Cinema Confidential Interview


Question: Do you think this is somewhat what you’ll be like as a Mom one day?
Rebecca: What, a dog owner?

Question: No, in "Godsend"
Rebecca: I doubt that I’ll ever be the mother of a cloned child. I don’t have a child but I can’t imagine how painful it would be to lose one if I did. I completely sympathize with the character. Two days after she’s lost her son a man comes up to her on the street and says that he can bring her child back to her. Of course, of course she would go for it. Made sense to me.

Question: What usually scares you in horror movies?
Rebecca: Concepts. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen is The Vanishing, the original. Buried alive! And Jacob’s Ladder was also really scary.

Question: What are your views on cloning?
Rebecca: It’s far from being a perfect science. I think that in the right hands it could be a good thing, and in the wrong hands a very, very bad thing. Certainly, this movie doesn’t support the idea. In terms of world population, I don’t think cloning human beings is a very good idea. But we met this doctor while we were working on this movie who’s working on cloning organs, and he’s getting really close. That’s great for health reasons. Certainly, some types of genetic engineering have been great. Again, it’s not a perfect science. [I could clone my dog] but would I really have the same dog over and over again? There are so many other factors other than genetics. Dolly the sheep, for example, only survived a third of the lifespan of the original. It doesn’t seem right yet.

Question: What was it like working with Robert DeNiro?
Rebecca: Unbelievable. You pinch yourself for a few days. He’s really low-key, really funny. We all came together a few days before we started shooting for rehearsal and anybody, including Robert DeNiro, feels a little awkward when they start working together. It took us all a little while to get used to each other. You don’t know what to call him for the first few days. Mr. DeNiro? Bobby? I just waited to see what Greg would call him.

Question: What did Greg call him?
Rebecca: Bob.

Question: Do you feel closer to the character in "Godsend" or "The Punisher"?
Rebecca: Well, I really liked playing both. There are different aspects of my own personality in both of those characters. They’re kinda extensions of me. It was really nice just to play a normal, soft girl for a change -two girls who didn’t have to sit in the make-up chair for eight hours, especially after "X-Men" and "Femme Fatale," which were so stylized. It was really nice to de-glam.

Question: Are you dreading "X3" then?
Rebecca: I’m dreading the make-up part, but nothing else. I am so happy to be a part of that franchise with those people.

Question: Have you seen a script for "X3" yet?
Rebecca: No, I know nothing about it.

Question: Do you think beautiful actresses have to go the way of Charlize Theron and "Monster" to be taken seriously?
Rebecca: Yeah, I think there’s an element of truth to that. First of all, you need a lot more than beauty to be a great actress in this world. There are lots of beautiful, beautiful women in this world. Sometimes I think you have to remove that whole element of physical beauty in order to get people to see that you’re actually a really talented person. Sometimes, people just can’t get over it. Charlize Theron is a great example: She’s a really talented woman. So is Nicole Kidman. So is Halle Berry. It’s a shame if people can’t get past that, but you know, that’s the joy of acting too. You get to embody these different characters and turn yourself into somebody else.

Question: You could have worse problems.
Rebecca: Exactly. And by the way, any actor’s looks are always going to dictate to a certain extent the roles he’s going to be up for. Your race, or your height, or your gender, how fat you are, how skinny - there’s only a certain amount of roles you can play based on how you look.

Question: What actors or actresses inspire you?
Rebecca: The actresses that have found a combination of sexy and funny, like Marilyn Monroe or Goldie Hawn. There are a lot of really sexy actresses that are afraid to be funny. Cameron Diaz I think is a perfect example. She’s a sexy slash funny actress.

Question: Are you looking at romantic comedies?
Rebecca: I am, but I’m very picky. There’s a lot of romantic comedies that don’t really appeal to me. There’s a little, independent film that I’m hoping to start with Andy Fleming tentatively called "Whatever Turns You On," about a group of sexual fetishists. My character is a woman who gets turned on by making traffic violations in front of cops so she can seduce them. Except it never works so she just keeps getting tickets. So she goes to group therapy cause she can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong. She doesn’t think she has a problem.

Question: Is there an embarrassing moment in life you wish you could take back? Rebecca: I did this small part in an Al Pacino movie, "Simone," and I had a cold the day I was working with him on this scene. I was straddling him, getting ready to make out with him on the couch, and while we were rehearsing the scene a giant drop of snot dropped out of my nose and onto his face. I was mortified. I wandered back to my trailer in shock. I called my mother, "I just snotted on Al Pacino." But he was great about it. We came back from lunch and he was like [in Al Pacino voice] "Don’t be silly, I loved it!" He probably did love it. When stuff weird or out of the ordinary happens they probably love it.

Question: How does your process work as an actress?
Rebecca: Uh, it depends on what we’re doing, what scene we’re shooting for that day. I don’t completely break. I try to stay [in character] as much as possible. Especially for "Godsend," so much of it was emotional, we had to work quickly so we would try to not lose our concentration. There was one day - it was actually the day where DeNiro’s character comes and offers to clone our kid for us. You know, I’m down and out, Greg’s down and out, Bob’s doing his thing. [Instead of going back to the trailer in between shots]They put us in the church. They just had these three chairs and we’re in there, the three of us, kinda in our own worlds. They had an extra playing the priest of the church, this 80-year old man. This man comes in and he walks up to Bob and he says [yelling] "Hi, I’m Bernie. I’m from Newfoundland. Do you know any Newfoundland jokes?" And Bob’s like "Uh, no, I don’t know any jokes about Newfoundland." And I’m starting to lose it. So then Bernie starts to tell him some jokes. It was very, very funny.

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