The child actor who grew up in the glare of the cameras is a tricky interview, but it’s worth persevering with Christina Ricci, star of Bel Ami. Just watch out for her death stare
Certain words crop up again and again when it comes to Christina Ricci. The actress walked on to her first film set at the age of nine and has been described as dark, quirky, edgy, angsty, indie, alternative, and just plain weird pretty much ever since. For some, she is the female Johnny Depp, Hollywood’s It Goth Girl, the one who took over from Angelina Jolie when she crossed over to the light side. For others she is more like Marilyn Manson.
We don’t really like our child stars to grow up. Even though it’s been more than two decades since Ricci played Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, that pale-faced precocious child continues to haunt her at 32. So to us Ricci is still “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky” just like the theme tune promised. And it must get really boring when you’re expected to be a weirdo all the time. When Ricci was introduced on The Jonathan Ross Show last month and everyone started snapping their fingers and chanting the first verse of The Addams Family theme tune, she looked utterly unimpressed.
“I think sometimes I have a dark sense of humour, but who doesn’t these days?” she says when we meet in London. “And quirky? I feel like everybody is. Who is normal? What is normal? I feel like these catchphrases don’t mean anything.” Does it annoy her? “Personally I think it’s funny,” she replies, though, I note, without a twitch of a smile. “I make fun of it all the time. I joke about being a goth because any real goth would spit at me. Look at me. I’m really not goth. I like hearts and sparkles.” A stony silence ensues. Not for the first (or last) time I seem to have offended her. We move on. (more…)