Rebecca Romijn-Stamos ('Godsend')
'To Have and To Hold'
Rebecca Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California. Her father was Dutch-born and worked as a custom furniture maker; her mother was American-born, of Dutch descent, and was an English teacher. Rebecca attended Berkeley High School where her nickname was the "Jolly Blond Giant." Then she attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where she majored in Music, but left in 1995.
This tall (5' 10") blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty was a natural for modeling, and has posed for Sports Illustrated, Christian Dior, Victoria's Secret, to name but a few. Rebecca first met John Stamos in 1994, at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and had her first date with him in Disneyland. They married in September 1998 and are subsequently divorcing this year.
Rebecca's most famous movie role so far was as the shape-shifting "Mystique" in 'X-Men' (2000), based on the long-running comic book series about teenage mutant superheroes. To play Mystique, every day Rebecca had to start out nude, and then 2 female makeup artists would apply blue body paint, and other stick-on parts, for 8 hours a day. 'X-Men' was a box-office bonanza, and Rebecca's future in films was assured.
Recently-single hottie Rebecca Romijn-Stamos stars as a concerned mother in the new horror movie, 'Godsend'. She's lost her son in an automobile accident until kindly mad scientist Robert De Niro offers to clone a brand new fetus so she can give birth to him all over again. Cut to his eighth birthday, the time of his first death, when things start to get weird. The film gave Romijn-Stamos the opportunity to think about the controversial scientific issue therein.
"It's far from being a perfect science and in the right hands I think it can be a good thing and in the wrong hands, a very, very bad thing," she recently told us. "Certainly this movie touches upon that idea. In terms of world population, I don't think the idea cloning human beings is a very good idea but we met this doctor when working on this movie who's working on cloning organs and he's getting really close and I think that's great for health reasons."
Of course, not being a mother, Romijn-Stamos couldn't answer the question of attachment to children. But she got close. "I have an 11-year-old German Shepherd at home and he's the love of my life. It breaks my heart to think about losing him and if I cloned him would it really be the same dog. There are so many other factors besides genetics. Dolly, the sheep, for example, the clone only survived a third of the life span of the original so it's almost like it's a simpler version of the original. It doesn't seem right yet. It's a little scary."
What did seem scary was working with legend Robert De Niro, but Romijn-Stamos found him to be just like any other collaborator. "He's really low-key, really funny. We all came together to start rehearsing a few days before we started shooting which was amazing. Anybody, including Robert De Niro, feels awkward when they start working together so we're working out all these scenes, not giving it your all but just trying to find your marks and figuring out the beats of the scenes. It took us all a little bit of time to know each other."
The public image of De Niro is often the monosyllabic brute from SNL's 'The Joe Pesci Show.' Romijn-Stamos experienced both sides of Bobby D. "Sometimes he can be a man of few words. He's very, very sweet. We also went to Iraq this summer and visited troops together. That was really exciting. That was a really special experience. He's real huggy. He wants to hug everyone at the end of the day. He's not perfect. We'd have a couple afternoons where we'd be losing the light and only had a few minutes to get the last shot and it was his shot. With that much pressure sometimes you lose it and fall into that conniption fit type laughter. He did that a couple of times. Greg [Kinnear] and I would do it sometimes and feel very unprofessional so when he'd do it, we'd be like whew. He'd do it and we'd lose it so forget about it. You've lost the shot and you can't even look at each other 'cause you're in convulsions. That was good to see that even he does it."
And as to whether or not she'll return to the 'blue suit' in 'X-Men 3', she happily gave us that answer too. "I'm dreading the makeup part but nothing else. I'm so happy to be a part of that franchise and I love those people. It's a really exciting thing to be a part of."
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