Stepping into Sarah Michelle Gellar’s terrorized shoes in The Grudge 2, Tamblyn, 23 (she stars as Gellar’s lil’ sis), recalls Joan of Arcadia, her dad’s days on Twin Peaks, and more.
HOLDING A GRUDGE
I wanted to do The Grudge 2 [now playing] because Takashi Shimizu, who directed all the Grudge films, American and Japanese, was coming back. The only [fear] I had was it was a sequel to a remake. Now, there’s dangerous waters!
I did a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode with Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2001. She’s a spitfire, which I love. She’s good at knowing her vision. I’m more nervous; there’s trepidation until the cameras roll.
ONLY IN JAPAN
We shot The Grudge 2 in Tokyo, and I stayed after we wrapped. One night, my friend and I rode bikes around the geisha district during a lightning storm. The sky kept lighting up while the geishas would come in and out of doorways. Crazy and weird.
R.I.P. JOAN OF ARCADIA
I miss Joan terribly. I get asked, ”If there had been a third season, what would have happened?” [Perhaps] Joan fighting the Devil in different human forms. Wentworth Miller [the Devil in the series finale] was so sweet. I still have his number in my cell.
I could someday be as big as Tom Cruise, and there will always be people who will come up and say, ”I thought episode 553 of General Hospital was the greatest piece of film of all time.” I love that.
Twin Peaks was something Daddy [Russ Tamblyn, who played Dr. Lawrence Jacoby] was part of, but I wasn’t allowed to watch. What he doesn’t know is that I had a Hello Kitty compact, and I’d watch the show in the mirror while my parents did. I had a crush on David Lynch. I wanted to invite him for a tea party. I thought he sounded like what my stuffed rabbit would if it could talk.