04-29-2003: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)


Jay Leno: My first guest, beautiful and talented actress and a lot of fun. She's like... she's like a fun girl. She's like... She's hang with the guy. You take it with you. Getting just teriffic reviews for her new movie X2, X-Men United. Opens everywhere on May Second. I think I brought to explain that. Please welcome Rebecca Romijn Stamos

[Rebecca Romijn enters]

Jay Leno: You know what I meant right, when I said that?

Rebecca Romijn: What, lovely ladies who cook for you?

Jay Leno: No, no, I said, you're like a woman, you can hang with the guys.

Rebecca Romijn: That was a toll compliment.

Jay Leno: That is, like I'm saying hold this floor jack or I'll do this...

Rebecca Romijn: Oh yeah, I'm not that girl, I'm not that girl all.

Jay Leno: Not at all.

Rebecca Romijn: I like to wear cocktail dresses, but I like to hang with the guys.

Jay Leno: Yeah, see that's cool. That's cool. You can drink the guys under the table.

Rebecca Romijn: Exactly. The tequilla backstage, by the way.

Jay Leno: You know, I like to get you loaded.

Rebecca Romijn: No, I'm in the middle... I'm doing this cleanse. I'm doing this detox right now. So thanks, that's really a help.

Jay Leno: Detox? Now what is that? Now what are you doing?

Rebecca Romijn: No, I'm doing this... I'm doing this... I'm in the middle of these cleanse. What's like a series of...

Jay Leno: You're in the middle of it now?

Rebecca Romijn: I'm actually right at the end of it. It's a series of like... you change your diet, like you eat for your blood type, and you use vitamins. It's like total Hollywood...

Jay Leno: For your blood type?

Rebecca Romijn:Eat for your blood type.

Jay Leno: But wait a second. Wait. Let's say I am O, is that pizza? What is that? How does that work?

Rebecca Romijn: No. It's actually, red meat, you're a meat eater. I'm O positive. So you can have like, you can have red wine, and meat and a lot of protein, but you can't have avocados or cheese or, I don't know, all sorts of stuff.

Jay Leno: Oh, good. I wasn't going to have an avocado and cheese sandwich anyway.

Rebecca Romijn: I live on avocados.

Jay Leno: Yeah? But you're O. You're not supposed to have that.

Rebecca Romijn: No, no, no.

Jay Leno: Oh, you can have that.

Rebecca Romijn: No, but I'm not eating avocados anymore.

Jay Leno: This is very confusing.

Rebecca Romijn: It's very confusing. It takes a lot of concentrating.

Jay Leno: Now, where's John? He usually comes with you. Your husband is always by your side. Where's he today, what happened?

Rebecca Romijn: He's also doing the cleanse. And part of the cleanse, he's going to kill me. He's totally going to kill me.

Jay Leno: What is he doing?

Rebecca Romijn: Part of the cleanse is a whole serious of colonics.

Jay Leno: Colonics.

Rebecca Romijn: So, as we speak... I can't believe I'm saying this on tv.

Jay Leno: As we're speaking now, he has a hose.

Rebecca Romijn: He has a hose in his butt. Hi, John. How's it feel?

Jay Leno: How does this work?

Rebecca Romijn: Everything coming out okay?

Jay Leno: Does the gardener do it? How does this work?

Rebecca Romijn: No, it's a doctor.

Jay Leno: Oh, you go to the doctor.

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah, dr. Wagner. It's great.

Jay Leno: Dr. Wagner. That sounds like a Beverly Hills doctor. Dr. Wagner.

Rebecca Romijn: Jay Leno: He's actually, like, he's lost weight. Tracy, one of the producers...

Jay Leno: We should go over there.

Rebecca Romijn: We should. We should go right now. Tracy, one of your producers is gonna do it.

Jay Leno: Turn up the water pressure. So how many of these does he have to get?

Rebecca Romijn: Like, eleventy seven? I don't know, there's a whole bunch of them.

Jay Leno: Yeah, all right. Is this the first time he's done this?

Rebecca Romijn: Yes, today's his first day.

Jay Leno: Oh, today's the first day.

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah. Poor Johnny.

Jay Leno: Okay. I guess that's good. How long, does it take a long...?

Rebecca Romijn: It's like a month. It's like a month-long thing. You know, he's going to kill me.

Jay Leno: See, these are the things I read about in the tabloids. 'Cause you guys, you're in there a lot'.

Rebecca Romijn: We are?

Jay Leno: You're in the tabloids all the time.

Rebecca Romijn: I don't know, I avoid it. It's all lies.

Jay Leno: Is it all lies?

Rebecca Romijn: It's absurd.

