Valorie Curry from ‘The Following’ Previews “Next Level” Madness


Here is a new interview E! Online conducted with Valorie Curry. She gives the inside scoop on The Following‘s recent episode, “Next Level”.


“Everything is just about to go to the next level.”

As if you needed another reason to tune into Fox’s serial killer hit series The Following, which was just picked up for a second season (huzzah!), breakout star Valorie Curry tells us this episode is one of her favorites and it’s “going to change on both sides of the story, the FBI and the cult side, in terms of how characters relate to each other.”

We chatted with Curry about the complicated relationship between Emma and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and what to expect from the cult leader now that he’s finally out of jail. Plus, how does Emma feel about Claire (Natalie Zea), and what does Curry think of all the backlash in regards to Ryan (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI’s constant mistakes? Find out…

E! Online: Judging from the final scene in the previous week’s episode, Joe and Emma have a very strong connection. Where is that dynamic heading in upcoming episodes?
Curry: They do really have an intense connection. Obviously, Emma has an incredibly intense connection and intense feelings for him, and what’s going to be interesting is that these two people have such a history, but at the same time they’ve been apart for years. She hasn’t been able to even visit him in prison when she started nannying for Joey, which is why the feeling was so heightened when she finally saw him outside of the house. So they’re sort of seeing each other for the first time. She’s an adult now; she’s not a child anymore and he has his own plan and his own mission that goes beyond necessarily Emma. They’re going to kind of have to find their way around each other, and figure out who they are to each other.

We’re excited to see the dynamic between all of the followers in the house. Are they all jockeying for Joe’s attention?  
It’s this mansion full of people who really have this same level of devotion to him and everyone is vying for a position. Everyone wants to be close to him, everyone wants to be recognized by him, and everyone is psychotic! There’s just a certain amount of walking on egg shells around each other that’s going to happen among the cult members, because nobody knows sort of the boundaries just yet.

Emma was used to being the ringleader with Paul (Adan Canto) and Jacob (Nico Tortorella), but now she’s in a house full of followers she’s never met before. What is her standing there?
Last week it was her sort of meeting new people and being out of her element for the first time, and that’s just going to be explored even more. They’re all new to her. She didn’t really have any idea of how big the world was, I mean her role was always so isolated when she was with Joey and with the guys. This is a whole new world to her and these are all people who don’t have experiences with her. They don’t know whether or not to be scared of her or to respect her, so she has to learn to assert herself in this world.

Read the full interview at E! Online.