INT: Selma Blair

Interview #1: Ron Perlman
Interview #2: Mike Mignola
Interview #3: Selma Blair
Interview #4: Guillermo del Toro

One of the great things about this gig is the opportunity to talk to insanely attractive women who otherwise would never give me the time of day. Though many Hollywood actresses make well-rehearsed statements that often seem culled directly from the studio press notes, there are those rare times when the public-relations facade breaks down and a junket interview turns into a casual conversation.  And for a brief, delusional moment, I actually believe that I might have a chance. Then the publicist shouts “No more questions,” whisks her away, and it’s back to cruising the local high schools for dates.

Actress Selma Blair doesn’t have a facade. No canned, memorized responses – just twenty minutes of no-holds-barred discussion. At one point, I actually felt the need to change the subject back to HELLBOY, just to prevent this from devolving into a Maxim article. Sadly, Selma is taken – she’s married to actor Ahmet Zappa. And what man can compete with a Zappa? Certainly not me.

In HELLBOY, Selma stars as Liz Sherman, a troubled girl with pyro-kinetic powers (she can burn things – with her mind!!!). I think she should be called “Napalm Girl.” Whaddya say? Let’s start a petition. Here’s what Selma had to say about HELLBOY!


So, do you think you’ll be nominated again for the “Best Kiss” MTV Award?

I don't think kissing a devil man is racy enough for MTV. I think you have to do something more outrageous to get an MTV best kiss. It would be nice, because I think it was a very hot kiss. Maybe a nomination. I think we didn't have enough tongue for an MTV kiss.

Was there ever a tongue version?

It’s so strange, but I... There was tongue! I tongued Hellboy! It’s so gross, looking back. We didn't know!  And Guillermo was like, “What are you two doing?,” and we're like, “We're making out.” He's like, “Whoa!” It was just so horrifying. In the moment, it was really...it's a kiss, you know? You go for it. But he had these teeth and these...bleh.

And all of the red makeup.

Yeah, they did an amazing job with that make-up.

What color was the tongue?

The tongue was tongue colored. This is a very important conversation, make sure you get all of this. No, his tongue was all Ron. All Ron all the time.  It was amazing, I don't know. We did a couple takes with a little bit more MTV style and then I think Guillermo was like, “Yeah, you can just chill. This is not necessary.” And we're like, “Okay, thanks. This is totally awkward.”  But he's sexy. I thought Hellboy was incredible sexy.

Is Hellboy the type of guy that you’re generally attracted to?

My first crush actually, when I was a child, was – and I am not a Trekkie – it was Spock. I was three years old and I thought it didn’t get any better than Spock. But I am really attracted to Hellboy. For real. I thought he was so sexy. His personality is so funny. He has this great “Ahh, crap” sensibility. Such a macho guy.

What about the tail? Is that a turn-on?

Nice tail. No. The tail, umm, if he puts the tail on backwards. (Laughs)

What’s your home life like?

You can imagine. (Laughs) My husband has a very cute little tail, too. It's a little tail. (Laughs) This is so ridiculous. Actually, there were a few tails laying around set, you know – different swap-out sizes of tails and that was one of my favorite things was to put it on the front of me, walk up to Guillermo and ask him what I should do next in the scene. (Laughs) He was always great. He was always good for a laugh and a hug and called me “Monkey Brain” and told me to “Take my big cock off.” He didn't mince words much.

Did you ever take the tail home?

No! I think we're getting into a whole different movie. Whole different rental.

Was the on-set atmosphere always that fun?

Yeah, I have never felt so at home on a movie set. I love Guillermo so much. I think everyone that meets or speaks to Guillermo has to love him. He's so passionate and loving and generous and just, he's just God for this type of movie, I think. He was the most mellow man on set because I think he was so confident that he could do everything.  He'd been working on this movie, such a labor of love, for so long, he comes in so prepared, his sketches are leaking out. His journals are like the Sistine Chapel. It's just amazing what he does that is just scrap paper that gets thrown away at the end of the day that would be considered my greatest achievement. He's amazing.

On your days off, did you get a chance to experience what Prague has to offer?

