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16 November 2009 @ 11:14 pm
Two Interviews with Carla  
Q&A - Carla Gugino on Portraying a Pregnant Porn Star for Women in Trouble

Source: AMC

A pregnant porn star is trapped in an elevator. No, that's not the beginning of a dirty joke -- but it is a moment in a new sex comedy starring Carla Gugino as the aforementioned porn star. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, Women in Trouble features a range of seemingly random characters that ultimately connect on one really bad day in Los Angeles. Gugino tells AMCtv.com it's just the beginning of a trilogy, so expect more to come.

Q: You've already shot the sequel to Women in Trouble and there's a third on the way. Are you guys doing this trilogy back-to-back, Lord of the Rings-style?

A: It's a total independent film homage to Lord of the Rings! [Laughs] What's cool is the second one is finished before the first one is even out. And the third is written, but not shot; we're doing them about a year apart. Storywise, the second one, Elektra Luxx takes place six months after Women in Trouble, and the third one, Women in Ecstasy, I probably shouldn't say too much, but my character won't be pregnant anymore.

Q: Did Sebastian Gutierrez write the part of Elektra specifically for you?

A: Yes, he did. When he wrote the script, he said, "I have a part I really want you to play," but there were so many great women roles, I would have been excited to play any of them. But now I am so in love with Elektra Luxx. It's always interesting to play a complex character, especially one people would think is just a porn star with blonde hair and fake boobs. I loved that she had so much humanity and empathy. She's funny, she's crass, she's vulnerable, she's tough, she has all these different things going on.

Q: Did you use any real-life porn stars as a model for Elektra?

A: I did. I watched some documentaries of porn stars on HBO, because I was intrigued by more than just the mechanics of the job. I wanted to know why they do it, what success means to them, and all of the things I wanted to understand from the inside out. But this isn't an expose of that industry, it was just the backdrop to the character. The tone of the movie is light, but it does get to a place where you're emotionally moved. Being pregnant is a really big thing for any women, but the fact that you're a porn star adds complications.

Q: You would think being a porn star, she'd know about birth control.

A: That's why she's so shocked! "That's impossible! There's no way!" I'm sure she'd been taking the Pill for many, many years, and she'd been going regularly to the doctor, but her fear would have been disease prevention.

Q: Like her friend Holly Rocket says, "Nobody thinks it could happen to them, but anybody could get a PhD -- get tested."

A: That's my favorite line!

Q: Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's scene after the credits supposed to lead into the sequel?

A: Joe's got a much bigger part in the sequel, but it just wasn't structurally part of this story, which was just one day in the life of these women. [In the sequel] Holly and Bambi also return, and we have new characters; Elektra's contemplating what kind of life changes she has to make and Vincent Kartheiser plays my neighbor. Suffice to say there's another elevator scene -- only this time it's Vincent who ultimately ends up with no clothes on. He's fantastic.

Q: You also have Malin Akerman, your daughter in Watchmen, in the sequel. It seems like you're re-uniting with a lot of your former co-stars... and you're doing it in mostly female casts, like in Zack Snyder's upcoming Sucker Punch.

A: I've spent most of my career being the only woman in the cast, and now the universe is balancing it out! Malin and I were the only women in Watchmen, really, and then Emmanuelle Chriqui and I were with mostly men on Entourage. The connections are crazy, because it's a small world. The shoot was kind of a family affair, where we just roped in everybody for a few days in December during everyone's down time and basically said, "Let's see if we can shoot this thing." This time, Malin and I are peers, because it took full-on prosthetics to look older than her in Watchmen. She's a checkout girl at a grocery store, and she has a storyline that intersects with Joe.

Q: As part of your viral marketing campaign, not only does Elektra have a blog, some of her films are listed on IMDb -- even though they're fictional, and they're porn! How did that happen?

A: I have no idea! [Laughs] I think it's fantastic. Who's to say she doesn't exist? I feel like my character comes to life for me when I spend so much time in her head. I keep thinking one day I might run into her on the street!

Carla Gugino: Being Beautiful is a 'Wonderful Thing and a Liability'
by Jeanne Wolf

Source: Parade

Carla Gugino has played a wide range of women in her career, but never a porn star. Now, thanks to her longtime boyfriend, filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez (Snakes on A Plane, Gothika), she gets her chance in the dramedy Women in Trouble.

Gugino doesn't get any sex scenes, but she does appear in lingerie, as do most of the other actresses. Parade.com's Jeanne Wolf found out from Carla why the female cast members were ready to strip down to the bare essentials.

Maybe his accent helped.
"There is no one besides Sebastian Gutierrez that could get all of us in this movie into our underwear and still have us be OK with it. I think it's his European sensibility and style, even though he was born in Venezuela. In countries like France, Spain and Italy, women are celebrated for their physical beauty, but they also can be strong and complex. This film is a celebration of the complexity of women. It's like, do not judge a book by its cover. You may think you know a porn star, but you're going to get to see a whole other side of her."

Why she stayed away from the real thing.
"There's a level of darkness that's involved in the world of adult filmmaking, and I didn't think it was going to help me to really delve too much into that. I did talk to some porn actresses and I checked out the book by Jenna Jameson, who sort of turned the whole scenario into a bestseller. I'm just not a big fan of porn movies. I want them to be sexier. And being an actress, I'm always critiquing the production and going, 'The lighting is terrible. Her make-up is bad.' I'm not the best audience."

Her toughest scene.
"I'm trapped with someone in an elevator. It's supposed to be a hot summer day but we filmed it in December in an unheated warehouse and it was freezing cold. We were being squirted down with water to make it look like we were sweating. Meanwhile, our teeth were chattering. And, of course, Sebastian had us in our underwear."

The ups and downs of being beautiful.
"In this business it's both a wonderful thing and a liability. I've definitely been told I'm too attractive for a part, but I've also been told that my hair is dark and they wanted a blonde, or my legs weren't long enough, or that I'm too exotic or not exotic enough. The worst one I ever got was this explanation about why I wasn't cast in a part -- 'Oh, you fell between the cracks.' How can a person fall between the cracks?"

Teaming up again with director Zach Snyder (Watchmen, 300) in Sucker Punch.
"I'm a psychiatrist at an asylum and in an alternate world, a dominatrix, choreographer and madam in a brothel. I sing and dance. I'm Polish and I have red hair. That's all I'm going to say. I have this amazing scene where I do this wild stunt over and over. All of a sudden I was like, 'I'm covered in bruises. How did that happen?'"

Her biggest fear.
"I'm always afraid on some level before beginning a job that I'll fail horribly and everybody will think I'm terrible. I've finally realized that about myself. I know that's a part of me now and by acknowledging it, it doesn't become debilitating. I guess what it does come down to is I love acting so much that when I go through the fear, I can remind myself that I'm still doing what I love to do. Acting is the thing I take the most seriously in my life and at the same time it's the biggest playground that an adult gets to have."

Her parents sort of supported her.
"They wanted me to finish high school. They definitely supported me, but on the other hand, they'd send me faxes saying things like, 'Only 10% of the members of the Screen Actors Guild make over $10,000.' I just thought, 'Well, I'm going to be part of that 10%.' Now, I guess I am."
only coming through in waves: Carlaelyssadc on November 16th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
She needs to move to Canada and marry me. ASAP.
Snarctastic & Brutally Honest: CarlaG:Fuckerysunkrux on November 16th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm with her on the "How can someone (so gorgeous) fall between the cracks?" WTF?! How can she fall between the cracks?

Nice articles.