Selma Blair’s Hilarious #TweetOut! Interview With Geek Nation

March 5, 2013

Selma Blair stopped by Geek Nation soundstage recently to answer YOUR questions on #TweetOut! Check out her hilarious interview here! She is SO incredibly funny and gives the best interviews. Love!

Thank you for taking our questions Selma!!

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IAR Interview – Selma Blair Talks ‘IN THEIR SKIN’, ‘Anger Management’ And ‘Hellboy III’

I Am ROGUE Interview With Selma Blair:

Actress Selma Blair began her career in the late ‘90s with small parts in such films as In & Out, Scream 2, and Can’t Hardly Wait, but it was her career-making role opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions that made her a household name.

Since then Blair has appeared in such popular films as Legally Blonde, In Good Company, and The Fog, but her greatest success has probably come from playing Liz Sherman in director Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which were both based on the popular comic book anti-hero. In addition, the actress is currently starring opposite Hollywood bad-boy Charlie Sheen on FX’s hit comedy Anger Management, which has been renewed for a second season. But now, Blair can be seen once again on the big screen in the new thriller In Their Skin, which opens in theaters on November 9th and also stars James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas).

In the film, which marks Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut, Blair plays Mary Hughes, a women slowly coming to terms with the recent death of her young daughter. Along with her husband Mark (the film’s screenwriter Joshua Close) and son Brendon (Quinn Lord), they travel to a remote cottage for a brief vacation. However, the evening is violently interrupted when a murderous family led by the homicidal Bobby (D’Arcy) and Jane (Rachel Miner) invade the cottage looking to steal the Hughes’ identity in search of the “perfect” life.

IAR’s managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to speak with Selma Blair about her work on In Their Skin, as well as season two of Anger Management and the status of Hellboy III. The talented actress discussed her new film, its dark tone, preparing emotionally for the role, facing her personal fears, performing while pregnant, acting opposite the film’s screenwriter, working with a first time director, James D’Arcy’s frightening performance, what it was like having children on set, returning for season two of Anger Management, and the possibility of reuniting with Guillermo Del Toro for Hellboy III.

Here is what she had to say:

IAR: To begin with, this is a very creepy and disturbing movie. Is that the type of film you were hoping to achieve with this project?

Selma Blair:

Yes, I think so. I mean it’s not a balled-out gory movie so I think it definitely has creepy and disturbing in its corner. It’s a creepy family drama.

What was the mood and tone like on set while you were shooting? Since the script was so dark, did you have to keep it light and fun on set in order to maintain your sanity, or did the material require you to stay in a dark place throughout production?


You can’t help but be like painted a little bit by knowing you’re going to be doing a rape scene next. We were up all night because we were shooting a lot of nights and the vibe does get a little bit down. But we really liked each other and there was that adorable boy Quinn Lord, who played my son, so you’re kind of telling jokes to keep a little bit light so it’s not too spooky. But I had a baby in my belly because I was just pregnant, so I was probably a little emotional already and it might’ve been a little dark.

You mentioned what I would imagine was one of the tougher scenes in the film for you to shoot, which was the rape scene. As an actress, how do you prepare emotionally and mentally to film a sequence like that?


I just try not to prepare for that too much. I was just there when they yelled action and hoped that I could throw it away when they said cut. Some of those scenes were very disturbing and frightening. That’s my biggest fear, that someone will also be in my house and I wouldn’t be able to protect my son. It’s scary.

Since the film deals with what you just admitted is your biggest fear, was making this movie an opportunity for you as an actress to really face what scares you most as a human being?


Yeah, it was a little bit. It was like, okay, this is scary so lets just live it so I never have to again. I’m one of these people who’s a worrier unfortunately so I figure, as a lot of worriers do, if I worry about it enough then I actually lived it so I’ll never have to really live it. Which is stupid because then if you worry about something you live it twice if it happens. I think that was kind of my rationalization. If I get this out of my system then maybe I’ll learn how to protect myself from this type of person.

Actor Joshua Close also wrote the movie, so does it help or hinder you when your co-star is also the film’s screenwriter?


No, it’s great because if there’s something that’s just going on forever, he’s right there and he can see if it’s working or not with you. He’ll say, “Lets change this scene.” So I think it’s really helpful when the co-star is a writer, although you can’t go, oh, this one’s crap. He was so open. He had no ego.

The film marks Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut, so what was it like working with him? As a first time director, did he hit the ground running or did he have a learning curve to overcome?


He was great. He was really patient. We got to rehearse a little bit and work through some stuff right when we got there for a week. He was totally open when I’d have a meltdown, and also because I was pregnant I was definitely a little emotional and a little tired. He was always right there and would say, “Okay, what can we do?” I thought he had a great vision for the movie and I thought the film looked great. I think he did a beautiful job.

Since you mentioned it, does being pregnant affect you as an actress? I would imagine you’re emotionally all over the place when you’re pregnant, and since acting is the art of expressing your emotions, does being pregnant make it more difficult for you to act?


