An Emily Blunt Interview
the barrage of commercials surrounding this weekend's opening
of Rush Hour 2 , you'd have to
be, well, living in China not to know Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker,
Ziyi Zhang and Rosalyn Sanchez are rushin' to screens in this
hugely anticipated sequel to mega-hit Rush Hour. It's the
sizzlin' summer sequel of sequels...
sweetheart-to-be, Rosalyn Sanchez, who stars opposite Tucker and
crew, and I had a quick chat about her rise to Rush
Hour 2. This film will no doubt catapult her to super stardom-
trust me I've seen the movie!
not just her Victoria Secret's scene that will have man-boys (and
clam diggin' gals) all sweaty and erect in attention...but this
skilled dancer, and actor is more than tight brassieres and pouty
lips, she can actually act, and kick some ass! Little tiny Asian
gal Ziyi Zhang ass (the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Farting
down to Earth, with a sexy female version of Antonio Banderas'
Latin accent, Rosalyn was very candid with her beginnings, her
costars and her hopes. Enjoy!
EB: Hello Rosalyn! First of all, congratulations! I've seen the
movie and you're gonna be a
RS: Oh my God, thank you so much!
EB: It must be so exciting.
RS: Oh...I am so happy. So happy!
EB: You were remarkable, and I just can't wait to see what the
the public is.
RS: I know. Right. Oh!
EB: You began in Puerto Rico I understand...
EB: And you had quite a career there. Now you risked it all to
head to New York. What
drives you? What made you do that?
RS: Um...I don't know. I think my dream was too big. I was doing
very well, but I realized I don't want to say I wanted to be a
movie star, I just felt like I want to take this very,
very, very seriously. And I want to do movies, and unfortunately
we don't have a lot of movies in Puerto Rico. We don't produce
RS: And when we do, I just felt like it could be done better,
so I said I have two choices: either stay here and continue doing
this, which is great - I had an amazing lifestyle and
I'll be close to my family, or I'm gonna leave and just train
hard and take acting seriously
and go to school and then see what happens.
EB: Bravo! Now when you got to New York you starred in a couple
of musicals and then you were on "As the World Turns,"
. Was New York what you expected? Was it what you hoped?
RS: It was. You know, I didn't even know what to expect. It was
my first time and I actually went when I was fifteen years old
because I went to see "Cats" because I love musicals
but I went for about two or three days. My father took me. So
as far as the lifestyle in New York, and...and...New York per
se I only know there's a lot of Puerto Ricans over there...
RS: ...so therefore it should be easy for me.
EB: Yeah, it's Little San Juan.
RS: Exactly. You know, there's a lot of Puerto Ricans and they
all speak Spanish and I do so well in Puerto Rico that it's gonna
take me a month to be a star. You know?
EB: Good point. Yeah.
RS: And I went to New York and it was a little bit overwhelming.
Um...I just...I don't know.
The...the weather is very different.
EB: The english word is dissmal...But then you made another move.You
actually jumped to LA?
RS: I jumped to LA because the LA thing I think it was gonna happen.
It was gonna be
inevitable, but it was sooner than what I thought because I came
to LA because of a job.
RS: Like I loved, "As the World Turns" because it brought
me to do Fame, LA. And I fell in love with LA actually.
EB: Isn't it wonderful? I'm heading out there myself.
RS: Really? I...that is great!
RS: The weather is just the most beautiful thing.
EB: Now Rush Hour 2 is quite a film for a "newcomer"--
to film anyway-- and I don't mean that insultingly.
EB: How did you feel when you found out that you got the Isabella
RS: I cried. Like a baby.
RS: I was at my...I will never forget. I was driving. I took my
dog for a little hike and then I'm
going back home and I'm driving and my manager says...um..."What
are you doing?"
and I'm like...I'm...I'm...but I was positive those four days
that I was waiting to get the part
I was absolutely positive, but that specific day I got up thinking,
Wow! It's taking a little too long.
RS: And I went...I went for a hike and...and I was driving back
and she goes, "Uh, what are
doing?" I said, "Ah, I just went for a little hike with
Mota. I'm gonna go back home," and
she says, "Can you come over because I have a script for
RS: And when she said that I felt oh no! If I have another script
it means that I didn't get
"Rush Hour." I figured it had to be for something else.
And I went in and she's on the phone and she said, "Can you
pick up the phone? I have someone that wants to talk to you."
And it was my agent at William Morris.
RS: He was in a big conference call. And I grabbed the phone and
they went, "Okay, so we
have good news for you. You're the new girl from "Rush Hour
II", and I just wanted to die. I started crying.
EB: Again, BRAVO!
RS: Yeah it was a thrill to say the least!
EB: And I noticed you have a very calm, deliberate delivery. You
mentioned school. Did you
RS: I did for a year and a half. Before I even started working
in English I had to study English
because it was a grade... And I went to school for a year and
a half on Monday through Friday. I really took it very seriously.
EB: Yeah, you have a very understandable accent. [laughter from
RS] Now "Rush Hour II" obviously will be a tremendous
hit. For those of us who have seen it, have you signed for "Rush
RS: I did!
RS: I don't
know if I should count on it though...because it's kind of like
you sign and you know how much you're gonna make and you're committed
to them, but they're not really committed
EB: Oh yeah that's, um, er, Hollywood.
RS: Exactly.But I'm hoping.
RS: But I'm hoping that they'll call me.
EB: After they see your performance you'll have so many scripts
you can take what you want and warm your LA Bungalow with the
rest! Now there's a lot of sensuous scenes in the film where you
show off your chickbabe physique. How did it feel running around
in Victoria Secrets in front of the crew?
