Tonight Lifetime premieres the next film in its “Summer of Secrets” lineup, Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer
. Based on a true story and the book The Fortune Hunter by Suzy Spencer, the movie follows Celeste (Julie Benz), a mother and waitress who serves drinks to a 70-year-old widow, Steven Beard (Eli Gabay), a multimillionaire retired broadcasting executive, who she later marries. However, after entering a mental health facility, Celeste seduces another patient, Tracey Tarlton, (Justine Warrington) and convinces her that they need to murder her husband so that they can be together.
Benz, along with executive producer, Barbara Lieberman, recently took part in a press conference to promote the film.
Benz talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision about her character’s accent. “You know, I'm good at it, so it wasn't that challenging for me. For me, it was really kind of getting Celeste when she talks. She has kind of a really flat tone, and it was really trying to get some of that flat tone; like she flattens A’s a lot. Also, I can lean too heavily into the accent, so they were constantly pulling me away, like backing me off from it, but getting that flat tone but still being able to show emotion through it [was challenging]. But when you watch Celeste in interviews, she just has this very flat kind of way that she talks. So, it was being able to do that, but also still show [everything], having the emotional range and having that go through your voice.”