Yeah it does! I don’t know how people work pregnant. For one, I couldn’t stop eating. So they literally had to feed me every two hours. They were so amazing with having someone prepare me food after every take. I couldn’t stop eating or else I’d pass out. But other than that, this character has so much grief overwhelming her all the time because of losing her child in the beginning of the movie, I think that helped, being pregnant and not having a child. It made me much more open and much more vulnerable. I feel like I can do anything now. Playing that character pregnant added an extra dimension and depth for me for sure.

Actor James D’Arcy gives an extremely frightening performance in the film, what was it like for you working with him?


Oh my God, I love him. I love his so much. He’s one of the closest people in the world to me now. He’s just a wonderful person and a great actor. So I pray that I will get to work with him again because I love being with him and I think he’s a huge talent. He was spooky and he was trying to have a little bit of fun with his character. I just think he’s great in everything he does. I’m so happy for him.

You mentioned that the two of you became friends, was that important for you considering some of the horrible things that his character has to do to you in the film and did he stay in character on set or break character after every scene?


No, but because he’s British I think he kept his American accent the whole time. That was the only thing he didn’t break, but God forbid no, he did not stay in character. He was my best friend when we weren’t shooting and he would’ve not been my best friend if he stayed in character. There is that rape scene, that sex simulated scene, and I would not have been able to do that with him unless he was quick to give me a robe afterwards and give me a kiss on the cheek to say it’s okay.

The film features two young actors (Quinn Lord and Alex Ferris), how did they handle the movie’s dark and adult themes?


Quinn, oh my God, he had a great sense of humor. He was funny and he’s so precocious. He wasn’t scared at all. He totally got it. His mom was there so it was a totally safe environment for him. He was hanging out with us big kids and I didn’t always watch my mouth. He was up to the task. He was like a real grown up kid.

Congratulations on Anger Management getting picked up for a second season, will you be retuning to the show?


Yes, I’m in it. We’re shooting it now. We’ve just shot another six episodes, and they’re getting even better. We’re under a really crazy schedule because we shoot two episodes a week, which I don’t know if people understand that. Normally you shoot one episode in ten days or seven days but we shoot an episode in two days. So it was really quick and you don’t even get a chance to learn your lines. The first time we say our lines is in front of the camera, but I think Charlie (Sheen) always does such a great job. I’m definitely catching on. I’m building a much better character than I did the first season because it all went so quickly. I’m learning. I think the writing is amazing and it’s a sitcom, which is something I’m learning. It’s definitely a learning curve for me, but luckily the writing’s so good, and it’s just getting better and better.

Finally, director Guillermo Del Toro stated in July that he is “trying to make Hellboy III a reality.” Have you spoken to Del Toro about the third film and would you want to reprise your role if the series continues?


I pray it’s not over till it’s over or until we’re all dead. I know the movies were set up to have a third. It all culminates with that kind of apocalypse and what Liz and Hellboy’s babies are going to do with the world and what was the prophecy is for her. So I’m praying that it does go again. I know Ron (Perlman) wants to do another one and I think Guillermo’s heart and soul is in it. It’s my dream to work with Guillermo again. I love him more than anything. I love him almost as much as my baby. I just adore him. So to work with him again … I’m just praying it happens. But there is no start date yet.


In Their Skin opens in theaters on November 9th.

Anger Management season two is currently in production.

Hellboy III is currently in development.


ANTHEM Q&A With Selma Blair

Check out the latest Selma Blair Q&A with ANTHEM.

This is why we love Selma Blair. Absolutely fabulous.

In Their Skin is now available on IFC Midnight VOD and opens in select theaters November 9th.

When did you first decide to give acting a try? Was there a decisive moment?

I think the first time I decided to give it a try was while I was at Cranbrook, the boarding school that I went to. I was involved in a production of T.S. Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. Everyone left during the intermission because it was terrible… [Laughs] But my English teacher, Mr. Toner, told me not to give up. He told me to keep trying and thought I should be an actress. That was the first time I thought I could do this even though I don’t know what made him say that.

Do you remember your first professional gig?

It was a movie called Strong Island Boys, a tiny independent project where I played the lead. It only showed at the Hamptons Film Festival, but Alec Baldwin gave it an amazing review. He said I was a cross between Debra Winger and Marlene Dietrich, which was the best review I’ve ever received.

What did you take away from that first experience?

I learned that there’s a lot of waiting around and a lot of nights without sleep. I learned that I loved being on set and being around other people who love what they’re doing.

What has surprised you along the way do you think?

I just didn’t think I’d ever get to make a living out of doing something like this. I was hoping to score a commercial to promote bubblegum or something even though I don’t have a commercial look to begin with. [Laughs] When I booked Cruel Intentions, I remember driving to the soundstage one morning and crying. I couldn’t believe I was in California actually getting to do this. I was with Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, two actresses that I thought were so talented, young and beautiful. I just couldn’t believe my good fortune in getting to work with them both.



Cruel Intentions was a cultural force when it came out and you’ve continued to make interesting choices in roles. What was attractive about In Their Skin?

