You know her better as the obsessive cleanliness freak Monica Gellar from Friends, have laughed at her antics in the hit sitcom and its re-runs but did one know Courteney Cox, on the other hand, is craving to watch a desi potboiler?
"I have heard a lot about Indian Cinema and I am longing to see my first Bollywood film," says the actor, who wouldn’t mind starring in one too, if given a chance. "Why not if something interesting comes up," she says. 10 years of entertaining the world with the series, Cox, who was reportedly paid $1 million per episode for the last two seasons, still gets the blues when it comes to Friends.
"Ten's a long time, but I wish we hadn't stopped. It would've been nice to do 11," says the 46-year-old, who found a BFF in Jennifer Aniston through the show.
"She draws you in. She's the all-round friend and is incredibly loyal. I can trust Jennifer with anything. She is also Coco’s (my daughter’s) godmother," says the actor, who is now reprising her role as journalist-turned-author Gale Weathers after a decade in the fourth installment of the Scream series.
"I am reprising my role as Gale Weathers, the journalist-turned author, but this time around she has a different perspective on the character. She wants her own fame and she always did. So when 10 years later when the murders started happening, she just wants to get really involved so she can write a book and become more famous. She’s got a one track mind and I like that part of playing someone who’s so selfish. It’s fun. I think that it’s a different kind of journalism. It’s really about the fame for her," she says.
Throwing more light on her character, she adds, "She’s going through a major writer’s block. She’s written stab books and now she’s got nothing to say she’s in a small town, where she moved to be with Dewey (David Arquette). She’s pretty unhappy and she’s not that pleased with him and life’s just dull and then... murders happen. That just re-ignites everything about her, it’s exciting."
Directed by Wes Craven, it stars an ensemble cast of Arquette, Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere. Campbell, Arquette and Cox are the only returning cast members from the previous films in the fourth installment.
Releasing worldwide on April 15, it is will hit Indian screens in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Cox also reveals times have changed since the first three series were shot.
"People have changed. People are cooler than me. A lot has changed in the last 10 years, including the audience. But aside from the cast additions, doesn’t really feel any different," she says.
Noteworthy is the movie brings together Cox and estranged husband David Arquette, whom she met while filming the first in the slasher series before separating from him after 12 years.
Ask if shooting the film with him was difficult due to a changed personal equation, she says, "Filming Scream 4 was a bit of a family affair. It felt very natural. You know each other, and you kind of just get right back into it and are better than you were last time. We have kind of grown up together in a way."
Cox also opens up about the split. "The thing is, when you get older, it's more about compatibility than it is about love. I think it's more about needing just a kind of peace and stillness," she says.
"I'm kind of all over the place, and I need grounding. I want to be calm. I want to change a lot. I want to live not outside but inside. It's nothing with David; it's just what I'm searching for," she adds.