"There’s a lady in old-school clothes ... sort of looming over my bed," said the 'Living For the Dead' co-creator
PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at a conversation between the actress and her Living for the Dead co-creator CJ Romero from an upcoming episode of Exactly Right's Ghosted! By Roz Hernandez podcast, in which she describes once seeing an unexplained apparition.
Stewart, 33, explained that she was in Regina, Canada, filming a "movie about ghosts" (likely 2007's The Messengers) when she was around 15 years old, and was staying in a "very old" hotel with her mother when the paranormal incident occurred.
It began when she saw a water bottle that had been knocked over, which she attributed to a cat named Max that was with her at the time — but she soon realized the animal couldn't have been the culprit, as he'd been sleeping at her feet.
"And then all of a sudden I felt like my legs had been kind of pushed down. 'Cause they were up — like, my knees were up," Stewart recalled.
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The actress insisted that she "was genuinely not sleeping" during the encounter, which "was another thing that people tried to debunk [her] on," as her loved ones didn't believe her.
"They were like, 'Maybe you were dreaming.' I was like dude, I wasn’t even laying fully down," she continued. "Then all of a sudden, I was straightened out."
"So it made me open my eyes, and when I opened my eyes, it was a lady in colonial garb," Stewart said, joking that the ghost was akin to the scene in Bridesmaids with the vision of the colonial woman on the wing of the airplane.
"There was a lady in old-school clothes, with darkened features and rollers in here hair, and sort of looming over my bed, as high as the top of the drapery," she added. "I couldn't make a sound for a very long time."
"You could not f---ing convince me that I did not see a ghost," Stewart said.
She also recalled the lights flickering in her home and Romero blacking out at the same time when she and Romero were there once, not long after the tragic death of their friend Ryan.
"I was telling this story of [Ryan] because we had just lost him, and then CJ comes back from driving his friend to the gate," she remembered. "He’s walking down the stairs and suddenly just stops and kind of — I mean, not to take a profound and delicate scenario and make it funny, but he looked all of a sudden so truly possessed, and I did think maybe he was having a weird episode."
But as Stewart called Romero's name to try and snap him out of it, "He just didn’t hear a word I said and turned toward this wall and just sort of walked like into it," she said.
"And then stopped and was like, 'Hey, whoa,' and then starts immediately uncontrollably crying," the actress added.
Stewart executive-produced and narrates Hulu’s new docuseries Living for the Dead, featuring five queer ghost hunters as they investigate famed haunted locations around the United States.
“It’s so cool and enlivening that me and my best friend CJ Romero had this funny idea and now it’s a show,” she said in a statement last month. “It started as a bit of a hypothetical silly pipe dream and now I am so proud to have shepherded something that is as moving and meaningful as it is truly a gay old time.”
The team — including Hernandez plus Alex Le May, Juju Bae, Ken Boggle and Logan Taylor — “makes me laugh and cry and they had the courage and heart to take us places I wouldn’t go by myself,” added Stewart.
“And it’s a super cool maiden voyage for the company I’ve started with my partners Dylan Meyer and Maggie McLean," she said.
All episodes of Living for the Dead are now streaming on Hulu, while Stewart and Romero's full Ghosted! By Roz Hernandez podcast episode is out Oct. 30.
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