy. And yep- I always take a little something from set…shhh! But I can’t tell you what exactly- That would make me seem too weird.

The Purge Season 2 Episode 6 (“Happy Holidays” – From left to right: Sydney Rivera [Hannah Alline], Bobby Sheridan [Dermot Mulroney], and Lena Dash [Amye Gousset] – Screenshot Photo Credit: USA Network

Bobby Sheridan tells Sydney Rivera off-air, “The truth is, you’re nobody in America unless somebody wants to Purge you!” What are your thoughts about this line?

Trivia: Are you aware Bobby Sheridan’s phrase appears directly inspired by the song “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” by The Notorious B.I.G?

I think it ties back into your first couple of questions. The more people who want to purge you, the more “celebrity” status you have. I think it sums up social media, influencers, and The Purge universe very well. And no, I did not tie that phrase back to the Notorious B.I.G. song. That is an interesting takeaway.

Scream 4 was one of the first horrors to usher in social media commentary to the mainstream but The Purge has really pushed the envelope with extraordinary modern spoofs like Ivory Road. What does it mean to you to be part of a series that’s on the bleeding edge forefront of the underground?

I actually think it is kinda neat! Obviously it is very exciting to be involved with this TV Series, and The Purge universe. And I find it very interesting that they are taking some real-world concepts, and fictionalizing them into the series, as they did with Ivory Road. It provides just enough “real world” authenticity to make viewers go: What If? What if the world went the direction of the Purge universe.

What projects are you currently working on that fans can look forward to? Would you like to return as Lena Dash on a future season or film of The Purge franchise?

I have a film called “The Favorite” with John Schneider that releases this month. It’s based on a true story. A nice family film.

And heck yeah! I would love the chance to continue to bring Lena Dash to life, either in a future season or film. That would be a dream come true! I love that gal.

Thanks Amye!

Thank you!

Relive The Bobby Sheridan Show:


Revisit Lena Dash’s confrontation with Sydney Rivera [Hannah Alline] on The Bobby Sheridan Show above! The cold open aired on The Purge Season 2 Episode 6 (“Happy Holidays”).

Catch up with Amye Gousset:

Amye Gousset Headshot Photo – Photo Credit: Amye Gousset

Visit Amye Gousset’s official website and check out her versatile video reel!

Featured Coverage of The Purge on The Natural Aristocrat:

– 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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