Vivica A. Fox
A combination of beauty, talent, intelligence and humor is a receipt for hollywood stardom, which Vivica Fox possesses. Vivica Anjanetta Fox was born on July 30, 1964, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the youngest of four children, growing up with her sister and two brothers. She attended the Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, and graduated with an Associate Art degree in Social Sciences. Vivica is a talented actress who started out on Days of Our Lives in 1988, but got her big break on the Hollywood scene with her feature film debut opposite Will Smith, in the blockbuster hit Independence Day (1996). She portrayed Jasmine Dubrow, the sexy and heroic girlfriend of pilot hero Smith. By the way, the dynamic and sexy couple won the MTV Award for Best Kiss. Her credits started to grow from then on. Following her performance in ID4, Fox starred with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Blair Underwood in the dramatic action feature Set It Off (1996). After a stint in Booty Call in 1997, Vivica starred in the heavy cast movie Batman & Robin, co-starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and George Clooney. She showed off her talent playing the dangerously seductive character, Ms. B Haven.
Also in 1997, Vivica appeared as one of three sisters in the family drama Soul Food, co-starring Vanessa Williams and Nia Long. That role led her to receive an MTV Movie and Image Award Nomination for Best Actress. Vivica was also voted one of the Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1997.
The ABC special Arsenio (1997) was yet another project the talented Fox took part in. Other television appearances, both old and recent, include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Out All Night (1992), Living Single (1993), The Young and the Restless (a recurring role -- 1995), The Hughleys (1998), Mad TV (2002), and Alias (2004). Vivica also decided to recur on TV as an FBI agent in the second season of 1-800-MISSING on the Lifetime channel, in 2004. 1998 and '99 were also very eventful for Vivica's film career. She starred in Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) with Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Lela Rochon, in a movie about Frankie Lymon. Idle Hands (1999) was next on her list, where she played a druid priestess hunting down the evil forces in a small town, and co-starred alongside Jessica Alba.
She also co-starred with British actress Helen Mirren, as well as Molly Ringwald, Katie Holmes, and Barry Watson, as Miss Gold, in the feature about three students holding an unpopular teacher hostage, Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999). In 2001, Vivica ended up starring in a slew of box -office flops. First, she starred in Two Can Play That Game, with fellow beauty Gabrielle Union. Then, in 2002, she starred in Juwanna Mann, a movie about a guy (Miguel A. Nunez Jr.) who has to dress up like a woman to keep playing professional basketball. Finally in 2002, Vivica starred in Boat Trip, with co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz and Roselyn Sanchez. However, 2003 marked Vivica's stunning return in the Quentin Tarantino vehicle, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, which was a huge hit at the box office. Also in 2003, Vivica starred alongside Duane Martin in Ride or Die.
Not one to slow down, Vivica's career is in full swing in 2004, as she stars in Motives (which she also produced), Ella Enchanted, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and Blast!, with Eddie Griffin. Vivica's set to star in Getting Played in 2005, so keep your eyes peeled for her; she's not going anywhere professionally. As for her personal life, Vivica married singer Christopher "Sixx-Nine" Harvest in 1998, only to file for divorce in 2002. And after a short-lived relationship with rapper 50 Cent in 2003, Vivica is single again.
Interview With "Juwanna Mann's" Miguel A. Nunez Jr. and Vivica A. Fox
In "Juwanna Mann" Miguel Nunez stars as Jamal Jeffries, a bad boy basketball player with a rotten attitude. After his exploits get him booted from the NBA, Jamal dons a wig, fake boobs and transforms himself into Juwanna. Joining the WNBA, Juwanna plays with the same selfish style as Jamal.
Team captain Michelle Langford (Vivica A. Fox) is assigned the task of teaching Juwanna how to be a team player. As Jamal/Juwanna becomes closer to his teammates, he finds himself falling for Michelle, despite the fact she has a boyfriend.
Nunez and Fox recently sat down to discuss the film and the process of becoming a woman:
MIGUEL NUNEZ (Jamal/Juwanna) and VIVICA A. FOX (Michelle)
Did you study with basketball coaches?
MN: Oh yeah. It was intense.
