Christina Ricci: Nouveau Ricci

Christina Ricci is making her Broadway debut in Time Stands Still, but don't expect her to revisit Wednesday in the Addams Family musical.



Then maybe I shouldn’t mention that it’s the 20th anniversary of Mermaids.
Wait, it wasn’t that long ago, was it? That was 1990, so — oh, yeah, I guess you’re right. Oh, my God, that’s really sad. [Laughs] And great.

When was the last time you and Cher got coffee?
I used to go sleep at her house, but I don’t think I’ve seen her since I was 13 or 14. It’s sad because I love her, and I loved spending time with her. She was so great to me.

To which of your films do gay fans seem to respond most vocally?
I get a lot of The Opposite of Sex, but I also hear The Addams Family almost every day. I feel good about that because I love Wednesday. I wish I could play her now.

Well, The Addams Family musical is also on Broadway, and they’ve significantly aged Wednesday.
You know what’s really awful about me — and this probably isn’t going to win me any more gay fans — I really don’t like musicals. It’s one of the great shames of my life. The closest I can come to liking musicals is the documentary for Company. I do like to sing, but nobody’s going to put me in a musical. It would have to be some sort of strange, indie rock musical, because that’s the only way to make sense of my brand of singing talent.

Are you particularly conscious of your gay fan base?
Yes. I’ve always been especially appreciative of my gay male fans because it’s meant I’ve had a lot of men around to love and protect me. That’s good when you’re a five-foot-tall lady.

Do you credit that connection to the types of roles you’ve taken, or does it say something about you as a person?
I’ve always had a lot of gay male friends, so that really set the tone. Actually, my best friend from the time I was 14 is gay. In fact, we didn’t talk for a long time because I was the one who told him he was gay when we were 17; he got really mad at me for five months, but he finally came back to me and was like, “You know what? You’re right. I am gay.” He’s my gay husband, and I love him. But doing The Opposite of Sex when I was 17 also had a huge effect on who I became as a person, and I probably got that part because of who I was at the time. Straight boys didn’t really like me that much, so I was hugely affected by gay men and by my experiences in New York as a teenager. Because a lot of the encouragement I got was from the gay community, I was encouraged to be as different, as funny, and as outspoken as I wanted to be. Don Roos, who wrote and directed The Opposite of Sex, took advantage of that fact and nurtured that side of me.