You were just starting to shoot “Doubt” when you learned you were pregnant.
Yes. I felt terrible, like I was really screwing up their whole plan. But they were so gracious about it, and we were able to make it work. We moved from files and a big handbag and heavy coats to shorter background actors to stand in front of me to block my stomach. It was a little hard on the old ego, I’ll tell you that.
And the romantic scenes with Steven Pasquale?
Oh God, there was nothing more unsexy than disrobing on set when I had a seven-month belly protruding out. At one point, I’m coming out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel, and we had a teasing moment, and then I dropped it. And I just couldn’t help myself — I burst out laughing. I know that pregnancy is beautiful in so many ways, but it’s sort of more beautiful between you and your husband, who has to think you’re beautiful. Your co-star on the other hand. …
You’ve forsaken Hollywood for a horse ranch in Utah. Why?
I had been there about 20 years, and it’s so industry heavy. You can’t even go to your local IHOP and not hear people at the next table talking about the screenplay they just wrote or the independent they just directed or the studio head they just met with. And I just felt like I needed to think about, talk about and experience something other than Hollywood.
In “Unforgettable,” you play an immaculately groomed divorced woman and overprotective mother who isn’t about to let her ex’s new girlfriend get comfortable with her former family in her old house. I saw it, and you scared me.
It’s not a role that people think of me in, and Denise Di Novi, who directed it, didn’t know if I’d want to play that kind of character — or if I could go that dark. But there was a weird freedom in diving into such a diabolical, disturbed woman because she really does not care if people like her. It was very freeing to be that single-minded and selfish.
I don’t want to give anything away, but you seem to have met your match with Rosario Dawson.
Rosario is such a badass. She’s a lot tougher than I am. Denise wanted it to feel like feral cats almost, just toying with each other and waiting to pounce.
In the past, you’ve been criticized for statements [about "Grey’s Anatomy” and "Knocked Up”] that some called straightforward and others ungrateful. Did those reactions make you rethink your relationship with the media?
Yeah, for a good bit it really silenced me, because I was terrified and I didn’t process what happened in a very mature or evolved way. I just took it personally. I think at the time it went from respecting that I was outspoken to saying, “Oh God, she’s gone too far.” And I probably did. I’m not shy about revealing who I am and what I think, but there is a time and a place for certain opinions, which I’ve learned, thank goodness, as I’ve gotten older. Then there are the opinions that I don’t care how much heat I would get for, I would stand very strongly and voice them very loudly if it came to that. So it’s knowing the difference.
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