Not long ago I had the chance to sit down with Gretchen Mol for an exclusive interview about her upcoming projects, including the new comedy The Ten, opening August 3rd, in which she plays a virgin librarian who is deflowered by Jesus Christ himself. If you were a fan of the MTV series The State, this is the movie you've been waiting for. It's a State movie, all the way down to a wink-wink cameo from Michael Ian Black. We also talked about the highly-anticipated Russell Crowe remake of the classic western 3:10 to Yuma, which is arriving in September, and in which she has the leading lady slot. Mol, who's about seven months pregnant at the moment, was in a pretty relaxed and reflective mood when we spoke, and among other things, talked about arriving at a comfortable place in her 30s and being able to relax a bit after the success of The Notorious Bettie Page -- she no longer feels like she's scrambling to get a major accomplishment under her belt, so to speak. Here's the interview, in full.
RS: For your character in The Ten, the glasses she wears and the whole outfit -- did they tell you to come up with your own idea of what a 35 year-old virgin should look like?
GM: No, well ... I always wanted to wear glasses, but the question was, it almost might be over the top or too obvious. But the movie kind of lends itself to these kinds of cliches -- especially my little section, I think, because it's got this torrid kind of romance novel vibe to it. So I thought the glasses would be great. And when I met with the costume designer, we were all in sync on everything.
RS: Did you watch The State's MTV Series back in the day?
GM: I'd heard of it, and since, I've seen it, but I'd seen Wet Hot American Summer. And actually, I've seen David do stand-up at the Fez Under Time Cafe years ago, so I was familiar with their stuff, and I was a huge fan of Wet Hot American Summer.
RS: So you had enough to work with, that you didn't feel the need to go back and study those old shows to get a handle.
GM: I didn't. David was very adamant about wanting people to basically play it straight, and the situation in the script, as he and Ken had written it, was just hysterical, so really it was just about taking what you know and applying it here -- just totally committing to this woman's story and her situation.