If you've seen The Gap's recent TV ad starring Christina Ricci and Dennis Hopper playing chess and wondered if there's a li'l somethin'-somethin' goin' on between the khaki-clad duo you're not the only one. However, the Sleepy Hollow star insists her commercial directed by the Coen brothers of Fargo fame is quite innocent.
"People try to read a little too much into things sometimes," Ricci tells TV Guide Online. "People assume it's sexual. [They say,] 'Yeah, it's an older man and his mistress.' I'm like, 'Eww... No.'"
As the 22-year-old explains it: "[The ad] is called 'Two White Shirts' and it's supposed to be two friends playing chess the whole idea of it being, 'How cool that someone like Dennis Hopper could be friends with a young girl.' That's what was kind of cool about it, and people manage to twist that.
"And, I checkmate him," she reminds us with a smirk, "which is the whole thing. I beat him at chess."
This small-screen foray isn't Ricci's first. The actress also appeared in the final episodes of the now-defunct Ally McBeal as Richard Fish's bitchy bride, Liza. But don't expect to see the star and producer of Pumpkin in theaters Friday commit herself to TV series anytime soon.
"I did the TV thing because I thought it was a good opportunity to find out about it," she says. "And I think that I would do TV again in the future, but maybe when I'm older. The hours are insane and they never stop. In a way, that's great, but I want to be ready for that really extreme stability."