- By Kit Bowen, Hollywood.com -
About Rat Race Movie
She's smart, sexy, sweet and manages to keep the love of the
hunky guy in such films as Varsity Blues, Outside Providence and Road
Trip, as well as her memorable recurring character on the WB's Felicity.
Considered one of the up-and-coming "sophomores" in Vanity Fair's
yearly Hollywood issue, she's certainly a rising star in the world of
Looks like you guys had a blast making this movie?
There was such a loving energy on the set--most of the time. Jerry Zucker
just set a great tone for the movie. And working with all these amazing
actors...they weren't out to prove anything but just have fun and do what
they do best. So, I felt challenged to step up my performance and do my
best. And I trusted Jerry to bring out the best in me and be happy with
the takes we had.
Have you seen It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?
Yeah, I have. I think [Rat Race] is similar in format and style, but I
find [our movie] much funnier.
How was it working with Breckin again? [the two starred in last
year's Road Trip]?
It was so fun working with him again because you don't have to go through
that time of getting to know each other and feeling comfortable. Just
popping into a different movie with different characters and circumstances.
You seem to be making a name for yourself in quirky comedies.
How would you compare this one to the others?
This was the first movie with really seasoned comedians. It's not a teen
comedy. It has Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson. John Cleese, who is such a classic
comedian. Jon Lovitz, Cuba Gooding Jr., getting to see him do something
different, which was exciting to watch. And my favorite, Whoopi Goldberg.
I always loved her work and have always found her to be one of the funniest
women alive. So working with her was such a blessing.
Coming from a wacky comedy, what's the craziest thing that happened
on the set?
It's hard to name one. Well, for me, during the helicopter, Breckin had
really never seen that side of me before. I literally creeped him out.
[Starting to crack up] Watching his true-life reaction was so funny to
me. It was hard for me to keep a straight face.
Yes, the maniacal contortions of your face in that scene would
be scary to anyone, but coming from the usually sweet nature you have
It was like, "Whoa, lady!"
Ever thought about doing a serious drama?
I would love to do one. I just sort of take as it comes, and I'm pretty
selective. I want to have a good reason for everything I take. And it
just so happens that I have two comedies back to back.
O.K., if you weren't already making the big bucks acting, what
would you do for $2 million?
I was just asked that question on CNN's Headline News, and I said I'd
Sure, for $2 million...
Seriously, for me, I'm a real environmentalist and I volunteer a lot when
I'm not working. So, if I were to get $2 million, I would probably want
to donate that.