Kristen Bell Says ‘Everyone’s a Suspect’ in Netflix’s New Murder Mystery

The woman in the house opposite the girl at the window. Kristen Bell as Anna in episode 101 of The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. cr. Colleen E. Hayes/Netflix © 2021

by Netflix The woman in the house opposite the girl at the window is a murder mystery like no other. On the surface, it’s a dark comedy filled with perfectly placed innuendo. But at its core, the show is more than a satirical take on psychological thrillers. It’s a beautifully executed series that will have you wondering, “What did I just watch?” – and even the cast was unprepared for the chaos.

The series, inspired by the 2018 novel by AJ Finn The woman at the window, tells the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), a heartbroken woman who tries to numb her pain with pills and hearty glasses of wine. When charming single father Neil (Tom Riley) moves into the house across the street with his daughter, Emma (Samsara Yett), Anna finds herself caught up in a gruesome murder investigation. What Anna doesn’t know is that her bookish and pragmatic ex-husband, Douglas Whitaker (Michael Ealy), might have more to do with the mystery than she realizes.

Stars Kristen Bell, Tom Riley and Michael Ealy sat down with POPSUGAR ahead of the series premiere on January 28 to offer some insight into what happened behind the scenes and their thoughts on the series’ surprising finale. Find out what the cast has to say about the upcoming suspenseful series.

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What was your reaction when you read the big twist in the finale?

“Reading [about the ending] was a shock,” Riley says. “We shot all the episodes at the same time. So we knew when we started filming how it was going to end, but reading it, I didn’t see it coming.”

Were there any notable scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut?

“There was a wedding dance flashback sequence between me and Kristen’s character, and the version we shot was probably a five-minute choreographed sequence between me and Kristen with all kinds of dance moves and other stuff,” Ealy said.

What do you think happens after that big cliffhanger in the finale?

“I have to call the writers before I answer this. I have no idea,” says Bell, whose personal detective skills include lip reading. Bell, who produces the series alongside Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal, adds that she hopes her character solves the big mystery of the finale “within the first five minutes of episode one, and then we go into a another mystery, like the murders follow my character everywhere.”

What was the funniest scene to shoot?

“There were two funny scenes for me,” Bell says. “They were with [Ealy and Riley], and they were both trying to be very romantic with dialogue that was hard to get through and circumstances that were too absurd. the [first] The scene was with Michael, where we’re outside and he brings me Red Vines, and we have this moment of losing sight of each other, and he’s interrupted by this barking dog. And there’s a scene with Tom where he tries to clean my casserole dish. Then we had to make our hands touching to light a flame. With the two scenes, it was so difficult. These guys are really wonderful, but they’re also really funny and goofy, [so] it was difficult to cross both.”

What clue would you give the public to help identify the killer?

Bell: No one will find out who the killer is. It was [easier to predict] to The right place that we were in hell than it would be to predict this killer. I guess the only thing I can say is that everyone is suspicious.

Eally: I don’t know if there’s a clue that would really sell it. You really have to watch everyone carefully, because it’s not who you think it is.

Riley: I don’t want to give a hint. I want people to have absolutely no idea, to come in completely fresh and open to the potential that it could be anyone, because it could be – and is – anyone. Maybe more than one person.

Bell: It may not be anyone.

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