Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Power episode 1.
The Power star Halle Bush was genuinely terrified while filming one of Allie’s opening moments when her foster father tries to rape her.
Allie is one of the many teenage girls who suddenly discover they have the power to electrocute others in the TV adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s blistering novel which imagines a world run by women.
Halle joins the sensational cast of The Power as Allie, who discovers her new ability when Mr Montgomery (Chris Mulkey) is trying to sexually assault her while his wife is downstairs.
It’s a chilling watch and understandably Halle was ‘scared’ and had her mother on set for comfort.
Asked what the most difficult scene for her to film in The Power, Halle told Metro.co.uk: ‘For me, it was the scene where Ali is about to get raped.
‘Chris, he was nowhere near his character and … my mom was there with me too.
‘He was a little bit scared of my mom because she was watching me, but he made us all feel comfortable on set.
‘Even when I knew him as like a person, it was still so scary and uncomfortable.’
However, Halle recognised the importance that scene would mean to so many others who have actually been tortured in similar situations in real life.
Halle continued: ‘I just thought, in my head, there are so many girls who went through situations like this, I can only imagine the pain and suffering that they’re going through so it made me just really want to tell our story even more and portray it as much as I can.
‘Then the moment I just knew I had to put my feelings to the side, and really just display it as much as I can.’
Halle added that she identified with Allie as a ‘young black girl’ used to being spoken down to, overlooked, and judged.
‘Already as a woman of colour, you have two targets on your back because you’re a woman and then you’re a woman of colour,’ she explained.
‘When you see Allie go on the run, immediately a manhunt. It’s not, “Ok let’s figure out why she ran away. It’s immediately, “We need to hunt her down and find her.”
‘So I really relate to her in that way, and then just being put down as a young black girl because I myself was put down as a young girl.’
Halle recalled her mother taught her ‘proper English’ when she was growing up, but people would genuinely respond with surprise.
‘I remember being in elementary school, I was in kindergarten when this happened. I was from the south and my mother, she taught us proper English, how to say certain words, and how to punctuate.
‘Then I would do it but then you will also hear somebody saying, “Oh, you speak so well for a black girl.”
‘I was like a young girl. You don’t know what that means? It Hurts.
‘So then when I got older, I realised what they meant. And then I was just like, wow, this really sucks. That’s us. So that’s how I relate to Allie.’
The Power is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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