I was in New York working on Dark Horse, Todd Solondz’s movie and I had just found out that I was pregnant. I met with Josh [Close], the writer, and one of the producers of the film who happened to be a friend of a friend. I thought it would be a great little movie to fit in while I was in the early stages of pregnancy. It seemed like a small, beautiful and manageable movie to do at the time.



Are you a big fan of horror?

I’m terrified of horror films. I’m really not good with gore. But I appreciate them and… No. They terrify me. [Laughs]

You were the one taunting Sarah Michelle Gellar on the phone in Scream 2, weren’t you?

I was the voice on the telephone! Before I did Cruel Intentions, my agent sent me out to do this small voiceover audition and Wes Craven was there. He’s even there to oversee the small things like that. When I booked it, I went into the studio the next day. I was so excited to get to say, “Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill… Die, die, die, die, die…”

Are you ever hesitant about working with a first time director like on In Their Skin?

In my career, I’ve worked with big directors, first time directors, on little movies… I think it’s so rewarding to help people get their start in the industry or become a part of it. I still feel like I’m always on the verge of getting a big break. I just never have it even though I’m not a girl anymore and I’m a woman. I like to work with other people like me—the underdogs.

What are you looking for nowadays when it comes to roles?

Everything has dramatically changed since I became a mom. I no longer have the luxury of doing a movie for $500. I need to make a living and save up money for my baby. I can’t always go off and do movies with first time directors. If I take on a role, it has to pay the mortgage or at least show off my acting chops. I have to be a little pickier these days because I’m at home with my baby every night right now. I would love to do a period piece. I would love to work with Wes Anderson. There are so many directors that I would love to work with before this is all over for me.

Hellboy was a big break for you.

Hellboy was huge for me. When Guillermo [del Toro] offered me that role, I couldn’t believe I was being allowed to work with such an amazing man. The chance to walk into his imagination… He’s the greatest at the kind of things he does. That was a gift. We shot the first one in Prague and the second one in Budapest. I hope we’ll do a third one, but I know it’s not happening yet.

How did you get involved with the Hellboy franchise?

Guillermo actually asked me to do it and I didn’t have to audition for it. He had seen Storytelling and saw a quality, a certain sadness, that Liz has in Hellboy. I was invited and beyond thrilled.

Are you very structured in your process when you build a character?

I used to be. I went so far as to make journals and create entire histories of my characters. I went overboard with the preparation. I was always worse when I did something like that. I already have a quality of being disaffected, which works great for characters like Liz in Hellboy. [Laughs]. Now I really play a game of pretend. I say the lines and pretend to be that person.

Do you get very critical when you watch yourself onscreen?

I don’t so much anymore. Sometimes I can see that I’m totally not there and get apologetic because I didn’t hit the marks for a character. For the most part though, I don’t feel that way because there are so many people involved in putting a film together. Once we finish shooting, it’s no longer my responsibility. I don’t get worked up when I watch myself.

Actors often talk about the downtime on set, which is out of their control. How do you deal with something like that?

In the past on set when I was waiting around for hours at a time in the middle of the night, I thanked god that I loved books. My mom taught me to have a book everywhere I went. Whether you’re waiting at the carwash or waiting for a scene, a great book is a must. Sometimes I’ll exercise or take a nap, but usually, I read a good book or meditate.

What are some misconceptions about the film industry?

One big misconception is that we’re all billionaires. I’ve heard people say, “Why would you ever want to be away from your baby? Haven’t you saved up enough money? Can you stay at home and take care of your baby?” I’m sure there are actors that are grossly overpaid, but I don’t begrudge them because everyone deserves a great paycheck. I’m a working actress. I think people often look at you like you don’t deserve anything because you supposedly make all this money and live this charmed life. There are wonderful perks for sure, but for most of us, we live paycheck to paycheck. That keeps me going for a few months, and like every other single mom out there, I have a mortgage and a nanny to pay. Life is life. I think people think actors don’t have the same worries that other people have. I think most actors, except for the top 1%, are regular working people.

Do you look at your career from project to project?

That’s pretty much it. I look at what I’m offered or what I know isn’t right for me. I’m constantly asking myself, “Am I right for this?” Plays don’t pay so I don’t get to do it all the time. I really do go project to project. Now with my baby, I’m trying to stay in town for a couple of years, which is why I’m doing a TV show right now. It’s all about being in the moment and figuring out what will work.

With TV, the issue becomes the time commitment.

Movies are great because you can jump in and jump out. You could end up shooting a lot of nights where you’re taken away from a baby that sleeps with you. Some of those things aren’t workable with TV shows, but if it’s a hit show, it does become a big commitment if it’s on for a long time. With TV, you’re usually not shooting nights and you’re home by ten o’clock. It’s doable. You have to commit to shows, but it’s so few and far between that something stays on the air for seven years.

What can you tell us about Four Saints?

Four Saints seems like a beautiful movie. I don’t know what’s happening with it to be honest. I think it’s still in pre-production. I would love to do a period piece like that. Right now, I think they’re trying to figure out some things about it. I actually went to make In Their Skin instead of Four Saints. It was supposed to shoot and then sort of took a break.

I saw your name next to Melanie Lynskey’s and got really excited. I hope everything comes together for this project.

