Andi Matichak And Halloween Ends’ Allyson Both Gave Up One Life For Another

Regardless of what writer/director David Gordon Green thinks about his conclusion to the Halloween franchise, there’s no doubt that it’s caused controversy. Fams are angry about Halloween Ends. So much so that the filmmaker has had to publicly defend his own movie… which is not a pleasant situation to be in.

Star Jamie Lee Curtis, on the other hand, hasn’t been as responsive to the backlash. Instead, with the support of her family, the acclaimed actor has continuously hyped up the 2022 horror sequel on her Instagram account. Given how much people adore Jamie, it’s really no surprise that she hasn’t received much criticism.

As for Andi Matichak, who plays Jamie’s on-screen granddaughter, Allyson Nelson, in all three of David’s Halloween films, the jury is still out. More than likely, Andi will continue to be a star on the rise. After all, she has excelled as an actor while sharing the screen with titans such as Jamie and Judy Greer (who played her mother in 2018’s Halloween and 2021’s Halloween Kills).

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Andi went into detail about how she found the emotional headspace for Allyson leading up to the decisive conclusion to the Michael Myers/Laurie Strode conflict that Halloween Ends portrays. On top of this, she shared an incredibly personal detail about her own life that connects to that of her character, Allyson. Here’s what she had to say…

What Happened To Allyson In Halloween Kills?

When audiences first met Andi Matichak’s Allyson Nelson in 2018’s Halloween, she was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed high school student with a big future ahead of her. Academically, she was on top of the world and college was well within her grasp. However, come 2022’s Halloween Ends, Allyson has gone through a major change… aside from having her family destroyed by a homicidal maniac, that is.

Instead of going to a prestigious medical school across the country, Allyson finds herself as a nurse in her tiny, horror-plagued hometown.

In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Allyson explained that she created a map of her character’s journey between the penultimate film in David Gordon Green’s sequel trilogy and the finale.

« [David Gordon Green and I] were able to figure out how she goes from the girl rocking back and forth after losing everybody to where we find her at the beginning of this film. And for me, it was a lot of exploration, internally, speaking with David, and then crafting relationships with Jamie [Lee Curtis], Rohan [Campbell], and the other cast members, » Andi explained to The Hollywood Reporter.

In order to really grasp the arc of her character in the three movies, Andi created a journal for Allyson. Between filming Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, she would contribute a few pages every couple of days. Andi did this as if she were living her life as her character, not unlike a method approach.

« I have almost an entire year’s worth of log that was incredibly helpful in getting inside of her brain space. It was journaling as a stream of consciousness, and it just flowed out. So you’re able to see where her head goes and what is said and done. It was definitely very cathartic and also very eye-opening. »

Andi explained that she felt that Allyson always wanted to go to med school out of state. But due to what occurred with her family at the hands of Michael Myers, she stayed closer to home.

What Andi Matichak And Allyson Nelson In Halloween Have In Common

While Andi Matichak never went through anything as traumatic as her character in the Halloween franchise, she too had her dreams crushed in a way.

As pointed out by The Hollywood Reporter, Andi once wanted to pursue college soccer. This was something she was extremely passionate about, not unlike how Allyson wanted to go to medical school out of state. Fortunately, Andi’s pursuit of her alternative career choice (acting) worked out.

« I’ve always felt that Allyson was very close to me, especially in [2018’s Halloween], » Andi explained to The Hollywood Reporter. « When I think about who I was back then and the hopes and dreams that I had, I wanted to see the world a certain way, like she did. But then life hit and it changed her trajectory. With me, it was luckily for the better. A door opened so that I could change paths, and it’s worked out. But Allyson is still in that interim of figuring out her next step. »