Meet Pennywise behind the clown makeup: Bill Skarsgard reveals how he got into character during “IT movie”

I got to meet Bill Skarsgard during the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of his new movie It on Tuesday, September 5, at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and talked to about how he got into his character — the horrifying clown, Pennywise: “I just needed 50 minutes, or 2o minutes on set to get ready and kind of finding whatever the energy of the set demanded me”. The Allegiant star also revealed how this character marks his career.

The 27-year-old actor, who plays terrifying clown Pennywise in the new movie It, walked the carpet and reveals how he got into character during “IT movie” below:


It was a lot of responsibility, the actor, admitted, and didn’t want to disappoint the film’s director Andrés Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti.

“I think the first step was there were people who had to be convinced that I could do the job. There was a long process of getting cast. Once I got the role, I was like, ‘I got the role!’ Then I was like, ‘Oh my God, I got the role. How am I going to do this? How am I going to live up these expectations?’” he confessed. “Andy and Barbara, the director and producer, trusted in me, and I really didn’t want to let them down. It was a mixed feeling, but ultimately, of course, I loved the whole thing.”

Skarsgard believes there’s still a need for horror films for people to escape the reality of what is happening in the world at the moment.

The movie is hitting theaters on Friday, September 8, and it’s an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name and follows the TV miniseries that aired in 1990 starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. Skarsgard felt the pressure of filling Curry’s shoes but he hopes to bring something unique to the role, and we can definitely tell you he will.