Question: What appealed to you about the character of Carly?
Elisha Cuthbert: The character was most appealing at first because I was coming off of “The Girl Next Door,” which sort of was a great first film for me, but I wanted to do something extremely different.
And when Joel brought me “House of Wax,” I thought this is perfect because the genre is different, the idea is different, and the character is nothing like Danielle in “The Girl Next Door.” We kind of created Carly in the sense that she was a lot more tomboyish, not so particularly pretty – but pretty in her own way -...
Q: Did you take any of the wax props home with you?
I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but actual wax doesn't look like actual wax screen I guess. So it was a food preservative. So I took a lot of food preservative home with me. It was a food filler with sort of a jelly substance -- and if you can imagine like curdled milk with a hair gel kind of thing. And that sort of had a good consistency that showed up on camera and was easier to maneuver than actual wax. And I guess if wax was liquid, it was going to be too hot.
So lucky me, the first thing that happened when I got there, I walk...
Q: Congratulations, you had a pretty big weekend last weekend. [He got married]
A wonderful weekend, thank you. It was phenomenal, the best day of my life.
Q: How did you get involved with this – did you audition or did they come to you and say, ‘You’re our hero?’
Joel came to me and said, ‘You’ve been doing such a great job with everything else, I’d really love to have you as a part of this film.’ I always thought in the back of my head, can I do a horror, and I thought, ‘Hell, man, I can’t wait to give it a shot.’ And it was fun; it was a great time.
Q: Good morning, Elisha. I think it's appropriate to say that you clean up nice. This shoot must have been grueling.
You not only go into the road kill pit, but the other things you go through. I think I went through the most…not prosthetics, but gore, blood, goo you know, everything. Green finger, the whole thing. We were strategically putting white dots on a green tip so we could digitally remove the finger. So it was like, don't touch the finger. Don't touch the finger. We have special dots on the finger. Also throughout the course of the film always bandaging the finger up and remembering...