VF: We trained with Colleen Matahara from USC in L.A. for about a month. Then we went down to Charlotte, North Carolina where we filmed and we trained with Tammy Bagby who was a professional basketball player. She had some girls who were on summer vacation from the WNBA and they ran the living daylights out of us. They really did. We trained in a community college that had no air conditioning.
MN: The gym was called 'The Oven.'
VF: I sweated, oh my God.
What did you learn how to do?
VF: Well, I played basketball in high school but I hadn't really played since then, so my sneakers were a little dusty. It was basically picking back up the fundamentals and plays, and learning to set your picks.
MN: It's just that schoolyard basketball is different. A schoolyard shot is different than an NBA shot. A schoolyard lay-up is different than an NBA lay-up. Most people shoot like this [indicating wide elbows] but it's little simple things. NBA shots are always here [indicating elbows tight to the body]. If you see anything different, you will know. You can tell from a shot the person never played professionally because of the fundamentals.
VF: The director, Jesse, really wanted us to look [convincing].
MN: He had doubles for us, excellent doubles, but he wanted to be able to use us in as many shots as possible to keep from having to use them. And, as a matter of fact, he had planned to use doubles in a lot of shots, which he didn't have to because he said that we got it down pretty good.
What's the difference between playing with men and women?
MN: What's the difference? It's just some boobs. You try to play around them. That was the hardest part.
Did you shave or wax?
MN: Wax. I have a whole newfound respect for women and the process they take for getting ready. Guys, let your woman take all the time they need. I was the one telling my wife, “Please, it doesn't take anybody this long to get dressed.” I'll tell you, to pluck, wax, lift, separate, twist, and tuck. I would tell my wife if we're going out to dinner, “Just throw on anything. What difference does it make? Just throw on something and go.” Now I'm with her while she's getting ready going, “Oh, that's cute. Do they make it in a 34?”
How many looks did you go through?
MN: At least 15. I had to go to this makeup artist in New York. I had to sit there for the entire three-hour process and then they would take pictures, and send them to the studio. The studio would go, “No, that's not it.” They would either give them another shot or move on.
VF: He ended up using my makeup artist. I had a really wonderful makeup artist. Her name is Kate Bess and she's done a lot of magazines and works with Vanessa Williams. I actually met her on "Soul Food." For me, as a natural basketball player, I didn't have to wear a lot. I said, “Why don't you give Kate a try?” And it was like magic. I think she really made him look pretty.
MN: I'd have went out with me.
VF: And it wasn't overdone. It wasn't like a transvestite, drag queen.
MN: That's what we didn't want.
VF: And that's what everyone else had given him.
Did you study the great drag movies?
MN: No, none of them whatsoever. I didn't know how I was going to do it. I'd sit in front of the mirror and put a wig on and practice my speech, trying to get it real so I didn't sound like a guy trying to sound like a woman. I was still trying to figure it out the night before I got there, still didn't have it. The last night before I got ready to film, I had a dream and I started dreaming about being back home in my little town in North Carolina. I was trying to think about who best reminded me of this character and I thought about this country-ass girl that used to live right next door to me, and I said, “Her, that's exactly it.” I thought about some of the lines I had to say and I thought about how she would say them, and that was it.
What's that girl's name?
MN: If she found out, she might want residuals. Everyone in North Carolina will be, “That's me. I know it's me.”
Were you looking for a starring role? Did you go through other projects before you came to this?
MN: No, not at all. I was just looking for a project that was not just a comedy. It had to have heart. It had to be something I could really get into and show some acting ability or all you're going to get is do this comedy and then do the next comedy and the next comedy, unless it's a role that really can show what you can do. That's what I was looking for and that's exactly what this is.
How do you feel about the release date?
MN: I'm glad it's coming out when it's coming out. I'm glad they did everything they did. What happened was there was a supposed writer's strike so everybody pushed stuff into production. There was a big article in 'Variety' or 'Hollywood Reporter' that stated “Too many movies, too few opening weekends.” They rushed so much stuff that there were like seven and eight movies coming out per weekend. They said, “No, we're not going to lose this. This is too good. We're going to hold it off and let all this stuff go by.” So then they held us for that. Boom, then 9/11 came. Okay, now we've got to wait all that [out]. Now it came out during the best sports finals series.
VF: There's a lot of high visibility.
