The charismatic year-old befriends her and her teenage son Ian Nelson , but when a harmless flirtation leads to a momentary lapse in judgment, a dangerous and violent obsession develops. The film is directed by veteran helmer Rob Cohen and also stars Kristin Chenoweth.
Check out our interview after the jump. Jenny, back when you were on the block, was there a hot boy living next door? Actually my first boyfriend was the boy next door, when I was like 13 or 14 years old. Yeah, it was the summer I turned Cute enough, I guess, at the time. What made you want to produce it? When it came to us, we got it made. We produced it with Blumhouse. The character for me was something that seemed a perfect fit for right now.
People can understand that. They can understand making a mistake in a moment like that. Were you itching to get back on the screen and why this project? I go with my gut and what feels right at the time. While I was working on my album, I started working on this project. We found this script and started developing it with the writer. It just seemed like the right time to do it. It came together very quickly. Sometimes projects do that are meant to happen. It just felt like the right thing at the right time.
Again, I just go with what feels right at the time. What was the appeal of this particular project? Was it the script or the creative team? I liked the script. Actually my producing partner and I had a vision of me doing a role like this. It was super intense.
I never had done a film like that in my career. That was the first time we did that, but it was very liberating as an artist because it made me realize I can make whatever movie I want like this.
It really is very empowering. Both you and Ryan are dancers. Did you guys have any behind-the-scenes dance-offs? Laughs Yes, all the time. We were battling constantly. What did you guys do to break the ice before some of the more intense scenes?
We had a great relationship — me, Ryan, John Corbett, even Ian. We had a great time together. What do you think? They come to it with their point of view. You come to it with your point of view.
We had no time for that type of bullshit to be honest. We just had to go for it. Did you use a double? How was the chemistry in that scene? It looked so natural. That is our job to make everything look natural. That it felt that way is great. Scenes like that are always uncomfortable. Where do you get all that energy? You never seem to stop. But do you have time to enjoy life? I love what I do. I just keep going. Nobody else is going to do it for you.
Speaking to the business side and to the producer side, we see a lot of independent films being made right now and then the giant blockbuster. The business changes all the time. A lot of actors and actresses, producers, writers, and the creative people in the business realize that. Yeah, we all want to be successful, but we all just want to create and we want to tell the stories.
We want to continue creating the opportunities to be able to continue doing what we love. I really enjoyed this movie.
It was fun to watch and very entertaining. The audience I saw it with loved it. They were applauding, laughing, screaming and clapping. As an actress and as a producer, was that the intent of the film to make something that was fun and that the audience could enjoy?
We knew that we were making a popcorn thriller. The intention was to make a fun popcorn thriller that made people feel something, made you root for the main character, and I think we do. Is it the right thing for me? This was a mix. She has to find the strength. Which one do you prefer and which one is the easiest for you? I prefer romantic comedies. So I really enjoy doing that kind of stuff.
If you walked in and saw this, what would that be like? In this, you deal with a scary stalker. Have you ever dealt with something like this in real life? The Boy Next Door opens in theaters on January 23rd.