I would love to work with Melanie. So many people throughout my little career said I should work with her. I’ve loved her ever since Heavenly Creatures.


Selma Blair On The Uncomfortable Moments Of ‘In Their Skin’ – Interview

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Formerly known as Replicas, IFC’s In Their Skin is currently on VOD and On Demand with a limited theatrical run November 9. Directed by Jeremy Regimbal, the film stars Selma Blair, Joshua Close (who also wrote the script), James D’Arcy and Rachel Miner.

Last week I hopped on the phone with Blair and we discussed what attracted her to this project, which is much darker than many of the roles she is known for. We also discussed how she dealt with filming some of the project’s more intense material while being pregnant along with her desire to revisit the Hellboy universe.

In the film, “Following a tragic incident, the Hughes’ escape their busy upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality family time at their isolated country home. An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of, in order to survive.”

This is a role that we don’t really see you in very often. It’s a darker and more intense. Your character begins the film having suffered a tremendous loss.

Yeah. I read the script and I thought it was a very quiet horror/thriller. A very emotional family drama. And I was actually pregnant while we were shooting, so the scene in the beginning – the flashback where we’re told that our little girl is dead – was a very easy and horrible place for me to access. Since I had a baby inside me at the time, thinking of losing that child was horrifying. So that was scary. I also loved being in that big house in the country and portraying this family’s dark experience.

The movie really does take it’s time setting up the family before the home invasion. How closely did you work with [writer/actor] Joshua Close to establish that relationship?

You know, I didn’t meet Josh until I flew in to shoot the movie. But we rehearsed for a week and a half, just to feel some sense of closeness and loss and get to know each other a little bit. I thought that was really important, it’s not a totally gory film that’s an instant hit with that type of moviegoer. It’s more of a slow burn, and you don’t really get these kinds of movies these days. Movies you can just sit and watch this beautiful cinematography and experience the feelings that the characters have. So that was a luxury.

And the other family, there’s something very off about them. They remind me of those ingratiating people in your life that go too far out of their way to be your friend. And there’s this stretch of the movie where you have to be polite to them that I found interesting.

It was spooky. We’ve all had dinners where we just wish we could get up and leave and go home, and those people usually aren’t killers! You’re like, “this is really awkward and uncomfortable.” And to know that these people are dangerous and in your house and you have a little boy to protect… it’s just really awkward and real and uncomfortable.

So yeah it was spooky shooting it. We really took our time and let the pacing make things uncomfortable. I really love James D’Arcy so much but ugh, he was just so creepy!

When you read the script was there anything that stuck out to the point where you didn’t know if you could do it or not?

Yeah. There’s the scene where James D’Arcy’s character is making me have sex with him. And I just thought, “God, I’m too old. This is just too scary, I have a baby inside me. This is just so awful.” But it was still a really chilling scene and I thought it was important to convey the quiet, horrible ways in which people can invade your life and your spirit. That was a hard scene for me.

And this is Jeremy’s [director Jeremy Regimbal] first feature, right?

I totally trusted Jeremy. I thought he made the film look great. It’s really haunting and beautiful and cinematic, which we don’t get to see much anymore. It’s very painterly, sad and grey. He has a beautiful eye and I think he’s going to have a really bright future.

Anything else coming up for you?

Well I had this baby come up!

Real life!

Yeah! And now I’m doing the Charlie Sheen show “Anger Management.” That’s what I’ll be doing for as long as it’s picked up and after that it’s back to films.

It’s my dream to work with Guillermo del Toro again. I just want to be near him. I love him. I miss him. It’s my dream that one day when I’m done with the TV Show they say, “ok Hellboy 3 is actually going to go!’” That would be the biggest heaven. I mean it’s all set up. Hellboy 3 is the biggest payoff and the biggest horror. I want to see what these twins are up to, if one’s the devil and one’s an angel. I want to see what Hellboy and Liz are up to! I know the film is the apocalypse and the apocalypse isn’t cheap to shoot so we have to find some funding and get going with it!


Selma Blair – IN THEIR SKIN – Behind The Scenes Interview

Video update!

Check out Selma Blair in this video interview with behind-the-scenes footage of her latest thriller film, In Their Skin.

Watch here!

Actress Selma Blair interviewed on the set of her latest film – In Their Skin (formerly known as Replicas) – directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal and produced by The Lab Films.

In Their Skin in select theaters November 9th, 2012.

Downloads now available on iTunes, Netflix and OnDemand.

Selma Blair Deals With Anger Management – AssignmentX Interview

ANGER MANAGEMENT has had ten successful episodes on FX basic cable. FX had made an unprecedented deal with the show’s producers, who include star Charlie Sheen – if the half-hour comedy did well enough in its initial ten, FX would pick up ninety more episodes, probably the biggest back-end order in the history of scripted TV.

As ANGER MANAGEMENT creator/executive producer Bruce Helford points out, the series is produced at an accelerated speed, shooting two episodes a week. “There’s no real rehearsal for the show,” he explains. “Literally, the actors get the lines, we see the scene on its feet, writers make changes, the actors go to makeup, cameras are blocked, [the actors and crew] come back together, shoot the scene, make changes as we’re going.”

