The kidnapping of Esther Heed is a heart gripping story of how a kidnapped millionaire’s girls lives through the whole sequence and finally gets locked into the Stockholm Syndrone to escape with her captors. Starring world renown and award-winning actress Emma Weston, it initially drew flak due to the scenes of nudity and bondage through out, not forgetting the constant swearing and almost rape scene. Emma and Scriptwriter Carl Thompson are here to explain the movie.
Me: So given my short summary Emma and Carl, is there anything you’ll like to add or clarify?
Emma: Why thank you this interview. You said “bondage”. I would say handcuffs, leg irons would be considered as “bondage equipment”. Yes, my character Esther is gagged almost every minute with a panel gag. I suppose that’s one such tool but the running idea was extreme silence and effective restraining–or silence rather. It’s nothing to do with domination sadomasochism stuff.
Carl: Thank you. Yes as Emma remarked, they are restraints which appear to be bondage stuff, but aren’t. If you want to dig so closely, yes we bought the gag and leg irons online from such groups, but not as a representation of them.
Me: Let’s go back to the background of the show. You’re well known for a famous movie series and one that’s has such a young audience. Why this?
Emma: (laughing) Yes, it sounds derogatory and paints a terrible image of me, considering I’m only sixteen right? But I’ve always wanted to break away from the “safe” type of movies or shows and try something new. This was a budget movie, a short one but it also was one with an element that I wanted. So even with opposition from my manage, my publicist, my parents and much discussion, i took it. I don’t want to be the normal female actress forever.
Carl: We thought it would take an older actress but Emma’s name came up immediately literally; she in fact called us one we place the script to all acting studios. I was like, are you sure you’re her? But yes, Emma did some “formal auditioning” and she got it easily. I’ve never worked with such an amazing actresses.
Emma: Thanks Carl.
Me: You really had no qualms about being stripped, locked and then diapered?
Emma: Well, that’s the first thing everyone chats about and some try to criticise. Simply, it passed all censors and even young teens can watch it. No, after my discussion, I didn’t see it as anything. It’s acting.
Me: It wasn’t say a body suit or anything? You’re vulva was really shaved in that scene?
Emma: Yes, you can’t shave a body suit can you? That took one take, but the preceding practices, it was all just a mock up. But that really did happen physically. My co-actors Dan and Sam really did shave me down there. As were the cutting often my jeans and my knickers, that also took one take. The cutting of my bra, well, that took four takes due to the camera angle.
Carl: Yes, that scene only. Emma’s the “one take Weston” girl. But that “cutting of the bra” scene, the lighting wasn’t great at first so we haha wasted lots of bras.
Me: And you were then diapered…
Emma: It’s what you never see in movies about kidnapped people right? How do they pee or shit? As this movie involved the victim being restrained 24/7, how do you let the person exercise bodily functions? That’s the beauty of the script and why I wanted this.
Me: So what was it like peeing and then defecating in the diaper?
Emma: (laughing again) Remember the “number two” was only done once in the show. But the peeing parts. Yes, I really did pee, it wasn’t any props at all. I did wet the diapers/nappies. Again, not something you expected me as an actresses to take.
Me: Can I ask how was it again?
Emma: You mean how the peeing occurred? That was a big stuff. Before the shooting began, I in fact wanted to see what being diapered was about. So without being changed into diapers, I wore one myself for about a week. For almost a day, i just couldn’t make myself pee into the diaper, no matter how much I drank. Only at night did I get up, stand up and pee. The rest of the week, I really practised peeping, but lying down as it was in most scenes of the movie. Then when it came to the shooting, it came almost naturally.
Carl: I too was wondering about that first, but when it came to the shooting and given what Emma did before hand, it was so bad, to put it simply. In fact, she stayed in the diaper between shots–since we took takes almost every hour and day. Of course, we had to use new diapers for different scenes.
Emma: Haha, yeah. I stayed in the diapers.
Me: And defecating…
Emma: Ok, that wasn’t really planned at first. I thought it was too gruesome and icky, which it was. But yes, it was during one take where I was really cuffed, gagged and diapered and didn’t clear myself of my breakfast when I signalled almost frantically to get them release me. So I brought up the idea with Carl and that scene happened. Yes, I did mess in the diaper. No, as the movie went, the kidnappers did not clean me up–the camera stopped, they released me and I cleaned up myself. But that was shown like for a minute or so. As you saw in the other parts after that, my character Ester gets to use a bucket instead. Yes, my butt was wiped.
Me: Oh wow. it must have been tricky, being handcuffed behind your back, shitting…
Carl: Emma again managed it really well.
Me: And how about the restraints then? Esther was shown from start to end cuffed. Even during meal times and bath times…
Emma: Like the diaper, that took a short while to get used to. The very first day, I told them to handcuff me, hands behind and let me move about. Break or lunch time, I got the crew to feed me. Then with diapers on, there was no excuse to ask to pee. As for the gag, same stuff. There however, was one trick that happened. After one scene, it was lunch time but instead of releasing me, they left me cuffed to the bed, gagged and in a rather half soaked diaper for half and hour!
Carl: We did joke around then. But all safety was assured.
Me: And the shower scene?
Emma: Yes, again no body suit. I know I’m a 36C girl. Ok, whatever, even though I’m a teen. Yes, basically, chained, albeit hands in front, gagged but showering. Took two takes though.
Carl: Not really a hard scene again. Emma did great.
Me: There were’n’t many diaper changing scenes though….
Carl: It wasn’t scripted to be. Again, that’s just to show how a kidnapped victim has to live and go about daily functions. Now the peeing happened alot as shown in the movie. As well as shitting. That happened. Again, this isn’t considered in other kidnap movies. Or books.
Me: Being restrained that long, even off takes must have caused marks on your skin…
Emma: It did but with some cream and by not moving around too much, it’s ok. It wasn’t placed on too tight. Not even the beginning when the scene showed Ester struggling.
Me: Were’nt you at all shocked being almost fully stripped and then in the later so-called assault/rape scene?
Emma: First question: No as I really wanted this role, I was prepared for it. I wasn’t fully stripped, I knew I was just going to be diapered and that’s all. Second, question, it was NOT a rape scene. Dan appeared naked but was clothes below the belt. My shirt was cut open yes, but my breasts were not full exposed unlike the shower scene. No attempted sexual action at all. My diaper was taped on.
Me: Ok cool. But how do you see yourself then Emma, especially with all this?
Emma: As I said, I made my decision. I don’t think I’ll be hated for it at all.
PS: All of this is fake but You can easily guess which actress I’m imagining.