After witnessing her acting magic span two decades, meeting Christina Ricci can be a startling experience. She is at once a graceful beauty and intense individual who is clearly enjoying every minute of the life that she has carved for herself.
A CLASSIC BEAUTY
Stylish with a black bob, Ricci emits classic Hollywood in the way she speaks, with her movements and of course - in how the Golden Globe winner dresses. From her acting arrival in "Mermaids," to her latest starring role, "Penelope," Ricci is the epitome of the child star success story -- but without the stereotypical crash and burn ending.
SheKnows: You've mentioned in the past, how you think your character choices are thought of as brave, what was it about Penelope that you felt you needed to add her to your resume?
THE FILM'S COMMON THREADSK: That's what was so striking for me, is how Penelope's experiences mirror so many.
CR: I think a lot of women agree that they've been in situations that should have been so much fun. But all they could think about was whatever…the way they looked, what they were wearing, their weight. They couldn't relax and have a good time. That is such a sad thing to look back on, and I don't think it's something people have to suffer through. You have to learn to love yourself.
CHRISTINA'S FILM MOMSK: What was also so great to watch in this film was your chemistry with Catherine O'Hara. Having her background of improv, what was it like for you working opposite her in this film?
CR: It was so much fun. I was so excited when they cast her. She's one of my favorite actresses ever. When I was a teenager I think I saw "Waiting for Guffman" five times in the theater. Working with her was great. She is just as much fun to work with as she is to watch. She's such a wonderfully warm and open person.
SK: I understand she's an actor's actress. Is that true?
CR: (laughs) She actually one day sat down, and after I gushed to her about how much I loved her, I told her that her drunk is the best drunk I've ever seen in my entire life. She actually sat down and showed us to how she created her drunk. Where the character comes from…and then I saw a man who was drunk who was doing that…so I added that to the thing.
SK: Sounds like the Actor's Studio.
CR: It does (laughs). She broke down her character development and encouraged us to be braver and to take more chances and be more improvisational. Also, go out there look at the world and work on your drunk. It's so amazing to have someone of her talent who will really talk to you in such a straight forward level about acting. It's a wonderful memory of working on "Penelope."
Christina Ricci Filmography:Speed Racer (Summer 2008)
Black Snake Moan (2007)
The Gathering (2006)
Home of the Brave (2006)
I Love Your Work (2005)
No Vacancy (2004)
Prozac Nation (2003)
Anything Else (2003)
The Laramie Project (2002)
All Over the Guy (2001)
The Man Who Cried (2001)
Bless the Child (2000)
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Summer Fling (1998)
The Opposite of Sex (1998)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Desert Blue (1998)
Small Soldiers (1998)
That Darn Cat (1997)
The Ice Storm (1997)
Buffalo '66 (1997)
Gold Diggers The Secret of Bear Mountain (1996)
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Now and Then (1995)
Addams Family Values (1993)
The Addams Family (1991)
The Hard Way (1991)