Just when you thought Paris HiltonParis Hilton hadn't invaded every single aspect of our culture, here comes John McCainJohn McCain. As news swirls about Hilton's inclusion in a McCain television ad equating Barack Obama with the red-carpet mainstay (Hilton's representative told MTV, "Miss Hilton was not asked, nor did she give permission for the use of her likeness in the ad and has no further comment"), the 27-year-old would like you to remember that she's not just a lightning rod, she's also an actress.
And by the way, you can put your knives away for her next performance. When "Repo! The Genetic Opera""Repo! The Genetic Opera" comes out November 7, you just might have second thoughts about Hilton's critically savaged big-screen presence. Light years better than she's been in films like "House of Wax""House of Wax" and "The Hottie & the Nottie""The Hottie & the Nottie" (faint praise, we realize), Hilton stars as the plastic-surgery-addicted Amber Sweet.
MTV caught up with Hilton and her "Repo" co-star Alexa VegaAlexa Vega (all grown up after three "Spy Kids" films) moments before they took the stage at Comic-Con in support of their new film, a rock opera from the makers of "Saw." MTV found a confident and relaxed Hilton, as excited about her forthcoming album and collaboration with boyfriend Benji MaddenBenji Madden as her new film.
MTV: Is this the first Comic-Con for each of you? Paris, have you been here before?
Paris Hilton: This is my first Comic-Con. I'm very excited.
Alexa Vega: [Holding the microphone.] I feel like I'm interviewing her. [Laughs.] How was your "Repo" experience, Paris?
Hilton: It was incredible because of you.
Vega: Thank you.
MTV: This is not an easy sell of a movie. Was it tough to convince you to sign on?
Hilton: I read the script and immediately fell in love with it. I'm a huge fan of [director] Darren [Lynn Bousman]. I love the "Saw""Saw" films, so the fact that I was being offered a role like this — which is completely different and so different than me — I was just so excited to even get to be a part of it. I really worked my hardest. There were, like, 25 top actresses trying out for this part, and I got the part.
MTV: Your character is addicted to plastic surgery. Where do you stand on that issue?
Hilton: Well, I've never had any plastic surgery, so doing a character like that — it was a lot of fun to change because every scene I have a different nose, I have different eyes, different hair. We were using a lot of prosthetics, so every scene you can't really tell that it's me, so that was a lot of fun.
MTV: Is this kind of a wish fulfillment? You know, there aren't that many musicals nowadays, let alone something this inventive and this kind of cool, very interesting production design.
Vega: I feel like this is so unique and so different. It's not a musical, it's not a horror film — it's everything. It has a lot of depth and a lot of layers to it. I think that when people go to watch this film they're going to be so overwhelmed. [To Paris] And then your performance on top of that, I think it's going to shock a lot of people. It's showing a lot of different sides of people, which I think will blow our audiences away.
MTV: Paris, we're used to seeing you at parties and red carpets. Comic-Con is a bit of a different vibe for you.
Hilton: It's definitely the place we need to be. And I love comics. I've always been a big fan of them. I'm kind of like a little comic-y at heart, so I think that I'll like everyone here.
MTV: Having done this musical film, does Broadway interest you?
Hilton: I was actually offered the role of Roxy in "Chicago," and we did some dance rehearsals and everything. But then I found out the schedule, and it was six days a week for a couple of months. And they wanted me to go to London after New York. I was very flattered to be offered that role and I love "Chicago," but with my schedule and everything, there was no way I could fit it in.
MTV: Where does your next album stand?
Hilton: With my show "BFF" on MTV, I'm going to be releasing an album with it. I just finished recording the main title song. Benji [Madden] and I wrote [it] together. I built, like, a whole recording studio in my house.
MTV: How was it writing with Benji?
Hilton: Well, he's such a talented writer. We're in love, so we can really write well together because we're kind of on the same wavelength, the way we think. With our talents together, it really mixes well.
MTV: How would you describe the music on the next album?
Hilton: It's really feel-good music — it's happy, it's dance music. It's a lot different than my last album, and the words really mean a lot to me.
MTV: Do you have a favorite track?
Hilton: The "best friends" songs I really like. There's a song called "You Are My Best Friend," and it's really sweet.
MTV: You have always said you want to be a mom. Do you think you will soon?
Hilton: Not right now. I'm so busy with work, with this movie and my TV show and my album. I couldn't imagine wobbling all around, being all pregnant right now. Not yet. But one day I would love to have a family, just not right now.
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