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'Chucky': How Did Tiffany Valentine end up in Jennifer Tilly’s body?
Tiffany's been gallivanting around in Jennifer's body for almost two decades now.
Aside from leaving a mile-high pile of mutilated corpses in its wake, the Child's Play franchise has also weaved an interesting mythos for itself, particularly when the character of Tiffany Valentine first entered the picture in 1998's Bride of Chucky.
Played by Jennifer Tilly, Ms. Valentine was killed, became a living doll, and then assumed the role of Chucky's murderous partner in crime before hopping into the body of the actual Jennifer Tilly five years later during Seed of Chucky. This meta approach to its unique brand of campy slasher mayhem has been carried forth in the hit Chucky television series on SYFY and USA Network. In fact, the latest episode of Season 2, "Doll on Doll," directly calls back to the climax of Seed, in which Tiffany uses voodoo magic to take over Jennifer's body before Chucky can murder her and Glen/Glenda (voiced by Billy Boyd in the film and played by Lachlan Watson in live-action).
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This brief callback is used to underscore the fact that the woman living in Jennifer Tilly's lavish Beverly Hills mansion is not who she claims to be. The real Jennifer is trapped inside the Tiffany doll and locked inside a birdcage — writing checks, paying bills, and answering fan mail. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but Tilly's actual sister, Meg (playing herself), has turned up for a surprise visit and can't help but catch on to her sibling's strange behavior. Sadly, that lingering suspicion ends with her demise.
Season 2, Episode 5 also showcases creator Don Mancini's careful curation of the franchise and attention to detail with the overall look of the Tiffany doll, which has a stitched-up head wound from where Chucky hit her cranium with an axe in Seed.
"Don Mancini said [that] when he was writing [Tiffany], he heard my voice, which I don't know if I should be alarmed [or not]," Tilly stated during an interview in 2019. "I remember the studio wanted a Baywatch actress that was cheaper because, like I said, I was sort of at the height of my career. But I just had an idea that Tiffany would have more of a doll-like voice because I play Tiffany the person and then she turns into a doll ... It's very complicated because first of all, I'm Tiffany as a person ... and then Tiffany goes into Jennifer Tilly's body, so now Tiffany is using my voice. It's kind of like, 'Am I Tiffany? Am I Jennifer Tilly?' In the last movie [Cult of Chucky], I show up and I'm saying I'm Jennifer Tilly, but it's actually Tiffany in my body. For this, I went to acting school. I have a BFA in theater."
New episodes of Chucky premiere on SYFY and USA Network every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.
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