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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... in the 1980s, with her mom and dad. A defining moment in Adelaide’s childhood was the night she got lost on the Santa Cruz fairgrounds and had a scary experience in an abandoned funhouse. Though she was only missing for a few minutes, it was nevertheless a traumatic experience for Adelaide.

Visiting... her family’s beach house in Santa Cruz for the summer.

Interests... ballet, reading, and listening to classic hip-hop music, like Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It.”

Relationship Status... happily married. Adelaide and her husband Gabe have two kids, Zora and Jason. Though they have their little family squabbles—like over Zora’s desire to quit track or Gabe’s obsession with getting the family a boat—they’re a happy family unit. The Wilsons are strongest when they work together.

Challenge... battling herself—literally. On their first night there, the Wilsons’ beach house is invaded by their doppelgängers. Adelaide’s double, Red, leads the group, and claims they want revenge for being forced to lead a horrific life “tethered” to their counterparts. As the deranged shadow selves set out to divide and conquer the Wilsons, Adelaide must figure out a way to save her family and defeat these malevolent doubles.

Personality... brave, resourceful, and anxious. Because of her traumatic experience as a child, Adelaide has a keen sense for when things aren’t quite right. Even before the doppelgängers appear, she has a sense of foreboding about her family’s trip to the beach. Once the chips are down, however, Adelaide is practical and resourceful. She has an inner strength and ferocity she didn’t even fully realize was there. There’s compassion in Adelaide’s heart—she finds it hard to square off against the doppelgängers who look like her own children, for instance. But above all, Adelaide is a survivalist. As she puts it, “They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won’t stop until they kill us. Or we kill them.”


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