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The Mystique of Rebecca Romijn Revealed

It's not easy being blue.

Just ask Rebecca Romijn who must undergo hours of grueling makeup application for her role as blue-skinned Mystique in the 'X-Men' film franchise.

But Romijn is only blue on the outside, because this former supermodel is one happy gal these days. The new 'X-Men' movie hits theaters in May, she is engaged to Jerry O'Connell and she makes her TV series debut in the new one-hour WB comedy 'Pepper Dennis.'

In an interview with AOL Television editor Sean Doorly, Romijn chatted about taking a face plant into a puddle, wedding plans and her encounter with 'American Idol' contestant Chris Daughtry.



What drew you to working on a television series?
I wasn't specifically looking for a TV show. I was looking for anything that would get me excited. I was reading scripts from the film world and I was reading television scripts. Nothing like this was coming my way in the film world and I hadn't had a chance to do comedy before. I read 'Pepper Dennis' and by page two I was like this girl is crazy. I want to get involved with this. If I'm going to commit to potentially five years of my life on a TV series I wanted it to be fun.

How is your work day different than a film work day?
It is crazy. I work 16-17 hour days. It is a grind, but it is so deeply satisfying. It is really challenging though. On a film it sometimes takes up to a week to do a scene and on this show we do five scenes a day. We do so many pages on the script before lunchtime. You don't have time to second-guess yourself because you are always on to the next thing. Weekends bring on a completely new meaning to me. They never felt more deserved.

Anything you can share about 'X-Men: The Last Stand?'
I really can't. I don't know what I'm going to do when it comes time to promote that movie. I can't reveal anything. They really have our hands tied. They didn't even give us scripts when we first started the movie. It was one of those top-secret things. I'm very excited about it though. It is going to be a big one.

My wife is a big fan, and she said, "Wow, you are interviewing the blue-skinned woman?" Do you get that reaction a lot?
(Laughs.) Last week the Idols were shooting on the Fox lot, including Chris Daughtry, who I love. He is my favorite one on there. Apparently he is a huge 'X-Men' fan and he wanted to meet Mystique. So they brought him over to the hair and makeup trailer where I was getting ready. I was sitting there with no makeup and wet hair. He said "Hi" and I said, "Is this living up to the fantasy?"

It probably did.
(Laughs.) I'm sure it did not. I said, "I'm sorry I don't have the blue skin."

Do you enjoy physical comedy?
I love it. I feel like I have been waiting my whole life to try it out. I have done all these big action movies and now I get to be funny.

Was that you falling in the puddle of water in the first episode?
Yes, I took a dive into that disgusting puddle. They set it up downtown on a city street and I said, "Please tell me you cleaned it up." (Laughs) It tastes just like E. coli. It was fun and there was plenty more where that came from. We have pratfalls in every episode.

What kind of research have you done for this role?
I have been watching a lot of local news. There was a show that was called 'TV's Most Outrageous Moments' and it was all live local TV clips. I collected all three and brought them over to the writers house and we watched them all together and laughed our butts off. Now we have the next 50 teasers for our show. I was watching something on 'Good Day LA' and they had a reporter filing a report from a moving roller coaster. I called the writers and [asked], "Could Pepper file a report from a moving roller coaster?"

In real life who makes you laugh?
Jerry, my fiancé, makes me laugh the hardest and my dogs make me laugh a lot.

Speaking of Jerry O'Connell, congrats on your engagement. How are the wedding plans progressing?
Thank you. Obviously we don't have a lot of time to be making plans these days. We are really enjoying each other's company. We love being engaged. His schedule is finished for 'Crossing Jordan,' so he has been taking me to and from work, which is so nice to spend a little extra time together in the car. We run lines together. We are having a great time. We are getting married this year, but it will probably be something spontaneous.

Will you be taking his last name?
(Laughs). I keep on saying I'm going to take the O, so Rebecca O'Romijn.

What about kids?
I would love to. I can't wait.

Do you have any nieces and nephews?
No. I'm the first born on both sides of my family, so everyone is waiting for me. They keep saying, "We want grandkids."

You have a new series, another 'X-Men' movie and a wedding to plan. How do you balance home and work life?
It is a fine balance. My mantra all day long is harmony. Find the harmony. I publicly apologize to all my friends that I'm so bad about returning e-mails. Certain things are put on the backburner. It is all about pacing myself and finding time on the weekends to go out and do something fun. It was funny because by the third weekend, I was still catching my breath by the time the weekend came around. I can barely get out of bed. And Jerry would say, "You can't let your whole life be 'Pepper Dennis.'" We still have to go out and do fun things.

What are some of those fun things?
We go on hikes with our dogs. We go exploring to find new restaurants. We take drives. Nothing too wild. We are not nightclub people.

So no weekend hang gliding.
(Laughs.) No. I don't have the energy for that.

What are some of your favorite current TV shows?
I love watching TV. I'm not really snobby about what I watch. I love watching any number of reality shows. I love 'American Idol.' I loved a Bravo show from last year called 'Show Dogs Moms and Dad' and Kathy Griffin's show ['Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List']. I love '8th and Ocean' on MTV. Then I try to church it up and watch 'Frontline' and '60 Minutes.'

Being a former model, do you watch 'America's Next Top Model?'
I don't watch it regularly, but when I do it's fun to watch. J. Alexander taught me how to walk when I was in Paris right before my first fashion show. He was hired by the agency to teach all the girls how to walk. Tyra has done a great job with that show. We are old friends, and I'm so happy for her.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?
It would have to be 'I Love Lucy.' Absolutely.

Interesting, so has it always been a dream to play a comedic role?
Yes. I grew up idolizing Lucille Ball and Goldie Hawn and the women who have successfully combined beautiful, sexy and funny. There aren't that many women who can do it. I idolize women who can.

In the past, you were never offered these roles? You were just a beautiful woman and that was it?
Oh, yeah the model turned actress thing. They can't handle comedy. They just want to sit around being pretty. (Laughs.)