In The Lap of Liberty Lass!
an Interview with Gina Gatto, part two
Part One of this interview,
model-actress Gina Gatto talked about becoming an action figure.
today's section, she goes on to discuss her last minute casting
in Comic Book: The Movie, and her hopes for what it may become.
Also, how does one go about reversing that hyphenate, and
becoming an actress-model?
Let's talk about Liberty Lass.
Gatto: I love her. I love that character.
The story I was told is that the guys in the cast just met
you in the hotel.
Well, what happened was Jess (Harnell), he does animation
voice-overs, for all I know he does other things as well,
he had seen me, maybe, I don't know. And he left his number
with the valet people to give to me but they never did.
walking down Thursday night to get my car, and they all kind
of bombarded me. "This is her! This is her! This is her!"
of people came over, Mark (Hamill) came over and met me and
said they wanted me to be in this movie, and that they wanted
me to give them a call. I gave them my card, and I didn't
hear from them.
day they ran into me at the convention. They said they wanted
me to be in the movie, and I said, call my manager, here's
the number for the details, because I'm working. I really
can't do anything. By the end of the day, they were calling
me saying, can you be here at this time? I'm like, fine, I
can be there by this time but I need to shower. So I took
a shower at their hotel. I left a message saying I wear a
size 10 shoe, because I'm used to fittings and everything
for acting. I know they didn't know my shoe size, and then
the spandex, whatever.
basically, is like pleather, a stretch material. We put it
on, it fit. It was just a little tight in the crotch area
because I have a long waist. They added a little bit of material.
They took me in and we shot the scene.
All of it last night? You don't have to come back for any
Not tonight. But I also hear that they may be turning that
into something more than just a movie. Who knows? It could
turn out to be something more for myself as Liberty Lass.
prefer her more just because she's more like me, versus, you
know, a villainess. I mean, I like playing the villain. Everyone
has their dark side.
That's an interesting question. As an actress, here you are
being The Baroness, which is little snippets here and there
all day, and then you're Liberty Lass, which is a character
on the fly, clearly, because two days ago, you weren't playing
her. So what are you doing differently to prepare for those
For me, in acting I don't really have to prepare that much.
As far as The Baroness, I have that side to me. So does that
man there (gesturing to the bar), and that woman over there…everyone
has their dark side.
Lass is a lot like myself. I don't portray somebody else;
I'm just who I am in the moment. I may find a little bit of
them and bring them to me. But I haven't prepared for that.
So have you been in anything else?
I just did an Entertainment Weekly magazine commercial, airing
now. I'm going back home for a couple more auditions, starting
tomorrow night. I'll try to get in for an audition for 2Fast2Furious.
I've had the lead in a couple of independent films. One called
Redemption. I can't think - it's been a while since
I've looked at my resume. But there's been a few.
recently started working with modeling agencies. They're sending
As an actress, where do you want your career to go?
I would like my own series.
And yet you don't watch television. What kind of series would
Gina Gatto do?
You look at a lot of the stars out there that aren't good
role models for children. I don't smoke, I don't do drugs,
I drink maybe a drink once in a while. Pretty much what you
see is what you get. I'm a good person. I have good values.
And there are a lot of children out there who need a good
It's important to you, then, to do something that appeals
to the family?
I'm a bigger woman than most people out there. You see on
television people like Callista Flockhart, who's a stick.
I grew up being called "horse" and "Thunderthighs." I was
thinking I wanted to be like Kate Moss. There's so many children
out there growing up, looking at the magazines thinking, "I
have to be skinny, I have to be skinny."
you don't have to be. I'm not fat, but I'm healthy. I also
believe in eating right and being healthy. And a lot of children
need a good role model. Just put me on television so they
can say, "look, she's not as skinny but she's healthy. I want
to be like her." Whether that be a boy or a girl.
And you would want it to be a show where you're comfortable
with children watching.
It bothered me in the beginning about The Baroness. When I
first found out, it was like oh, cool, she's like a superhero.
Then I find out she's a villain. And I thought it kind of
sucks to play a villain. But in a way, it doesn't. Because
if it's going to teach them something, whether I were to turn
around in a show with somebody getting back at me, and maybe
teach them a lesson.
learn from it, it wouldn't bother me. Of course we all want
to be the superhero.
Goodson: In The Baroness' defense, I don't believe you
ever actually did anything. You were always foiled.
Okay. I did hear that she actually got the publisher or the
cartoonist in trouble. When she first came out, she put a
gun into a woman's mouth and said, "If you don't do something,"
to the husband, "I'm gonna spray red all over this room."
It must have been the comic book. But I couldn't tell you,
except that for the time, it was a pretty intense comic book.
I've never seen it. I don't know what age range they do that
for. I do know that when I'm taking photos, and I see children
around, I try to put the gun away. If children come up, I
don't point a gun at them. I may give them a gun, but they
have to point it forward or something. But I don't do anything
violent with the child.
You said you'd like to play the superhero. Which superhero
would you like to be?
I love Liberty Lass. She's sexy. She's fun. She's a lot like
me. Not that I would say that I'm sexy.
I think you can.
Oh, heck, we can say it. What do you like most about the convention?
I really like the interaction with everybody. All the people
that come up there…because people are so neat to me. You learn
so much about them. You get men in there, and most of it is
men, and my heart goes out to some of them, because you know
that they're lonely, they don't have anybody, and there's
really not that much in their life.
them…emotionally…when they see you, to kiss them on the cheek.
It's wonderful. It's a wonderful feeling. The greatest feeling,
to make somebody feel happy.
You see all these people wandering around getting in touch
with what they liked as kids. Is there anything you see here
that got you excited?
I was excited to see Chewbacca. Star Wars! I LOVE HIM.
That's right, Peter Mayhew was here.
(wiser than DM): The actual guy, or the character Chewbacca?
Chewbacca the character. I don't know who did it. I mean,
who's the guy from KISS?
Yeah. He came up and took a photograph of me. I didn't even
know who he was.
I don't want to be the guy who tells Gene Simmons that. Whoops.
I think we just did.
left Gina in that hotel bar, ivories tickling, piano playing,
and went home thinking, "oh, to be Codename: Courage..."