Questions and Answers With Kelly McGillis

Questions Answers With Kelly Mcgillis

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It's been 27 years since Kelly McGillis starred opposite Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' as his instructor and love interest, though the film is arguably as much a part of the zeitgeist now as it ever was — hence its upcoming re-release in IMAX 3D. After 'Top Gun,' McGillis went on to a prolific film and stage career, including roles in 'The Accused,' 'Winter People' and 'The Innkeepers.'

We spoke with McGillis in advance of the release of 'Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience' about sex scenes with Cruise, thinking about 'Top Gun' at the supermarket and, of course, the volleyball scene. 'Top Gun' in 3D is currently in theaters with the Blu-ray release set for Feb. 19.

When you were making 'Top Gun,' did you have any idea of the cultural impact that the movie would have for years?

Had you any idea that your co-star, Tom Cruise, would go on to become the biggest star on the planet?

You could certainly make the argument that he was in the mid-'90s.

Yeah. I think Tom is such a super guy, he's very nice, he's professional, respectful, and I'm glad he became such a big star. I think that's wonderful for him.

Were you nervous at all to film that sex scene with Cruise, particularly after 'Risky Business' had made him a sex symbol?

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Do you still keep in touch with him?

Can you hear 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' or 'Take My Breath Away' without thinking of the movie?

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Do you ever get tired of either of those songs? Like, 'Ugh, not this again.'

Over the years, the volleyball scene has become pretty infamous. Would you agree that it's the best scene in the movie?

There is obviously a famous scene featuring Maverick and Goose singing 'Great Balls of Fire.' Do you have a go-to karaoke song?

What did you buy with your first Hollywood paycheck?

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

Oh, I can't even remember the name of it. [laughs] It was that bad!

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What's the most underrated movie you were ever in?

That I was ever in? Oh, I don't know. Gosh, I can't even remember the movies that I've done ... uh, I don't know. 'Winter People,' I would say, maybe. No, maybe not, I don't think so. I don't know, I don't have any clue.

So, 'Winter People' then?

What's the movie that made you want to act?

What's your favorite word?

Excellent choice. How often would you say you look at your IMDb profile?

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Not even once?

What's the single greatest moment of your career?

What's the best advice you've ever gotten?

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'Don't give up.'

What is your second favorite website (after NextMovie) ?

[laughs] My favorite website?

I can empathize. What movie makes you cry?

I thought you were going to say 'A Christmas Story.'

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Do you have any good scars?

Care to elaborate?

One time I was angry and I was making dinner, and I had a fight with my husband, and I slammed a casserole dish on the counter, and a big piece of it cut into my hand, and I bled all over the place, and the lesson I learned from that is not to get angry. Because when I get angry, I get hurt.

New York or L.A.?

Beer or wine?

Rap or rock?

Pacino or De Niro?