September 21, 1998
Taken to Gayheart
By LOUIS B. HOBSON -- Calgary Sun
Gayheart just debunked that enduring
Hollywood urban legend that actresses don't greet
the day before noon.
called from her Los Angeles home
at 8 a.m., she'd already been doing interviews for an hour.
to say I'm too busy these days to
sleep in. I'm doing interviews for Urban Legend in
the mornings and then rehearsing for the rest of the
day," explained Gayheart, who opens next month
opposite Rhea Perlman in the L.A. premier of the
hit Broadway play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
In the teen
horror film Urban Legends, opening
Friday, Gayheart plays a college student and the
potential victim of a serial killer who dispatches his
victims in the manner of famous urban legends.
babysitters had better watch out when
the phone rings and anyone driving down a lonely
road had better not look in the back seat of their car.
Gayheart was one of the few college
students who survived the slaughter in Scream 2.
2, I was basically the comic relief. I
was an obnoxious sorority girl. The Scream movies
are spoofs of the teen slasher movies. Urban
Legends is horror-suspense. This time the thrills are for real."
Legends forced Gayheart to face
the one irrational urban legend fear she had.
was a preschooler, friends at school said
they had heard that the kid Mikey on the TV
commercials had exploded because he washed
down a box of Pop Rocks with a bottle of Pepsi.
friend dared me to try it but I was too
frightened. In the movie, my character does try this lethal combination."
is not at liberty to reveal what happens
when her character combines Pop Rocks and Pepsi.
turned out to be a scary project but
not because of the material.
Jared (Leto), Joshua (Jackson) and
Michael (Rosenbaum) spent most of their energy
trying to scare us girls. They'd hide behind doors
and jump out or phone us and make weird noises
while, it makes you really paranoid of
every noise and every sudden movement."
Legends finished filming in Toronto
last year, Gayheart barely had time to unpack and
repack her suitcases before heading off to South
Africa to film Hangman's Daughter, the prequel to
Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk to Dawn.
a young Christian missionary who gets bitten
by a vampire and turns into a really nasty bloodsucker."
making the movie was nothing
compared to being in Africa.
on a safari and it was astonishing. When
you're out there, you realize just how insignificant
we really are. I can hardly wait to return to Africa
on my own for an extended vacation."
born and raised in Pinetop,
Kentucky, Gayheart says she always knew she wanted to be an actress.
there would be absolutely no opportunities
if I stayed in Pinetop, so at 15 I left home and
moved to New York. I waited on tables, found
myself an agent, got some modelling work and
studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute."
big break came when she was 17. She
was chosen to be the Noxzema Girl.
money and it got me in to auditions. The
following year, I was cast as the bad girl Hanna
Mayberry on the (now defunct) soap opera Loving."
months on Loving, Gayheart relocated to L.A.
It was a big move that paid off big time. In a few
months, she was starring in the NBC miniseries
Invasion which led to a recurring role on the
short-lived Earth 2 and a 10-episode stint on
Beverly Hills 90210 playing Luke Perry's ill-fated
Hills 90210 opened the doors for feature
films. I got to play the girl who tries to seduce Tim
Robbins in a hotel elevator in Nothing To Lose.
one of the tallest people I've ever met. They
had to put me in really high high-heels. I almost got
whiplash trying to kiss him."
roles in the independent films
Somebody is Waiting with Natassja Kinski,
Hairshirt with Neve Campbell and Jawbreaker with
Pam Grier, all of which are scheduled for release
before the end of the year.