Lana Del Rey: Almost cast as murdered actress Sharon Tate in Charles Manson film

October 26, 2015

Lana Del Ray recently sat down with Billboard and talked about her acting career and said she nearly starred in a movie as actress Sharon Tate, who was killed by Charles Manson’s cult of followers in 1969.

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Asked if she would want to be in movies, Del Rey responded: “Well… I’m open to it all. James Franco asked me to be in three films that were going to be directed by a Spanish director, and I was hesitant.”

Explaining why the project never happened, Del Ray said, “I think he heard my hesitance and got scared. Someone wanted me to be Sharon Tate. I thought, ‘That’s so right.’ At that time, there were three Manson movies being talked about, but none were ever made. So maybe that was the answer.”

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Also during the Billboard interview, Del Rey opened up about her struggles with anxiety and revealed she has a phobia of death.

“It’s hard for me sometimes to think about going on when I know we’re going to die. Something happened in the last three years, with my panic [attacks]… It got worse.”

She added: “I’ve always been prone to it. I remember being four years old and I’d just seen a show on TV where the person was killed. And I turned to my parents and said, ‘Are we all going to die?’ They said ‘Yes,’ and I was totally distraught! I broke down in tears and said, ‘We have to move!'”

“I saw a therapist – three times. But I’m really most comfortable sitting in that chair in the studio, writing or singing.”

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