The Saw phenomenon took the games into the real world with the Scream Queens reality show. Tanedra Howard beat her opponents for a role in Saw VI. Once she starred in her first movie, she got scared.
Tanedra Howard on Saw VI
“I did but not because of Saw, just because it was actually my first time on a movie set,” Howard said. “So I was having nightmares that I was actually dying in the traps because I wasn’t following directions. Yeah, it was crazy. So I was just nervous about doing a good job. That’s what I was really scared about, like ‘oh my God, I’ve come into this huge franchise. I’ve got to do a good job.’ I was having Saw nightmares because of that.”
I guess reality TV didn’t prep her all the way. “Doing Scream Queens was actually pretty fun. I almost didn’t do the show. I almost actually quit to tell you the completely honest thing because the audition process even started. You know how reality shows are, so I was like, ‘They’re not going to have me in a Jacuzzi drinking champagne and blah blah blah blah blah, no way.’ But once we did it and I actually won, I was like oh my God. I couldn’t believe it because it all happened so fast.”
On Scream Queens, the challenges were acting tests, not life or death contraptions. “It was a certain acting skit we had to perform right there and then, and then Shawnee [Smith] got to pick who won. If you won, you were safe from being eliminated. So I won immunity like four times I think, three or four times. Then after that each week we had a director’s challenge where they directed us in a full scene. Then they went over it and then each week a girl got eliminated until there was one left. Then Mark [Burg] and a few other people went over, because our final scene was actually we had to redo the scene from Saw III with the bomb. We had to recreate that scene and that was our final challenge.”
Tobin Bell did not reprise his role as Jigsaw for the reality show. This whole thing was news to him when he met Howard. “They remade a whole replica,” she told him. “They remade the whole room and everything but of course you weren’t there so they had the whole speaker box with your name, with your voice on it. They actually use another guy but I guess slowed it down like the computer stuff they do. That was it so that was the closest I got to Saw was doing that scene over again.”