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04-2004: Elle

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Rebecca Romijn doesn't consider herself much of a Colombian scholar. "All I knew about Cartagena was that it's where Kathleen Turner was trying to get to in Romancing the Stone," she says of the balmy South American setting for ELLE's cover shoot. Once she arrived she ignored rumors about kidnapped tourists, ditched her escort, and fearlessly embarked on a sightseeing expedition of the mysterious old city. This is, after all, a woman who in her previous incarnation as a globe-traveling supermodel stared down a hippopotamus in Kenya and narrowly escaped hurricanes in the Bahamas.

04-2004: Vegas Magazine

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Romijn and the X-Men faithfuls (including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry) certainly didn't disappoint the hordes of fans who made the first two movies into box-office hits, which together grossed nearly $400 million. "When we were doing the first one, we had no idea what we were making," she admits. "Most of us weren't familiar with the X-Men. But we all followed what the fan boards were saying on the Internet. It was so crazy. We totally felt the pressure.

Vegas Magazine Interview

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Godsend seems to be straight out of a Stephen King novel, as it tells the story of parents (Romijn and Greg Kinnear) dealing with the untimely death of their eight-year old son. A doctor (Robert De Niro) clones the son, who becomes a menacing young boy. "It's scary and there are a lot of thrilling moments," says Romijn. It also deals with the very current issue of cloning: "When we started the movie we were like, Are we really going to address the ethical question of cloning? We kind of do, but in the end it's just a movie.

Vegas Magazine Interview

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Romijn and the X-Men faithfuls (including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry) certainly didn't disappoint the hordes of fans who made the first two movies into box-office hits, which together grossed nearly $400 million. "When we were doing the first one, we had no idea what we were making," she admits. "Most of us weren't familiar with the X-Men. But we all followed what the fan boards were saying on the Internet. It was so crazy. We totally felt the pressure.

Vegas Magazine Interview

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For her next flick, The Punisher, Romijn returns to the world of Marvel Comics. "Marvel is a popular genre these days," she explains. "I did it because the part I play in the X-Men movies is the opposite of the part I play in The Punisher. Her name is Joan and she lives next door to the Punisher. She's sort of the love interest. She's the mousy recovering drug addict and kind of a loser. She's totally the opposite of Mystique, who is an evil badass."

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"Rebecca's an intelligent woman who understood where she was when she walked onto this movie," says Godsend director Nick Hamm, who has served as resident director of England's Royal Shakespeare Company. "She's a very beautiful woman in an industry that punishes that and oftentimes doesn't credit the abilities that go along with it. You can name several models-turned-actresses-Charlize Theron is one-whose career line has been progressively more interesting as people have gotten used to the fact that these girls can really act."

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Directors cleave to Romijn, who is inquisitive without being uppity. In the scramble to replace Uma Thurman after she dropped out of Femme Fatale, Romijn was flown to Paris to meet with director De Palma, who also wrote the screenplay. The meeting began badly. "I guess he was just irritated that I didn't understand the story completely. I think the producers had flown me in to meet him, I don't think he personally had requested to meet with me. So . . . who is this model who doesn't understand my script entirely?"

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