After two years of patiently waiting, we’ve finally got a second The Haunting series, and it’s come just in time for Halloween. The Haunting of Bly Manor, a follow-up of sorts but not a sequel to 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House, officially premiered on Netflix last week, and it’s already comfortably situated on the streamer’s Top 10 list.
Creator Mike Flanagan turned to Henry James’ classic The Turn of the Screw this time, but he brings the novel into the 1980s, where a teacher named Dani running from her past in America comes to work as an au pair for the orphaned children living at Bly Manor. Not long after she arrives, she comes to realize she didn’t take on just any nannying job. As strange occurrences continue around the manor, she becomes wrapped up in the haunted home and all of the secrets it holds.
If you’ve been a fan of the Haunting universe since Hill House, there’s a chance you recognize the woman who brings Dani to life, Victoria Pedretti. Here’s everything you need to know about the actress and star of The Haunting of Bly Manor.
WHO PLAYS DANI IN THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR?
Actress Victoria Pedretti plays Dani in The Haunting of Bly Manor. Pedretti, a 25-year-old originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had her very first acting role in 2018, only a year after she graduated fro Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a BA in acting.
WAS VICTORIA PEDRETTI IN THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE?
If you feel like you’ve seen that face before, you likely have. Before stepping into the role of Dani for Bly Manor, Pedretti played Nell Crain Hill House, which was her very first professional acting role.
WHAT ELSE HAS VICTORIA PEDRETTI BEEN IN?
Netflix viewers will also recognize Pedretti from her role in Season 2 of You, where she played Joe’s love interest, Love Quinn. She’s also starred in the 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the series Amazing Stories, and the Elizabeth Moss film Shirley — which, fun fact, is based on Shirley Jackson, the author of “The Haunting of Hill House” novel.
WHO ELSE IS IN THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR CAST?
Aside from Pedretti, The Haunting of Bly Manor brings back a few other Hill House actors. You’ll see Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino, and Kate Siegel, who all return for Flanagan’s second Haunting series. The show also stars Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, T’Nia Miller, Andrew Neil McKenzie, Rahul Kohli, Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth.
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