A Minute With: Heather Graham focuses on family films

Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:40am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Heather Graham may be best known for playing sexy bombshells in films like "Boogie Nights," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and last year's blockbuster comedy, "The Hangover."

Now, the 40 year-old star has switched gears and is taking on children's films.

Graham recently completed the family adventure movie, "The Flying Machine" to be released in 3D, and she is shooting "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," based on the "Judy Moody" children's book series by author Megan McDonald.

In the film, Graham plays zany Aunt Opal, a well-traveled woman who babysits her niece and nephew, Judy and Stink, for the summer.

Taking a break on the set of "Judy Moody" in Hollywood, Graham sat down with Reuters to talk about working with kids, the children's charity that started it all and her pet project for the future.

Q: You're working on your second consecutive family film. Why that genre now?

A: "Recently I started sponsoring kids with an organization my friend founded called The Cambodian Children's Fund. The kids always say, 'You're an actress; can we watch your films?' I don't think I should send them to 'Hangover' if you know what I mean. So now I feel I've done two things I could show them."

Q: Is it a big change working with kids?   Continued...

<p>Actress Heather Graham arrives at the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>