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Cursed - Christina Ricci Q&A

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q: What attracted you to the role of Ellie in Cursed?
I wanted to do something a bit lighter. I thought it would be fun to do a big horror film in LA for three months. I'd just been away for two months in Orlando and I just thought it would be great. I thought it would be fun.

Q: Do you believe in a werewolf or any supernatural powers?
A: I believe in .. I don't know.. I don't know really. No nothing really.

Q: What was it like working with Joshua Jackson?
Oh it was great. He's really great. He's been working for as long as I have. So it's great to work with somebody where everything is so familiar to them as it is familiar to you. You're just sort of both old hands at it.

Q: He's looking good. Are there any other male movie stars you've worked with that you think are really good looking?
I tend to really like the older, old. I've crushes from the seventies. Like Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye and stuff like that.

Q: Are you seeing someone at the moment?
Yeah. I have a boyfriend.

Q: Is he in the industry?
Yeah. He's an actor and a writer, director.

Q: Is it easier to see someone who is in the industry compared to dating someone who isn't?
Yeah. It is. I mean I've been with people who didn't do this and it wasn't that big of a deal but it's nice to sort of speak in a short hand when you come home at night.

Q: Did you take a break last year because we didn't see you for a while?
Well this movie took about a year and a half to film so I was working all last year pretty much until I guess we were done with all the additionally photography and everything in September.

Q: You've had such an amazing career - achieved so much from such a young age. How does it feel now to have worked with so many huge stars, and where do you feel you're at in your career?
I don't know. I mean I think I've had a great time so far. Yeah, I have had a chance to work with so many wonderful talented people..Um. I kind of learned from the best as a kid - just working with such incredible talent like Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. Really learning how to behave on a set because of them and I feel incredibly lucky because of that and I don't know where I am now.
I guess now its gonna be different. I guess it has sort of been changing. I suppose now I will have an adult career and I don't know what that is going to be like, especially because I just became an adult officially (laugh).

Q: Do you have any advise to the younger stars like Lindsay Lohans etc, any traps they can avoid?
I don't know. I think the kind of attention that's paid to those types of people these days is so much more intense than when I was their age and so I don't know how they deal with that.
I would just say, 'never pick up a magazine'. I mean when I was a teenager I would never and still now I don't really like to read any of the articles. I don't like to read too much about reviews or what people think of me. Because a normal person wouldn't have that much input on who they were or what they were like, so I feel like the best thing to do is to live your life as if these things weren't happening.

Q: You're a very private person and we don't see you that much, which is nice because obviously that works to your advantage when you are playing different roles, but do you consciously stay out of the Hollywood scene? Do you do your own thing?
Well its not that much fun to go to those parties. You end up having to schmoose and be on your best behaviour because it's industry people and then someone's gonna take your picture and I'm kind of shy.
If it's my premiere or something, then it's work and I know exactly how to behave and what I'm supposed to be doing. But if it's just like somebody else's party, I don't know what to do.

Q: What is your normal stuff that you do in your spare time? Do you just hang out with friends?
Yeah. Hang out with friends. I like going to dinner. We watch a lot of movies on DVD at home. It's sort of a quieter life. I mean I did do the whole crazy party teenager thing for a while. I mean I did live in New York for two years.

Q: Who is your favourite co-star?
I think the best actor I've ever worked with is Giovanni Ribisi. He's just an incredible actor. I mean just as what I would imagine Marlon Brando to be like. You finish a scene with him and you go wait - and the room turns back into a set. You realise that he didn't mean any of the things he was saying to you and you're like - oh.

Q: Is there anyone you look up to, a mentor or someone that has helped you out?
I think when I was a child Anjelia Huston had a huge hand in giving me advise and hooked me up with the agent I have had forever now, for fourteen years but since then, I don't know, I don't really.

Q: I thought you did a really good job in Monster.
Thank you

Q: And Charlize thanked you at the Oscars. Was there a huge interest in you after that? Were you inundated with work and scripts?
No. No. When you play like ugly crazy lesbians [laughs] it generally doesn't send the scripts flying.

Q: Charlize got the scripts flying in
I'm sure she did. She got an Oscar.

Q: You've played a few dark crazy characters. Would we ever see you in a romantic comedy?
Yeah. I've done a few romantic comedies. I mean the last one I did was the Woody Allen film. I think that there are pieces that are more shocking that certainly stand out more, but they aren't really the majority of my career.

Q: How did you get into acting? You don't come from an acting family but you began at such a young age. What was it that triggered it as a career?
Well when I was young someone saw me in a play and said I should audition for commercials and my older brothers and sisters said I should do it if I wanted to.

Q: But still, there are a lot of kids that go into commercials then we don't see in movies. What was it that escalated your career to your first big role in Mermaids?
When you're a kid you kind of audition for everything. Cause they assume you don't have talent until you are an adult.
They think when you are a kid that you just got lucky and you just happened to be able to read or something which I always thought was funny so they assume that if you can do one thing then oh, you must be able to sing and dance too. So you audition for everything and I just happened to get movies.

Q: Have you got anything coming up?
No. I Love Your Work is coming this year with Giovanni (Ribisi). This movie took about a year and a half to film in total so I just I kind of took from July until now off cause I've been working non stop for years.

Q: And you have signed onto the movie White Rose playing Sophie Scholl?
Yeah. That's in development right now.

Q: Do you know that much about Sophie Scholl?
Only as much as the script told me. It's not smart to get too invested into something that isn't financed.

Q: Horror films seems to be the biggest openers these days - with Scream, The Grudge, Boogeyman. Was that a big pull for you in choosing the Horror Genre?
No. I think we started shooting this right after Monster so that's before. I guess The Ring had already come out before and I guess it was really big. I just wanted to, I just thought it would be fun. People make me aware of box office things but other than that I don't really pay attention.

Q: What kind of music to you listen to?
I listen to all different kinds of things. My favourite band is The Pixies, and so, of course, I like Modest Mouse. Any - I've been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen and The Kings of Convenience. Let's see what else, oh I got into Dusty Springfield recently and The Carpenters - I love em.

Cursed is released in cinemas on April 22, 2005.

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