Before the ninety new episodes air, FX is running the first ten episodes in a marathon tonight, Thursday September 6, from 6 PM to 11 PM. Sheen’s character, Charlie Goodson, is a therapist who helps his patients with their issues. He has some unresolved anger and other matters of his own that he discusses with his own therapist/sometime girlfriend Kate Wales, played by Selma Blair.

Blair, a native of Michigan, has worked in TV before, but many viewers know her as the initially innocent teen unknowingly caught up in a web of schemes in CRUEL INTENTIONS and as the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman, heroine of the HELLBOY movies. Blair takes a few moments to talk about managing ANGER’s breakneck production pace – along with her new motherhood.

ASSIGNMENT X: Is ANGER MANAGEMENT your first half-hour comedy?

SELMA BLAIR: No, I did one maybe twelve years ago called ZOE, on the WB. I was Zoe, I was playing a twelve-year-old girl, which I wasn’t in real life, and that ran for two seasons. And then I did KATH & KIM [2008-2009] on NBC, that was just one season. So I had a couple of experiences, feeling it out.

AX: But you’ve largely been a film actress …

BLAIR: Yes, theatre and film.

AX: Were you looking to get back to television at this time?

BLAIR: I really was – I got pregnant, my baby’s one year old. As much as I love film and love that adventure, right now, if I were lucky enough to get a great job, say, with Charlie Sheen, or anyone, on TV, I was so happy to take it, because I want to be able to be home when my child will start school, so it’s just a different point in my life, so this made sense and it was a great opportunity.

I didn’t even read the script [before accepting the role]. I just know that Charlie’s an incredibly talented person in film and television, so it was kind of a no-brainer. He has a great track record with work and when I met him, I thought he was a great guy and so much fun and we instantly connected, so it was kind of a no-brainer. He’s in about every scene of this show. We shoot two episodes a week, so it’s very fast-paced, especially for Charlie, and so it’s rush, rush, rush, but we’re friends off-set. He’s someone I consider my closest confidante. He helps me so much in my life, he’s there for me, and he’s a wonderful person. I don’t know how he does it. He manages to be an amazing friend, amazing at work, and he has a lot of charisma, so we just really hit it off.

AX: Was there any time between when you got the part and when you actually started shooting that you had time to do any research into being a therapist?

BLAIR: No, not really, because I had the baby at home. I was up all night and I think we started shooting pretty quickly after I booked the job. My very best friend is a therapist [and was available for questions about the profession], but basically, this moves so fast that you’re kind of just learning your lines and going [laughs]. [In the back ninety], I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to really build a character, and a character that has confidence and an iconic character – if I’m in it a little or a lot, just to have something much stronger. To get another chance to do that would be great, because we did them so fast.

AX: Have you ever done anything before that’s produced quite at this pace?

BLAIR: I don’t think so. This is really something I’ve never experienced. I don’t know how the writers will keep it up or wardrobe will continue to shop – you know, when you’re doing a new show every [half-week], you’ve got to fit in wardrobe fittings and learn your lines and get home and be up all night with the baby. So many of us have kids. But I’ll luckily be a part of it.

AX: It sounds like there’s not much time for rehearsal with the director and to get much input on what you’re doing in the role. Is it liberating or scary to be that much in charge of your own performance?

BLAIR: I think as we go on, I’ll get more confidence to know, “Oh, I can really make a choice here,” because you have to rely on that. You’ve got to think more quickly and say, “Okay, I’ve got to liven this up, I’ve got to figure something out,” and I think we’re all going to get there and I think the writers are going to get more of our particular voices, so it won’t be so scary, but it is an adventure, and you don’t have time to second-guess. There are some fun things that come out of it, impromptu laughs that they’ll keep when you break character, so stuff happens there. We’re having a great time and it’s just going to get better and better.

AX: Do you know the status of HELLBOY III?

BLAIR: I don’t. Someone told me at Comic-Con they were talking about HELLBOY III, but I haven’t heard a thing about it. I would love that.

AX: Do you have any other projects coming up that we should be looking out for?

BLAIR: I just had DARK HORSE come out [in July], the Todd Solondz movie.

AX: How was working with Mr. Solondz?

BLAIR: It was amazing. I worked with him on STORYTELLING ten years ago. This is actually the same character [from STORYTELLING] who came back ten years later [in DARK HORSE], so this character is ten years older. Todd is one of my dear friends and one of my favorite filmmakers, so it was a dream come true to get to do that. And then to get to be in a show like Charlie’s, something so more mainstream, and then to do a Todd movie is like, “Wow, I have a pretty blessed life.”


