October 23, 2006 12:00 PM

Amber Tamblyn may be best known as TV’s Joan of Arcadia, but she’s a horror-film veteran: She was the first to die in The Ring. Now she’s taking over ghost-busting duties from Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Grudge 2. But first she had to take part in an on-set Shinto ceremony in Japan. “They believe doing a film about ghosts can bring evil spirits into your life, so they bless the set,” says Tamblyn, 23. “It was intimidating getting off the plane jet-lagged and they say, ‘We’re going to bless you because a ghost might kill you.'”

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