EXCLUSIVE: Ana Coto Talks 'Ouija' & Latino Superstitions

EXCLUSIVE: Ana Coto Talks 'Ouija'
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Yes. No. Goodbye. The power behind these three words is coming to life!

Ouija, the popular board game that scared the pants off even the toughest kids, is hitting the big screen just in time for Halloween — and it's bringing along a new Latina in Hollywood.

Classically trained ballerina turned actress, Ana Coto, is preparing to make her feature-film debut in the horror-filled, Ouija. The supernatural thriller follows a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly make contact with a dark power from the other side.

We caught up with Coto to talk about her role in the film, her favorite horror movies, Latino superstitions, and more. Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

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Let’s talk about your role in Ouija.

I play the role of Sarah; I’m Laine, Olivia Cooke’s character’s younger sister. She’s 16 [and] she’s really, really rebellious — challenging authority and all that. She kind of gets tricked and forced into playing this Ouija game because her older sister doesn’t want her to stay home alone, and she just ends up getting in this position of playing. Then once the first game ensues, you know, she starts checking in pretty deep and seeing that this is a real force that they’re connecting with, perhaps a dangerous one maybe, maybe not. And so she sticks it out to the end, helps her sister, and tries to save her friends.

Did you ever play the actual board game growing up?

Yeah, when I was in high school.

What was your experience like — anything crazy?

I mean really the first few times I played, nothing happened. Then there was so much tension built up around that and fear, and also it’s kind of anticlimactic when you play and nothing happens. So I kind of took matters into my own hands after that and I was always the one pushing the indicator. I was always the one just like making the story and kind of instigating that because it was easier for me to be in control and less scary than taking the chance of you know, not knowing if maybe I would make contact with a spirit. My granny would tell me not to play, but I was very much like Sarah growing up. When they told me not to do something, I was like cool that means I have to do it.

What was the scariest scene for you to shoot?

I think it has to have been all the Ouija games. The actual games were shot three days in a row in this house that was built in the 19th century and it was just like a creepy, creepy house. We spent all day in this room that was all blacked out just playing the game over and over and over again. And once we were on set and doing that the whole crew’s energy changed, because not only are you in the darkness all day, but you’re playing this really, really quiet game. So the tone of the set changed to be like a really somber and eerie and creepy one, and they did a really good job of making it creepy.

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