MENA SUVARI (Heather)
Were you reluctant to come back for the sequel? Was it important that everyone returned for "American Pie 2?"
I think everybody would have to come back to do it. I was really excited to see how it was all going to work out with everybody coming back and just really excited to do it. I thought it'd be fun.
Did you like the direction they took your character?
Yeah, I mean I loved our (with Chris Klein) relationship in the first one. I loved how ours was such a change. The movie's so funny and to have our relationship being such a sweet story in it - it added a different tone to the film. I was excited that in this one we stay together, and I love how the women are so strong. What I like about Heather going away and having this experience in Barcelona, experiencing a new culture, I liked that she was so strong and staying true to herself and what she wanted to do, and wasn't afraid to venture out. And also I loved that Oz's character is so supportive of her going, and I loved showing that to audiences because I feel that people Heather and Oz's age really exist in that kind of devoted relationship. It's just a nice message to show. In my experience I've had when I was younger and traveling, I had boyfriends who got jealous and weren't really there for me. This character being the age that he is and that he's really there for her, I just think that it's a nice message. I like what they did with the characters.
Your character is barely in the film because she's traveling. Were you a little apprehensive to do it because of that?
No, I mean, that was the decision that was made. And all those things that I mentioned about why I liked what they did. No, not at all. I was really excited to be part of it again, to be part of this with everyone else - working with the writer again, and the producers that we had, and J.B. Rogers was our 1st Assistant Director on the first film, and so it was just a great vibe. It was so much fun to work on, such a family setting.
Were you on the set with everyone else?
I was a little bit, but not too much. I worked with Chris Klein a lot.
Your characters don't get involved in any of the really embarrassing kind of humor of this movie.
That would have been fun.
Do you like that kind of humor?
Like what Jason did? Yeah!
Would you come back for an "American Pie 3?"
I think we'd have to approach that if it happens, if it's discussed. We'll have to let this one come out first and see.
How do you know when a juvenile scene is going to work and when it doesn't?
Well, that's the risk you have to take.
But how do you know when you are actually creating these scenes?
You don't know. How are you supposed to know anything like that? You can't know because everybody's got a different opinion and you might think Oh my God, this is amazing, and people don't get it. You always take a risk with comedy.
What's your next project?
I did this film last Summer called "The Musketeer," and it's coming out in September. It's a period piece - 17th century. Justin Chambers plays D'Artagnan. We have Catherine Deneuve in the film, and Tim Roth, Stephen Rea, and Nick Moran. It's about D'Artagnan, the 4th Musketeer, so it's a Musketeer movie. I'm really excited about it.
What is your character?
I play Francesca, D'Artagnan's love interest. I protect the Queen, Catherine Deneuve.
Anything after that?
I did this film, independent film, here after we shot "American Pie 2," called "Spun." It was directed by this music video director, Jonas Akerlund. It has a great cast with Jason Schwartman, and Brittany Murphy, and Patrick Fugit, and I play John Leguizamo's girlfriend. It's a drug movie, and it should be coming out sometime next year, maybe January.
What attracts you to a part?
I love doing things that are different from what I've done before. I don't want to do always the same thing. I always said that I never wanted to just do the pretty girl role, that's it. I wanted meaty roles. I definitely have to love the story but also I have to love the character. That's about it for me. I don't go into things by how are they going to do, it's more about if I'm going to enjoy myself. That's the most important thing I think, you should enjoy your work. Because if you're not, what's the point? You should have fun with it. That's just the attitude that I take. You know, love the story; it's different, maybe if I'm saying something.
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