In Intruders, directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Clive Owen plays a father trying to protect his daughter from a faceless who being who visits her room at night. In real life, Owen is a father who wants to protect his daughters from his own scary, R-rated films.

When asked if his two daughters — Hannah, 15, and Eve, 12 — had seen Intruders, Owen said that they wanted to but probably should not. “You know, they are already asking to see the movie. I’m not sure,” he said in our exclusive interview. “It might be OK for Hannah, the older one; I’m not sure about Eve, the younger one.”

Owen elaborated on the nightmares he had as a child, and also what it is like, as a parent, to see one’s own child go through the same thing. “I can’t remember the specific nightmares, but I do remember the intensity of the feeling of them when I was young,” he said. “I’ve seen it in my girls, as well, that it can be incredibly overbearing and overwhelming before you learn to process and, as you get older, you start to know what’s real and what isn’t real and you come out of the dream much quicker because you wake up and go ‘oh that was the dream.’ But for a child, it stays with them for a very long time. It’s a very intense feeling, and I remember that.”

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