Selma Blair and the Poker House
(213): You’re essentially playing Lori’s mom in the film – did you ever meet her?
SB: No I didn’t – she wasn’t there when we were shooting. She was there at a screening I was at, but I didn’t see her.
(213): Would meeting her have changed your interpretation of the character at all?
SB: It might have because she’s a very different women now. She’s a successful businesswoman and has been. So I didn’t want to smarten her up. I’m afraid if I would have seen her in that way I would have added elements of that and this is a woman that’s really messed up.
(213): With such a diverse body of work, from The Poker House to Storytelling to even Hellboy, is there anything specific you look for when choosing a project to work on?
SB: No, I’m just all over the place. Sometimes it’s the director, sometimes there’s like two words in that script where I’m like I wanna say those words! The whole rest of the script might be hogwash, but your like I get one scene where I get to do this so it’s gonna be fun.
(213): As far as Liz Sherman in Hellboy goes, is it odd for you going into a store and seeing a doll of yourself?
SB: I love it – I just love it! I have no shame! (Laughs) Everyone else is like “Oh, it’s weird!’ and I’m like, ‘No way – it’s not weird!’ I wish I could give it to all my friends. I love it – she’s so petite and she looked taller!
(213): Did you feel there were things on Hellboy 2 that you incorporated from the first film but never got a chance to do?
SB: It was really tricky on Hellboy 2 because it was a completely different character. In Hellboy one she was so damaged and had all this baggage – she was like a twelve year old. It was a very sweet awkward kind of gothic weird thing and then in the second one she was a woman and it was important and that was difficult. It was a very different character.
(213): I have to ask – since Todd Solondz is so secretive about his process as a director, could you talk about working with him on Storytelling?
SB: I love Todd. Forever I will consider him to be one of my dearest friends even though we don’t speak very much right now. He is a very private man and a very special man and I think he says what he wants through his work. His writing is so succinct, his things are so darkly comedic and I find to be very true. He’s very specific and it was such a perfect and controlled environment – I’ve never loved being on a set as much as I did on Todd’s.