Selma Blair Vanity Fair Hollywood Blog Interview

Vainty Fair interview with Dark Horse’s Selma Blair
By Krista Smith

Since her captivating debut as the naïve ingénue in Cruel Intentions,Selma Blair has built a diverse career in Hollywood, appearing everywhere from Portlandia to Hellboy.  Her latest project is Dark Horse, a Todd Solondz film in which she plays a disillusioned women named Miranda. V.F.’s senior West Coast editor, Krista Smith, caught up with Blair about working with Solondz, her envy of glamorous moms like Jessica Alba, and what she has to learn from Charlie Sheen on the set of Anger Management.. Highlights from their chat:

Krista Smith: In Dark Horse you play Miranda, an unsuccessful lady who catches the eye of the equally unsuccessful Abe (Jordan Gelber). They both still live with their parents. Are they the same sad person?

Selma Blair: He likes living at home. That’s the difference—he loves it, and she views her life as a total failure. His job is a fake, horrible, stupid, nepotism job. I think it’s equally depressing and real. I’ve never played such an honest character as her. People think it’s a joke or something. Why doesn’t she just give up on hope and love and just get married and have kids?

At one point when I was watching the film, I thought: What is it about Selma Blair that catches the attention of Guillermo del Toro, Todd Solondz, and, most recently with Anger Management, Charlie Sheen?

You’d think Charlie Sheen and Todd Solondz would be worlds apart and have very different muses. I’m so happy that, at least for the moment, I get to have my hand on two different sides of a tent. I think that’s probably why I’m such a failure in this business. Because there’s no identity. It’s just like,“Oh, you’re that same girl”—the audiences would never meet, so each audience thinks that I’m off. One audience probably thinks I’m off in an institution for the rest of the year when I’m not making a Solondz film, and then the other audience is probably like, “Wow, the poor girl never works, but Charlie gave her a job.” Because the audiences would never go to the same thing.

Krista Smith: Which person do you think the Hellboy audiences identify with?

Selma Blair: Probably Charlie Sheen, because he’s kind of a superhero. He would get that Comic-Con, real addict type of fan. Todd Solondz gets a more cerebral, collegiate audience. You’d hope he’d get a wider audience because I love his films, but it seems like that’s an elite bunch. Guillermo’s is a different, comic-book fan. Charlie’s like a superhero. I’m not saying that just to kiss Charlie’s ass because I’d like to have a job with him again, but it’s true. He proves it with whatever he does. Just a huge performance-art comic book.

Krista Smith: Back to Todd Solondz—is your character, Miranda, the same character you played in Storytelling?

Selma Blair: I didn’t know it was until Todd gave me the job. But, yes it is. If you look at the end credits, it says Miranda, formerly known as Vi. If you know Todd’s work, Vi was the character I played in Storytelling, the college student who says, “Fuck me, n—–. Fuck me harder.” I don’t get to say that enough anymore.

Krista Smith: That was a profound line.

Selma Blair: I really haven’t said it in days. [Laughs.] No, I haven’t said it in years. It’s the same character, and I don’t know if it matters, other than it shows how much Todd actually does care about his characters. He let one live on and gave her this somewhat happy ending. It just helped me go, “Oh, well, I’ve already played her. I don’t have to do shit.” But I did. I loved playing her after she was so idealistic in college. She was kind of condescending and really had so much ambition. It made it a lot deeper for me to see her now having failed.

Krista Smith: You were so thin in that movie.

Selma Blair: Yeah, I was probably 20 pounds lighter. I hadn’t eaten any sugar in Storytelling. I was really happy with that.

Krista Smith: But with your baby, don’t you eat sugar just to keep going?

Selma Blair: That’s the problem, but then you pass out and then you feel sick. I mean that’s what I did yesterday. I got him a birthday cake, albeit a really puny, puny one because I didn’t want him to eat sugar. I was really passive aggressive. I was like,“You can’t have cake, but here’s a cake.” Of course I ate it. I wasn’t eating sugar at all on Dark Horse. Then I got pregnant, so if you’re looking to get pregnant, apparently don’t eat sugar. I haven’t eaten it in two and a half years. I only recently, in the past month, started eating sugar again. It feels horrible, and it tastes wonderful.

Krista Smith: Are you excited to continue Anger Management with Charlie Sheen?

Selma Blair: I have no idea if I’m going back to work in the fall or not. We shot 10—two episodes a week—which is unheard of, because normally you shoot an episode in 7 or 10 days. Basically most people shoot a pilot and see if they’re picked up. We shot like a five-hour pilot. There was no time to correct anything or see what you’re doing or learn your lines, you know—it was just: Get it and go. Not sleeping and going on a set and learning your lines right there. I really hope I get a chance to reevaluate my character and play it again in the fall. I don’t know if it’s picked up. Charlie has a huge fan base, and I think he’s great. I hope I get a chance to come back, because he has a lot to teach me about charisma. I’m hoping it’s teachable. People say it ain’t. You either got it or you don’t. I apparently have never had it, but I’m knocking on Charlie’s door because I need it.

Krista Smith: Well, your baby Arthur’s got a ton of charisma.

Selma Blair: I know, and I’m going to try to suck it from him, too. I’m riding on the coattails of the two most wonderful men in my life right now—Charlie and that baby. And I’m hoping both of them get me the places I need to go.

Krista Smith: What do you think of all the tabloid magazines that showcase celebrity moms like yourself?

