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Five Minutes With Jessica

24 Jan, 2008 By: Billy Gil

Jessica Simpson in Blonde Ambition

Say what you want about Jessica Simpson (and plenty do) — the girl is irrepressibly upbeat. Her overwhelming peppiness is reflected in her first lead role, in Blonde Ambition, playing a girl from the South who haphazardly falls into working at a high-power construction firm in New York. On the day the comedy hit stores (Jan. 22, DVD $24.96, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), Simpson took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer some of our questions as she hopped aboard a plane to Nashville to record a country-tinged new album.

Home Media: What attracted you to this movie?
Jessica Simpson: When I read the script, I just felt good. It warmed my heart. I thought that my fans would enjoy seeing me in a role that was a happy-go-lucky, feel-good type of role. It gave me the opportunity, being my first movie to be the lead in, to have more lines. I felt like it was a great opportunity because I could do a lot of physical comedy, which I love to do, and because I was surrounded by an awesome cast and got to work with a director like Scott Marshall.

HM: Could you relate to the role of Katie?
JS: I can definitely relate because I'm from the South, and I think that I have still kept an innocence about me that kind of easily lets people take advantage or walk all over me [without me] really [knowing] it, so I could kind of relate to Katie a lot. Just how she moved out and became her own woman, I feel that I've done that in my own life. I think that you start to see how much strength she gains throughout the movie.

HM: What was it like working with such a great cast including the likes of Luke Wilson, Andy Dick and Penelope Ann Miller?
JS: Luke was awesome. He's an amazing person and really brought a lot to his character and brought a lot out of me. Larry Miller was one of my favorites on the set because he's one of those comic geniuses, just that old-school comedy. I feel that my scenes with him were some of my best in the movie. I feel that reacting in acting is one of the hardest things to do, and he really taught me how to do that and made it natural for me.

HM: What's your favorite DVD?
JS: Great Expectations is one of my favorites (1998 version, on DVD from Fox). I can watch it over and over because I think that the cinematography is phenomenal. I'm a detailed person, so when I watch the movie, I notice certain things about color and lighting and how everything is set up. The romance in that movie is breathtaking to me. I think that Gwyneth Paltrow is awesome and unbelievable. She's definitely a blonde out there who's become very successful.

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