Iman Benson Reveals What Drew Her to “The Midnight Membership”

In our Q&A sequence Crush, we get to know a few of our favourite celebs’ extra intimate particulars — from their splendid first date to their most romantic gesture. This month, we’re crushing on “The Midnight Membership” and “Alexa & Katie” star Iman Benson.

Iman Benson has a private connection to her function in “The Midnight Membership,” which premiered on Netflix in October and rose to No. 3 on the streamer’s Prime 10 checklist, from the beginning. Her character, Ilonka, discovers she has terminal thyroid most cancers throughout the first 10 minutes of the sequence, and her expertise coming to phrases together with her prognosis and mortality lays the muse for the present’s significant, but haunting occasions.

“I feel most individuals have their very own expertise with most cancers, whether or not a beloved one had it or someone they know had it,” Benson tells “My mom had most cancers, and I needed to honor her . . . By way of that lens, I’ve realized in regards to the difficulties that most cancers sufferers need to undergo, or a minimum of a few of them.”

“I feel most individuals have their very own expertise with most cancers, whether or not a beloved one had it or someone they know had it.”

Benson has starred in initiatives that take care of the practically common expertise of being touched by most cancers indirectly earlier than, like her function in Netflix’s teen comedy “Alexa & Katie.” Nevertheless, “The Midnight Membership,” primarily based on the 1996 teen horror guide by Mike Flanagan, is not like any earlier undertaking Benson has acted in (and never simply because this one takes place within the Nineteen Nineties).

THE MIDNIGHT CLUB, from left: Chris Sumpter, Iman Benson, Sauriyan Sapkota, The Final Chapter', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired Oct. 7, 2022). photo: Eike Schroter / Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

“I’m an enormous fan of Mike [Flanagan]’s work,” Benson says. “I feel he does horror fantastically, and I type of needed to step into that world and problem myself and do one thing fully completely different . . . [There are so] many cool layers to this undertaking. You are speaking about working with terminally unwell youngsters, you are speaking about horror, and likewise, there’s this complete fandom from the unique guide that got here out.”

One of many present’s many layers includes the Brightclife Hospice middle, which Ilonka enters as a affected person underneath the pretense that she needs to stay out her remaining days in peace there. However, actually, she’s satisfied she’ll discover the remedy to her illness within the halls of the middle due to a mysterious decades-old case of a former affected person who disappeared from the middle and returned inexplicably cured of their illness. “Ilonka’s a really clever, strong-minded lady – optimistic and hopeful and sort,” Benson says of Ilonka. “I see plenty of myself in [her] . . . I feel the kind of person who she is and the way she chooses to take care of her obstacles actually drew me to her.”

In her seek for solutions and a remedy, Ilonka discovers The Midnight Membership, a bunch of fellow terminal sufferers who inform one another scary tales each evening and promise to ship the remainder of the group an indication from past the grave in the event that they’re the primary to die. The group begins experiencing numerous supernatural happenings alongside the best way, however “The Midnight Membership” is greater than only a horror present. “I feel the primary [lesson is] . . . everyone offers with sickness otherwise and offers with that strategy of acceptance otherwise . . . understanding that they are all legitimate and there is no improper option to undergo that course of.”

For Ilonka, that course of includes uncovering the mysteries that hang-out Brightcliffe and the potential for love together with her fellow affected person, Kevin. Benson provides, “I hope the primary factor followers take away from [the show] is simply how energetic our characters actually are, and the way massive our imaginations are, and simply how a lot enjoyable we have now residing in our different worlds. And it isn’t nearly us being unwell. It is about us being common youngsters as properly with still-regular issues,” she says.

Take a look at the remainder of Benson’s interview forward, after which watch “The Midnight Membership,” which is now streaming on Netflix.

Favourite type of self-care?

In all probability journaling. With the ability to get my ideas out on paper and compartmentalize the whole lot up there.

What’s your signature scent or fragrance?

It is a perfume referred to as Maison Francis Kurkdjian. It is the Baccarat Rouge 540.

Favourite flirtatious emoji?

I just like the eyes [👀]. Simply the eyes. There’s a lot to be mentioned with simply the eyes.

Ultimate first date?

In all probability dinner after which . . . a pleasant view, after which, hopefully, a very good dialog.

Go-to first date outfit?

Cute heels, denims, a dressy prime, and a cute bag.

Most memorable fan encounter?

I went to Disneyland . . . and I’d say a bunch of fifty women got here as much as me they usually had watched “Alexa & Katie,” a present I did a pair years in the past, and all of us simply talked for some time and hugged. It was so cute. It was pre-COVID, nevertheless it was so cute.

Go-to film evening film?

“Loopy Silly Love”

Greatest love recommendation?

Just remember to’re pouring into your self first as a result of you may’t pour from a glass that is empty.

Greatest journey you have ever been on?

I lately simply got here again from Europe. I did a bunch of various nations. I’d say most likely Switzerland.

Favourite factor to prepare dinner?


First movie star crush?

Johnny Depp.

Favourite reward you have ever obtained?

I haven’t got it on, however my dad acquired me for my twenty first birthday a extremely fairly necklace. It is a key. He acquired it for me whereas it was filming “The Midnight Membership” as properly, so it was like a two-in-one current.

window.fbAsyncInit = function() {
appId : ‘175338224756’,
status : true, // check login status
xfbml : true, // parse XFBML
version : ‘v8.0’
// Load the SDK Asynchronously
var id = ‘facebook-jssdk’; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}
if (typeof scriptsList !== “undefined”) {
scriptsList.push({‘src’: ‘’, ‘attrs’: {‘id’:id, ‘async’: true}});

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.