Rachael Leigh Cook talks to Yahoo Entertainment about her latest movie, Spirit Halloween: The Movie which is based on the popular retail store.
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KEVIN POLOWY: I have to imagine that as the main character in “Spirit Halloween – The Movie” you are a big Halloween fan.
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I actually have a lot of guilt around Halloween. But I really– you know, as a parent, you know how you get these ideas about what you want to be and what you want to do. My mom was an incredible artist in so many ways, and she made epic Halloween costumes for my brother and I. For example, I was Queen Elizabeth for a year. She made me a tornado for a year using about 12 different layers of fabric and a Fisher Price helicopter mounted on a black beanie. Like, it was epic.
So she delivered every Halloween. And I’m a Spirit Halloween mom. Whenever these stores pop up, I think we’re going, kids. And they say: Hooray! And when that movie came out and I said to the kids, oh, you know, I’m thinking about doing this Halloween movie, they said, oh, you could be in a good movie? That would be great. You should.
KEVIN POLOWY: I mean I haven’t checked the facts but I think this is the first retail store to be adapted into a movie. How did you react when you first heard they were doing this?
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I find it unusual. I haven’t heard of, say, Bass Pro Shops the movie. That would be strange.
KEVIN POLOWY: [LAUGHS] Right.
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I really can’t think of any other retail store that would make a good film. I am sorry. So as not to hit anyone now. But Claire is the movie, not sure.
KEVIN POLOWY: Were you nervous because they could do that as a concept like you heard about it before reading the script?
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: Funny thing about the whole thing as a concept, as the only likely transition from retail store to cinema, is, yeah, I get it, a bit unorthodox. But the film just works like a film. So it’s taking place in a Spirit Halloween store. They could have called it like Spirited Halloween and it would have just been some kind of weird rip-off. It’s really just a funny story that’s like a coming of age story about these kids. And so it’s just great that the store was something of a game to really make it.
KEVIN POLOWY: Do you get free Spirit Halloween costumes for life now? Is that part of the contract?
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I should talk to someone about this. I certainly gave them enough money. You really come through for me. I’m just not smart and skilled like my mother. I’m a Ghost Halloween Mom. I can’t… I will go there in about two weeks.
KEVIN POLOWY: You are a mother in real life. What do you enjoy about playing the role of mother on screen?
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I feel incredibly qualified for this. That’s my main thing. It’s kind of like not calling anyone, but yeah, like, when you see someone holding a baby in a movie where they’re clearly like that, what is it? You know what I mean? I know what I am doing. The funny thing about being a movie mom that I have to keep reminding myself is that the movie mom is nicer than the real mom.
For example, at the beginning of the film, I have some harsh words about my strain – it gives me an attitude, my pre-teen in this film. I kind of yell at him to “stop it” and like this and that. And I use my real mother’s voice. And they very discreetly but creatively kept me from being that angry because movie mom doesn’t get that angry. Movie mom will dial it down a bit. So that’s a quick little lesson I learned. But what do I like about being a movie mom? Much more relaxed schedule, fantastically easy and close to home.
KEVIN POLOWY: Did you play a lot of mother roles?
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: I hadn’t. I’m just starting to make mom’s money, Kevin, just getting on with it. I had to wait a long time, which I still…
KEVIN POLOWY: Start monetizing this mom.
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK: Yes, exactly? I was the mother in the remake of She’s All That called He’s All That. So yes mom of teens here we come.