Emma Bellomy is nothing like the character she plays in her big screen debut.
In “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” Bellomy is Dollface, one of three masked psychopaths who terrorize a family in an abandoned trailer park. The movie, a sequel to 2008’s “The Strangers,” is supposedly inspired by true events.
In real life — when Bellomy isn’t being paid to chase co-star Christina Hendricks around with a knife — the Lexington, Ky., native is a student at University of South Carolina majoring in broadcast journalism and double-minoring in film and French.
“I got a last-minute call from my manager,” Bellomy said about the audition in Cincinnati. She watched the original “Strangers” movie on her phone while her mom drove. Once there, “I was handed a knife and a mask and was asked to say some lines.”
Next thing she knew, she had the part.
“I’m not really a method actor, so I would go from creepy psycho to goofy blonde — always wearing the mask,” she said. “People would get freaked out because I’d get so used to wearing the mask all day, I’d forget I had it on.”
Bellomy’s screen credits also include an eight-part miniseries, “Smoketown,” for the faith-based Trinity Broadcasting Network. She plays the murder victim that the series centers around.
“I laid in a puddle of (fake) blood for five hours,” she said. “It was a great introduction to show business.”
“Smoketown” has been described as combining the “family focus of ‘7th Heaven’ with the streetwise edge of HBO’s ‘The Wire. .’” No release date has been set.
Bellomy says she’s focusing on her education now but hopes to line up some auditions over the summer.
“It’s all a bit overwhelming right now,” she said. “But it was super fun.”