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Scream's Skeet Ulrich on hotel rooms--and his own haunted house (Date: December 1, 1999)

Skeet Ulrich is sitting in his Los Angeles hotel room trying to occupy himself with a Sony PlayStation and a few Camels. But try as he might, the notoriously quiet-about-his-private-life actor keeps pining for his wife, British actress Georgina Cates (1998's Clay Pigeons). Who even knew this hush-hush hottie was married? Then the floodgates really open: "Without Georgina and her touch, it'll never feel like anything but a hotel room," he says, fessing that she's on her way from the airport. (Plane delay. Grrr.) Luckily, the 29-year-old actor isn't as anxious about his career. Bryan Ray Ulrich was dubbed Skeet in grade school for his mosquito-like quickness on the soccer field--and the same speed has defined his fast-moving movie stardom. From bit parts opposite Sharon Stone in Last Dance and Winona Ryder in Boys to starring roles in Scream and Touch less than a year later, the poster boy for smoldering sexiness has shaken the Johnny Depp--clone comments to establish himself as a leading man. With the intense and moving new Civil War drama Ride With the Devil (also known in Hollywood as The Jewel Movie), Ulrich is set to show off his skill. Now, though, he's an impatient husband who's sitting down with Cosmo to discuss things filmic and familial: from the Jewel of his movie to the jewel in his own life.



Q: Okay, give us the lowdown on working with rookie actor Jewel.

A: I knew this whole interview would be about Jewel [laughs].

Q: Not the whole interview. But come on.

A: She has a good sense of humor and doesn't take herself too seriously. I tried to keep her loose and not too worried. Our first kissing scene, I was eating onions in front of her right before. Just to let her know it's all play.

Q: As a Southerner, did acting in Ride With the Devil make you want to trace your roots back to the war?

A: My family is so scattered that rye never really done that. But the house [Georgina and I] live in in Virginia was built in 1850, and legend has it there was a skirmish on the back of our property during the Civil War.

Q: Wow!

A: Also, our bedroom was a Civil War surgeon's operating room. The house is unlivable [laughs]. There's no heat, no air-conditioning. It was really romantic and quaint the first year, but there are vines coming through the walls and snakes and mice in the house. We're building a new place now.

Q: How did you and Georgina meet?

A: In L.A. at a party. She tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around and, swear to God, the second I saw her eyes, I ran through my head, I'm gonna marry her. God willing. Like she had been my best friend in a past life and we had so much catching up to do.

Q: And what was it like for her?

A: Same. Unless she's lying [laughs].

Q: How did the proposal go?

A: I knew it had to be something to remember. So we were in a store in New York City [looking at rings], and I bought an engagement ring while we were there, under her nose. I had this whole plan of having a picnic, but I made it two steps out of the store and I was like [cracks his voice], "I gotta ask you something!" I broke down in tears [laughs].

Q: And now you're holed up on that farm. Are you into farming?

A: We want to grow our own food, stuff like that.

Q: Are you going to have your own brand of grocery items a la Paul Newman?

A: You mean, Skeet Ulrich Popcorn? [laughs] "Scream when you eat it."

Q: Speaking of Scream, were you surprised by its success?

A: At that time I didn't really want to be involved in a teen film, so I was happy it was doing well because I knew it would afford me certain opportunities.

Q: What was it like being covered in so much fake blood?

A: It sucks. See, I have so much chest hair [pulls up shirt to reveal very little], but when I pulled my shirt off, any hair I had on my body would be ripped off by the dried fake blood.

Q: Ouch. What's the scar on your chest from?

A: I had two birth defects. One was a ventricular septal defect, and they did openheart surgery when I was 10.

Q: How does something like that change your life outlook?

A: It didn't seem like a big deal then. Kids are so resilient, you know. You're thinking about a Little League game instead of the fact that someone's about to cut your sternum in half.

Q: Wait, what was the other birth defect?

A: Podibromidrosis, the medical condition of smelly feet

Q: You really have this?

A: No, I just love medical terms [laughs]. Although I do probably have it.

From: Cosmopolitan | Date: December 1, 1999 | Author: ABELE, ROBERT
Tags: 1999 articles, ride with the devil, skeet ulrich
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