Jay Leno: Well, it's not bad. What was the one I read recently? Oh, some photo shoot. You were attacked by pigeons in London and knocked over a camera.

Rebecca Romijn: First of all... I know, it's bizarre. They said a flock of pigeons attacked me and I knocked like thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment to the street down below and then I paid for... I mean, like, I wasn't even in London. Like, they just make stuff up.

Jay Leno: Yeah, we, I've heard that happens.

Rebecca Romijn: Right?

Jay Leno: Yeah.

Rebecca Romijn: You had one about... what'd you have one about?

Jay Leno: No. Mine was, like, two years ago, there was a water shortage and the tabloid said I bought 1,500 bottles of perrier and was opening each bottle to wash my cars. You know, like... then I got letters, "Dear Mr. Leno, people are starving and you're wasting water!"

Rebecca Romijn: In France.

Jay Leno: Yeah. French water's about the only... I wouldn't drink french water, let alone wash my car with it, but that's another story. That's another story. Don't get me started!

Rebecca Romijn: Ah!

Jay Leno: Don't get me started on the French. Now, how about Reality TV? Are you one of these people, do you get hooked on this?

Rebecca Romijn: No. I don't go so into it. You know what I'm really into? I'm really into decorating shows. I don't know what it is about decorating shows. Right?

Jay Leno: Yeah. My wife watches these. I can't watch them.

Rebecca Romijn: Especially "Trading Spaces." Who loves "Trading Spaces"? Because the thing about "Trading Spaces"... and I love it. I mean, first of all, there's the whole decorating aspect. You watch the people. And there's always on "Tra Spa"... this is what I call it.

Jay Leno: "Tra Spa." While you have the hose in, "Tra Spa."

Rebecca Romijn: I watch it so much I have to shorten it. They always have, like the husband and the wife on there. And like, the husband's always like... "I don't care what you do, long as you don't touch my ceiling fan." And no matter what, first thing that comes down... Right? First thing that comes down is the ceiling fan.

Jay Leno: And apparently, they only do shows in Appalachia.

Rebecca Romijn: They're all corn-fed hicks, no matter what.

Jay Leno: But they all seem to be... I don't get it. My wife is hooked on this.

Rebecca Romijn: It's magic. I don't understand it.

Jay Leno: Just paint the room and walk away, I mean. And then, "let's try it over there." Shut up. Just put it down.

Rebecca Romijn: But, the best is when you watch the show and they really hate the outcome. And it's like, well, don't you watch the show? Don't you see that hilde paints walls black and glues hay on the walls? You guys know what I'm talking about, right?

Jay Leno: Glues hay on the walls?

Rebecca Romijn: You don't watch the show, so you wouldn't know. You're not part of the club like we are.

Jay Leno: Does John watch it?

Rebecca Romijn: I've made him watch it. He's not that to it. It's not as much of a guy thing, I guess.

Jay Leno: What's John's favorite show? Does he have a favorite?

Rebecca Romijn: You know what? You what John got hooked on... it's so funny. He got hooked on "Elimidate".

Jay Leno: "Elimidate".

Rebecca Romijn: It's that cheesy, cheesy, cheesy dating show, where like one person gets on a date with four people and they have to elimidate between each commercial segment. He actually tivoed "Elimidate". And it's so embarrassing because we had like everybody over for to watch the Oscars. And like right before, like, the best picture gets announced, Tivo comes on and announces, we're about to change the channel to start recording "Elimidate". So now, like, all our friends know that John watches "Elimidate". It's a little embarrassing.

Jay Leno: Yeah, I just took him for such a "masterpiece theater" guy.

Rebecca Romijn: Hey, don't take shots at Johnny.

Jay Leno: I love Johnny. It's just "Elimidate". Why? What is this fascination?

Rebecca Romijn: I don't know. He loves it.

Jay Leno: He loves it.

Rebecca Romijn: Can't get enough.

Jay Leno: Look, we'll take a break. More with Rebecca right after this. Welcome back. Talking with Rebecca Romijn Stamos, one of the stars of "X2", which is great. It's a lot of fun.

Rebecca Romijn: You saw it, right?

Jay Leno: I did see it. I took my lovely date Kevin to see it the other night.

Evin: It aery good movie.

Rebecca Romijn: Did you get any action?

Jay Leno: No, I didn't get any action. But it's a lot of fun. It's like more elaborate...

Rebecca Romijn: Than the first. I know, the first one we loved. I loved the first one. But this one's just like bigger and better.

Jay Leno: And you got nice reviews. You got a mention in "The Trades" and all that stuff. You play Mystique.

