Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair are looking back with “Cruel Intentions”.
The actresses spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the 1999 box-office hit, 20 years following the teen romantic drama’s release.
Blair broke down her approach to playing Cecile Caldwell and toeing a fine line between goofy and sexy. In particular, the interviewer asked about her “sexy” wiggle in that seduction scene. “That wiggle,” Gellar laughed before Blair answered the question.
“I just have this girl in my head, a much younger girl, but she has confidence,” Blair explained. “I think she probably really likes sex,” she laughed. “So for her, I think it was a positive outcome. [Director] Roger [Kumble] and I, we were very close, and he was really tuned in to me as a person, and so, I don’t know, I probably took the line reading from Roger, for all I know. I was probably imitating him.”
Gellar did a line of “coke” in the movie and she finally revealed what she was really snorting. “Oh my God, that’s a great story,” she prefaced the tale. “So the prop guy was like, ‘The best thing to do is chamomile tea,’ only I had really bad allergies, so after the first couple [of hits], my nose was bleeding.”
“The next day, my eyes were all red, and I literally had an allergic reaction to snorting all of that chamomile,” she continued. ‘I’m sure today they’ve figured something else out.” Blair said they use Vitamin C in most productions these days.
The two actresses reflected on their famous kiss. What was most intimidating was the 300-plus citizens that littered Central Park in New York, the site of the shoot, on a rare sunny day.
“Sarah and I were really close — I looked to her as my dear friend and also mentor in the kindest way,” Blair said of the French kiss. “So it was just awkward. It was like, ‘Oh, I almost wish I didn’t know her.'”
Reflecting on how the film has aged, both actresses still look fondly on the project when re-watching it. “I’m proud of the film we made, I’m proud of the people we became, I’m proud that we’re all still really connected,” Gellar explained. “I think that’s so rare, and really cool.”
“I accidentally showed my son the trailer when I was posting it on Instagram,” Blair dished. “I was like, ‘Look! I made a movie and I look young!’ And he was like, ‘What the hell?’ because it was Sarah all sexy and I was like, ‘Sorry!’”
“Cruel Intentions” hit theatres on March 5, 1999 and starred Gellar, Blair, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. The movie was a box-office hit and spawned two direct-to-video sequels.