Mike Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher has been dominating the Netflix charts ever since its release on October 12th, and for good reason. Fans of the horror and ‘Eat the Rich’ genres cannot have enough of Flanagan’s reimagination of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales of haunting and the human condition.
But not just Poe influenced the gory and grisly story of the Ushers, a thinly veiled stand-in for the Sackler family, who have been accused of fueling a worldwide opioid crisis to build their billions. Recently, one cast member, Kate Siegel, revealed how a Disney villain inspired her character.
In a press interaction to promote the show, Siegel, a Flanagan regular who has also starred in The Haunting of Hill House, said, “Camille is entirely based on a character named Mirage from The Incredibles.”
Siegel continued to explain while laughing, “When I was a little girl, she was like my Jessica Rabbit – like, I thought she was the most beautiful woman I could imagine.” Before adding a reminder about how conniving Mirage was, “She’s the one who tricks Mr. Incredible into being kidnapped.”
Siegel went on, “Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it. So sorry to spoil all of your childhood dreams, but Camille is just Mirage.”Kate Siegel plays Camille L’Espanaye in The Fall of the House of Usher. L’Espanaye is one of Roderick Usher’s children, who also serves as the ruthless director of public relations at Fortunato.
Like most of the other main characters on the show, Kate Siegel’s character primarily draws inspiration from one with the same name featured in Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The short story chronicles the brutal murder of two women, one of them named Camille L’Espanaye, who meets an end as horrid as Siegel’s Camille in The Fall of the House of Usher.
You can catch the trailer of The Fall of the House of Usher here:
Kate Siegel talks about her character Camille L’Espanaye in THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. pic.twitter.com/tbY9Au6Gix— Mike Flanagan Source 🐦⬛ (@flanagansource) October 22, 2023