The Possession can be summed up in just two very simple words:Natasha Calis. The pre-teen actress succeeded in the monumental task of outshining her long resumed on-screen parents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick), while delivering a balanced performance of haunting terror and honest sadness.
Calis plays Emily; a precious 11-year-old who dreams of nothing more than a reconciliation between her recently divorced parents Clyde and Stephanie. As she and her sister Hannah (Madison Davenport) shuffle between residences, her sadness is easily conveyed through her wide brown eyes and sweet face. When Em becomes obsessed with a mysterious wooden box she purchases at a yard sale, things quickly begin to spiral out of control both physically and mentally for the once innocent child. As Clyde traces the unexplained occurrences and Emily’s dangerous behavior to the box (also known as a dibbuk in Jewish folklore), he discovers the unbelievable truth about the evil trapped inside and the harm it’s inflicted towards his helpless daughter.
“It was a really solid story and there was so much of (Emily) on the page that I could really connect with,” Calis says. “The script really drew me in and the fact that there was a real story behind this horror movie was pretty amazing to me.”
The young and eloquent actress was quick to praise Morgan and Sedgwick for creating a loving environment throughout production that not only translated well on screen, but also added a layer of emotional urgency as the dibbuk became more powerful. “We all bonded so well. Our relationships were so unique and special that we really became a family. To some degree those are more of our relationships as opposed to our characters,” she admits. “What makes the movie more scary is that you can relate to them as a unit. They’re real human beings. You can see what they were going through and you can really feel for them”.