In Hollywood, roles are given after auditions even if one is a prominent star but there are rare exceptions to this -- when a creator or a director directly invites an actor. For horror movie icon Heather Langenkamp, she initially thought she would only have a cameo on The Midnight Club, not the lead.
Heather Langenkamp is an established scream queen in the 90s best known for her role as Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare on Elm Street horror movie franchise and she even got a spot at the Fangoria Chainsaw Hall of Fame in 1995.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Heather Langenkamp shared that she initially thought that her role in The Midnight Club was just a cameo, "Mike called me to see if I would audition for a part. I assumed it would be one episode, kind of a cameo."
Usually, stars would have to go through auditions but for Langenkamp, Mike Flanagan personally invited her for the role because, as it turns out, Flanagan is a fan of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Langenkamp added, "I read the script and realized, oh my gosh, he wants me to play a lead in his new show. He's a big horror fan, obviously, but also a big Nightmare on Elm Street fan. So I did my best at the audition, and he said 'It's a go.'"
Langenkamp also revealed how long it took them to make The Midnight Club, "I got up to Canada, and we made ten episodes in about seven months; it took a long time, but I have the best co-stars. It was a beautiful set and we really enjoyed each other's company."
Heather Langenkamp plays Dr. Georgina Stanton, the doctor who runs Brightcliffe Hospice, a place where terminally ill young adults were taken in and these teens meet every midnight to tell scary stories. They made a pact that whoever dies first should communicate with the others and when it happened, things started to get really scary.
Dr. Georgina Stanton, herself, is a mysterious character to begin with. She's enigmatic but keeps a lot of secrets, especially with the history of the place and the Paragon.
Langenkamp delivered the role, to say the least, and she definitely brought back some scream queen energy into the screens because clearly, she could pull it off in a blink of an eye. The Midnight Club is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Christopher Pike.
The Midnight Club is now streaming on Netflix.