Now that’s a night look! Donning leather pants, a black mask and a sparkly bra (she dismissed offers to wear a shirt—with those abs, who wouldn’t?), Oakville, ON actress Lindy Booth joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey’s band of vigilante heroes as Night-Bitch in the superhero comedy Kick-Ass 2 (which opened yesterday). Off screen, the 34-year-old is a mild-mannered self-described “girly girl” who loves Peter Pan collars and vintage fashion finds. Not that she doesn’t relate to her onscreen alterego. “Everyone’s got a bit of a Night-Bitch inside of them,” she laughs.
FLARE: Jim Carrey is not promoting the film because of its violence. How do you think the film influences real-world crime?
Lindy Booth: I respect his opinion, but at the end of the day it’s just a movie, and people who watch movies all over the world aren’t effected by movies in violent ways.
FLARE: How did you get in superhero shape for this role?
LB: I was doing a lot of distance running. I was doing cardio barre, which is an amazing ballet-based workout. It focuses on the abs and the core. I also worked with a trainer, who stands over me and makes me do all the things that I hate doing, like crunches.
FLARE: Was it difficult to do action scenes in high-heeled boots?
LB: Thankfully I have done a lot of running away from things in movies [she starred in Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow’s 2005 horror Cry_Wolf], so I am trained in the art of running in high heels.
FLARE: Does it kill your feet?
LB: Oh yeah. My feet are not a good part of my body. They definitely have suffered for my art. They’re like all bunions and blisters.
FLARE: Any chance Night-Bitch’s purple lipstick will be incorporated into your off-screen look?
LB: That was an onscreen choice. We tried black lipstick, we tried green lipstick, we tried blue lipstick, we tried red lipstick and purple seemed to be the best of both worlds. It was still fashion-y and cute but not something you see every day on the street. And that wasn’t even a lipstick. That was a combination of a purple eyeliner pencil and purple face paint from a makeup kit and a shimmery purple eyeshadow, all blended.
FLARE: What is your must-have makeup when you leave the house?
LB: I am a lip person. I constantly need a really good lip moisturizer with me. Mine is a Clairin’s moisture replenishing lip balm. I have two of them: I have one I keep next to my bed, so it’s the first and last thing in the morning and evening, and then 10 times a day in my purse.
FLARE: What’s your favourite thing in your closet?
LB: I have an amazing 1930s dress I picked up in Toronto at Cabaret on Queen West. It’s a red knee-length tea dress and it’s absolutely beautiful. It makes me happy every time I put it on.