The legacy of Nellie Bly, a crusading 19th century journalist who famously went undercover in 1887 as a patient at New York’s Blackwell’s Island Asylum, is fairly well known among media types. Now, thanks to the new film 10 Days in a Madhouse, which opened exclusively today in New York at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street and is set to expand to additional cities Nov. 20, many more are about to become familiar with her diligent investigative work.
The film will also do wonders for the profile of Caroline Barry, the actress who portrays Bly. She will be part of tonight’s 7:55 p.m. red carpet screening and, as a recent Naluda magazine profile highlighted, made her way to this opportunity in about 60 days:
“I fell in love with acting when I was young and decided to move to L.A. when I graduated from the University of Colorado. After a month in L.A., I auditioned for the role of Nellie Bly, got the role a month later and life has been non-stop ever since. I love it!…”
“They actually did a worldwide star search. 8,000 plus actors from all around the world submitted audition videos competing for the role. When the director called me to tell me I got the part, I thought it was a hoax call, maybe one of my friends pulling my leg. When I figured out it was real, I couldn’t believe it! It was definitely a “pinch-me” moment.”
Barry told the magazine she is currently at work on a second film project with Bly biopic director Hines, which she promised will be announced soon.