Selma Blair: I don’t understand it. I love pictures of babies now that I have one, but it’s weird and it’s so creepy because they’re taking pictures of your baby. A baby that could be kidnapped, God forbid. I don’t look good when I go out with my baby because all your effort goes to “Do I have the stroller? Do I have the food? Do I have breast milk? Do I have formula? Do I have a change of clothes?” I don’t know how Jessica Alba does it. It’s so much work, or she has a nanny all the time. And in that case, fuck her. I mean of course I know she has a nanny all the time, but still—I can have a nanny as much as I want to too, and I still don’t manage to really get it together.

Source: Vanity Fair The Hollywood Blog

Glamour UK Interview With Selma Blair

From Cruel Intentions to Dark Horse – actress Selma Blair opens up about relating to her depressive character Miranda in black comedy Dark Horse, her baby, Arthur, why she’s surprised she’s lived until 40, and starring opposite her “boyfriend in another life”, Charlie Sheen, in Anger Management…

GLAMOUR:Dark Horse is a pretty dark, bleak comedy. What initially attracted you to the role of Miranda?

Selma Blair: “Well, anything, I mean honestly, anything Todd [Solondz] does, you know I would love to be a part of… We did a film called The Storytelling together many years ago, and my character was Vi, and it was one of my favourite experiences and one of my favourite films, so we remained friends. And then when we were talking about the film, I don’t think he was thinking of casting me… Or maybe he was, I have no idea… But we were throwing around my friends’ names and it just didn’t work out. And then he finally, you know, offered it to me. And without even reading it I said yes. It’s my character from Storytelling – it’s the same girl. Her name is Miranda Vi, so she went by Vi in Storytelling and goes by her first name [Miranda] in this one. So, it’s really the same girl.”

G: Miranda is heavily medicated and deeply depressive. How did you prepare for such a complex role like that?

S: “Sadly, I didn’t really have to! Because it’s kind of in my… In my veins. There’s been times in my life, and people who I’ve met who are totally devastated by the state of their lives, and, in a way, that’s remarkably… Un-dramatic. I mean, [I said to myself] ‘Do you play this so over-depressed?’, and I was like, ‘No, that’s just how some people can be.’ That’s how she is. Yeah, it is a movie, whatever, it’s drama, but I thought she was a really real character and she was someone that was very medicated and um, I get it. I wish I could check out half the time. Todd’s writing is so specific, I love it so much that I feel you don’t have to. You just kinda have to stay there and say the script and what he means, you know?”

G: How do you switch off from a depressive role like that? Is it hard not to take some of that home with you?

S: “You know, usually when they say ‘cut’ I’m the type of person that, between scenes, I’m joking with people, I’m wondering where you can get the best French fries, and then I’ll go into a scene and totally be there. So I’ve never been one to carry that voice through. Her character is really normal to me. So, you know, there were a couple of days… Scenes that didn’t even make it into the movie. There are a lot more scenes that I was in, and some of those, and her level of, her monotone way was actually… It is draining a bit. I guess I’d just go home, and I had just fallen in love at the time, so my baby father… That was probably the biggest pick me up. I was pretty happy.”

G: The underlying theme behind the movie surrounds the inevitable passage of time and the irretrievability of youth. Is getting older something that you ever think or worry about?

S: “Well, I don’t worry about it. I mean, I can’t change it and I’d much rather… I never thought I’d live [this long]. I’m going to be 40 tomorrow and I never thought I’d live to see that. I was a very depressive youngster and I thought, ‘Ugh, when I’m 16’ – to me that was ancient – and it’ll just be over and I’ll just kill myself. I’ll never live to be, you know, like the grandma age of 40. And I am and I’m happier than I’ve ever been. And now I have a child and I just live for me and for him and things go on. It’s very easy, especially in Hollywood, I think. We are all trying to stop time, because it’s a really difficult culture to get old in, in this consumer, throwaway culture. And so it is worrisome, but I think the best way to encourage getting older is to do it as gracefully as possible. I try not to think about it too much, because getting older is really hard. I mean, getting really old – like painfully old – not 40 years old, like, 80 years old!

“You know, I’ve made a living playing younger characters, until I became a mom… In Kath And Kim I was playing, like, a 15-year-old that’s really, I don’t know what, 28 or 30 or something? I’m really good at playing these kinds of adolescent, juvenile characters. So, yeah, maybe I haven’t come to terms with my own growing up fully.”

G: You’re also set to play the female lead in new comedy Anger Management starring opposite Charlie Sheen. What’s he like to work with?

S: “He’s great to work with. I mean, am I gonna say anything else? But truly, he is. He’s always been a pro from what I know. I mean, you know, about work and everything. And you know he’s really charming and really funny. And if it were a different life he’d probably be my boyfriend, he is so much fun.”

G: Seriously? You’d date Charlie Sheen?

