Ali Larter Wants You

By Ross von Metzke

Originally published on Advocate.com April 23 2009 12:00 AM ET

She's graced the big
screen wearing nothing but strategically placed gobs of whipped
cream, dodged a bogus murder accusation from a seriously gay
pool boy, and now she's beating the crap out of
Beyoncé in what is arguably this spring's guiltiest
pleasure. Ali Larter knows how to make an entrance, and as fans
are going to find out when
Obsessed

opens in theaters this Friday, she knows how to kick some
serious ass.

Advocate.com:You're totally stalking me! I watched the trailer and then
it took me to GetObsessedWithAli.com and you said you love me
and we're meant to be together.
Ali Larter:

Baby, it's on. Me and Ross foreva… [
Laughs

]

Now, you know gay men love a good catflight. How much are we
going to love
Obsessed

?

It is delicious. I think one of the fun things in this movie is
that you dance that dangerous line of not wanting to fall into
the cliché traps of too much of the nail-biting but
you really want to deliver for your audience. So me and
Beyoncé -- we go mano to mano.

You look like you rough each other up.

We beat each other down.

Were you battered and bruised?

I was battered and bruised, but for me, one of the highlights
will be Beyoncé charging at me. I don't know how many
people get to experience that in this world.

So, forgetting about the script for a minute, if Ali Larter
and Sasha Fierce were to face off, who would win?

Bring it on, B!

Your role in
Obsessed

is very much like some of the great female movie villains --
Fatal Attraction

,
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

. Were you a fan of the genre before you signed on?

Absolutely. Rebecca De Mornay was so much fun to watch [in
TheHand That Rocks the Cradle

]. That's really what you want in this movie. People know what
they're getting. You see the trailer -- we're not trying to
hide what the movie's about, you know what it's going to be.
But hopefully people just have a ton of fun sitting there,
watching how these characters misinterpret each other. She's so
delusional and so irrational, which makes it so fun to
play.

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Did you watch a lot of those performances?

I didn't, but for me, I got into this business because of
Gilda.

Because of
Chinatown

. Because of these incredible femme fatales. I love complex
women. I love maneaters. It's so fun. For this movie, it was
exciting to get to play that strong, female archetype.

Well, and you play that some on
Heroes

-- I love that your alter ego has to deal with all of this bad
stuff that your regular character can't cope with.

I know. My shadow side.

On
Heroes

, you're stripping for people on the Internet. Now, in this
movie, you're sending seductive photos via e-mail. What gives
with you and computers?

[
Laughs

] This movie definitely taps into the modern age in that way.
When you take on this genre, you have to do a fresh, modern
take on it. So, one of the things we wanted to explore is, you
go in the office now, you're accessible through e-mail, you're
accessible through Twitter and iChat -- all of these different
types of things. At what level do you cross this level of
intimacy with another person?

So does that freak you out at all -- people stalking you
online?

I just don't get into it. For me personally, I cut it off.

So you won't see Ali Larter's Twitter update while getting a
pedicure some Thursday.

Yeah, that's not my speed. For the people who love it, good for
you, but I'm a bit more private than that.

So, back to those fighting scenes with Beyoncé --
they look intense. How rough did they get?

We spent a week doing it. We spent a lot of time choreographing
it, and even the last scene, the finale, we wanted to make
sure, for us, that we were having fun while we were performing
it because that reads on the screen. You have to take those
things seriously, but you also have to have an enjoyment and
savor this kind of stuff. So hopefully you're going to feel
that electricity when you watch it. We did as much as we could…
[One of the] stunt doubles actually gave me a little lick on my
nose, and that was a bit of a wake-up call for me… I was like,
"Whoo, this is some serious stuff."

Heroes is about to finish its third season. I know they make you
keep quiet on plot developments, but is there anything fans can
look forward to from your character as the season
wraps up?

The season finale is amazing and I'm just so excited because we
have Bryan Fuller back. He wrote a lot of my character the
first season and then he went and did that incredible show
Pushing Daisies

-- rest in peace -- but the other side of that is we have him
back, and I think that Bryan has a way of really expressing
complex female characters. So I'm just really excited to see
all of the different places we can take my character.

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This is a great time for women in TV.

Isn't it wonderful? I'm just excited to see all of these
wonderful actresses working. You want to see Glenn Close. You
want to see Holly Hunter. These are incredible actresses. I
don't think there's that line anymore. I'm going to see
Grey Gardens

this week -- are you kidding me? Jessica Lange and Drew
Barrymore -- so wonderful. So as long as people are out there
and we keep championing these scripts, that's what's
important…not whether it's on TV or in a movie theater -- it's
that we have to get behind these interesting female
characters.

Early in your career you appeared on the cover of
Esquire

as a fictional actress, Allegra Coleman. Where do you think
Allegra is now?

[
Laughs

] She's living with Deepak Chopra.

How was that for you? Were you prepared for how big that was
going to blow up and what it would do for your career?

You just never know. For me, I wasn't even acting yet. I was
still modeling and doing commercials and figuring out if I was
going to go to NYU. But it came at a time where, after that
came out, I started in acting classes a little bit… It was
something that I loved to do. People had tried to get me in the
business earlier when I was living in New York, and it wasn't
something that I wanted. What acting is about for me comes from
your life experiences and figuring out what makes people tick
and dissecting the psychology of people. You take your
experience and you have a place to express them. So with
Allegra Coleman and projects like that, I just feel like I've
been so lucky. The culmination of all these experiences have
led me here a decade later.

Including the whipped cream scene in
Varsity Blues

-- you'll never live that down.

No, but I'm sure I'll like it the best when I'm 60. Now I'm
still like, "Ooh, I didn't do nudity, I just wore whipped
cream."

So, what are we gonna like most about
Obsessed

?

The catfight -- are you kidding? You're gonna be yelling at the
screen. It is so much fun to watch -- and that's what's great.
You can't take yourself so seriously. Sometimes, you just have
to step away and have a laugh.