Courteney Cox Arquette Interview (Entertainment Tonight)

"The only secret I have is who the murderers are...."
-- Courtney Cox Arquette on 'Scream 3'

'Scream' queen COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE is becoming Gail Weathers again for the third installment in the 'Scream' series. Get the scoop as she chats with us from the set of 'Scream 3!'

Bob Goen: I was talking to DAVID [ARQUETTE] and I was thinking about your schedule -- between this, 'Shrink' and "Friends," working out and pulling hip flexors and all that, you don't look as exhausted as I would expect you to be!

Courteney Cox Arquette: Thank you! I have a lot of make up on!

Bob: But are you tired? Does it wear you down after awhile?

Courteney: It has been such an exciting summer, and an exciting time. Doing 'The Shrink Is In' was such an important movie for me because it's something I really believed in. It was a big deal for me, and I executive produced it. I had so much energy riding on the excitement of doing that, and then getting married -- you know how exciting that can be! Then we went away, and I relaxed so much. I read three books, and did nothing. It was so relaxing. This is a great time. I love doing 'Scream' so much. I'm tired, but I don't want to complain!

Bob: This has got to be a comfortable place for you. Tell me about the friendships and all that...

Courteney: Well, a lotof people have been through all three of them. WES CRAVEN is one of my favorite people. He's such a wonderful, sweet man. He was at my wedding -- he really is a special friend to me. It's a great team. I could go on and on, but it is kind of like going home. Like after a summer when I go back to "Friends."

Bob: Is there the same kind of excitement over this particular installment of the trilogy?

Courteney: Yes -- probably more in a way. We had a great time in the first one and in the second one, but they were different. I think they have taken the best of everything and put it all in the third one. I really think it's the best one. It's really funny. NEVE [CAMPBELL] is a real important character in this movie because she grounds in such reality. I was watching her -- it's like, "Wow! This makes it so real!" Then you have characters like Gail and Dewey who are a little over the top and silly. PARKER POSEY is in this one, and she plays Gail Weathers in the making of 'Stab 3.'

Bob: So she's playing you?

Courteney: She's playing me, and she's hysterical.

Bob: Does she have you down?

Courteney: She has me -- up it a few notches.

Bob: Did you have to teach her you?

Courtney: I always thought that Parker and I looked alike so much anyway -- and then to see her with the blonde streaks, the ones I wore in 'Scream.'

Bob: So yourcharacter is playing an entertainment show reporter?

Courteney: Yes.

Bob: Where do you go for your research for that character... please say me!

Courteney: You! She started out as a newscaster, and she was on gossip shows, and she is in charge of "Total Entertainment."

Bob: The plot is not convoluted -- but it is confusing...

Courtney: In thrillers you have to keep people guessing, so there's a lot of stuff going on, which makes it more interesting. It has to be that way. I couldn't give you a one-liner, other than they are making a movie called 'Stab 3.' Some stuff goes down -- you know what I'm saying. Gail gets a load of it, she comes by, Dewey comes by, Sidney comes by. We all meet up! That's about it! People come by for some running, screaming, chasing and stabbing!

Bob: So then this has been shrouded in secrecy! You're not allowed to say anything?

Courteney: The only secret I have is who the murderers are...

Bob: Now the big debate is behind you -- on the back of your chair it says "Courteney Arquette." What are you officially going with?

Courteney: I'm going with Courteney Cox Arquette with no hyphen. When I was a kid I always wanted to change my name. It feels good -- it feels like I'm really committed. It makes him happy. 

Bob: Is that what is on your driver's license?

Courteney: It's for real -- my social security card, everything!
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