Elisabeth Röhm appears in the Lifetime movie, In The Dark, premiering on Saturday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT. Elisabeth plays a character named Ali who loses her husband, daughter and her sight.
Elisabeth opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her new film and her daughter Easton, whom she jokes “is a 14-year-old in a 4-year-old’s body.” The actress, 39, goes on to talk about her upcoming projects and her hopes for baby No. 2.
CBS: Tell us all about your new Lifetime movie, In The Dark, premiering this Saturday. What’s it all about?
ER: “In The Dark was an amazing opportunity. I got to play someone who is nearly blind and blind in general. I was faced with the fact that this is one of those sink or swim moments; people are either going to think I failed it or succeeded in it, but there is no gray area.
It was definitely a challenge to overcome my fear to play someone blind, and it really captured me. Also, doing a thriller is always fun, and the actors were all great. It was wonderful.”
CBS: Your character Ali plays a woman who loses her husband, daughter AND her sight. How did you prepare yourself for this deep role? Was it hard to play?
ER: “To prepare for the role, I went to the Braille Institute to do some research, and I had someone on-set with me who was blind to help me gain the confidence to play the part. I also had a consultant on-set for a day or two to point me in the right direction. It was really helpful to go to the Braille Institute and spend some time there.
My character lives by herself because she loses her husband and daughter in the beginning of the movie. My character also lives with a caretaker who basically comes in and out of the apartment. It was a pretty hard role to play, in the sense that it was emotionally challenging. I had to not let my insecurities about playing a physical handicap get in my way.
My director Richard Gabai gave some great advice. He said, ‘Just do me a favor and don’t play blind. Just play somebody who used to be sighted who probably still can remember a lot of what she used to be able to see.’ I thought that was excellent advice, and I think it really helped me.”
CBS: How’s Easton doing? What is she doing these days? What does she do to make you laugh?
ER: “Easton is a 14-year-old in a 4-year-old’s body [laughs]. She and her best friend will sneak in her room and whisper and gossip. Her friendships are really deepening, where they have their own world.
Her world has exponentially grown now that she is at a school with older kids and will probably stay at that school until high school, if this ends up being the place that serves her and that she’s happy in. She’s meeting older friends and her friendships are becoming really verbal, where they sit and they talk about their feelings and their parents. It’s really interesting, to see them start chatting [laughs].
In regard to what she’s into, she is at that age where she just wants to play. She’s not a kid who does gymnastics every day and it’s her thing. She’s not an overscheduled kid. She loves to go ice-skating, ride her bike, and do cooking classes, but she doesn’t, you know, go horseback riding every day.
Easton makes me laugh by being exactly like me — by being a totally emotional girl [laughs]. I think it’s been very entertaining to see the hormonal little girl who’s emotional and needs to communicate and talk. Women are from Venus and men are from Mars.”
CBS: What are some of your favorite things to do with Easton?
ER: “I love discovering new things with Easton. She enjoys taking road trips, ice-skating, and going on hikes and to the beach. She’s very adventurous and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we travel.
This summer was so much about the trips that we took, the new people she met, and the new friends she made. Sharing that adventure with her has been great. She is old enough where she can travel without it being too disruptive.”
CBS: With a busy career and household, how do you and your fiancé make time for each other?
ER: “That’s probably a bigger challenge. I don’t know, I wish everybody luck with that one [laughs].”
CBS: Are you hoping for another baby one day? If so, are you concerned about the age gap there will be with Easton?
ER: “Absolutely. I would love to have another baby. Easton asks for a little sister every day. I am not concerned about the age gap. It’s something I’ve thought about; my dad had children in his second marriage and my brother and sister are significantly younger than me. You just find a way to connect.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
ER: “I have a book coming out in April called The Object of My Conception. It’s all about becoming a mother and trying to find your way with no longer being a girl. It deals with my fertility challenges and losing my mom a couple of years ago. The book is coming out in the spring for Mother’s Day.
The Client List comes out in March as well, and I really love the series. I love working with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cybill Shepherd, and Rebecca Field. It’s a big girl powwow and it’s awesome. Being in a lot of testosterone shows, it’s very nice being on an estrogen show [laughs].”
In The Dark premiers on Lifetime on Saturday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT.