Ten days ago, she was another mostly unknown actress in New York City. Since then, 40 million people have watched her scream her lungs out and lift a grown man halfway up a wall with her telekinetic powers. Now, USA Today has tracked down Andrea Morales, the star of ThinkModo's super-viral coffee-shop prank for the horror movie Carrie. She's obviously over the moon about how the video has taken off—in her words, it's been "absolutely insane." Here are a few excerpts from the Q&A:
On the audition:
The title of the audition notice online was just "a marketing video for an upcoming movie." And it didn't say what it was for or what movie it was for — nothing. My agents were leery, because it was very vague. It's because the company that made the video, ThinkModo, they pride themselves for keeping things very under wraps — very secretive until the video launches. Then everything goes insane, which obviously works very well for them. They were like, "We're sorry, we can't tell you what this is for. … Just pretend you're really upset, and just scream for us for a really long time."
On her scream:
That's just how I scream. But I went to grad school [at the University of Missouri-Kansas City], and we had, interestingly enough, a segment on screaming — learning how to scream properly, learning what different screams could mean. So if you're on a roller coaster, your scream tends to go way up in register, and if you're really upset, you tend to go lower. So I channeled my lower register scream. And they were like, "Can you scream for, like, 15 seconds … I mean, for a really long time?" And they weren't kidding.
On her victims:
What would happen afterward is, James [Percelay], one of the directors, would yell, "Cut!" And then everybody, including myself, would clap. And the customers would be like, "Oh, my gosh! That's crazy!" It was almost like the TV show, Punk'd. Most everyone laughed or stayed … and chatted a bit. Then they'd sign their nondisclosure [agreement] saying they wouldn't tell what happened in the coffee shop. To my knowledge, everyone left happy [and] thought it was great, that it was hilarious. They were really great sports about being scared for a little while.
Read more about Andrea on her website.