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As we meet virtually on a gloomy December afternoon, she’s curled up on her couch in a gray sweatshirt adorned with Bernie Sanders’ now infamous Inauguration Day photo. The cozy bit makes the perfect conversation starter, but we’ll soon get to the important topic: your project Scream, which hits theaters on January 14. The fifth installment in the bloody franchise takes place 25 years after the original murders. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette are back as their beloved characters, but at the heart of Ghostface’s wrath is a new cast of current 20-year-olds, including Brown, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega and Mason Gooding. Much like the movies that came before it, it’s sure to become an instant cult classic. In fact, Brown knows it. “This is a group of people who have a lot of respect for the legacy of the films and the legacy of Wes [Craven] and respect and honor him and the fans,” she tells us. “Everyone will be very happy. I can guarantee that.”

Brown was 2 years old the first time Scream The film hit theaters in 1996. In fact, it wasn’t until after she booked the job that she saw the films for the first time. “I thought I was going to audition Scary movie, which I had never seen either,” she says. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was just happy to have an audition and then happy to have a job. And then I got there and we started having all these meetings and I started watching the movies and researching and I was like, ‘Oh, I just joined a really big cause. Cool, cool, cool.” I’m glad I didn’t know that beforehand, otherwise I might not have been so relaxed.”

There’s some pressure to bring back such an iconic film series so many years later, but the response to the new film has been overwhelmingly positive so far, particularly for Brown’s character, Mindy Meeks-Martin. Fans were quick to notice the “little gay pin” she wears in the film’s promotional shots. It’s a subtle nod to Mindy’s queer identity, which Brown loves to showcase on screen. With so much secrecy surrounding the project, there’s not much she can tell us other than that Mindy has an older brother (played by Gooding) and is “smart and funny.”

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