Melissa Barrera Brilliantly Displays the Real Horror That Comes With Pregnancy Loss in "Bed Rest"

Content warning: The following story incorporates textual content descriptions of being pregnant loss.

We dwell in a world that does not consider girls once we say we’re experiencing ache — whether or not it is persistent bodily ache or psychological misery. The patriarchal powers that be have at all times dismissed us, a lot in order that it has seeped into our healthcare techniques. The difficulty goes approach past not being believed: the pain gap has lethal penalties, and America is contending with a maternal healthcare crisis worse than in some other developed nation.

And whereas our tradition is lastly acknowledging this actuality, the stigma round these points remains to be very actual — maybe most manifestly in relation to being pregnant loss. Our tradition nonetheless doesn’t overtly talk about the grief and extreme psychological impacts miscarriages and stillbirths can have on girls. In author and director Lori Evans Taylor’s new supernatural thriller, “Bed Rest,” launched on Tubi on Dec. 7, actor Melissa Barrera artfully portrays the horrifyingly haunting results a traumatic being pregnant loss can have on a mom.

In the movie, Barrera performs Julie Rivers, a younger lady who prior to now skilled a heartbreaking stillbirth that resulted in a postpartum psychosis prognosis and a six-week admission to a psychological rehabilitation facility. But after years of struggling, Rivers is pregnant once more and transferring into a brand new residence together with her husband, Daniel. She’s making an attempt to embrace new beginnings. But then she by accident slips down a flight of stairs and is ordered to abide by eight weeks of obligatory mattress relaxation. This restrictive state of being slowly begins to set off ideas about her earlier being pregnant loss — and has these round her deeply involved about her psychological well being.

For a lot of the psychological thriller, viewers may be not sure whether or not Julie is definitely experiencing what she says she’s experiencing — together with being suffering from her deceased son in addition to one other lady who died by suicide after her baby died in an accident. Are these mystical parts actual, or are they simply actual in Julie’s traumatized thoughts? Barrera confirms it is each.

“When I learn [the script], I used to be like, this is a vital message and it additionally appears like a good way into it as a result of [of] its style,” Barrera tells POPSUGAR. “It felt very completely different from different thriller or horror films I’ve learn. It felt prefer it had a deeper message — an essential one. And that is what I at all times search for in initiatives.”

If you’ve got seen Barrera’s most up-to-date initiatives, you’ve got most likely observed a typical thread. The actor — whose profession has taken off since she landed the position of Lyn in Starz’s “Vida” after which her breakout Hollywood position as Vanessa in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s movie adaptation of “In the Heights” — has a knack for growing complicated characters. It’s undeniably considered one of her best strengths as an actress and one which makes it simple to attach with anybody she performs.

Her position as Julie is sort of harking back to her character Chama within the indie movie “All the World Is Sleeping” and Liv within the Netflix collection “Keep Breathing,” which was launched in August. In all these initiatives, the protagonist faces main adversity whereas combating to beat what would possibly appear to be debilitating trauma that is unimaginable to flee. And but the ladies at all times handle to interrupt out of it in the long run.

It’s clear in all of the roles that Barrera has a craft for deeply diving into the trauma of a personality — taking it in virtually as her personal — after which discovering a technique to remodel it into plausible triumph on display screen. In “Bed Rest,” it is simple to empathize with Julie’s character and root for her survival and success till the very finish. That’s all Barrera. That’s what she does finest. In all her movies, she makes you’re feeling that the character she’s taking part in is definitely her.

“I’m not an actor that may be like, this can be a fully separate particular person [from myself],” she explains. “I can not. Because the factor that leads me into a personality is at all times how we’re comparable first after which all of the issues which can be completely different — that aren’t like me.”

Barrera continues: “One of the characters within the film — Delmy — says, ‘Women have been carrying the burden of grief for a few years,’ and it is so true, and we do not discuss it. It’s taboo, and we’re supposed to simply stand up and transfer on, and that is not simple.” That’s partly why Barrera is “so proud” of the movie: “I’m pleased with the way it turned out, but additionally as a result of I really feel like loads of girls — extra girls than we wish to admit — have gone by means of one thing like this.” Indeed, 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and about one in 160 births is a stillbirth, which happens when a child dies at or after 28 weeks.

In the top, Julie not solely survives however lastly lets go of the tormenting ache from her first kid’s dying so as to be there for her daughter, who’s born on the very finish of the movie. It’s a hopeful ending that Barrera felt girls viewers deserve.

“I personally assume that it wanted to have that type of happier closure, as a result of we type of want to have the ability to breathe on the finish.”

“I personally assume that it wanted to have that type of happier closure, as a result of we type of want to have the ability to breathe on the finish,” she says. “Because it was onerous to be together with her all that point — and ladies have such a tough time with this that having her, in the long run, triumphant and truly with the ability to proceed together with her life and be pleased is a lot extra hopeful and is the message that I needed for girls which have gone by means of this and are possibly going by means of this: ‘She conquered that, and that signifies that I can, too. I can get my life again.'”

By the top of the movie, we additionally be taught that the haunted spirits Julie is seeing and speaking with are literally current in the home — not simply in her head. Her husband, performed by Guy Burnet, and her nurse aide Delmy, performed by Edie Inksetter, each witness them. Despite the truth that what Julie experiences can be tied to her historical past of postpartum psychosis, Barrera was grateful for a possibility for her character to lastly be believed.

“It’s so related in society — girls should not believed once we say one thing . . . I needed to interrupt that sample, and I needed the ending to be very [clear that] she’s been proper this complete time, and I needed the opposite characters to acknowledge it.”

“It was actually essential to me as a result of Delmy and Daniel additionally doubted her the entire time . . . It’s this acknowledgment of believing girls,” she says. “It’s so related in society — girls should not believed once we say one thing . . . I needed to interrupt that sample, and I needed the ending to be very [clear that] she’s been proper this complete time, and I needed the opposite characters to acknowledge it.”

The movie touches on one other side of not being believed: whereas there are some religious practices that acknowledge connecting with the deceased as actuality, Western tradition and drugs don’t. And but Julie’s actuality was true.

Barrera believes there is a tremendous line between somebody who has an open channel and the reward of with the ability to see and talk with spirits and somebody with a psychological dysfunction. “I feel the distinction to me is within the feeling of these encounters. I feel [for] lots of people which have religious encounters, after somebody passes or which have that open channel, it is therapeutic,” she says. “It feels such as you’re getting some type of closure. And it does not really feel unhealthy. I feel it has a sense of uplifting.”

Barrera, who lately learn “Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe” by Laura Lynne Jackson, believes she skilled a sort of religious encounter together with her grandmother after she handed this summer season. She shares that when her grandma was alive, she used to gather souvenirs of frogs that she would embellish her total home with for good luck. “When she handed, there was a frog that may come to the entrance door each night time. Every night time,” Barrera says. “And I by no means had a frog come to my home. I’ve by no means seen a frog. All a sudden, there is a frog on my entrance doormat each night time — the identical frog is coming again. I used to be like, there is not any technique to ignore this. This is clearly my grandma telling me that she’s OK. Telling me that she’s on the lookout for me.”

“Bed Rest” has a inventive approach of pertaining to all these prospects. But in the long run, it is actually in regards to the real-life horror one experiences after a being pregnant loss — the way it can hang-out you and even break you, however there’s at all times the potential of popping out on the opposite facet. There’s at all times the potential of overcoming even the toughest ache to start out a brand new chapter. There is at all times hope.

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