ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France (AP) — Wiry Zoe Saldana got a kick out of wearing a huge fake belly as she played a young, pregnant wife on the Paris set of the remake of the classic horror tale "Rosemary's Baby."
"Every time I wear the really big ones, it breaks everybody's heart whenever we're doing all those stressful scenes, so I am milking that, I am really milking that," the actress quipped as she sat in a hospital room used as a filming location.
Saldana is Rosemary Woodhouse in the two-episode remake of Ira Levin's 1967 book, which director Roman Polanski also turned into an unforgettable 1968 film. The four-hour series directed by Agnieszka Holland also stars Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet and will air on NBC on May 11 - Mother's Day in the U.S. - and May 15.
Saldana and Adams play an American couple who settle in Paris near posh French neighbors, Margaux and Roman Castevet (Bouquet and Isaacs). Then newly pregnant Rosemary begins to worry that the Castevets have malevolent plans for her baby.
Holland, a Polish director known for her work on HBO shows "The Wire" and "Treme," said the plot of "Rosemary's Baby" follows the novel, except it's set in Paris instead of New York and shows more "blood." Fans of the original may wonder how that is possible.
"It has more adventures. It has more blood," said Holland, a three-time Oscar nominee. " It is, you know, a contemporary American TV series, so you need some meat inside."
Moving the story to the French capital isolates the main characters more than the book and increases the tensions, according to Adams, a Canadian actor known for his role as Mike Ross, an up-and-coming New York lawyer in the TV series "Suits."