The actress opens up to ET about uniting both generations of women on screen. After a limited run in theaters, Jack of the Red Hearts, ...
Famke Janssen Slams 'X-Men' for Lack of Older Women, Expresses Her Hopes for Dark Phoenix Film
After a limited run in theaters, Jack of the Red Hearts, an independent drama starring AnnaSophia Robb and Famke Janssen, premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, April 23.
The film, about a teenager (Robb) who talks her way into a caretaker position for an autistic child, is earning rave reviews for Janssen's performance as a beleaguered parent looking for a reprieve from raising a developmentally-challenged kid.
But don't bring that up to the 51-year-old actress, who's probably most famous for her turn as Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise and most recently as Eve opposite Viola Davis on How to Get Away With Murder. "I'm a non-review person," she admits. "I'm sort of a non-watching the movie person too. It's about the experience, and then I move on."
However, one experience that hasn't quite left her -- whether by fans or the media -- is that of Grey, who she originated on screen in the first three X-Men films, before unceremoniously leaving the character behind as the franchise rebooted itself with a younger generation of actors.
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Grey, who is returning to the franchise in X-Men: Apocalypse, is now played by Sophie Turner (Sansa on Game of Thrones). Admittedly, Turner was hesitant about taking over the role, revealing she reached out to Janssen to make sure they were "cool."
"She's so sweet. I told her she did not need my blessing," Janssen said of the exchange, adding: "She's perfect for the part. I can't wait to see what she's going to do with it. But I thought it was super sweet of her to reach out to me."
While Janssen has been very diplomatic about turning over the part to Turner ("Those things happen"), she does lament that the series has yet to let the two generations of women play the same character in a film. "We've only seen that with Magneto and Professor X," she says. "I think it's time to do that with one of the females." (While Halle Berry briefly reprised her role as Storm in Days of Future Past, her part has been recast in the new film.)