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Interview with Mia Kirshner & Chris Evans from "Not Another Teen Movie"
by Rebecca Murray and Fred Topel

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Did you grow up watching teen movies?
Mia: I grew up watching the 80s teen movies for sure, "Breakfast Club," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Pretty in Pink" are certainly wonderful, wonderful films.

Chris: I really haven't seen a lot of the 80s movies, to be honest. I've seen a few, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," bits and pieces of "The Breakfast Club." But not "Pretty in Pink" and "Sixteen Candles," for the most part I haven't seen a lot of those 80s films. I've seen a lot of the 90s ones. I'm not going to lie, I probably saw a lot of them in the theatre. It's okay - I was young when they came out, 15 or 16, so I was in the right demographics - so it was okay.

Did you study "Cruel Intentions?"
Mia: Yeah. I mean, I've seen it a couple of times and I thought that Sarah Michelle Gellar did a really great job. That whole cast did. But I think we all made the characters our own at the end of the day. We didn't watch it scene by scene and try to replicate the performances.

Was this a chance to spoof the straight teen roles you've played?
Mia: I've actually never done a teen movie before, but I certainly could tell you some of the ones I came very close on. I was very, very close on "Clueless" and very, very close on "She's All That."

For the leads?
Mia: Yeah, and that's wild because they would have been very different films if I had done them. I think it's probably better that the other women got those roles.

What's it like to be the "pretty boy?"
Chris: I've kind of always been the pretty boy (groaning). You should have seen me when I was younger, before I hit puberty. You put a wig on my and literally, I was a girl. I just had a very delicate face. That's not a very good thing, at all. It's okay, it's alright.

Was that "dessert" scene uncomfortable?
Chris: It was awkward but what are you doing to do? Everyone on the film had a very awkward thing to do. Mia had her share of stuff, and Chyler had her share of stuff. Everyone had a real difficult scene to pull off. You suck it up. It's for a comedy.

Is there a special person who put the whipped cream on you?
Chris: It was my make-up artist so we were much closer after that day. It was interesting.

Did you have anything on?
Chris: No. They gave me a little nylon sock, mini, mini sock. I was wearing whipped cream over that. I was hoping for a G-String, something to go around my waist, but no (laughing).

How many takes of the kissing scene did you have to do to get the slobber just right?
Mia: Many, many, many, many. Joel is definitely, I mean God bless him, a lovely man and talented director but he is definitely a perfectionist, so I knew going into it there was no way that Joel was going to let us do one or two takes of the scene. I think we probably did about 20, but it was her first French kiss in her whole life. I think this was a lot of firsts for her actually - Beverly. It was just a wild experience.

But was it real slobber?
Mia: No, they put this special goo in our mouths and we would hold it under our tongue, and then when we began to kiss, it would come out onto each other.

Did you study the classic spoofs such as "Naked Gun?"
Chris: Chyler and I had to watch "Airplane" when we went out one afternoon with Joel to do a workshop session. We had to watch "Airplane" a couple of times. He basically said that's the kind of movie he's looking to make. That really ridiculous spoof where the actors know it's a joke as well as the audience.

Did you study "Scary Movie?"
Mia: I've never seen that film. I don't think it was anybody's intention for us to imitate other people's performances. I think it's much more of a broad spoof.

Were there any uncomfortable scenes in this film that you weren't sure about doing?
Chris: I think that, for the most part, that's the beauty of working with Joel and Mike Bender, the writer. They both cater to the actors. If you have a problem with a word or scene, they are so open to suggestions and what you think is going to make it flow better. They want to make sure that you are going to give a good performance. They are very "actor-friendly." As far as being uncomfortable with the banana, that's one thing. But when it comes to dialogue or a line or way the script is rolling, that's so easily changed with Mike and Joel. They are great.

Is this your first feature?
Chris: Yes.

What did you think when you got it?
Chris: It's still a little...I don't know. You jump up and down and you call everyone you know. I didn't realize - you think you are doing a movie but then you realize it's a Columbia Pictures movie so it's probably going to have some publicity. Then you see a billboard and it's like, "God! I'm on a billboard!" It doesn't hit all at once, it kind of unravels itself and it's still unraveling. It's a great trip and I love it to death.

You broke through with "Exotica." Are you happy with the turns your career is taking?
Mia: Yes. Certainly this movie is a very different turn for me. The films I'm used to are these much smaller, very dark, dramatic films. This year has been a year of great changes for me in the sense that I'm used to doing these films and a couple of people seeing them. Suddenly with "24" and then this... I just saw a copy of a cover of a magazine that I'm on, and it's certainly very weird and unusual. I've been doing it for awhile and I'm used to being a working actor who goes from good project to good project. It feels very foreign and strange, not what I'm used to.

Can you talk about "24?"
Mia: I love it. I have to say though I was a bit stupid. When I read the script, I didn't want to play the character. I was like, "This is a bimbo on a plane who blows up the plane, and who cares? There is no character in there." Then I started talking to the director, Stephen Hopkins, and I think he really allowed me to create a different type of character where you see that this person has no heart, and no soul. Someone who can turn on a dime and who can be anything you want her to be. I have to say, she's now one of my favorite characters that I've ever played.

That was the first hour of the series and it was a powerful scene.
Mia: Yeah, it really was. It's an odd thing, September 11th happened and obviously there were no flights. I was working in Vancouver and had to drive from Vancouver to L.A. to work on "24." I had a very heavy heart driving back simply because playing this woman who had blown up a plane, certainly the last thing I wanted this character to be was a sensationalistic woman who people were rooting for. Just reading the profiles of the terrorists, it felt like a very, very weird thing to go on the set on the 13th. I would never want to glorify that.

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