Jennifer Goldstein (writer),
Warwick Saint (photographer),
Deborah Waknin (fashion editor)
Now you’re a reality TV star, but most people know you from your work in sitcoms and movies. What were some of your favorite roles?
I loved doing Friends because I was such a huge fan of the show. So I was excited and also very intimidated to work with them. And one of my favorite movies is still Starship Troopers, because it was my first big movie. Everyone was so new and so excited to be working together. It was just fun.
Those might be your favorites, but you realize everyone else still remembers your role in Wild Things.
Everybody asks me about Wild Things [laughs]. As an unknown, I was so blessed to be working with Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, and Bill Murray. It was such a risqué role. When that was released you were 27. What was it like playing a high school girl? I always play younger than my age. And my character was a very mature high school girl, very in touch with her sexuality.
That’s an understatement. That threesome scene with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon is pretty famous. What was it like to shoot it?
I think the sex scenes are uncomfortable. You’ve got so many people around. It’s awkward and very technical. And one of the scenes with Neve, where she and I are in the pool, we were shooting that at, like, three or four o’clock in the morning. So you got to kiss Neve Campbell, and then in the movie Blonde and Blonder, you got to kiss Pamela Anderson. Were they different?
Well with Neve, we used tongue, and with Pam we did not [laughs]. That was the difference.
What was it like working with Pam?
I adore her. We had so much fun … She’s very girly, like I am. And at night, we’d be running our lines while we were getting our nails done in our rooms. I loved working with her. During the filming of that movie, you made news for throwing a photographer’s computers off a balcony. And the computers actually hit two women sitting below, who weren’t hurt. What happened? Pam and I were filming at this hotel-casino, and the paparazzi were actually staying there, too. And we were just having some difficulties filming, and there was some other personal stuff going on. So, I asked the photographer who was there, ‘If we give you a few pictures, could you leave and please let us finish filming?’ There were actually two photographers, and they got really nasty with me. They started to yell at me and call me all kinds of names. And they said things about my mom, who was sick, and they said things about my kids, and I just had had it. So I took this photographer’s two laptops that were sitting on his lap and I just threw them. It wasn’t the brightest thing I’ve done, but I was at my breaking point. I’d had so many things written about me that weren’t true, and when they crossed the line and said things about my family and my mom, who was dying, I just snapped.
How do you deal with the paparazzi now?
I’ve gotten used to [the paparazzi]. At first it’s really daunting when people wait outside your house and follow you wherever you go. But I’m very friendly with them, especially when my kids are around, because I don’t want my girls to get scared of them.
Let’s talk about tattoos. How many do you have?
I have one on my ankle. I saw a picture of you with one on your stomach. Oh, that was a fake tattoo for my character in the James Bond movie. I don’t even remember what it was, but they stenciled it on every time that I shot the scenes where my stomach was showing.
You had several scenes in the Bond movie, The World is Not Enough, with cropped shirts—but weren’t you playing a nuclear physicist?
Everyone gave me shit about that, saying I didn’t look like a scientist running around in hot pants and this and that. But, come on! If I really had been dressed like a scientist, it would not be a Bond movie. That’s why they’re called Bond Girls! So tell me about your real tattoo. I had ‘Charlie’ tattooed on my ankle after we got married. He took me to a place on Sunset, and the artist’s name was Greg. Did he get a tattoo of your name? He actually had my name tattooed on the inside of his wrist before we got married.
Sorry You two broke up a while ago, but you just recently decided to get rid of it. Why did you wait?
At first I just thought I’d leave it, for the girls, so they could see that I had their dad’s name tattooed on my ankle, and that one time we were married and were in love. And then, well, things went south quickly [laughs].
That’s when you went to see Kat Von D?
I heard about Kat through my mom and dad, because they watched her show. So after my mom and dad told me about her, I watched the show. Then I actually had an appointment with her last November, but I had to cancel it because my mom went into the hospital.
Kat Von D : http://www.katvond.net/