I dont know. I should preface the real answer by saying that every character that I play is like a tiny percent of my personality sort of heightened. So Im also very adamant about never really playing the same character again. Whereas people might see this and say, Oh, thats sort of like Buffy. Thats sort of like this , its not at all because its my very first character that I have to be unconfident and scared and insecure and everything. That was sort of a struggle.
I guess my personality comes through in the skating in terms of Casey because thats like stronger and powerful. I think in acting not necessarily the real me comes out, because youre acting, so you dont ever want to be too realistic. But just parts like different little parts of you. The real me is sitting at home, no makeup, in my old sweatpants, watching DVDs. And no makeup is a big thing because I love makeup. So thats me. Im there clicking on my Tivo watching Law and Order with my sister because Im obsessed.
How did you like working in Toronto?
Toronto was great. Toronto was really, really nice. Theyre very good to me in Toronto. All of Canada is actually. But my entire life, Ive never worked in Vancouver, oddly enough. And thats such a center for movies and such. Ive only mostly done Toronto. My first movie was in Toronto 10 years ago, which was Harriet the Spy. Driving by the Sutton Place [Hotel], which was where I stayed when I was 10, was like [gasping], I remember what that feeling was that first day walking into the big hotel. It was really cool. My boyfriends from Toronto. Hes from B.C. but has a place in Toronto.
Whos your boyfriend?
Shawn Ashmore [X2]. Hes an actor. I had to think about that. I was up at 7 this morning, I dont know.
How did you meet an X-Man?
Well, I put out an ad in the classifieds: "Wanted, Superhero. Im a damsel in distress." No, we just met, which is funny, knowing Shawn, he hates anything publicity. He's so not into that world. We met at an Oscar party and he was just like Mr. Grumpy, unhappy to be out in public and I totally approached him. I was the forward one. I take full credit and actually, weve been together a year.
You said you dont like playing the same character twice. Does that mean you wouldnt do a sequel to Ice Princess? What about the possibility of a Buffy movie?
Im sure that there was tons of talk. Id heard something here and there. The thing that I never want to play a character again I dont mean any disrespect for the creators and producers of my previous projects because I never pick a project carelessly. I always have some heart attached to it. Buffy was my all-time favorite show before I was on it. So I loved Dawn. She was an awesome character and that was where I was at that point in my life. I was, you know, 14-17, which is hugely different. Im almost 20 now. Ill be 20 in October, so reprising a character is something Never say never. As opposed to a sequel for this the story would have to be amazing because I really feel so proud of what we have on the screen right now. Its not a Disney kitschy movie. Its a heartfelt, loving story. And to have anything less than that as a sequel would be doing a disservice to the original story. So you never know.
What if Buffy creator Joss Whedon came up with an idea for a Buffy movie in which Dawn was in a completely different place and much older? Would you be interested then?
You never know. Again, like I said, youd have to see the material and also I have so many projects that I want to do right now after Ice Princess and all that, that you have to make sure it fits into that vein because I believe every actors path is sort of set. You dont want to veer too much away from moving on and growing as an actor.
You have two totally contrasting movies this season. Whats your other project, Mysterious Skin, about?
Mysterious Skin was actually filmed beforeIce Princess so its kind of interesting. It was filmed right after Eurotrip. I was actually 17 when I filmed it. It is completely different. I mean, theres no words to describe how insanely different these two movies are, and thats awesome for me as an actress because it shows complete range. I never want to be pegged into something, like I keep saying.
Its a true story that Gregg Araki adapted into a screenplay about two boys who experience something traumatic in their lives and how they each grow up to deal with it. And I play Joe Gordon-Levitts best friend whos the wild-child boy. Its very dark and very poignant and beautiful and moving and everything, and unlike anything anyones seen me in, and Im very proud of it.
And its not G-rated?
No, I think we begged for the R rating on Mysterious Skin. Like, Please? Okay.