A lot has been said about her and Matthew during the making of
Fools Rush in...?
Let's talk about what's been said, because she loves gossip.
Well...about not getting along at all?
Well, first it was said that they were going out and she took him
away from Julia Roberts. By the end of the film, it was said that they
hated each other and could not work with each other. The truth is,
none of that happened. But she has to admit, he is more than her
friend. He's my neighbor in L.A. They live four houses away. It
wouldn't be very smart to trash him, because he's too close to home.
Yet several national magazines have tried to make it seem like
she really let him have it over some stupid joke?
What happened was, it was 5 in the morning and she could not wait
to go to sleep. She could not wait to see the sun come up, so they
could not shoot any longer and she could go home and rest. Matthew
comes up to her and goes, 'Knock, knock.' Now, you who speak
English understand this. For her, it sounded like 'Egg nog.' So she
goes, 'Egg nog? What are you saying?' 'Knock, knock.' 'What's your
problem?' He's supposed to say, 'Who's there?' 'Who's where?' She's
like, 'What?' And everybody's just laughing about it. Matthew says,
'Just say: Who's there?' 'Who's there?' 'I SAID, 'WHO'S THERE!' 'He
goes, 'No, now you're supposed to say, 'Who who?' Just say it'. 'Who
who'. He says, 'I didn't know you were an owl'. Okay, that's it--that
blows her mind. 'What do you mean, 'I didn't know you were an owl?'
I'm not an owl. You're on drugs! What kind of insane behavior is this'?
It was funny. But for the people who heard it, it just sounded like an
Well, that is an incredibly wretched knock-knock joke?
Tell him! After that one, she learned every single knock-knock joke
there is in the American alphabet.
Let's talk a bit about the movie itself. It should broaden the
image American audiences have of her--which has pretty much
been someone who dances with a snake?
That was five minutes in that film. She has an hour in this one;
hopefully, it will have the same effect but with more strength, so we
have a three-dimensional person instead of just this woman with the
So, what attacted her to this project?
She liked that it took some really big chances. Most comedies are
formulated--they keep it light, they don't want to get into any
trouble. Those are the boring ones. This one doesn't quite fit into the
formula. It risks some really heavy-duty, intense issues.
After such a rewarding experience with Matthew Perry, what
other actors would she like to work with?
She has a list--there's a lot. She's not into handsome so much; She
likes interesting actors more. She'd love to work with Daniel
Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp...She like danger! Okay, she's
not saying another name because she's giving herself away here.
For a Valentine's Day romantic comedy, it does delve into some
pretty rough emotional territory?
It's that thing about how women have a tendency to be more mature
than men, to want things that it takes men longer to want. We have
a terrible need to feel loved all the time, and we try to make men see
the world like we see it, which is a mistake. We want them to love us
like we want to be loved and to commit so we can have a family. This
is a struggle women usually go through, but movies usually don't
bother with it.