It seems like you’ve come into own your sexuality a little more in the last year. True?
Absolutely. But I’m still shy. I haven’t done a sex scene or nudity. I mean, I play a stripper but I don’t take anything off. I was really just dancing. I took the role to be in a cool black and white Robert Rodriguez movie.
Sort of a Flashdance stripping–without–nudity thing?
Kind of. It wasn’t about the dancing. It was about playing a naive, sweet character. I wanted to try someone who was discovering something—get away from the powerful, mouthy, urban, in–your–face girls.
...Who can fly and stuff.
When you watch the movie, even when you don’t see the sharks on camera, they’re always there. Big ass sharks. Scary sharks.
Yes. I think that was my way of rebelling against my parents who were very cool and free. I didn’t listen to secular music, and I’d go to church three times a week. I had this one boyfriend, and a couple times my grandmother caught him and my best friend in the closet praying. She called them the “closet boys.”
Okay let’s leave that alone. Sin City was filmed entirely in front of screens in a studio, right? Was that hard?
No. Actually, it made me more comfortable. I mean, would you want to film out where there’s traffic and people and lights and construction and all that bullshit? Or be in an environment where there’s no yelling and you’re not invading anyone’s space? Oh, plus, you’re not freezing your ass off. I appreciated it. We didn’t have to rush through everything. Every performance was very specific. Since the shots had already been drawn out in the comic book, we knew exactly what we wanted.
Okay, now tell us about your latest movie, Fantastic Four.
It’s a big, fun movie about...at the end of the day, it’s about family and sticking together. The Fantastic Four are exposed to radiation and they get these powers. Then they become superstars and get pulled in all these different directions. My character tries to bring everybody back together.
And what about your third movie, Into the Blue?
Well, I wanted to brush up on my scuba diving. I started scuba diving when I was 13, but I haven’t been in a long time. So I thought it would be cool to play a shark wrangler and go into the Bahamas and shoot for four months and dive every day.
Was it cool?
It was cool, but also scary. I’m scared of sharks and we were working with a lot of sharks. We sunk a plane in the middle of the ocean and we chummed the water so this pod of wild sharks would be around all the time. When you watch the movie, even when you don’t see the sharks on camera, they’re always there. Big ass sharks. Scary sharks. And we didn’t have wet suits or chain mail or anything.