Questions and Answers With Alice Eve

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Alice Eve used to just be out of your league, but now she's out of your galaxy, man.

Yes, the striking blonde whose sudden bra-and-underwear appearance in the "Star Trek Into Darkness" trailer may have given you whiplash from running the YouTube scrollbar back so quickly (to find the hidden link to the posters, of course) has noted babe qualities, having starred in 2010's "She's Out of My League" with Jay Baruchel and played movie star Vince's future wife on HBO's "Entourage." However, that glimpse of skin you catch in the trailer is about all you get — Eve's character, Dr. Carol Marcus, is a science officer on board the Enterprise, and, refreshingly, does not serve as anyone's love interest.

We caught up with Eve before this week's release of the film to talk Trekkies, geekery and bromances.

Are you a Trekkie?

I am now.

Did you have to study "Star Trek" lore before filming the movie?

I totally watched the first season of the show, and I watched the movies. I used to watch it on TV with my grandfather. I was aware of it, but now I'm way more of a Trekkie than I was then.

Are you a total nerd for it now?

No, I'm not that good. I get like when they do the tests in the interviews and they come with, like, quizzes, I get like 6 out of 10?

That's better than I could do.

Yeah, and I'm getting better. If you spend more time, then you get quite good.

I found it really refreshing that you didn't play anyone's love interest.

I really like how Carol was a really independent figure, you know. She has her own determination and her own trajectory, and she's going to follow it. I really liked how she was an independent soul working in that universe with everyone else.

There's such a strong marginalization of women in sci-fi usually.

Is that the tradition? Yeah, I agree, it doesn't feel that J.J.'s female characters are

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marginalized. He has a really strong wife, a very intelligent woman, and I think that he understands strong women.

And it really seems like J.J. is firing on all cylinders all the time.

He really does, his mind moves at warp speed, but he can handle it. If he can continue to handle it and make such good movies, then that's great for us, I think.

There's some slap action in this movie. Any tips on taking or giving a slap?

I get a slap, did I? Do you mean taking a slap or receiving one? I slap my dad in the film. I've never been slapped, but I know how to do it on screen. Getting slapped, it's such a serious thing to slap someone. My friend got slapped the other night because he was talking to this beautiful girl and turned to his right and said to this other girl that she was beautiful, and the woman slapped him. It was the girl's mother! You don't often hear about people getting slapped.

I don't know, I guess receiving one on screen, you just move your head very quickly to the right. That's always the thing: I think in life when you receive a blow physically, it's way more painful than they make it seem in the movie.

This movie was really bromantic. Kirk and Spock are really bros here.

It is, yeah.

What's your favorite movie bromance?

"Step Brothers" is just genius, one of the funniest films of all time.

Do you have a favorite line from that?

No, I'm not a boy. But I love it!

In a fight to the death among your cast, who would win?

In real life? Well, Benedict's character would win, I think, sadly, for the people of the universe. I'm gonna go with [Zachary] Quinto though.


He's a big dude. He's strong. He's got ... he's a soulful man, I bet he could fight. I've never seen him fight though, except epically in the movie.

Does he like to win?

No, no, no, he's not competitive. I think he's just well-built.

Kirk is a real player and throws out some terrible come-ons. What's the worst pick-up line you've ever heard?

"Can you give me a kiss?" When people go straight for dessert. They haven't even done any preamble.

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What do you geek out over?

Books. I went to university to do English, so I guess my kind of area of nerdiness comes out with words.

What genre?

Fiction, literature, poetry. Just English literature, really, I like to know about it.

What's the most outrageous lie you've heard about yourself?

Probably something my brothers say about me. I have two younger brothers who are very bossy.

What's your most-quoted movie line?

Well, obviously at the moment — well, actually, yesterday, all we said yesterday was "May the Force be with you" because it was [May the Fourth], so that's going around in my head. But I guess, "I'm just a girl standing in front of a guy, asking him to love me." Do you know what that's from?

Oh, s**t.

Come on, man.

I'm trying.

You're putting me on the spot, and you don't even know the line!

I know, I know.

I'll give you one hint: It's set in London.

"Notting Hill"?

Yeah! There you go! 10 out of 10!

And, lastly, using your first pet and the street you grew up on, what would your porn name be?

Lily and ...well, I grew up on lots of streets. Let's say Lily Hern.