MN: So we've got a lot of high visibility and I think everything is timing. I think the timing's right for "Juwanna Mann."
What did you learn about women?
MN: I don't want to be one. Really, they've got it so hard. They've got to do so much. Guys can just get up in the morning, brush your teeth and that's it really. If you wanted to, a guy could brush his teeth, wash his face, put on a hat and go. A woman can't do that. Maybe once. Then her mustache starts coming in and her ankles start growing hair.
Don’t Tell Sistah-Girl that She Can’t Carry A Movie : An Interview with Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox is on the frontlines and the enemy is Hollywood. The evil forces from La-La Land would have you believe that an African American woman cannot carry a film. The problem is that someone forgot to tell Ms. Vivica. In one of the most demanding roles for the actress, she takes on the role of Shante. It might be one of her best efforts, if not the best job she has done in her acting career. She is the focus in a script written for her acting talents and because of this she takes on a large part of the responsibility for the final product. This is her baby and if the powers-that-be take her down it is not going to be without a fight. Is Hollywood ready to rumble? They better recognize that sistah-girl is strong in this flick and may be the catalyst for a whole new genre of film that has sistahs carrying movies. In this blackfilm.com interview, a tired and battle weary Fox reveals her pride in this film and her responsibility to give African Americans positive images.
M: This film was developed with you in mind. Is this the first for you?
M: How does it feel?
VF: I didn’t even know and I turned down the movie three times. That is what’s even more funny because originally the first couple of drafts that they sent me there were certain things that I wasn’t satisfied with. Having a male writer, at first he was giving you sex, sex, sex and all that. Then another project that I wanted to do fell through. So I had lunch with the producer, Clint Culpepper and he then set up a screening for me of the movie The Brothers. He said, I promise you it will be quality and I’ll take care of you. I said OK let’s give it a go as long as I have creative input concerning script changes that are uncomfortable to me and you let me assist in some of the casting. I was really involved and that was a win-win situation for me so how could I not take the role?
M: So in assisting in casting, who were some of your main choices?
VF: Wendy, Tamala, and actually Anthony Anderson helped cast Mo’Nique. They already had Anthony in mind, so that had already come together. On Bobby Brown they asked me how I felt about him. Actually, he came in and auditioned for the role of Keith and I was shocked that he came and auditioned for that role. We knew he was not going to be Keith because we already had Morris for that. They asked me if they thought he could be one of the other characters, and I said go for it. When they told me that they were considering him for the character that is busted and gets cleaned up, I thought that would be good for him.
M: One of the most interesting aspects of your character is how she talks right to the camera. Was that difficult for you to do?
VF: Yes, and I fought them all the way believe it or not. Now it has turned out to be something that was really good. I honestly had not seen it done successfully since “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Clint took me to his office and said, “Vivica, it can be done.” In the first cut, it was double what you saw. We took out half of them. He showed me “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and he said that I was going to be moving and that made it easier. He told me when I talked to the camera to pretend that I was talking to my girlfriends. Bring them into the experience of what Shante is going through. So that made it a lot easier.
M: Is that different from when the camera does a close up?
VF: Oh sure, even if you are doing a close up you have already done your master so you’ve built in your reaction of what happened there. There is a person on the other side of the camera. In this case, you have to trust your instincts. You have to trust your dialogue and that they are shooting it well. You have to trust that it is not going to come off corny or irritating. So we gave it a try and the first screening they showed me, I was pleasantly surprised.
M: It has been done before with Shirley Valentine. It makes the audience your confidant.
VF: Yes, I love her. I saw it in Europe when I was shooting with Cuba Gooding Jr. I like that word. Confidant, I am going to use that all day today.
M: The first rule of acting is to ignore the camera. Does this approach make this more difficult?
VF: Sure, but once I made the decision to talk to it as a friend it made it a lot easier. When I saw Shirley Valentine’s movie it was so good. I honestly forgot about it. What I thought was funny was how the other characters would ask her who she was talking to. We actually wanted to do that with the waiter, but we shot the film in 5 weeks. We shot it in 29 days and I worked 28. We were doing 5-7 scenes a day. It was tough.
M: Is Vivica like Shante?
