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Ricci: 'I Still Audition for Movies'

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NEW YORK (AP) -- She co-starred with Charlize Theron in "Monster" and Johnny Depp in "Sleepy Hollow." But Christina Ricci says she still auditions for movies.

Ricci, 26, fought hard for the role of anxiety-ridden Rae, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, in "Black Snake Moan," written and directed by Craig Brewer (writer/director of "Hustle & Flow"). Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as Lazarus, a farmer and blues musician who tries to help her.

She is chained half-naked to a radiator throughout much of the film, due for release in February.

"... my agent started inundating Craig Brewer with photo shoots I had done that are pure sex shots," Ricci says with a laugh in an interview in the September issue of Premiere magazine.

"I have to say that I still audition for movies," she says. "I don't really have as much control over my career as others would like to pretend that I do."

As for huge commercial stardom, Ricci, whose screen credits also include roles in "The Addams Family," "Buffalo '66" and "The Opposite of Sex," says: "I don't think that's ever going to happen for me."

She tells the magazine: "My agent will pull up a picture of me blond, fat, thin, whatever. I know that had I been thinner at the time when my indie movies were hitting, I could've been in a much better position in my career, but I kind of like where I am.'"

Her upcoming films include the ensemble war drama "Home of the Brave" and the fairy tale "Penelope," about a girl cursed with a pig's nose who must learn to love herself to overcome her affliction.


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