had a nasty role model in mind when she prepared for
her villainous turn as Coco La Bouche in the upcoming animated film Rugrats
"I'm a big admirer of Cruella De Ville," she says of the 101
Dalmations diva, played on the big screen by Glenn Close. "I think
Coco's outrageous audacious wardrobe and her fondness for screaming at the
Rugrats puts her in the same club. Coco and Cruella are both completely over the
Sarandon's Rugrats alter ego who works at an amusement park yet
hates children spends most of her time screaming, a fact that took its toll on
the actress. "After about five hours your vocal chords are ripped to shreds,"
she admits. "But it was also therapeutic because I got rid of all my mean
thoughts about little kids who misbehave."
Sarandon felt like screaming when the 25th anniversary DVD version of
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released recently. "I have my lawyers
checking on how come I'm appearing in an interview on the DVD without knowing
about it," says the Oscar winner, who played heroine Janet Weiss in the camp
classic. "Where did they get it? I'll be okay if they give me a piece of the
action. I think we should get something after all these years."
Another thing Sarandon says she wants after all this time is a decent choice
at the polls. Despite criticism from some Democrats, she continues to be a vocal
supporter of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. "The Democratic Party has
not been giving me, or half of the Americans who do not go to the polls,
anything to vote for," she says. "There's a reason people don't vote. They
realize it doesn't make a difference."
And what if votes for Nader end up costing Democratic candidate Al
Gore the election? "I say anybody who votes should vote their heart,"
Sarandon insists. "This is your chance to be heard."