Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, both in the middle of busy film and TV and, in his case, stage careers, had only worked together once. They costarred as real life demon hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren in James Wan’s 2013 hit thriller “The Conjuring.” They reteam with each other and with Wan in the follow-up “The Conjuring 2,” in which they take on a far more frightening case and, at a climactic point, even do a little role reversal. In the first film, Wilson had to try his hand at a terrifying exorcism. In the sequel it’s Farmiga commanding the bad spirit to get lost. They spoke about the film and their characters and the supernatural in Los Angeles.

Q: Was it easy to jump right back into your roles?

Farmiga: Yeah, I think we came back with eagerness and confidence and a certain level of comfort. But I had no idea how challenging it would be this time around. There was the emotional profundity of it, and the depth it would take. To me, there was just so much more for us to play in terms of how harrowing it was.

Q: Were there any second thoughts about doing the sequel?

Farmiga: It was a major incentive for me. I like working, and I love working with James (Wan). So when he signed back on to helm it, I was there.

Wilson: When you’ve been around it for a while, and you have a big hit … I always felt that if James didn’t come back, they’d get some other great director, because who wouldn’t want to be part of this franchise? I don’t mean that with any arrogance. The first movie did so well, both commercially and critically, which is something that almost never happens, I knew we would be taken care of. And with James coming back, the same went for me.

Q: So much of this film was about your characters, almost equally as much as about the family who were helping. Was that another reason you liked the script?

Farmiga: Yes, but we didn’t get the script until after we had already signed on to do it. We didn’t see it for a year after we said OK.

Wilson: Ed’s not with us anymore, but we could go up and talk to (85-year-old) Lorraine and their daughter and son-in-law and try to glean any information about what it was like. We would ask, “What did you ever fight about?” But she always looks at him with such love and longing that you feel like you just want to do these people justice.

Farmiga: I know. Most 85-year-olds just bitch about their husbands, and she just adores him in those memories. There’s so much reverence and delight and joy and romance when she speaks about him. You’ve just got to try to do it justice.

Q: Have you two ever had any unexplainable experiences?

Wilson: I’ve never had a face-to-face with a ghost. But just recently I was thinking about this girl that I knew from years ago. I hadn’t talked to her for maybe 12 years. I just started thinking about her, and the next day I got an email from her. For me, that was enough for me to go, “There’s another force at play here.” But it’s not as clear as someone saying, “There’s a ghost in room 212.” I’ve never had that.

Farmiga: I believe that we all come with certain gifts, that some people have the gifts of what you could call prophecy or clairvoyancy. I think there are parts of our brain that people can tap into and have access to that I may not have. I was frantic with fear on the first “Conjuring.” The research into negative mysticism really petrified me. I was paralyzed with fear. At one point when we were shooting in Wilmington, my kids were very young so we moved a mattress up to the master bedroom, and at night I would look over and I would be terrified that they would be levitating.

Q: What was your most challenging scene in this film?
Farmiga: Finding the audacity in that final banishment I did was probably the most difficult thing.

Wilson: When she’s pinned up against the wall. That was awesome! It’s great!
Farmiga: Thank you. It was hard, physically, because you’re hanging from a couple of hooks, it feels like your clavicles are hooked up to the wall, and yet you’re supposed to be coming forward. So there was that push and pull of energy. And who really knows how to banish a devilry?

Wilson, laughing: You should see the first film.

— Ed Symkus covers movies for More Content Now.