11-04-2002: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

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Jay Leno: My first guest, a popular and talented young actress. She's getting great reviews for her role as a con artist in her new movie, "femme fatale." It opens nationwide on wednesday. Please welcome Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. You look great. You look lovely.

Rebecca Romijn: Thank you.

Jay Leno: Wow. That's a real dress dress.

Rebecca Romijn: It is?

Jay Leno: Yeah. That looks great.

Rebecca Romijn: It's like a negligee.

Jay Leno: From here, it looks great. And happy birthday to you.

Rebecca Romijn: Thank you. Yeah, I'm turning 30.

Jay Leno: Wow, okay. Is that a big one for you?

Rebecca Romijn: For me it is. For some reason, 30 has always been like a -- ever since I was a kid, I've always looked forward to 30. I don't know why. I guess, like, that's when you become an adult or something. I don't know.

Jay Leno: Yeah, probably in L.A., It's different.

Rebecca Romijn: Anybody out there 30? What was it? Any advice on 30?

Jay Leno: On 30?

Rebecca Romijn: You know, what about you when you were 30. Do you remember?

Jay Leno: Oh, it was a different time, yes. Yes, it was a whole different era back then, of course.

Rebecca Romijn: It was.

Jay Leno: Well, you had the electric light, the train, flight. I mean, the whole -- Well, did you have a big party?

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah. I am actually -- I'm a little -- I'm nursing a hangover. I had a roller skating party last night. John threw me a great roller-boogie party, xanadu theme.

Jay Leno: Wow, now -- okay. Roller party, I've never been to a roller skating party.

Rebecca Romijn: Well, do you know how to roller skate?

Jay Leno: I do know how to roller skate.

Rebecca Romijn: It was a roller rink. I mean, it was like kind of old school. It was very fun.

Jay Leno: Now do celebrities come? Is that how it works?

Rebecca Romijn: Well, friends. I mean, I had a lot of friends there. And a couple of them were, you know, well known, yeah. I don't want to name drop.

Jay Leno: Name drop, like, drop one name.

Rebecca Romijn: Nope.

Jay Leno: Really? Anybody get --

Rebecca Romijn: John Stamos was there.

Jay Leno: John Stamos.

Rebecca Romijn: How about that?

Jay Leno: So drinking and going around the rink. That's like an accident just waiting to happen.

Rebecca Romijn: It was. We all got busted. We all had our beer on the roller rink. We kept getting tapped on the shoulder.

Jay Leno: Oh, did the guy come out and -- ?

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah, yeah, the roller stating police.

Jay Leno: I didn't even realize there was such a thing.

Rebecca Romijn: Yes, very serious. Very, very serious.

Jay Leno: Now where did you come in -- were you just in Toronto?

Rebecca Romijn: I was in Toronto. Wow. Are we in Toronto right now?

Jay Leno: No. Boy, that really is a hangover, isn't it?

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah, what's going on? Yeah, I'm working on -- I'm rehearsing for a movie called "Godsend," with Greg Kinnear and de Niro.

Jay Leno: Oh, now, wow -- see, this is really cool, 'cause, see, I've seen you become a big-time actress. Each time you come -- like the first time you were here --

Rebecca Romijn: I know, I've been here for five or six years now, and you've been so sweet to me over the years. And now I feel like I've finally got something I'm proud of to promote.

Jay Leno: Like the first time I think you were on the cover of "nugget," was it? It was one of those magazines. No, but you see, and then, you know, to see you now become like a real actress. Now what's it like hanging with de Niro? Have you met him?

Rebecca Romijn: Great, yeah, I mean, we've been rehearsing. It's just I don't know what to call him.

Jay Leno: What do you mean?

Rebecca Romijn: Well, I mean, I was waiting to see how he'd introduce himself --

Jay Leno: Oh, yeah.

Rebecca Romijn: -- Because I don't know, you know.

Jay Leno: No.

Rebecca Romijn: He just said, "hi, how are you?" And I was like, now I don't know -- can I -- I mean, maybe -- can you guys help? Like what do I call him? Mr. De Niro? By round of applause. Do I call him mr. De Niro?

Jay Leno: Is it bobby? But he doesn't look like a bobby.

Rebecca Romijn: Anybody? Do I call him Robert?

Jay Leno: Robert, I think, yeah, yeah.

Rebecca Romijn: Do I go, "bobby"?

Audience: Yeah!

Jay Leno: No, he doesn't look like a bobby.

Rebecca Romijn: It seems a little familiar. It seems a little too familiar.

Jay Leno: See, "bobbie" has the "I" with the heart shape over the "I" at the end, you know.

Rebecca Romijn: That's a little girly.

Jay Leno: Well, yeah, exactly. Robert. Robert is what it is. Wait, we'll find out more. Be right back with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, right after this. Welcome back. Talking with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. "Femme Fatale" is the movie. Now this is kind of a sexy movie, isn't it?

