Cox had a distinct advantage over the majority of actors
in "Masters of the Universe." The character
she plays, young Julie Winston, is almost the only human
being in the film.
"Julie is not a toy creation and I wasn't running
around as some creature with a tail saying things like
'three metrons north,'" laughs the perky brunette.
"Because I am from this world and act like a normal
Earth teenager would act, I have some fairly realistic
scenes in the film."
Cox quickly points out that she had her share of unreal
scenes as well -- cuddling with Gwildor in a car and
being chased by Skeletor's bounty hunters through a
high school gym.
"Relating to the creatures in the action sequences
wasn't that difficult," she admits. "When
a scene called for me to run, I ran. Getting across
emotional sense of what was happening was a bigger challenge.
Giving the audience the idea of what it is like to run
headlong into He-Man and Evil-Lyn isn't easy. Making
all these weird creatures out to be real is as much
my job as it is the actors' who are playing them."
Cox, who was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama,
is no stranger to playing strange scenes. As the telepath
Gloria, Cox spent a fill year reacting to shrinking
men and lightning-bolt shooting rock stars on the TV
series "Misfits of Science." Most recently,
she appeared in the film "Down Twisted."
Cox, however, admits that her big claim to fame remains
her role as the girl that Bruce Springsteen pulls out
of a concert audience in his "Dancing in the Dark"
"I was this naive kid all through the casting process
for that video," she says. "Because I basically
didn't know what was going on, I wasn't getting nervous
and I guess that worked to my advantage."
She went into her "Masters of the Universe"
audition with the same attitude. Cox didn't know the
character, hadn't read the script and came dressed in
a way that made her look too old for the part. Three
strikes and you're out? Not on your life.
Directory Gary Goddard took a liking to Cox. "She
was fresh, bright and had energy," he says. "She
was exactly what I was looking for."
Cox went home, changed her clothes and read the script.
She read three more times before she was awarded the
part of Julie.
And Courteney Cox feels that "Masters of the Universe"
will knock moviegoers and He-Man fans out. "There
is a built-in audience for this film," she observes.
"Kids go nuts for this kind of movie, so I have
no doubts that it will do well."