Did you ever think this would be such a hugely successful, long-running franchise?
I didnt think about a second or third or fourth Scary MovieI died in the first film! So it was nice to come back. Weve been really blessed that people go out and see all the movies.
Are you a big horror movie fan?
Absolutely. I have two brothers who loved horror movies. Theyre older and were stuck babysitting me; whatever they went and saw, they took me. The Exorcist I loved when I was littlenow Ive gotten too scared of it!
Would you ever try a straight-up horror film?
I dont know if theyd let me! I just did a psychological thriller with Marisa Tomei called Danika, so maybe
Whats your role in that?
I play her psychiatristthats all I can say.
Do you have a lot of gay people in your life?
Well, my friend Keith is probably my best friend. Hes an amazing person. Actually, I have a lot of friends who are gay, male and female. I grew up in Washington, D.C. and went to New York for school, and was just around so many people of so many different backgrounds.
Youve worked with so many handsome leading men: Taye Diggs, Blair Underwood, Mekhi Phifer, Shane West Ever gotten flustered working with such hotties?
I always have a moment on each set of saying God, Im blessed. I love my job! I guess I have worked with a lot of cute guys! Theyve all been so sweet in person. None of them were disappointing in that way.
You grew up in D.C. and went to NYU for a Masters degree in journalism. Howd you end up in the movies?
I went into journalism because I thought it was creative. Its very powerful to have the responsibility that goes along with reporting news. Ninety percent of people believe everything they read in print! But I had an epiphany in grad school and realized I wanna act! I had done some commercials beforehand. My dad wasnt so keen on the thought of my acting, but I had to follow my dream, you know?
Youve got another indie coming out, The Optimist. Whats that about?
Its with Shane West and Leelee Sobieski, based on a Russian play about a Russian family in a Russian neighborhood in L.A. The director, writer, and producer are all from Russia or second-generation Russian. Obviously Im not Russian. [Laughs] I play a neighbor to this wonderfully loving, dysfunctional family. Its a really sweet dramedy, and I learned a lot.
Do you prefer acting in one genre versus another?
With dramas, you put a lot more into it emotionally, whereas with comedy you put a lot more in physically. Id love to continue doing both. I really want to work with Anna Faris again, and there are so many comedians and dramatic actors I want to work with.
What do you do for fun?
Im a mommy now: My boyfriend gave me an English bulldog puppy, Zeus, for Christmas. I am so in love with this little dog! Theres nothing like coming home to him. Right now hes away at school, the Pawsitive Training Institute. And I watch Greys Anatomy, my favorite show. They have the cutest new guy. I dont know where theyre finding these men. Ill have to follow their casting directors around.