While Anne Heche clings to life in a coma, Lifetime still plans to debut her newest movie next month as the film is “important” to the actress.
With Anne Heche fighting for her life in a Los Angeles hospital, there had been conversations at Lifetime about what to do with her newest film, Girl in Room 13. On Friday, Heche had been driving a vehicle that crashed into a house, starting a fire that destroyed the home and severely injured Heche. While Heche had been alert and speaking with first responders, she fell into a coma shortly after the incident and has not yet regained unconsciousness. She remains in “extreme critical condition,” her rep says.
Per Variety, Lifetime presented a panel for the film at the Television Critics Association press conference on Thursday. The network’s executive VP and head of programming, Amy Winter, confirmed that the plan is still to release the movie as scheduled, even with Heche’s current struggles. Because the idea behind the film was to shine a light on a very serious issue, Winter says that it was very important to Heche along with the rest of the Girl in Room 13 that this movie would be released.
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“All of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. We hope that her friends and family stay strong during this difficult time. You know just as much as we do and we ask that you kindly refrain from inquiring about her health status. This project is important to Heche and along with each and every one of us. We all started to make a film that would bring attention to the appalling issue of human sex trafficking. We hope that this film moves you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us with our mission to stop violence against women.”
Director Elisabeth Rohm was also present at the panel and said that Girl in Room 13 will debut on Lifetime in September. Rohm also praises Heche’s performance in the movie.
“We’re all so dedicated to the cause, stopping violence against women and I again thank Lifetime’s so much for creating this platform. All of us, especially Larissa who played this victim, are committed to that cause. We talked about it — every single one of us — that this was our mission. And although [Anne] is deeply missed, right now, I will say the film is finished and she did a phenomenal performance — a tour de force much like Larissa.”
Anne Heche Remains in a Coma
After the accident, it had been reported that Anne Heche was on the mend and that she was in “stable” condition. A subsequent statement released by her rep clarified that Heche has been in a coma and has yet to regain consciousness. Her condition is grave and has not improved almost one full week after the accident. The statement reads:
“At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”
Many have been sending well wishes to Heche hoping for her to get better. This includes Rosie O’Donnell, who recently expressed how badly she felt for joking about Heche in the past, now joining others in calling for a healthy recovery.
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