Anne Heche’s final performance was a “tour de force”.
The 53-year-old actress died last month, a week after being involved in a violent car accident, and director Elisabeth Rohm has praised the star for the excellent work she did on their Lifetime film “Girl in Room 13”, which highlights human trafficking.
Elisabeth told People magazine: “It was a very positive experience working with her. These Lifetime movies move very quickly and their schedules are packed, but she worked very, very hard, and she always gave her a Game A, always brought up the other actors, was so generous to all the other actors.
“She was just total fun, a heroine for the movie. She became a good friend and did a phenomenal job. Her performance is a tour de force, and it was truly a privilege to direct her.”
In the film, Anne plays “heroic mother” Janie, whose recovering drug addict daughter (Larissa Dias) has been kidnapped by human traffickers, prompting her to embark on a rescue mission.
Elisabeth and Anne were “really proud” to look into the subject and the couple, along with Larissa participated in a PSA for a partnership between Lifetime, the Polaris Project and the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
The director added: “What we really shared was a passion for the subject that we were going to tackle.
“Each day we came to the project with a commitment to end violence against women and to tell a dark and horrific story, but with a fighting spirit and perseverance.”
Elisabeth is still “devastated” by the actress’ death and hopes she will be remembered for her “beautiful work and legacy”, rather than the tragic circumstances surrounding her passing.
She says: “[Her death is still] very fresh so we all miss her and very shocked and devastated.
“I hope people celebrate her fine work and her legacy. This film is a testament to her incredible passion for art, for humanity and for women, and for creating a mission, a movement and making a real difference in the world. So I was able to I don’t talk about her anymore about her.”