VF: 75% of her, 75-80% of her. Shante is a lot like Vivica in that she is very professional. When I am with my girlfriends I am like sister-girl.
M: Are you the strong centered one?
VF: In my group, yes, because I have a husband. I am not out there anymore (laughter).
M: Prior to your marriage, were you the strong centered one?
VF: Prior to that? Well, let me think about that. I wasn’t an advice giver. I had a friend named Kelli and I would call my dad.
M: What do you like about Shante?
VF: A lot. That she was professional. Everybody thought that she had it all together, that she thought she had love figured out and yet she was vulnerable. It showed that love can make you do some crazy things and she got her face cracked and then you end up rooting for her and Keith to get back together. You hope in the end that they can overcome the BS and just love each other. You kind of root for her. She wasn’t so perfect. Originally, she perfect and I was like you have to crack her face. If you don’t how are you going to root for her?
M: Talk about how you assembled the female cast members, especially Mo’Nique’s “ghetto fabulous” character.
VF: I came up with that term in the movie, even though it’s a popular expression. I did not want the girls to be perfect, I did not want them all to be these skinny little things. Because I hate the view in Hollywood that every woman has to be a size 1 or size 2. I also wanted to show that a big girl could be sexy and she likes to get her groove on. I don’t think we see enough of that. So that was important for her to be sexy, to be proud of her size, for her to be comfortable and for her to have a sex life. We were truly blessed to have Mo’Nique and Anthony because they were perfect comic relief. Me and the other guy. Me and the other guy? I mean me and Morris. I have been talking too much about him haven’t I? We were the straight guys and they were good people to play off.
M: What role did you have in casting Anthony?
VF: They already had him in mind because they saw him in Kingdom Come. They did not want to cast two good-looking guys in the role. I was trying to get an Out All Night reunion. I was like get Dwayne.
M: Anthony does get a lot of the laughs and he does direct attention towards his character. I was wondering if on the female side if there was consideration in giving those characters more comedic punch?
VF: He definitely does get a lot of the laughs. Obviously, in dealing with the female characters you’re dividing jokes up among 4 characters. But I do love that you have a “baby Shante” that was Wendy and she was there to learn. Then we had our young baby, which was Tamala. And then there was Ms. Ghetto Fabulous and then we had Ms. Bitch. Together, they helped Shante’s story move along.
M: Was the portrayal of these women a concern for you?
VF: Oh yeah! It was a concern and it was a concern for the producer. He wanted to show the girls as friends and he wanted to show Shante’s life outside of the office. What she is like when she heads home. We wanted to show another face. That’s what attracted me to the script, once we worked all the kinks out.
M: When your girls get together in the movie, it is reminiscent of “Sex in the City.” Especially the scene where you are sitting around the table, can you talk about that?
VF: They cut some of the stuff that we said. (Laughter) They were like you guys got too nasty.
M: You said earlier that the film had some raunchy parts, but the film we saw was rather sweet natured. What was raunchy about the film originally?
VF: They cleaned it up. Like there was a scene where Shante is getting eaten out on the desk in the office. I was like that wasn’t that’s not going to happen. He’s doing what in the office and then he has a meeting afterwards? I don’t think so.
M: Why do male filmmakers seem to go that way? It seems to me that they alienate part of the market.
VF: The imagery is terrible. That was another goal of mine in this movie, to show black love as beautiful. I was so sick and tired of all the negative imagery. I was tired of that shoot ‘em up and calling women bitches and hoes. That wasn’t going to happen in my film. I get told by a lot of mothers that I am a role model and I wear that hat proudly. That’s why I pass on a lot of roles.
M: Clearly, you had to fight for changes. What’s the rationale for films that portray African Americans so poorly?
VF: First, the writers wrote it and it is part of their vision. If no one has the power to say you shouldn’t be doing that and you should be concerned with your female audience they won’t change it. Sex sells and until someone challenges that formula you will continue to see films that do not portray African American women in a positive light. Even for our African American men. We have seen so many hood movies and my question is what’s next? Move on. Hollywood is attracted to these films because they think they make money. I fought for a lot in this movie and I am glad I had the power to do so. That’s why it is important for this movie to work so we can alter this trend.
M: This film seems to have the power to transcend racial, sexual, and generational boundaries. What made you aware that it could do that?
