Selma Blair, actress of Hellboy II – The Golden Army, seems to play roles on the “dark and quirky” side.
Selma Blair may seem like the typical girl next-door type, but she is far from that! The dark-haired, attractive 36-year-old Hollywood actress revealed her earliest childhood ambition to members of the media last week during a round table interview in Los Angeles, California, for her latest film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
She tells of her childhood dream, “As a kid I wanted to be an embalmer. It’s such a strange thing so my mom when (I was) in seventh grade said, “˜Why don’t you go and be an apprentice at the Ira Kaufman funeral chapel?’ So you know, I looked into that a bit and realised sewing eyelids shut really wasn’t the best after-school activity for me,” said the Ann Arbour, Michigan native.
Selma Blair made her acting debut in “Cruel Intentions” almost a decade ago, and although she may have not achieved the popularity of some actresses, she instead chooses a more private life.
“I like my privacy. I like to do my embalming in privacy,” she said laughing. “I like not having to answer to a lot of people. I do have an odd sense of humour and I like to say things kinda off the cuff and I can get away with a lot more if fewer people are paying attention probably.
“But I think it’s a privacy issue and I just don’t like to be open to ridicule that much. I think you pay a very heavy price for fame. But maybe I pay just as heavy a price for the little amount of fame I have. Maybe it doesn’t matter how famous you are, you know, even a little bit of fame in this tabloid-obsessed culture, we all pay for it,” said Blair.
Selma Blair returns in her role of pyrokinetic Liz Sherman, and agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Defense. In the movie, she can harness the power of fire. Blair also plays the love interest of Hellboy, played by Ron Perlman.
Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro cast her in the original Hellboy film without even having an audition.
“Yeah, I didn’t have to audition for Hellboy. Guillermo had seen me in something and there was something that made him think of Liz, I think there is some darkness I carry that Liz has for sure. I did not kill my family in a fireball but … I won’t go there,” she offered, once again laughing. “There are some similarities and I am loyal and supportive and I love my misfit friends.”
Liking the dark side, Selma was a bit sad to learn her character had a better state of mind in Hellboy II.
“It’s almost a little too light for me. I keep wanting to go to the darker side of Liz and Guillermo’s like, “˜No, no. She’s moved forward, she’s strong, she’s functioning,’ and I’m like, “˜(Sigh) the mental hospital is calling.”
Ron Perlman, that plays the character of Hellboy says of Selma Blair:
“She’s wonderful to be around. She’s truly a movie star who doesn’t think of herself as one. She’s probably the same girl she was in junior high. And she’s really good around a roomful of guys because if it’s a burping contest, she’s gonna, at least, come in second.
“She’s got a bawdy wit and a real willingness to display it. And she’s a lot of fun to be around and she’s a darn good actress to work it,” said Perlman.
Although Selma Blair likes her privacy, she also enjoys the media attention most of the time. She says, “When I look horrible and I haven’t slept all night and I’m walking a dog wearing a T-shirt with my own face on it, that’s when there’ll be paparazzi and I’m like, “˜Oh God! Perfect!’ because it’s always at the most inopportune moments when I’m wearing a bikini that says “˜Juicy’ splashed across the butt or something and I didn’t even know it and I’m like, “˜Oh no! The one time my picture is getting taken and I’m dressed like a 12-year-old,’ you know.”
Even though Selma Blair is very pretty, she says it takes some effort to look that way. Selma said, “I’m not good getting my picture taken out of context. It takes a village to get this girl together,” she said, laughing. “No one wants a picture of me fresh faced. That’s like an oxymoron. There’s no such thing as fresh faced. That’s a young girls’ game.”