Robert De Niro. Simple as that. It seemed like a pretty cool thing to do to put his name on my resume next. I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but itâs great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished.De Niro has a reputation for immersing himself in the role I think most of those stories are exaggerated. Thatâs certainly been my experience when Iâve worked with people who come with that sort of baggage. He couldnât have been nicer or friendlier. Hide And Seek is a scary movie. Did it frighten you when you saw it cut together?
Yes it did scare me, actually, but it doesnât quite have the same impact when youâve been involved in making it. I love scary movies and The Shining and Donât Look Now are two of the best.What scares you in real life?
[Laughs] Really bad make-up and bad plastic surgery. There are a lot of examples of the latter, but letâs not mention names.Do you have any of the usual phobias, like fear of spiders or heights?
Iâm not keen on spiders, but I like heights. Iâd love to jump out of a plane, but not bungee-jumping. I imagine that would be painful because you have to go back up again.You got your first big break in the Bond movie GoldenEye in 1995. Did you worry about being typecast afterwards?
At the time I had nothing to lose, so I didnât hesitate. I just had to make sure I worked really hard afterwards.Thereâs a bit of a stigma attached to being a Bond girl, isnât there?
I suppose so, but Iâm the example that there doesnât have to be. Everybody gets typecast in movies, but you have to make wise choices. Iâd say around 90% of movie casting is about the way you look, so you have to fight that. If producers had their way, Iâd only be in action films, but Iâm interested in a more varied career than that.
So how do you manage your career?
The key is to mix it up. I like to go from mainstream movies to more artsy films. I donât sign on for the money. Maybe I should, but I donât. Thereâs always a good reason for doing something. Some of my choices are based on the directors, others are based on the actors
Thereâs some pretty physical stuff towards the end of Hide And Seek. Did you sustain any injuries?
I got hurt a bunch of times. We were really struggling in that water and one of the characters is choking me. The only way to do is just to go for it, otherwise it ends up looking phoney. It wasnât pleasant, I can tell you. It took about a week to film that scene and I ended up hurting my head and getting bruised, but at least they heated the water for us.
Any plans for another X-Men movie?
Weâre hoping to start the third one in spring. I canât wait. The movies are hard work, but the cast is great and we have a lot of fun. Unfortunately Bryan Singer isnât doing this one heâs busy making the new Superman film. It saddens me that he wonât be on board because he did such an incredible job. He made great movies rather than silly popcorn flicks.
You started out as a model. What was that like?
I found it difficult being objectified 24 hours a day, and thatâs not the nicest feeling. People dress you up, tell you where to stand and what to do you donât have any creative input.
Youâre in the second series of Nip/Tuck. Whatâs your role?
I play a life coach whoâs completely insane, but Iâm not going to say anymore, otherwise itâll spoil the surprises.
Would you ever consider plastic surgery yourself?
Iâm not a fan of it. I hope I can be strong enough not to get involved in all that. It just makes people look weird.
You learned lapdancing for the film Made. How was it?
Itâs kind of liberating it makes you more comfortable with your body. The funniest thing was seeing how silly men are about the whole thing. They think the girl is only dancing for them. I have friends who have gone back to the same dancer time and time again and they say âI can tell sheâs really into meâ. The dancers are really good at making men believe that.
Is it true you hate cooking?
I donât know how to cook and thereâs so much work involved you have to buy the groceries and prepare them. I like it when people cook for me, or Iâll just order some take-out.