Though she was “well aware of the Black Dahlia case,”actress India Eisley admits she had “never heard of” the story of Fauna Hodel before auditioning for that role in “I Am the Night.” Adapted from the true-crime memoir “One Day She’ll Darken,” this TNT limited series tells the story of Hodel, a teenager who discovers her origins are a bit mysterious. She teams up with a down-on-his-luck reporter (Chris Pine) to uncover her dark family secrets, which tie into the infamous 1947 murder. Watch our exclusive video interview with Eisley above.
Eisley read Hodel’s book to better understand “what her emotional state was at any given time.” Because the series is a “highly fictionalized” version of the true events, she “wanted to realistically get a hold of where she was at emotionally” in order to best represent the real person and her experiences.
The actress describes Hodel as “very forward moving” in her investigation to uncover her true identity. “Her driving force becomes finding her biological family.” Of course, that leads to some shocking revelations along the way. “She finds out that there’s incest, there’s a link to one of the most high-profile murders of all time. It just spirals out of control.”
Yet through it all, she keeps her head up. “What I loved about Fauna is how unbelievably resilient of a woman … she was,” Eisley explains. “To overcome those kinds of hurdles” and “come out of it” on the other side without allowing herself to “be defined by those experiences and those truths” is “incredibly admirable.”
Eisley first came to prominence playing Ashley Juergens in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” She’ll next be seen in the upcoming film “The Dougherty Gang.”
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