The Laura Palmer house was, of course, on our list of 10 locations we wanted to see again in the new Twin Peaks series.
We got our wish—and then some. It played a key role in the season’s mysterious ending, which even featured a small role by current homeowner Mary Reber, who bought the home in September 2014 for $500,000.
And while the home didn’t turn out to be a Twin Peaks museum and bed and breakfast like some wanted, it appears Reber has embraced her home’s cult status with open arms.
In an interview with Vulture, she said while she knew about the home’s history, it isn’t the reason she purchased it. “We just really loved the home and wanted to live in this specific area,” she said. “We didn’t have any clue about what to expect with fans — but we love people and love bringing people through the home that haven’t been able to see it.”
She said there’s been a dramatic increase in visitors since Twin Peaks: The Return started airing. And while they don’t just let anybody in, they’re happy to show people around the home—as long as people don’t cause trouble, like people throwing pizzas on the roof of the Breaking Bad house. She said some people call first, which is nice.
“We’re hoping everybody keeps it low-key and just wants to come by and see the house,” she told Vulture. “We’re happy to do so, because the lady who lived here beforehand didn’t let people see the house. So we’re getting people who watched the show when it originally aired and had been waiting to see the house.”
She said her role was a complete surprise—David Lynch had said he wanted her to play a small role, that she didn’t know what it was until right before filming. Even then, she didn’t know it was the final scene or how it fit in.
Not a surprise, though: the screaming. Crews apparently put her neighbors at ease by handing out flyers in what Reber referred to as the “scream zone.”
The people who didn’t want to be around weren’t around,” she explained, “and the people who did were circling around the house trying to see what was going on.”