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Ali Larter Wants

Ali Larter Wants


Whether she's wearing whipped cream or alternating personalities, you can't take your eyes off Heroes star Ali Larter. Now, she's joining the ranks of legendary femme fatales, kicking ass opposite Beyonce in Obsessed .

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 Beyonce 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.'re totally stalking me! I watched the trailer and then it took me to and you said you love me and we're meant to be together.Ali Larter: Baby, it's on. Me and Ross forevaaEUR| [ 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 cliche traps of too much of the nail-biting but you really want to deliver for your audience. So me and Beyonce -- 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 Beyonce 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.

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 Beyonce -- 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 couldaEUR| [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 meaEUR| 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.

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 importantaEUR|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 bitaEUR| 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.

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