Wow. You can always see your first kiss!
I know. My mom used to tape all the episodes, and my parents and I would watch them over and over again. When we kissed, it was so momentous.
You had an even more famous kiss with Megan Fox in
Jennifer’s Body is my favorite movie that I’ve done. It was overlooked in theaters, but it does have a DVD following. I can’t believe nobody wanted to see Megan Fox and me hitting it. They had an extreme close-up of our tongues, and I’m telling you, the thing about the scene is that it’s actually really sexy. For a young girl to say that about her own sex scene—it must be because it’s special. I think Megan and I kissed really well together. We have similar kissing styles and it worked. We got it done for the masses, and the masses still didn’t show up.
Maybe that’s because the kiss was in the trailer for the
film. The studio gave your kiss away for free.
They always had that marketing strategy. The makeout scene was in my contract. It said, “The makeout scene will be in the trailer.” And I think I fought that clause for a minute, and then was just, Oh, whatever.
You switched gears and were the perfect good girl/golden girl in
It’s true—and that was a huge responsibility. Thanks to Mamma Mia!, there are now girls who want to be me. I had to jump through hoops to get Mamma Mia!—it was not easy. I had to audition twice, and I went to see the musical in Vegas. I thought the show was magical—I was almost tearing up. And my boyfriend at the time said, “This stuff sucks, man.” He wasn’t into it, but he’s like, “This is perfect for you.” And I said, “It really is.” Mamma Mia! changed my life.
You are clearly attracted to girly movies.
I love acting like I’m in love. It’s a very positive thing. Making a movie is, in general, romantic. It’s very special, very intimate. So you can see why a lot of actors get together. When you’re young, it’s hard not to get together with your costar. But I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it’s usually not the greatest idea.
Are you familiar with the artist Margaret Keane? She painted
little kids with huge, round eyes. You look like a Keane
I don’t really know her, but I’m a big fan of the artist Mark Ryden. He also paints girls with big eyes. I’d like to do a project where I’m his muse in some way. I would love for him to paint a caricature of me, with blood trickling down my throat and me holding a dead cat. It’s morbid and fun and dark, obviously, but I love that.