I did. I actually had like a month in there where I was left to my own devices. Kind of on-call and not being used but not able to go home. Prague is gorgeous. Incredible place to visit, so beautiful in the spring time and one of the darkest, loneliest places I have ever been. And, I probably smoked four packs of cigarettes a day hoping for the good lord to take me away. It was so spooky, really spooky. The people I met there can just drink a hell of a lot.

Did you ever join them?

I had joined them on a couple of instances. I don't make it a habit to ever drink around work time just so you always feel fresh and I have dark circles enough to combat... I had a few nights, you know, of playing with the locals it just doesn't feel good.

Did your husband (Ahmet Zappa) ever join you?

I hadn't met my husband yet. I met him actually right when I came home from shooting Hellboy.. He was a Liz Sherman fan, thank God, and so we got married.

What’s marriage like?

It's great. I don't really know him that well yet, so it's exciting everyday.

What are you working on next?

We'll see. I would love to have a... I'm working with David Kelley right now and I love his sensibility for the awkward and the opportunity to get to work every week on a character that has a lot to do. So we'll see if it goes. Right now it's called The Demarco Affairs and I'm terribly excited and I don't know what would happen with that.

Are you a lead?  Is it an ensemble?

I would say it's definitely ensemble. I was the first one, you know, in, so they make you feel like you're the lead. But, you know, with TV, you never know what an audience responds to because there's amazing actors in it. So, we'll see. Fingers crossed.

Are you signed on for a Hellboy sequel?

Mmm, hmmm (yes). We'll see how it does, I guess. I mean, I hope it does well.

You’re willing to go back to that world?

Yes. I'm much better equipped.

Will we see more tongue in the sequel?

I think you'll see nothing but tongue.

How do you feel about working with tentacles?

The tentacles on the Sammaels actually scared me. In person, those tentacles were so scary. None of that was CGI; those were all real.  They were so frightening, moving on their own and going everywhere, they really made me so sick. I actually was repulsed, actually, by the tentacles.  And you didn't see them as much in the...(shudders). Yeah, I don't like them. I don't like slugs and tentacles and calamari or anything. (Laughs)  Actually, tentacles made me turn into a vegetarian in high school. I'm not anymore, but in high school, we were dissecting squid.

Are you ready for the hordes of comic-book geeks that will soon be worshipping you?

I'm ready. I'm waiting. I actually went to one of these comic book conventions and they couldn’t have cared less about me. It was all about Ron because he has such a following with them. And to be Hellboy, who's gonna care about Liz Sherman when they have Hellboy there?

In some ways your character, Liz Sherman, has a more difficult challenge than Hellboy, because has the ability to fit in.

Liz looks normal. She just obviously has a tortured past, a tortured mind, doesn't know how to make a step in either direction, embrace the freak world, but she doesn't feel like she even has enough control. And she sees John Meyers, who's a real boy close to her age. This is my opportunity to be normal but she's not. She only feels comfortable with Hellboy, but she doesn't want to live in that world and, yeah, I think she's really torn because she's both worlds where as Hellboy is obviously just one.

You’re in John Waters latest film, A Dirty Shame. Did you get a chance to hang out with John in Baltimore?

Of course, yeah. I went to the Club Charles with him. I also went to Atlantis. Ever been there? The male strip club. The male strip club's amazing, right next to the penitentiary.

Did you get tea-bagged?

No, but other people did. Oh please, like I would get tea-bagged. Noooo. A man was dancing on the stage, John Waters story, a man was dancing on the stage, full nudity, only wearing bobby socks because that's the only place you could put the money. It's a gay bar, but I'm there. Oddly enough there was a bachelorette party there. I’m like, “What are you thinking?” And this man comes over, and I mean they're doing everything, the finger around, try and print this, I don't even care. In the cornhole, out and everywhere. Body parts, just shocking, on stage, this young, gay boy, has put his fingers in every part of his body and then he starts dancing in front of me, squats, and goes, “Oh, hey! I know you!” And he extends his hand. John whispers, “Go ahead, take it.”

Did you take it?

Yes. I'm with John Waters. What are you going to do? Act like all priss? Oh, no. We touch a hand rail. Who knows where that's been? You know, door knobs.

Source: JoBlo.com



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