Tell me about the movie Cheer Up.
It’s an action comedy with Tommy Lee Jones. There are these five cheerleaders who witness a murder and report it to the Texas Rangers. They’re put in witness protection, and Tommy Lee Jones has to come protect them. It comes out April 8.
You don’t want your man to get bored so you got to dip it low.
Did you do a lot of cheering?
We were in training for a month. We did stunts where they’d throw us in the air and catch us by one foot and all this crazy stuff. But it’s not a Bring It On type of movie. It’s more about the acting. I saw it already and it’s good.
You’re also in Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty, right?
Yes. That has John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Harvey Keitel and The Rock.
What character do you play?
Her name is Linda Moon. She’s a singer who’s stuck in a really bad record deal. She’s signed to Vince Vaughn’s label. Vince plays this pimped out record label owner who’s really stupid. John Travolta’s character sees Linda perform, loves her, and tries to get herout of the record deal and make her famous.
Do you have songs in the movie?
Yes. I do a live performance with Aerosmith. You know, a lot of women find Steven Tyler sexy. I have a big crush on Steven Tyler! When I was younger I never paid attention to him, but when we did the scene I was like, “Ah! You are so sexy right now I could turn into a groupie!” His lips were on the same microphone as mine, and I was ready to just kiss him. I don’t know what it was, but I became a groupie.
Do other performers have that effect on you?
No one else I’ve worked with had that effect on me. I think you have to get to know someone. Although, there are people like Brad Pitt…He’s my dream lover.
What about John Travolta? I don’t know if you know this, but before you were born he was considered quite sexy.
Oh yes! For me, watching the movie Grease, I was like, “Oh my god! He’s so hot!”
So when you worked with him…
It was different. He’s still got those eyes and he’s very charismatic, but it’s different when you’ve worked with someone. Like, I love Brad Pitt, but I’m sure if I worked with him it would be different.
I know. That might not be true. I could be wrong about Brad.
Would you “Dip It Low” with him?
Yeah! That’s a sexy record. It’s about keeping it fresh for your man. You don’t want your man to get bored so you got to dip it low.
Physically, what does that involve?
Good thigh muscles. You gotta go all the way down to the floor.
I see. Can you spot people who’d be good at dipping it low?
I probably could. But you never know. Some people are a little freaky and you don’t know. There! He could dip it low. [Christina points at a doughy teen walking past the window in a black trench coat and an Ozzy T-shirt.]