Scary Lady: Regina Hall
By Justin Ravitz
Did you ever think this would be such a hugely successful, long-running franchise?
I didn�t think about a second or third or fourth Scary Movie�I died in the first film! So it was nice to come back. We�ve 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. They�re older and were stuck babysitting me; whatever they went and saw, they took me. The Exorcist I loved when I was little�now I�ve gotten too scared of it!
Would you ever try a straight-up horror film?
I don�t know if they�d let me! I just did a psychological thriller with Marisa Tomei called Danika, so maybe�
What�s your role in that?
I play her psychiatrist�that�s all I can say.
Do you have a lot of gay people in your life?
Well, my friend Keith is probably my best friend. He�s 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.
You�ve 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, I�m blessed. I love my job!� I guess I have worked with a lot of cute guys! They�ve 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 Master�s degree in journalism. How�d you end up in the movies?
I went into journalism because I thought it was creative. It�s 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 wasn�t so keen on the thought of my acting, but I had to follow my dream, you know?
You�ve got another indie coming out, The Optimist. What�s that about?
It�s 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 I�m not Russian. [Laughs] I play a neighbor to this wonderfully loving, dysfunctional family. It�s 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. I�d 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?
I�m a mommy now: My boyfriend gave me an English bulldog puppy, Zeus, for Christmas. I am so in love with this little dog! There�s nothing like coming home to him. Right now he�s away at school, the Pawsitive Training Institute. And I watch Grey�s Anatomy, my favorite show. They have the cutest new guy. I don�t know where they�re finding these men. I�ll have to follow their casting directors around.