CATEGORIES Movie NewsHeather Graham's new movie, "At Any Price," couldn't be more different from the next movie she's appearing in, "The Hangover Part III," which opens at the end of May. In Ramin Bahrani's intimate drama, part of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Graham plays a woman who inadvertently becomes the link between a Type-A father (Dennis Quaid) and his troubled son (Zac Efron). The corn-fed Whipple family is a far cry from the Wolfpack, and the stakes are much higher.
Graham sat down to chat with Moviefone about "King Corn," having David Duchovny's baby on "Californication," and the script she wants to direct.
Moviefone: Which aspect of the film attracted you most? Heather Graham: At first, it was Ramin Bahrani, because I really liked his other films, and to be honest, I really learned a lot more about farming from working on the film. Once I learned about it, of course I was really interested in making a movie about that issue.
There are documentaries, like "King Corn,'' but this adds a human side to the story. What did you take from it? Yeah, I watched ["King Corn"]. I took from it that I don't think a lot of people in America really know what's going on, you know? And how corrupt it is and how controlled by business it is, and how, as a country, we pretty much only grow corn and soybeans -- we don't even eat this corn. We use it for high-fructose corn syrup, which is not good for you, and feeding animals corn, animals that don't even eat corn. So it's really, from my point of view, a badly run system that could use a lot of reform, so I think it's cool there's a movie that can educate people about what's going on.
From working with Zac Efron in this and Selena Gomez in "Behaving Badly," what's your take on this generation in the spotlight? It's a lot of pressure. I'm really impressed -- I mean, I know Zac a lot better. I'm really impressed by how together they are, mature, and they're so successful at such a young age. To keep that together, not only artistically but personally, that's definitely an accomplishment.
Especially if you've got people following you, like paparazzi. You experienced that as well. Yeah, but I didn't have that as a teenager, which they did. So that's intense.
What made you take a role on "Californication"? It's fun because I feel like sometimes creatively people are more willing to take risks on television, especially on cable TV. It's fun being part of this kind of revolution in TV right now, where they're doing a lot of interesting TV.
It's a really great place for women to get really juicy roles that they can explore and have fun with. Right, because if you look at the movies coming out, there's not tons of movies with headlining [women], there's [not] a female star that's leading the movie, and in TV, there's tons. So it's cool there's more of an outlet there.
What is your story arc on "Californication"? Basically, I have David Duchovny's kid, and I never told him about it. I have his son, and the son wants to connect with him and know his dad, so it's kind of like how we get into each other's lives again.
How old is the kid? He's 20.
There's a lot nudity and stuff on "Californication." Luckily, I don't have to do any nudity. But I think I might be having sex in it. I don't know... They offer you the role, and you don't know what's really going to happen.
Is that ever a concern? I don't know if I'll be giving away what's going to happen. He gave me a broad strokes idea that there might be some sort of intrigue with me and David Duchovny.
When you signed on for the first "Hangover," did you expect there to be a "Hangover III" four years later? Todd [Phillips] had done "Old School," so I thought there was a possibility that this movie could make money and be successful, since that movie was such a commercial movie. But it's not like they made "Old School 2" and "3" right after, so the idea of doing sequels wasn't really on the table. It's cool that I get to be in another one.
And where are they headed now? Well, this one is like Vegas and Tijuana and LA.
Did you stay in LA? Technically, we were in Vegas, but we shot it in LA.
Vegas is nuts. I'm not a Vegas fan, actually... We have our press junket there in a few weeks, and I'm like, "Oh, God! I have to go back to Vegas." I kind of feel like the Ed Helms character, like, "No, I don't want to go to Vegas again!"
Is it weird to do press for so many different things at once? Like, you're doing this and then you're going to Vegas for "The Hangover"... Yeah, and I wrote a script that I want to direct, so I hope I get to do it this year. That would be really fun. That I would be in.
What's that about? It's about these three female friends and sex, and dealing with sex and shame and having good sex and how to choose the right person to have sex with.
Is it a comedy? It's a comedy... It's kind of like [the] female point of view on sex and relationships, and it's kind of raunchy.
What are your favorite comedies that are out right now, like raunchy lady comedies? Well, there's not that many. That's the thing. I feel like there's a window where I think women would like to see things like that and probably men, too. And I feel like it's just starting to open, hopefully, where women get to be as screwed up as men.