AE: Amy is writing a paper on Lucy for one of her classes and is genuinely excited about meeting her face to face. Have you ever had a similar experience in which you came face to face with someone that you admired in the same way?
JB: Oscar night is a ridiculous night where you go to these parties and you see everyone that you’ve ever wanted to work with and admire. It’s so surreal, but I think you’d have a heart attack if you ever allowed yourself to absorb it all. You kind of just float through it like a dream.
AE: At the heart of D.E.B.S. is a stylish “collegiate lesbian fling.” What is it about college life that encourages this kind of youthful indiscretion?
JB: I think that unless you grew up in New York or Chicago or Los Angeles, you’re sheltered. You’re at home, your parents are watching what you’re doing, your friends are probably a little narrow-minded, or it’s cliquey and kids are really mean to each other. So, as soon as you have that independence, you can just explore who you are.
AE: Did you do any special preparation for your on-screen kiss with Sara Foster that you might have done differently for any other on-screen kiss?
JB: No. I think it justified a couple of wine coolers (laughs), but we probably would have had a couple of wine coolers anyway (laughs). That was the only thing we did. It’s just the same. The real issue there is having to kiss in front of the DP (director of photography), the make-up artist, the AD (assistant director), the director. That’s the most mortifying aspect, not really kissing a girl.
AE: Are you prepared to become a lesbian sex symbol after D.E.B.S. opens in theaters across the country?
JB: I would love nothing more. Honestly? I want there to be a cult following for this movie. Why not? I would love that. I think it would be great if people dressed as D.E.B.S. for Halloween. I think it would be wonderful if that happens.
AE: In light of the good working relationship that you had with Angela, do you foresee working with her again in the future?
JB: I’d be honored to work with her again. I just hope that she doesn’t change. I was observing her at the premiere and she’s so happy and so grateful. She just directed a huge Disney movie, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and she still has not changed. She’s so cool. I really hope that Hollywood doesn’t change her in any way.
AE: Do you have any interest in getting behind the camera?
JB: Directing? No. I feel like directing is an innate talent. I’m producing, yes. I already have a production company called J Squared and we’re working on two projects. That’s fun, to edit the script and work with the line producer and get involved in every other facet of making the movie.
AE: What about writing a screenplay?
JB: No, that’s another creative thing where I feel like you have to be good at it from the get go.
AE: Are you interested in doing any stage work?
JB: I would. I’m petrified, understandably, right now. And also, after taking four years off for college, I can’t really take time off and not focus on my film career yet. But in the future, that would be great.
AE: Are there any recently finished or upcoming film projects about which you are especially excited?
JB: Yeah. I finished a project last summer called Nearing Grace, which is probably going to be at the Los Angeles Film Festival and TriBeCa. It’s a coming of age story set in the seventies. The one I’m most excited about is Annapolis, which was directed by Justin Lin and it’s with James Franco and Tyrese.