Rebecca Romijn: I play Mystique, the shape shifter. She's a metamorph, if anybody missed the first one.

Jay Leno: Now, well, show the costume. Here's the costume. It that actually a costume?

Rebecca Romijn: And a costume, we say, with quotation marks around. It is... It's a lot of... It's all like prosthetics, like silicone sort of rubbery pieces. Like 100 pieces strategically placed.

Jay Leno: Which are the silicone rubbery pieces? I'm curious.

Rebecca Romijn: And the rest...

Jay Leno: Isn't it like just painted on you?

Rebecca Romijn: No. It's all big pieces and the rest is all painted around it. So, everything is sort of covered up. I know it... I've been in denial about the nudity element.

Jay Leno: But that's your body. There's no fake you, that's you?

Rebecca Romijn: No. That's me. That's me.

Jay Leno: And you look great.

Rebecca Romijn: Thanks! You can tell, because of the crack.

Jay Leno: Yeah. I guess you could tell.

Rebecca Romijn: It's no secret. It's in the movie. Secret's out.

Jay Leno: Yeah, I guess that's true. You know, when I get the dvd, I'll be going, "yeah, yeah, you're right. There it is."

Rebecca Romijn: There it is.

Jay Leno: You had a stunt double?

Rebecca Romijn: I had a stunt double. Oh, yes, Vicki, my stunt double. She was my stunt double in the first one and in the second one, because Mystique has this very unique sort of acrobatic fighting style and they needed to find a gymnast who's as tall as I am, which are few and far between. So we found this very, very, very nice girl named Vicki, who's become a really, really good friend of mine. This is my favorite mystique story. And I had to clear this with Vicki to tell this on your show tonight, because it's... I wish it happened to me. I'm really jealous it happened to her and not to me. When you're in this costume, obviously, everyone's gotta have their little bodily functions, you know. She came in the trailer one day, and she was like, "I have to fart." She goes, "I have to fart." So she farted in her costume. The back piece is like one huge prosthetic that covers your back. It ended up in a bubble right here. At the base of the piece. Which she then had to push up her back -- until it came out right here next to her shoulder.

Jay Leno: Oh, oh! Is she one of the guys, or what?

Rebecca Romijn: I'm sorry.

Jay Leno: That's a wonderful story.

Rebecca Romijn: And then she smelled it.

Jay Leno: Let's show the... We have a clip here.

Rebecca Romijn: Wait. This is Mystique, the metamorph, going in to get some Wolverine action.

Jay Leno: Right. And you can become any character. Or Harland Williams action. Yeah, you can become any person?

Rebecca Romijn: Yes.

Jay Leno: Okay. Here we go. Let's take a look.

[They show a small part of X2]

Jay Leno: Well, good luck. The movie opens Friday. It's terrific. It's really good.

Rebecca Romijn: I'm glad you liked it.

Jay Leno: It was a lot of fun. Now, can you help me with something?

Rebecca Romijn: What?

Jay Leno: Okay, we have this little girl. She's 4 years old. Abby Julo.

Rebecca Romijn: I love her. I met her backstage.

Jay Leno: Okay, little 4-year-old girl. She is so smart. She knows more about politics, government. I have a bunch of questions for her. What we're going to do is we're going to help her... This will be for her college fund. You have to stump her, okay? For every question she gets right, we'll add another $100 to her college fund. We're going to keep her all week until she finally, you know, screws up and then goes back heartbroken.

Rebecca Romijn: This is not a setup, by the way. I was doing it backstage with her. She's unbelievable.

Jay Leno: She's unbelievable. Okay, we had her on last night. We're going to play, this is what we call "stump the kid." Abby, come on out here! Hi, Abby!

Abby: Hi.

Rebecca Romijn: Hi, Abby.

Jay Leno: Hi, Abby. You met Rebecca, right?

Abby: Yes.

Jay Leno: Now, Rebecca's... You can ask her about anything about the Bush cabinet, any governor, any president. You have three questions. You get $100.

Rebecca Romijn: Can I tell her the subject first?

Jay Leno: Just ask her the question.

Rebecca Romijn: Who is the secretary of the interior?

Abby: Gale Norton.

Jay Leno: That's $100. Very good.

Rebecca Romijn: Who was the 40th president?

Abby: Ronald Reagan.

Jay Leno: There's $100. Try one of the other categories. Try something really hard now.

Rebecca Romijn: Okay. All right. Who is the president of South Africa?

Abby: Thabo Mbeki.

Jay Leno: Got them all. That's $300. $300 towards college. Very good, Abby! That was good. Very good. All right. Be right back with Nigella Lawson. Nigella Lawson, right after this. Thanks, Abby.

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