We gave it a D
Based on Laura Zigman’s 1998 novel ”Animal Husbandry,” ”Someone Like You” finds Judd in her first romantic comedy, as a hip Manhattan gal — a role originally earmarked for Jennifer Aniston — who investigates the mercurial male animal after getting jilted by beau Kinnear. She gets answers — and the proverbial whole lot more — from Jackman, her lothario roommate. ”For like a year and a half, I hounded this script like a dog,” says the actress, whose desire to enter Meg and Julia’s domain has been frustrated, she believes, by her country image.
”Because I got my pets that travel with me everywhere, people think I’m not urbane,” says Judd, laughing. ”I speak three languages! I’ve lived in France! I really had to struggle to get this.” ”Double Jeopardy,” for which she landed a reported $1 million, was the turning point. ”I think my agent said, ‘She’s about to get really expensive.’ That helped!” Someone’s smallish budget allowed only 40 days of shooting in New York, which was quite a switch for Jackman, who spent four months on ”X-Men.” ”My God, was it fast. And a lot more dialogue, too,” he says. ”I remember going about a month on ‘X-Men’ and not saying a word. Only grunting.”