Rebecca Romijn: It's very sexy. It's an erotic psychological thriller.

Jay Leno: Oh.

Rebecca Romijn: Yes. Twisty.

Jay Leno: Oh, oh, now you have some sexy scenes in this movie? Isn't there --

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah.

Jay Leno: There's a striptease or something?

Rebecca Romijn: There is a striptease, yes. I was very nervous about the striptease.

Jay Leno: Is this the first time you've done anything like this in a film?

Rebecca Romijn: Striptease? Yes, I've never stripped before. No, well, I mean, I worked with a choreographer. And there's this old cabaret, this topless review in Paris called the crazy horse show that's -- it's been around since, like, the late '30s, I think. And it's actually --

Jay Leno: Oh, the girls must look awful. Ooh, I don't want to see an 80-year-old women up -- ooh. Gee, you must've knocked 'em dead when they saw you.

Rebecca Romijn: It's actually a great show. And I saw it, like, ten times, I mean, for inspiration, you know.

Jay Leno: Right.

Rebecca Romijn: For my research. I'd go there, and I'd bring, you know, house guests, anybody that was coming into town to visit, I'd go and take them to the show. And it's a really classy show. I mean, I actually -- I would have taken my mom if she had come, but she didn't.

Jay Leno: Right.

Rebecca Romijn: Hi, mom.

Jay Leno: Mom's over there. Has mom seen the movie?

Rebecca Romijn: My mom and my dad, no, they're coming to the movie tonight. And I have to cover their eyes.

Jay Leno: Really?

Rebecca Romijn: Yeah, I mean, there are certain things I have to cover my eyes for, so --

Jay Leno: So what did you do to get ready? How do you prepare?

Rebecca Romijn: Well, like I said, I worked with a choreographer. I rehearsed for my husband a little bit.

Jay Leno: Oh, that's good.

Rebecca Romijn: Yes, that was good.

Jay Leno: So nice of him to work with you. He's a great guy.

Rebecca Romijn: He had notes.

Jay Leno: Very giving husband.

Rebecca Romijn: But I was just -- it was really -- you know, I asked them to clear the set. I was very nervous.

Jay Leno: Did you do anything? Did you just like down a couple of jagermeisters or something? What do you do?

Rebecca Romijn: Tequila. Yes, no, I did. I drank a little tequila. I had to take the edge off. Well, I had like a little bottle of water on the side, with, like, a little bit of tequila in it. And I was like, "where's my special water?" Special water.

Jay Leno: Oh, special water. Special water, I like that. So how many of these would you have before you could do the -- ?

Rebecca Romijn: No, I just did like -- I did one shot, but then, you know, the scene is very close with Antonio. And I didn't tell him.

Jay Leno: Oh, Antonio Banderas.

Rebecca Romijn: Yes, Antonio Banderas.

Jay Leno: Oh, oh.

Rebecca Romijn: So then afterwards, I said something -- whoo-hoo. I said something about it. I said, "could you smell my tequila?" He's like, "yes, I smelled it." I was like, "sorry about that."

Jay Leno: Yeah, well, guys hate that. But, yeah. So was he like a customer or something when you do the striptease?

Rebecca Romijn: You'll have to see the movie to find out.

Jay Leno: I'm going to see the movie.

Rebecca Romijn: You are?

Jay Leno: Oh, sure, sure. Now we have a scene. What is this scene we're gonna see? Do you know?

Rebecca Romijn: I believe it's the scene where I talk about being a bad girl.

Jay Leno: All right, let's take a look.

[Beginning of Femme Fatale Movie Part

Rebecca Romijn: Are you mad at me?

Antonio Banderas: Mad? No, you're making everybody think I've kidnapped you.

Rebecca Romijn: Haven't you?

Antonio Banderas: That is not funny.

Rebecca Romijn: No, Nicholas, you're right. It's not funny. It wasn't funny when you sold my picture to the papers, either. And then you showed up to do what? Explain? Apologize? Lie?

Antonia Banderas: I was afraid for your life. I felt responsible for you.

Rebecca Romijn: That's so sweet, Nicholas. I'm a bad girl, nicholas. Real bad. Rotten to the heart. So I went back to the states, where I got everything a bad girl ever wanted. Et voila. Enter my worst nightmare. Now it's only a matter of time before those bad people come running.

[End of Femme Fatale Movie Part]

Jay Leno: Ooh, cool.

Rebecca Romijn: Sort of a -- it's, you know, it's Brian de Palma, who's legend, you know, legendary Brian de Palma. And it's sort of got a noir element to it. It's very film noir, so it was really amazing to work with him, and it's visually an amazing movie.

Jay Leno: Well, cool. I'm proud. This is great. See, each time you come here, you're a bigger star. And the scenes get sexier and sexier.

Rebecca Romijn: So that's good.

Jay Leno: Well, congratulations. I'm really happy for you.

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