The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 59
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JENNIFER TILLY Play it coy A CTRESS JENNIFER THJUT is bouncing around the kitchen of her Los Angeles home. She's all energy. She stands. She sits. When she talks, she's frenetic but articulate. A simultaneous mix of brains and ditz. While Tilly's voluptuous figure, exotic eyes and Betty Boop voice have won her lots of scene- stealing "bimbo" roles — even an Oscar nod in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway — her best asset, she says, is her poker face. Here in her kitchen, she often hosts poker games for show-biz pals. When she's holding bad cards, she prides herself on not letting on. Life, like poker, is all about not divulging your hand, Tilly says. In her new movie, Bound, her character outsmarts the mob by keeping her true motives hidden. And in her own life, Tilly, 33, does the same — acting even when the camera's off. "I did a movie with an actress who was really nervous. She was falling apart a lot. I was just as insecure as she was, but I wouldn't show it. Don't give people ammunition. If you're always pointing out your faults, people start to notice them. "It's like when someone tells a pretty girl, 'You're so pretty,' and she says, 'Oh, but I have this really crooked nose.' The person thinks, 'You know, I never noticed it before, but as a matter of fact, you do.' Don't point out your flaws, because the world is not as sympathetic and nurturing as you think." Another rule of life Tilly learned at the poker table: Don't let others tell you how to play your hand. She's been second-guessed in Hollywood for playing too many bimbos. That's led others to think she's a bimbo because she plays bimbos so well. "Smart people don't think I'm stupid. It's stupid people who don't get the irony of what I'm doing." In other words, she's just bluffing. MtBonfcle roles: Matte in America, The Getaway, The Fabulous Baker Boys; TV's H«/ Street B/ues. In herdottt: Hundreds of shoes. "When I was young and poor, I'd have one pair of shoes. Now I'm overcompensating." Perswut Divorced. Up •«* Co-stars with Jim Carrey in JJar, L/ar, due in'97. MORE ADVICE FROM TILLY • Fashion show: "Dress how you want to behave. I found if I dressed like a fun party girl—wacky outfits, low- cut tops — I behaved like one. But if you dress conservative and sophisticated, you'll behave like your suit." • Don't be so suspicious: "People think I've had breast implants. That's because people who've had implants always suspect everyone else of having implants. It's like people who are cheating on you: They always assume you're cheating on them." • How to read Woody Allen: "His reactions are way, way smaller. If he says, 'Hmm, I think we've got it; let's move on,' then you know he's really pleased [with a take]. If he says, 'Hmm, let's try again,' he's anxious and didn't like it." • Examine little lies: "My sister [actress Meg Tilly] says, about duplicitous men: 'When someone tells lots of innocuous lies, examine what the little lies are covering up. Little lies always cover a bigger lie.' " • Don't date comics: "Comedians are the most depressed people. I went with a comedian for three months. He was the darkest, most depressed person. And then there are the ones who are always joking. They're exhausting." • Grow up: "I thought I knew it all when I was 20. As you get older, you realize how little you knew when you thought you knew it all." • Choose wisely: "Sometimes guys want uncomplicated, attractive playmates. A bimbo can be like taking a vacation. You can like going to Hawaii, but you don't want to spend your whole life on vacation." G3 Tilly will write or call one reader who seeks advice on a particular topic. Write by Oct. 13 to "Straight Talk," P.O. 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