Actress Anne Heche died nine days after she was pulled from a burning car and hospitalized in critical condition following a crash in Los Angeles on Aug. 5. However, the actress knew from the beginning who can better portray her on the big screen. In a posthumously-released podcast interview clip, Heche opened up about the possibility of putting her life on screen and which actresses she’d want to play a younger version of herself.
In a recently released Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, the actress said, “Miley Cyrus or Kristen Bell. I’ve already thought about it.” Heche said that ‘the two of them share a personality ability to face the world in a way that I feel like I have, and I would want to be portrayed.” The Wag the Dog star called Cyrus “a great actress” and said she was particularly fascinated with her Hannah Montana portrayal while noting that she also began working at a young age doing dinner theatre in New Jersey.
Heche then gushed about how much she love Cyrus saying, “I’ve seen her Hannah Montana. To be able to do that, to be able to express that, to be able to be as bold as she’s been going from Disney into, you know, ‘Wrecking Ball.'” Heche added, “the way she moves, the way she sings, her voice, her compassion she loves everyone. Her ability to get out on stage and sing a cappella! That would be the way that I would see a pure artist engaging with the world.”
As for Kristen Bell, she and Heche previously shared the screen in the 2004 Lifetime movie, Gracie’s Choice. While gushing about the collaboration, in which the pair played mother and daughter, Heche said, “Kristen Bell gave me my second Emmy nomination.” The Emmy winner actress explained, “Kristen, again, felt like a reflection to me… Her ability to tell a story, do it through joy, and do it with her personality, charm, gorgeous timing, and humour…”
Anne then revealed, “I see myself a lot in her. I don’t think it’s any mistake that I played her mom, and now I want her to play me.” Further in the podcast, Heche talked extensively about writing a follow-up to her 2001 memoir, Call Me Crazy, with a new book, Call Me Sane, which would chronicle her journey of moving beyond trauma and abuse while helping others to do the same.