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Anne Heche's Lifetime Movie to Air on Schedule After Actress' Car Crash

The network said the project "is important" to Heche.
  • Anne Heche (Photo: Everett Collection)
    Anne Heche (Photo: Everett Collection)

    Despite Anne Heche's recent car accident, which left her hospitalized and in a coma, Lifetime plans to release her upcoming television movie, Girl in Room 13, as scheduled in September.

    During a TCA press tour panel for the film on Thursday, Amy Winter, executive VP and head of programming at Lifetime, addressed Heche's accident. "As many of you know Anne remains in critical condition," said Winter. "And 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."

    Girl in Room 13 explores the dark underworld of the human trafficking industry, a cause Winter said Heche is passionate about.

    Winter asked that reporters refrain from asking about Heche's condition before saying, "This project is important to 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 with our mission to stop violence against women."

    Heche's co-star Larissa Dias and director Elisabeth Rohm also appeared on the virtual panel. Rohm confirmed the film is finished and will air as planned in September.

    "We talked about it — every single one of us — that this was our mission," Rohm said. "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."

    On August 5, Heche's car crashed into a home, causing a fire that resulted in severe injuries. The actress' representative gave an update on her condition on Monday, saying, "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."

    Kirstie Renae is a writer, blogger, and Austin-based actress with a penchant for binge-watching TV with her dogs. Follow her on Twitter @KirstieRenae.

    TOPICS: Anne Heche, Lifetime, Girl in Room 13