VF: I have worked on films that crossed boundaries. “Soul Food” did that. There were positive images and people could take their daughters and whatever. There was a universal tone. The audience was above the idea of not relating to the film because of the color of their skin. We were influenced by “Sex in the City” and the relationship of the girls. We’re grateful to Ms. Sarah Jessica Parker for making America more comfortable with discussing a woman’s sexuality.
M: What’ next?
VF: Juwanna Man a basketball comedy that’s kinda like “Tootsie” meets the WNBA. It’s about a Dennis Rodman character who gets thrown out of the NBA and loses all of his riches and he has to go to the WNBA. Its Miguel Nunez and I play a basketball player.
M: Do you have any game?
VF: Oh, I have a little bit of game. I was a little rusty and I was really rusty especially when they brought in the real WNBA players. I am glad that their league is doing well and it is another example of positive images.
VIivica A. Fox stars in horror comedy 'Idle Hands'
Lessee if we can remember it all: Stripper girlfriend of Will Smith in Independence Day, Pregnant sister in Soul Food; Lawbreaker in Set It Off; One of a trio of wives of bigamist one hit wonder rock star Frankie Lymon in Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Now she's a Druidic Priestess in a Winnebago, tracking malevolent evil across these great United States in Idle Hands, a horror slash comedy flick in the mode of things like An American Werewolf in London.
Serious actress. Non-serious role. That's as good a place as any to start off this StarTalk with Vivica A. Fox
CrankyCritic: You've delivered roles in a a bunch of mainstream flicks. Why Idle Hands?
Vivica A. Fox: I was excited, for the very simple reason that Scream and Halloween and all of those movies are generating $70 million and above, they're definitely on a comeback. In the 80s you wouldn't do a horror film because they were considered "B" films and B actors. Nowadays everyone's jumping into 'em. I met with the director film and I said "Do I get killed? 'cuz if they kill the black person in the first five minutes it ain't gonna work for me [laughs]" He said "No, you actually save the day. You play a Druidic priestess in search of this evil spirit that's possessed The Hand. It's very physical and you get to change costumes and it's a really fun character to play." What made me happy about it is that I heard that they had auditioned a lot of actors and that no one thought the character should be black and someone pitched me and, for me, I've made that crossover that they didn't look at me as a black actor, they just looked at me as a good actress to come in to play the part.
CrankyCritic: Are you a big horror fan?
Vivica A. Fox: Nope. Ever since I saw The Exorcist when I was nine years old. It traumatized me for the rest of my life. I am not going to lie. I'm a scaredy cat. I'm not a huge fan of horror films I will not kid you. Probably I will watch the majority of Idle Hands with my hands over my face.
CrankyCritic: Yet you have another teen horror flick coming
Vivica A. Fox: Yeah! Is it the year of teen horror or what? I have a cameo in Kevin Williamson's Killing Mrs. Tingle. I play a guidance counselor. It's Kevin's directorial debut and that definitely had a hand in my decision to make it. I got to work with Katie Holmes, who is wonderful, and Helen Mirren, who I've always admired.
CrankyCritic: Is your husband a horror fan?
Vivica A. Fox: He loves 'em. He can sit and watch 'em. Not me. I'm a scaredy cat, I'm not gonna kid you. He'll probably watch it and tell me what it's all about. I, personally, don't like to watch heads get chopped off, even if it comes back and smokes a joint.
CrankyCritic: Wasn't that the most fun about Idle Hands, though? All the really gruesome killings take place off screen.
Vivica A. Fox: Exactly. It wasn't traditional slice n dice. It's more about the comedy and the silliness. I say it's like a Dawn of the Dead meets Animal House.
CrankyCritic: So let's talk about the silliness. Define "Druidic ritual sex." How do Druids do it that's different from the rest of us?
Vivica A. Fox: [laughing] that was a new line that they came up with for me because the audience didn't like the first ending. So they came back to us and said there's going to be a different ending and you're now going to have the ritualistic sex. [long pause] O-kay!
CrankyCritic: Total goof.
Vivica A. Fox: Yeah!
CrankyCritic: If I was 19 it would've made perfect sense to me.
Vivica A. Fox: Time to get a groove on.
