Clea DuVall on Lizzie Borden: 'That Era's O.J.'

Actress Clea DuVall talks about gender, Matthew Shepard, and her latest role — in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, starring Christina Ricci.

BY Daniel Reynolds

January 24 2014 6:00 AM ET

“It was such a clear-cut hate crime, and I think that it’s important for people to see, to know that happened,” the actress says. “Film is such a great medium to show people what the reality is. [For example,] no matter how much we know about slavery, when 12 Years a Slave came out, we were all so impacted, because it was a reminder of how horrific things were and how vigilant we have to be to not allow anything like that to happen again.”

Be it a witch, a lesbian lover of a cheerleader, or the sister of Lizzie Borden, DuVall’s past roles reveal the struggle that comes with being an outcast — a pain that she says is more universal than one might think.

“I think the thing to remember is that everyone feels like an outsider,” she says. “I think that’s what most people’s struggle come from, most people’s pain comes from feeling … alone and feeling isolated.”

“Being brave enough to be who you are is the only way that you’re going to have a happy life,” she concludes. “It’s so worth it.”

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax will broadcast Saturday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. Watch the trailer below.

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