The Girl Next Door is back on 24, and Elisha Cuthbert is the bright spot of our day all over again.

This feature originally appeared in Complex's February/March 2009 issue. 

We know Canada as our unassuming neighbor (a.k.a. North North Dakota), but sometimes it can really come across as a smug prick. it’s hard not to feel it looking down at US figuratively as well as geographically, thanks to its progressive health-care system, penchant for non-violence and world-renowned sense of humour (they add the “U” because the Queen said so!). We forgive its arrogance, though, because it gave us golden goddess Elisha Cuthbert. The curvy 26-year-old former child star from Montreal moved to Hollywood at 17 to make it, and make it she did—into our fantasies playing jailbait in Old School, a down-to-earth porn star in The Girl Next Door and agent Jack Bauer’s daughter in the real-time TV smash 24. In other words, sorry, Canucks—she’s ours, even if she clings to her old country’s ways.

Do you think Dennis Haysbert playing the president on 24 helped the U.S. adjust to the idea of a black commander-in-chief?
[Laughs.] Possibly. I remember how much people responded to him as the president on the show and in public: The guy couldn’t go anywhere. To think that a TV show has any bearing on what’s going to happen in the country is a bit much, but [maybe] it loosened up the boundaries.

As a Canadian, were you surprised that the U.S. elected a black president?
Now that it’s happened, it almost feels like…like it’s what’s supposed to be, which is kind of crazy. When it was confirmed that Barack Obama was going to be the next president, I got very emotional—and I can’t even vote! If you know anything about American history, you know what a huge step this has been for the country. I’m very proud of the U.S. for making some big changes.

 

When do you ever see an ugly-looking actress?

 

If you knew you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
I’d probably just spend it with family…maybe go have a Big Mac. [Laughs.]

There are some great Kiefer Sutherland drunk stories out there. You two ever share any memorable drinking sessions?
Um…I have, but I wouldn’t tell you. [Laughs.] When it comes to 24, I know these people’s families. He’s a lot of fun to hang out with, I’ll tell you that.

Who has hotter groupies: Kiefer or your The Six Wives of Henry Lefay co-star Tim Allen?
Oh my God! [Laughs.] I don’t know what kind of groupies they get.

Women didn’t show up to the set for them?
No! I think they’re both in a place where they’ve been there, done that, but back in the day, there’s no telling what kind of groupies [they got]. It’d be kind of a tie, I’d have to say.

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