CrankyCritic: Michael J. Fox changed his middle initial (it was originally "A") because someone asked him if he wanted to be known as "Michael. A fox" Have you ever had that experience?
Vivica A. Fox: No. For me it's worked to my advantage. When I first started acting; you have to have catchy ways for people to remember you. So I thought "Vivica. A fox" Yeah that flows well. It was catchy, I liked it and "A" is my middle initial (Angenetta) so it's not something made up. I like the way it's sounded.
CrankyCritic: Where did Vivica come from?
Vivica A. Fox: I have no idea. My mother told me she met a Spanish lady whose name was Vivica, and that's where she got it from.
CrankyCritic: Do you have trouble watching yourself on screen when you work?
Vivica A. Fox: Sometimes.
CrankyCritic: Do you sit there and go "I never should have had that double stuffed ravioli last night"?
Vivica A. Fox: [big laughs] see! Where it's films like ID4 I had to. Soul Food, I was pregnant, I ate everything. I was so happy. I ate macaroni and cheese. Nia and Vanessa was like "Oh, I'll have salad." Me, I was like I'll have the ham and cheese and everything. I didn't have to worry about that. For me, I like to be surprised at the premiere. When I have a chance to see it 6 or 7 times then I start getting "Oh, that outfit doesn't work" or "Look at my hair". I get a bit over analytical and you can't be the fan and enjoy your work. The better I've gotten in years the more I've enjoyed the work. When I first started I nitpicked everything I did. I don't know why.
CrankyCritic: What did you nitpick about ID4?
Vivica A. Fox: ID4? not much. I was pretty happy with that. But I didn't see it until the premiere. I was really nervous about the strip scene and I was really happy when it was only 30 seconds long, that they didn't embellish it. I shot for like eight hours that day and was thinking "Well, my mom's gonna love to see this one, boy". I don't have any complaints about Independence Day. I was very happy with my performance.
CrankyCritic: When you first started acting was there one performance that you saw that made you say "wow! I want to do something like that!"
Vivica A. Fox: Oh yeah. Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do With It. I was blown away by her and by Laurence [Fishburne] because I know both of them and to see both of them totally strip themselves and become Tina and Ike Turner was just incredible. At first I was like, Laurence doesn't look nothing like Ike! And by the end, he was Ike. It was movie magic. For me the only role that I feel that I've totally stripped myself for was Why Do Fools Fall In Love and unfortunately they didn't market it that well. That's a roll of the dice and as an actress you have no control over that. None. That's why you become a producer, so you can control that!
CrankyCritic: Do you have a dream project you'd like to make?
Vivica A. Fox: I would like to do a remake of Cleopatra Jones or Foxy Brown. Some fun. Action. Guns. Shoot 'em up. drivin' fast cars and fighting. That would be fun. And then if I wanted to do something real serious I'd like to do a remake of the story about Angela Davis. That would be good, to bring something poignant to the screen. But I like action flicks.
CrankyCritic: There is a remake of Shaft in the works
Vivica A. Fox: I know! I been campaigning! I could be Shaft's partner! He don't have to run, I could run down the street! I've been campaigning for that. I love action. If Aaron Spelling had called me for Charlie's Angels, I would've done that, too.
Crazy about Vivica A. Fox
It's the kind of sentence that fills publicists with glee and makes headline writers thank their lucky stars: Vivica A. Fox is Miss B. Haven.
We like saying it so much, in fact, the phrase probably would have landed Fox on our list of hot young talent, even if it was her only part all year.
But Fox's gig as Miss B. Haven--a sidekick to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze in this summer's Batman and Robin--is just one of many places where the 32-year-old actress will show up in '97.
The year of the Fox begins in February, when she plays the beauty who sends love-mad Jamie Foxx on a beastly After Hours-style adventure in Booty Call. In March, she assumes her duties as Arsenio Hall's lawyer wife in the much hyped ABC sitcom Arsenio. And in the fall, she stars with Vanessa Williams in Soul Food.
Not a bad schedule for a woman who just a few years ago was working as a waitress--yes, she was actually discovered by a producer while waiting tables. But for Fox, it's really just a fitting follow-up to a 1996 that included featured roles in Independence Day and Set It Off.
Clearly, Hollywood is crazy about this Fox.