The It Girl
WHY HER? Let’s face it, just the notion of crowning a new ”It Girl” seems like a throwback to a more innocent era that existed only in the movies. Still, you can almost picture the aspiring ingenue sitting at the counter at Schwab’s, sipping a lime rickey, waiting to be discovered. Then, of course, ”It” happens: An agent’s eye is caught; a blitzkrieg debut is made; a star is born.
But in Graham’s case ”It” happened more like this: A brutal agent told her she had ”no edge”; a debut was made opposite, gulp, the Coreys in 1988’s License to Drive; and a struggling actress was born. Fortunately, a decade down her pothole-dotted road, Graham has a different agent. Come to think of it, she hasn’t seen the Coreys in years. And most important, she’s finally hit her star-making stride in Swingers, Two Girls and a Guy, Boogie Nights, and now Austin Powers 2.
You don’t have to squint to see why. In person, the actress who looks like a heartland version of Brigitte Bardot somehow manages to come off as both sweet (like the girl next door) and sexy (like the girl we constantly prayed would move in next door). And now that she’s stepped into the platforms of Austin Powers‘ Barbarella-esque superspy Felicity Shagwell, it seems like a given that wherever she goes, randy teenage boys (and a few older ones too) will greet her with ”Yeahhhh, baby!”
”I can’t imagine ever getting sick of people calling me shagadelic,” says Graham. ”Elizabeth Hurley said, ‘This will follow you forever.’ But it cracks me up…. It’s better than being revolting, right?”
MOMENT SHE ALMOST GAVE UP: ”I was doing this movie [Scorchers] when I was really young, and the director fired me in front of the crew. Fortunately, the movie sucked, and no one ever saw it, so I got my revenge.”
NEXT: Spoofing a movie-set ho, in this summer’s Bowfinger. Then director Lisa Krueger’s Committed, followed by Danny Boyle’s Alien Love Triangle.
WHY HIM? He’s been perfecting the art of scene-stealing since his breakthrough role in My Best Friend’s Wedding (see also Shakespeare in Love and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Next month he vamps villainously in Disney’s Inspector Gadget, where he got to ”really chew up the scenery.” But it’s the screwball spirit of Oliver Parker’s spry adaptation of An Ideal Husband, out later this month, that’s more his cup of tea. ”A lot of dramatic actors turn their noses up at light comedy,” says Everett. ”I feel it’s what I do best.”
WORK HABITS: ”I come from the get-on-with-it school, where you don’t have to get drunk for three days to play a scene where you’ve been drunk for three days.”
AUSTIN POWERS OR DR. EVIL? ”Dr. Evil. He’s much more fun. And you get to have a shaved head.”
NEXT: Everett does the gay-best-friend thing — again — in Paramount’s The Next Best Thing (due out next year), in which he gets Madonna pregnant.
WHO’D STAR IN HIS BIOPIC? ”A cloning of Montgomery Clift and Hugh Grant.”