Warning: major spoilers for A Quiet Place ahead, so go see it ASAP.
The first time you see the trailer for A Quiet Place, you can’t help but ask: So they’re really not going to speak for the ENTIRE movie? While being hunted by aliens? How is that even possible? And, for the most part, the actors do remain perfectly silent the majority of the time, communicating via American Sign Language. But as the film unfolds, you learn that in this universe, there is a way to make noise when absolutely necessary. (Say, when you’re giving birth in a bathtub and your baby is about to cry for the first time and you just need to let out a damn scream because you’re GIVING BIRTH.) You just need to make sure that there’s a noise louder than you.
Unfortunately, it’s this principle that ultimately leads to John Krasinski’s character Lee’s death. When the aliens are attacking his kids, played by Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, Lee realizes that the only way to save them is to distract the aliens by making noise. So in one of the most moving parts of the film, he accepts his fate and screams into the night. But before he goes, he signs to his kids: “I’ve always loved you.” It’s an incredibly bittersweet moment made even more emotional given that throughout the movie, Simmonds’ character questions her father’s love for her.
During a recent interview with Metro, Simmonds revealed that she had a hand in writing that particular line of dialogue.
Simmonds, who is deaf in real life, made a suggestion to make the scene more impactful. And Krasinski liked her suggestion for the ending so much, it made him cry.
Simmonds told HelloGiggles that she consulted with the other actors about the signing in scenes that were particularly emotional.
Simmonds is such a shining star, we can tell she’s going to have a bright future ahead of her.
A Quiet Place is now playing in theaters!