IT Actor Bill Skarsgård Admits To Being Haunted by Pennywise

Here’s one thing we guarantee would keep anyone from sleeping – having Pennywise the clown haunt your dreams. Such is the curse for IT actor, Bill Skarsgård, who says he’s had difficulty letting go of the role. Months after the film was released, the actor is still getting nocturnal visits from the bloodthirsty monster.

“I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,” Skarsgård told EW. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.”

Good thing Skarsgård wasn’t playing Freddy Krueger, or he’d be in real trouble. Skarsgård also said that leaving the role was like ending a relationship, one that he was happy to be done with. Even though the actor is glad to have some space from the killer clown, he admits to having fond memories of their time together.

“It’s just like being in a very destructive relationship,” Skarsgård said. “People don’t really realize it until they’re out of it. All your friends go, ‘You need to dump this piece of sh—, he or she is destroying your life.’ And then once you’re out of it, you see, ‘I was so miserable.’ But I wouldn’t say I was miserable doing Pennywise because I had a lot of fun with it as well.”

Of course, it isn’t a permanent separation. IT scared up big numbers at the box office this year and solidified a sequel to finish out the rest of the Stephen King novel. After his knockout performance, Skarsgård is expected to reprise the role.

Pennywise will return in Chapter 2 September 6, 2019.

Featured Image: Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in IT. Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.