Robin Tunney gets candid on Nicolas Cage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘The Craft’in

Robin Tunney in a scene from the movie “the Craft,” 1996.


Robin Tunney played in some of the most iconic films from the ’90s, but these days she is opening a creepy motel next to Nicolas Cage just for good tension.


The duo star as a couple in “Looking Glass”, a voyeuristic film, where they are confronted by unsettling, unexplained events inside of what an oasis in the desert. Tunney, who in the ban teenagers in the cult-classics such as “Empire Records and The Craft,” she said, been waiting for years to work together with Cage —and it was worth it.

Fox News spoke with Tunney about what surprised her the most about the Cage, her favorite memory with Arnold Schwarzenegger and whether or not they remain in contact with her former cast and friends of “The Craft.”

Fox News: What attracted you to the role of Maggie?
Robin Tunney: I really want to in a Nicolas Cage movie (laughs). I think he is just one of the greatest living actors… Some of his works were only the greatest movies I ever saw growing up. I just wanted to work with him.

Nicolas Cage as Ray in the thriller film “Looking Glass.”

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I just had a baby and it was a friendly environment to walk in and I am really glad that I did it. Nicolas is so talented… He’s just been around and has so many beautiful things. And I truly believe that he is great in this movie.

Fox News: What surprised you the most about Nicolas Cage?
Tunney: We never waited for him once. Usually when you are working with a movie star, they tend to be really busy and you end up waiting for them a lot. They are either on their phone or that there are so many people around them. But he doesn’t come with any of that. He had not even an assistant.

He was just really humble and told stories about themselves. And usually when you’re working with a movie star, you get the feeling that you will never know. I think some of these famous people are afraid to be known. But he is someone who has no problems with talking honestly about himself and his life (laughs). That was really great.

Robin Tunney as Maggie in the thriller film “Looking Glass.”

(Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures)

Fox News: You also worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in “End of Days.” What is your favorite memory from that time?
Tunney: There were many. He was incredibly rich and he had a great personality that just felt larger than life. He didn’t make me nervous the way Nic… Arnold was very playful, but at the same time, there is a down side to him is that a very serious businessman. If Arnold is there to play dress up and have a good time. He is aware of the world do believe, but at the same time, he is very sharp.

He was always joking. But when it was time to film, he was quite serious and always ready to use. I was not surprised that he went into politics. He was very nice to me… But I’ve also been very lucky. I worked together with Michael Douglas and he was the same. I worked with Ben Affleck and he was just as nice… For whatever reason, I must have done something right because the people I’ve worked with have just been very good for me.

Fox News: Many fans still think of “The Craft.” You have to stay in contact with your former cast mates?
Tunney: Neve (Campbell), I absolutely keep in touch with. I just got a text from her the other day. I am so happy for her. Things are going very well for her. She is in a new movie with The Rock. She got a beautiful son. I am so happy to see her back in the middle of the table, because she is really talented.

Robin Tunney filming of “The Looking Glass.”

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I’ve seen Rachel True at events or when a friend has a birthday, other things. I don’t have to talk to her on the phone that much, but she seems really happy. As for Fairuza (Balk), I have not heard of her, but I wish her all the best.

Fox News: Are you surprised people still talk about “The Craft”?
Tunney: It is so funny. I can go into a café and the waitress 20 and they shall know that the film. It is a strange thing… “The Craft” is still something people talk about… Movies really stick with people who, for whatever reason. [But] I’ve had success with so many other things.

I feel it is not my identity. And also, “Empire Records” is a film people still talk about. I really have no hang-ups about. I’m always grateful. It’s weird to think that people are still watching those movies and that they have managed to stand the test of time as it is.

The cast of the action movie “Vertical Limit” pose at the film’s premiere on 3 December 2000 in Los Angeles. Cast (L-R) Scott Glenn, Izabella Scorupco, Chris O’donnell, Robin Tunney, and Bill Paxton. O’donnell stars as a climber who must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world’s highest mountains.

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Fox News: Speaking of “Empire Records,” you went bald for the role. Have you ever been afraid that you would not get cast in other movies then?
Tunney: No, not at all. It never even occurred to me. Not even for a second.

Fox News: How do you deal with the public and online comments?
Tunney: I think you have not read. I have friends who get sad or whatever and I go, “Did you Google yourself?” Nothing good is going to come. I have to really try not to read the comments. And I don’t know how young people do. You know, when I was in my 20s, there was no Instagram, Twitter or just a way where people had access to you. You’re a little more vulnerable in your identity, and perhaps, if I was younger, I probably would have looked like.

But it is something I definitely think about when it comes to younger actors. I think it has a lot to do with his and there is just so much attention to image and social media. They are bullied and they can’t help but read it because they don’t really know who they are yet. I’m sure I can go online and find a million things, like I’m a bad actor. I am not beautiful — one of those things. But I am at a point in my life I know that I am a good mother and I know that I am a good daughter.

Producer Bill Gerber (R) talks with cast members (L-R) Ryan Reynolds, Robin Tunney and Michael Douglas as they arrive at the premiere of their movie ‘The In-Laws” in Hollywood, May 19, 2003.


And I know I’m a good actor. I’ve lasted long enough, that these things are not, then you will be just like they might have when you are 20 to 25 or even 30. I think any actor who eventually tells you they do not care what other people think of them – they are probably not telling the truth… I think everyone has this feeling of wanting to be liked and appreciated and respected.

“Looking Glass” premieres Friday.

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