S: “Yeah! I mean he’s a charmer and he makes you feel great and he LOVES women. And he’s really loyal to the people in his life. I mean, I’m sure you can find that verdict debatable, but that’s not my experience. He is great. I think the show is really good. I’m really grateful for it and I thought the writing was really, really good. Of course, I haven’t seen any of it yet, but I think it’s, you know… If people love him on his other shows, they’ll love him in Anger Management. And it was a huge thing for me to get to play an adult. It was the first time. I mean, I played kids really until Dark Horse, and [in Anger Management] I’m playing a middle-aged failure. You know it’s time to come to the reality of how you’re really seen with high definition film, ha ha! So… Now I get to go toe-to-toe with Charlie Sheen. I’m really grateful that Hollywood saw me as a women that’s capable of carrying that type of sarcasm and wit and that kind of energy. It’s a kind of a pivotal moment for me that I’m really grateful for.”

G: Is he really as crazy and party-hard as we like to think he is?

S: “I don’t find him to be that way at all. But then again, I’m not, you know, the biggest party person right now. You know, I’ve had my days but… So, I mean I’m probably not someone he’d want to party with! So I don’t really know.”

G: What can we expect from the series?

S: “I have no idea! I mean, I play the girl he has sex with, and I won’t admit that I like him, you know… romantically. And I’m his therapist, so it’s an inappropriate relationship all around. And I have no idea. We shot two [episodes] a week really quickly, and I had a baby up all night, and then I’d be up all day on that show. Which, I’m not complaining, I’m just saying, I don’t remember a lot… I really don’t even remember shooting it, honestly.”

G: How are you finding balancing work and home life now that you’ve become a new mum? It’s something that a lot of women struggle to do…

S: “It’s hard for me to leave my baby, but then there’s moments when I’m like, ‘Be grateful,’ because I need to go to work. I need it for my soul and my mortgage and for my life, and I want to teach Arthur that work is important. And it can be really pleasurable, so I’m really hopeful that that will continue for me. But I really struggle… I’m kind of really lost, you know. I haven’t been exercising, I really haven’t been eating healthily. I’m on my third cup of coffee already today, I’ve been up since 3am with Arthur – he’s an early riser, God bless him – so I’m definitely kind of devoting this year to him. When I work, I’m full on, and then when I’m at home, I’m it. And he doesn’t think I’m that much fun, I’ve realised!”

G: He sounds really sweet…

S: “He’s adorable. He’s been walking since eight months, so, you know, I’ve had my hands full!”

G: You designed a range of handbags and wallets, SB. Is fashion something you’re interested into going into a bit more depth with?

S: “I would love to do something with fashion. The handbags, it didn’t really… It was just kind of a stab, and I didn’t really do much, and then I just kind of pushed that aside. I really like things that are really luxury items, and that was just a really easy kind of trendy endeavour. Yeah I love fashion. I hope I get back into it again, because right now, I wear smock tops and jeans and I just have to make do with that for a while, until I have a bone showing ever again once I stop breast feeding. Fashion doesn’t look as good when you’re four sizes bigger!

G: Our fashion editor [Leisa Barnett] would like to know if you have any tips on staying stylish during pregnancy? We thought you looked great four sizes bigger!

S: “Well, that’s very sweet, thank you! You know, there were actually like a few [pairs of] pregnancy jeans I couldn’t do without and, you know, just a couple of simple pieces. And then I just wore loose dresses and put a belt above the bump. I don’t know, I was SO happy pregnant that I really think it was just that energy that might have been shining through, because normally I might look a little sour, because I don’t like how I look when I smile. So if there’s a paparazzi picture, I look very, very annoyed, as I don’t want to smile. I don’t know, I was happy pregnant and I wore colours for the first time, and I kinda just wore everything except for sweat pants. I think it’s so refreshing to see a pregnant person not wearing sweatpants and sneakers, so that’s all it was, it was regular clothes, which is like a novelty because people are so tired, but I was happy! Now I look like a pregnant person! Now I look like I’m someone who’s schlepping around because I wake up and I don’t have time to get myself together. And the baby, you know, I can barely, you know, wash my face at night – but it’s OK. I mean, that’s OK. But I will hopefully get some inspiration to get myself together soon.”

G: You’re boyfriend Jason [Bleick] is a fashion designer. Does he ever try to influence what you wear or give you fashion advice? How do you take that?

S: “No… I mean, he’s such a huge Margiela fan. He’s, like, the only guy who understands those shoes, you know, like those weird like little cloven hoof shoes. And every other guy is just like, ‘They’re disgusting,’ and he’s like, ‘Get another pair!’ So I guess he tried to ensure that I never have another boyfriend, ha ha! He loves unusual things, but he mostly [designs] motorcycle and skatewear, [he’s in that] kind of world so not high fashion. But no, he’s such a dude, I don’t know. I mean, he loves fashion, but he doesn’t… He’s just happy when I make an effort.”

G: What’s next for you?

S: “Yeah, I’ve got a little [promotion] for Dark Horse… It’s kind of a small release out here, and I wish it weren’t so, because I love it. And I’m probably going to be moving house and getting my life back in order and getting back on track, and getting worked out and fit and feeling a little more invigorated so I can have more energy to play with baby! And I will start promoting Anger Management, which premieres here next week, so then hopefully I can go back to work or I’ll be looking for another job!”