A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.
Single White Female (1992) Online
When a 'Single White Female' places an ad in the press for a similar woman to rent a room (to replace the boyfriend she's just left), all the applicants seem weird. Then along comes a level headed woman who seems to be just right. The new lodger has a secret past which haunts her.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Bridget Fonda||-||Allison Jones|
|Jennifer Jason Leigh||-||Hedra Carlson|
|Steven Weber||-||Sam Rawson|
|Peter Friedman||-||Graham Knox|
|Stephen Tobolowsky||-||Mitchell Myerson|
|Frances Bay||-||Elderly Neighbor|
|Michele Farr||-||Myerson's Assistant|
|Tara Karsian||-||Mannish Applicant|
|Christiana D'Amore||-||Exotic Applicant (as Christiana Capetillo)|
|Jessica Lundy||-||Talkative Applicant|
|Renée Estevez||-||Perfect Applicant (as Rene Estevez)|
|Amelia Campbell||-||Check Cashier|
|Kenneth Tobey||-||Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)|
Bridget Fonda had the choice of playing either Allie or Hedy. She ended up choosing to play Allie, because she said it was a harder role.
The Ansonia on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was used for the apartment building. The interiors were shot on a soundstage, but the scenes in the stairwells were shot at The Ansonia.
Like most old apartment buildings, the building in this movie does not contain a thirteenth floor. You can see the floor numbers on the elevator in a couple of shots.
Whoopi Goldberg auditioned for the role of Allison Jones.
Jennifer Jason Leigh's father, Vic Morrow, and Bridget Fonda's father, Peter Fonda, were cast as antagonists in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974), along actor Kenneth Tobey.
The BDSM club exterior was from a former real Manhattan S&M club called the Vault (a.k.a. The Hellfire Club) in the meat packing district of Greenwich Village. The interior is a set, but the red signature V is on one of the walls. The entrance used, was from the gay club side called "The Manhole".
For the scene where Jennifer Jason Leigh seduces Bridget Fonda's boyfriend, without him realizing at first that she isn't who he thinks she is, Leigh was still having her make-up applied, so the scene was shot with Bridget Fonda playing her own double. It was only the first part of the scene, where the woman gets into bed (shot from the back) which Fonda did, as Leigh's character, as Fonda's character. The rest is done by Leigh.
To prepare for their fight to the finish scenes, Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh took several self-defense lessons.