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Interview: ‘Ghosts’ Star Rebecca Wisocky On Why Hetty is More Than Meets the Eye

One look at the classic dark teal dress worn by Hetty, the high status baroness of the house on the CBS hit comedy Ghosts, and you would probably think you know what to expect from the character. Then, when Rebecca Wisocky speaks in her perfectly prim and proper manner, you would be sure of it. I am happy to say, you would be wrong. While Wisocky’s performance would make Hetty fit during any mid-1800s high society drama, do not lets looks and delivery fool you.

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Wisocky keeps her character true to her proper socialite ways, while also delivering some of the series’ funniest and raciest lines – even if Hetty does not always grasp their meaning. It is her very outdated perspective that keep her unaware of what she is saying allowing the show can get away with much naughtier humor than you would expect on network TV. Her dialogue is often racy enough to make a viking blush, but always delivers laughs. She is Ghosts‘ secret weapon, hiding in plain sight.

During season two, after hundreds of years as a ghost, Hetty goes through quite the sexual awakening. From her flings with pantless Wall Street stockbroker, Trevor (Asher Grodman) to her fondness for a broken washing machine with all the right moves, Wisockey gives us a character, who while hundreds of years old keep discovering new things about herself and the world.

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Wisocky sat down with Awards Radar to discuss her work on the series. The selfless actress spent much of her time praising her fellow cast members, writers, show creators and crew. Here are some excerpts from our conversation with the full video interview available at then end of the article.

On why fans enjoy here character:

“You kind of hate yourself for loving her, but she finds a way to be kind of adorable in a sneaky kind of way. I think it’s her childishness. All the ghosts are a little bit like children. Some of her basest instincts are very childish and silly and hypocritical and I think. Her being so bold with with some of her hypocrisy is enjoyable to watch, especially in someone who is so interested in power and so uptight and concerned with appearances most of the times.”

On how the show’s writing let’s her explore her character:

“She gets so many wonderful lines. And because she speaks so quickly and I have a very musical way of approaching dialogue, I get all these very long unwieldly monologues – these little areas where she changes her mind in the middle of a sentence and is discovering things live in the moment. I’m very grateful that they that they’ve seen that I you know that that speaks to a certain skill set that I have. And it’s very fun to do. And so yeah, they’ve been very generous with her. And I think they like writing for her very much.

On what spurred Hetty’s sexual awakening:

“Her journey of sexual awakening and female empowerment and all those things is very clearly prompted only by the relationships that she has with the other ghosts in the house, relationships and points of view that she would have never had or experienced in her own life all of a sudden become possible for her. She’s exposed to these other points of view, and exposed to Samantha, our beautiful, amazing Rose McIver, who we all love, who is our fearless leader. Honestly, I’ve been around the block – the best number one I’ve ever worked with on a show. She’s just kind of built in designed to be a leader and is also so wonderfully talented, a comedic actress. We’re very lucky to have her. The show would be very different if she wasn’t at the helm.

You can see all of Rebecca’s work in the first two seasons of Ghosts streaming on Paramount+.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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