According to director Elizabeth Rohm, Anne Heche’s performance in The Girl in Room 13 as the mother of a human trafficking victim named Grace (Larissa Diaz) needs to be noticed by viewers to help spread a powerful message.
“We are all so dedicated to ending violence against women and I thank Lifetime once again for creating this platform,” Rom told reporters (via Diversity). Lifetime executive director Amy Winter also noted that the purpose of The Girl in Room 13 and its real-life themes were ultimately the main catalyst for its release, despite Heche’s condition.
Over the years Heche struggled with mental health issues and substance problems, which she detailed in her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy. The Ohio native has often used her star power to bring attention to important and similar issues, especially through the Lifetime movies. This included an Emmy-nominated performance in the 2004 film Gracie’s Choice and the 2011 film Girl Fight. The Girl in Room 13 will be Heche’s fourth film about life (via IMDb), but there are many more actors you forgot about who have starred in Lifetime movies.
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