Christina Ricci was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote Speed Racer and it was a fun interview. Yesterday I said that she seemed nervous on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night and a lot of you pointed out that she seemed fine and that she’s one of your favorite actresses. Commenter Bros mentioned something that I didn’t consider – Jay Leno isn’t a great interviewer and wasn’t doing his job if she wasn’t at ease. It wasn’t noticeable to everyone anyway.
I definitely have a more positive opinion of her after seeing her recent interviews. She’s fun, upbeat and seems like a genuine person.
On how her brother stabbed her as a child when he wanted to change the channel
Christina told Jimmy Kimmel a funny story about how her brother accidentally stabbed her as a child when they were fighting over their makeshift remote control:
“It was 1984, we had a TV with a button missing and somebody had decided to use a a fondue skewer to change the channel, and my oldest brother Rafeal was in charge… I grabbed the fondue skewer from him to change the channel and he grabbed it back from me, stabbed me in the chest and then changed the channel. And then he kind of realized what he had done and looked at me and at this point I had two little pools of blood forming on my sleeper suit. After that I had two little holes on my chest for like a couple months.”
Kimmel quipped “A relic from the 70s to change a TV from the 80s, winds up in your heart practically.”
Christina’s brother issues statement about fondue skewer stabbing incident over Smurfs episode
The best part was the written statement issued by Christina’s brother about the incident, which was practically an entire page long.
“In order to watch the Smurfs, my brother and sister would send Christina, who was four, to run to the TV and push the button… There was very little damage. The bleeding stopped very quickly. I fully understand that her recollection differed from mine and I humbly submit mine here in the spirit of reconciliation and familial peace making.”
Ricci seemed genuinely surprised that her brother wrote the letter and said “A family of smart asses.”
Then they talked about Ricci’s Speed Racer character and her haircut, and Kimmel said “Did you know that… the woman who did the voice of Trixie in the cartoon was also Snuggles the fabric softener bear? Google it if you want to.”
On being a clean freak
Kimmel said he heard Ricci was a clean freak and she said “I am, I had to cut down my housekeeper from three times a week to once a week.” She said she wants to get a roomba to clean up after her dogs and that she’s getting one delivered overnight. She said she realized how much her dogs shed.
Kimmel said “Don’t expect miracles from the Roomba.” He also recommended that she shave her dogs.
On dressing her dogs as little thugs and not buying them clothing herself
Kimmel showed photos of Ricci’s dogs. One was in a little hoodie and she said “That’s Ramone Aule (sp) he likes wear his hoodie and intimidate the neighbors… that one was a gift, I refuse to buy them [clothes]”
Kimmel showed another cute photo of one of her dogs in a white waffle-knit sweater and she said “that’s a pair of socks and a leg warmer I cut up.”
One dog was wearing what looked like a little shirt with lipstick on the collar and the dog looked pissed and Ricci said “he looks like a dorky surburban dad who went to Vegas and bought that shirt and the kids are making fun of him… it’s hilarious.” Kimmel said that there was a hooker involved. He is definitely better at interviews than Leno.
Christina Ricci is shown on 5/3/06 at the Speed Racer premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, thanks to PRPhotos.