RS: You know what? I was so normal for me...because every show
that I've done, "As the WorldTurns," and the musicals,
and ... I always have an underwear scene.
EB: Isn't that funny! [laughter]
RS: [laughter] I don't know what it is! I know. So, hopefully,
these will be the last ones.
EB: They have a clause in there: We must see her semi-naked.
EB: Well, 'cause you've got a beautiful body.
RS: Oh thank you!
EB: Now you're fight scenes were unbelievable. Did you do any
of it, or was it strictly stunt woman?
RS: Most of it was me.
EB: It looked it.
RS: And even with the pressure and training it was great. I loved
working the same day as the rehearsal. It was a little bit overwhelming
just because I was with Jackie and the girl from "Crouching
Tiger." With those two names was like...
EB: Any idea how to pronounce her name?
RS: Shingki ( I swear that's what she said...)
EB: Oh, okay.
RS: Yeah. [laughter]
EB: Good luck.
RS: And she's great! It was a little intimidating, but then I
got into it. And it was like I'm a dancer, so it was like a dance
EB: Yes, you looked very elegant. The two of you looked like synchronized
choreography. It was just beautiful.
RS: That's awesome.
EB: Now has anybody ever told you that you could come from the
Clan of Cher, minus the
reconstruction, of course? I don't mean that in an insulting way.
RS: You know even because of my hair now is very long and the
makeup...actually no. I
just did a music video and I walked in after doing makeup and
hair, and the director went, "Oh my God, I feel like I'm
looking at Cher when she was young." And I'm like...
EB: But you're prettier. I mean, Cher's a very pretty woman, but
you...you've got the shorter
features, so it's just mesmerizing. (sure I sound
like a big 'o clam digger- she really is pretty and it's a real
woman who can see another's beauty--so skip the email 'k?)
RS: Oh, that's good.
EB: Gotta ask..Is that hunk of smoky mankabob Chris Tucker as
wild a man on the set as he is on film?
RS: No...I mean he is wild and he's very, very funny, but he's
very professional. So people
think that for whatever reason because he's a comedian he's always
on, and he is, but
when working, acting, he's really, really, really taking it seriously.
EB: Yeah, like most of them that I've found. Marlon
Wayans is just a complete professional.
RS: Really? Yeah...
EB: Now, do you have Chris' personal cell number so I can parlay
EB: Oh, I'm kidding! How was it working for director, Brett Ratner?
RS: It was great. Brett is like a little kid. He's like 24/7.
He has...I have never seen anybody
with more energy than Brett Ratner.
EB: Oh, it shows.
RS: It would be two in the morning and we all are ready to go
to bed and he's still up like nothing is going on. And...and you
know what? Very, very professional. He's a perfectionist. He will
do as many takes as necessary. If he's not happy, we're not
EB: That's good to hear.
RS: I know. He is...uh...I mean it's over and over until he knows..."okay,
this is a money one."
EB: Well, it shows in the film. It really does. And it's funny,
'cause even with the clash of the
accents Jackie Chan's chemistry with you on the screen is engaging.
Did you rehearse
the scenes a lot before filming?
RS: We rehearsed it. It was funny because...um...Jackie tends
to be very shy with
RS: And...and the first month I kept thinking, oh my God, we're
supposed to be like falling in
love with each other...and I felt like he's gonna hate me. You
know, I mean [inaudible], but then, you know, we worked for so
long and he is just...just a classy, classy act.
EB: And he's reserved, too.
RS: He's reserved. Exactly. And I meet him I'm Latino, and we're
very open and very
affectionate and very touchy. You know what I mean?
EB: Oh yes.
RS: I've made him nervous for sure! [laughter]
EB: Latinos... I just remember Del
Toro someone I want to very touchy, feely...love him!
EB: Ohhh...handsome man! [evil laughter]
RS: Yeah...[licking of lips sound]
EB: So I understand that you're teaming next with Cuba Gooding,
EB: On "Boat Trip."
RS: Have you finished that, or...
RS: It was finished three weeks ago.
EB: And when will that be coming out? When can they expect that?
RS: March...I think March or April for the spring.
EB: Wonderful. Anything else that...that you have coming up that
to tell people?
RS: And I have, I have the campaign for Mountain Dew. I'm the
spokesperson for Mountain
Dew for a year. I'm gonna do all these commercials playing like
an action hero, and I'm excited about that.
EB: Oh, you go chickbabe!
RS: I'm excited about that!
EB: Well, much success to you. You're a very talented actor.
RS: Thank you.
EB: As...as well as being attractive, and I thank you for the
EB: And I just...I hope you're ready for this, because I sat there
with an audience of
beguiled press members and they just were eating you and the rest
of the guys up.
EB: And with sequels everybody gets that kind of 'ewww, it's a
sequel-yechy-poo". They've not only pulled this off, but
they've made two more stars in the process!
EB: So congratulations, my dear!
RS: Thank you so much.
EB: And enjoy you're short road to fame and success.
RS: Wow! Thank you!
EB: Thank you.
ready. According to her impressive multi-ability resume, she was
already quite the thing in P.R.. This may be a little bigger scale,
but after our girl talk, I have confidence in her that Lala Land's
wolves won't feed of this chickbabe. I hope she picks carefully
from the avalanche of forthcoming scripts (Ro- avoid anything
with the name TOM GREEN)
and stays clear of Hollywood's troubled, yet oddly magnetic, sexy
She reacted a little strongly to my personal smit-de-Jour
Del Toro's name! Can you say
girl fight on the red carpet Oscars 2002? Hmmmmm.....