PC: What was it like working with fellow Broadway baby Hugh Jackman in SCOOP & THE PRESTIGE?
SJ: You know, working on SCOOP with Hugh, of course, I was just very fortunate to work with Hugh. He’s just – I mean, we call him the Mayor of Hollywood – he’s just all around amazing. A triple threat: singing, dancing, acting. And unbelievably, ridiculously gorgeous.
PC: Well, you are all of those things, too, so you must be the Mayoress of Hollywood!
SJ. (Laughs.) Thank you. But, he’s just the bee’s knees and I got really lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with him on the set of SCOOP. Of course, we both discovered that we love musicals. I love musicals, I started acting because I wanted to be in a musical. I loved Rodgers & Hammerstein and Cole Porter and Gershwin. We would just spend our whole morning in the hair and make-up trailer singing CAROUSEL and OKLAHOMA! and DAMN YANKEES. Then, you know, we got to work together again on THE PRESTIGE.
PC: That would make such a good musical, I know some people have expressed interest in trying to musicalize it.
SJ: No way! Could you imagine? THE PRESTIGE definitely has that kind of – I don’t know, a sort of Sondheim-y quality to it.
PC: Especially the big twist.
SJ: Absolutely! It’s twisted and it’s dark and it’s mysterious and it’s kind of grey.
PC: So working with Hugh on THE PRESTIGE was great, too?
SJ: We just totally were singing it up all the time and I was just thrilled about that! (Laughs.)
PC: Since you just mentioned Sondheim, I am compelled to ask: what Sondheim roles would you like to play? I could see you as Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE or maybe Amy in COMPANY? Do you like or appreciate Sondheim’s stuff?
SJ: I do. I’ve always loved Sondheim. I mean, being able to play Dot would be amazing. I don’t think I could ever be in a musical on Broadway. But, perhaps in the movie musical version!
PC: Why do you say you wouldn’t want to do a musical onstage? You really wouldn’t, even with your gorgeous voice?
SJ: No, I think my musical days are over. You know, it was a childhood dream of mine. I look at actors – this whole season I’ve been very fortunate to be in New York and see a lot of the shows this season – I am just constantly blown away when I see incredibly talented actors, singers, dancers. That kind of triple-threat. I’ve never trained that hard, I’ve never trained that way. I think it’s just a gift that is something I can only admire from afar. (Laughs.)
PC: You’re far too humble! Since you’ve worked with Tom Waits and Sofia Coppola, I have to ask you if you’ve seen Francis Ford Coppola’s movie musical ONE FROM THE HEART with a score by Waits?
SJ: No, I’ve never seen it before.
PC: You’d love it. The DVD is fantastic. It’s with Teri Garr and Raul Julia.
SJ: Oh, my gosh, I love Teri Garr and Raul Julia. I have to get that on Netflix.
PC: Have you ever spoken to Woody Allen about the stage version of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY? Marvin Hamlisch and Marshall Brickman workshopped it several years ago, I believe. You’d be so great in the Jennifer Tilly role!
SJ: I love that movie so, so much. You know, I’ve actually never spoken to Woody about that. I know that recently he directed an opera, oddly, in LA, last season.
PC: It looked gorgeous. It got good reviews.
SJ: Yeah, he was telling me he wanted everyone to have giant ant costumes. (Laughs.)
PC: Like SLEEPER onstage!
SJ: Yeah, I’m very curious to know if he would direct a Broadway show. He has acted in them and written them. But, it’s been a long time.
PC: Of course he did PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM.
SJ: Yeah, so I think it would certainly be nice for him to return to New York.
PC: What were some of your favorite plays and musicals this season?
SJ: I haven’t seen a lot of musicals. I saw a lot of straight plays this season. I saw FENCES. I loved RED.
PC: Oh, what did you think of Eddie Redmayne and Alfred Molina?
SJ: I was just incredibly, totally in it. I was totally sucked into it. I was really taken away by the story and the performances. Everything about it. I just thought the production was fantastic.
PC: I can tell by your description how much you love live theatre.
SJ: I think I love it so much because of my mom, when I was little, would take me to see everything with her.
PC: What shows do you remember seeing growing up in the 90s… MISS SAIGON?
SJ: I think when I saw MISS SAIGON I was just blown away by the helicopter! (Laughs.) I loved SUNSET BLVD, I saw it like three times.
PC: Who did you see it with as Norma? Glenn Close?
SJ: Glenn Close. And then I saw it with Elaine Paige.
PC: Oh, I just interviewed Elaine Paige a week or two ago. She’s such a great class act. So good.
SJ: Oh, my God, she’s so incredibly talented! I loved that show so much. I became completely obsessed with it.
PC: You’d be perfect casting for Betty in the movie!
SJ: I’d be too sad, I’d want to wait to play Norma Desmond! (Laughs.)
PC: You could do the remake, too: when you‘re the right age!
SJ: I love that show.
PC: One thing a lot of theater fans seem to love is GLEE. Since now that you’re a part of the Broadway community, are you a Gleek, too?
SJ: I do like GLEE. I have to say, I’ve only seen one episode, though, really not the whole thing. I don’t see a lot of that kind of TV. Everybody loves it so they’re doing something right. It’s an amazing cast. Actually, it’s funny, Jessica Hecht [Co-star in VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE], by the way, before every performance would just like – when we were waiting in the wings to go on – she would just be like, “How can I get on GLEE? I’ve been trying to figure it out for months!” Every single show, she’s be like, “Do you know anybody who knows anybody?” And I’m like, (Laughs.), “Jessica, I’m sure you could get on GLEE if you really try!”
PC: Everybody wants a piece of GLEE, and everyone wants a piece of you. Surely, you couldn’t ask for much more than to have the top movie of the year and a Tony Award simultaneously!
SJ: I’ve had such an incredible time in the industry… practically twenty years. If it all ended now, I would have, like, a lifetime of memories to look back on. As devastating as that sounds! (Laughs.)
PC: And as devastatingly beautiful as you look! A feature that is only superseded by your immense talent!
SJ: Thank you. Thank you so much for that.